Article by Melanie A. Bell
Professionalism in the Yoga Studio
I – Make Your First Impression Fabulous
Your big moment has arrived! You’ve studied and practiced and earned your yoga teacher certification. You’ve prepared class outlines, yoga sequences, and you’re ready for your very first class of yogis.
Now, regardless of how amazing your class plans are, or how inspiring your music playlist, your participants are going to form an impression of you from the very first moment they enter your studio. As someone they’ll be looking to for wisdom, guidance, and inspiration, it is critical to make their first impression of you fabulous!
-Do not arrive to class on time – be EARLY! It pays to remember the saying
“If you’re early, you’re on time, and if you’re on time, you’re late!”
This precious pre-class time allows you to ensure the room is clean, the temperature is comfortable, and all supplies are where they need to be. It also puts you in a calm frame of mind, allowing you to gather your thoughts and feel settled before they start to arrive.
– Create a serene, welcoming environment: have ambient music playing at a comfortable volume; if you’re able to dim the lights, do so. Make participants feel as though they’ve stepped out of loud, busy lives into a haven of tranquility and peace.
– Appearance matters! Dress neatly and remember, your participants don’t need to see more than your poses when you bend over! Keep distracting jewelry to a minimum. Make sure your breath and body are as fresh and sweet as you!
– Welcome participants warmly, especially new ones: Ask how they’re doing, and listen mindfully. Have they had any experience with yoga? Do they have any concerns or questions? Take note of any physical, mental, or emotional challenges they may have, as you may need to accommodate for this in your class.
– Walk new participants through the process: tell them where the washrooms are; where they can store jackets and bags. Show them where to find yoga mats and props. Remind everyone to turn off their cell phones.
– Respect participants’ time – it is valuable. Start and finish your class on time. Some people may have appointments afterwards, or children to pick up from a babysitter’s.
– Smile and enjoy! Your participants will sense your authenticity and passion for yoga – let them see it!!
Melanie A. Bell is a triumphant cancer survivor, passionately sharing her love of life and well-being with others through the practices of Yoga, Reiki, and Aromatherapy. She would love to hear from you and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org