The story of a yogi having found their calling after a lengthy corporate career is not an uncommon one! Many people who have started their working lives in the business world may eventually become indifferent to the chaotic life that they previously loved. And, when this happens, they may begin to seek a more spiritually fulfilling job – such as a career in yoga!
Although making the decision to move into a more satisfying job role is undoubtedly a great one, there are several important things to consider. Deciding to do something, and being able to do this thing with ease, do not necessarily go hand in hand. And, of course, there is a learning curve to every new journey in life.
Today I am sharing some of the most important things to consider when you are making the transition from a corporate career to a career in yoga.
Being aware of these things can help you better prepare for them, and to be more sure of yourself as you work to make your new job dream become a reality!
The Financial Impact
When you base your career decisions around doing something that you love, as opposed to choosing the most lucrative option, then you simply have to be prepared to make less money.
One of the best ways that I found as a new yoga teacher to ease the financial impact, was to have a relevant side-passion that I could work into my yoga business. For me this was nutrition, and I would offer nutrition consultations and ongoing dietary advice.
Some other interesting services that you could offer alongside your yoga business are massage therapy, energy healing, facial treatments, exercise classes, healthy eating advice, and life coaching.
In my opinion, taking a pay cut in order to do something that you love is always going to be a worthwhile trade. However, you also need to be living in a comfortable and sustainable way. You may find that easing into teaching yoga is something that you have to do slowly as you continue to keep other work opportunities open. This is of course all dependant on your individual circumstances and how much money you wish to make.
There are so many amazing yoga teachers working in the industry today! For yoga students that means having a great selection of talent to choose to learn from, and that's always a good thing. On the other hand, for yoga teachers it means that the competition can be serious. This is especially true for those who are just starting their careers.
If you have long worked in the corporate world then you may be used to having your pick of promotions, new jobs, and exciting opportunities. This isn't going to be the case as a new yoga teacher entering the industry with no experience! This change can be hard to deal with, and it's important that you prepare yourself for it.
You will need to be prepared to put in the work that you aren't going to get paid for. By this I mean networking to make new contacts that could be useful to you whilst building your brand. You will also have to dedicate time to seeking out potential new students and other teachers that you could collaborate with.
Although it is true that working this type of job will give you a large amount of freedom over your own schedule, it also inevitably means making the extra effort to go to events and other networking opportunities in your spare time.
Your reputation will be one of your most precious assets as a successful yoga teacher, and it's essential that you make the time to build yours.
If you are having a tough time getting into studios at first then you may want to consider hosting some free classes to start getting your name out there. This may not be ideal when you are transitioning from one career to another, but it can be an effective way to get your name out into the yoga world, and to build new relationships with eager students.
When you are teaching yoga as a full-time job then it is easy to lose track of your own practice. Additionally, dedicating a lot of time to doing something new can be draining on your energy levels, and also cause you to neglect your own self-care.
One of the best pieces of advice that I can give you in regards to avoiding burnout as you pursue a new career in yoga, is simply to give priority to your own practice. Always try to remember why you fell in love with yoga in the first instance!
It should go without saying that you are not always going to get it right. However, this isn't something many of us prepare ourselves for when we embark upon a new venture.
Acknowledging that making mistakes is all part of this career change will help to keep your motivation up as you persevere. Giving yourself the freedom to sometimes get things wrong, and to learn from these experiences, will help you to evolve into the yoga teacher that you want to be.
Take Your Time
Knowing that you want to be a yoga teacher is an incredible thing to have realised about yourself. To have reached this point you will have gone through a process of uncovering your passion in life. You will have allowed yourself to indulge in this dream.
Giving yourself permission to go through this process is an incredibly powerful act of self-care, and one that has the potential to bring you an abundance of happiness in the future.
It is now key to remember that having realised your dream does not mean that you have to rush straight into it. It is fantastic that you are excited about your new career goals, and of course it's easy to get ahead of yourself. However, taking the time to think things through properly and truly plan for your future will certainly help you to succeed.
It is also important to remember that you do not have to go it alone! Seeking help and guidance as you transition into your new career is an amazing way to support yourself. This is something that I offer to all newly qualified yoga teachers through my Mandala and Mentoring Training.
My Mandala and Mentoring is designed to give you the best possible start as a new teacher and to ensure that you bring creativity, imagination, and your own unique style into your classes. This course also gives you the strategies to help you create your message and brand, land positions in the best studios, and use social media to build your dream community.
Click here to learn more about it and to download an application form!