5 Easy Steps to Pave the Way to Getting a Teaching Gig | by Erica Mather
So, you just finished your yoga teacher trainingâ€¦
How does a new teacher go about finding a job? Forrest Yoga teacher, Erica Mather, outlines 5 simple steps to getting a teaching job, whether you are a new teacher or are simply looking for a new place to share your knowledge â€“ Enjoy!
Congratulations! You've just completed your yoga teacher training. Now, you're left with the task of finding a teaching gig. New York City is replete with talented instructors from all different lineages, and there's not always a guarantee that you will get a class at the studio where you trained. Now what? Here are five practical things that you can do to start making some inroads into landing your first studio or gym gig:
1. Research Places you might like to teach at by taking class there.
Once I was working at a studio where a prospective teacher called up and asked about working there. I inquired if this person had visited the studio yet, and she said "no." I was baffled as to why she thought that we would be interested in hiring her when she had not even done the most basic of job research to see if she even liked the studio, its style, and student bodyâ€”basic, crucial information to determine if we could be a good fit. Moreover, in a working environment where so much is about a clear and generous energetic exchange, her communication was charged with an energy of needing and wanting without contributing. Make sure that a studio to which you apply is somewhere you would be happy teaching, and giving your best energy.
2. Network with teachers a studios you might like to teach at.
Showing up as a good student and strong practitioner can be a good start for making inroads into getting on the sub list, or having an opportunity to sub.
3. While waiting to get on a sub list, make your communication routine, but without an air of impatience.
Despite completely missing an audition at a gym where I first worked, my boss there hired me in part because of what he called my "polite, patient, and persistent communication." There is a fine line between being pesky, and reminding busy people that you are eager to work for them. Establish through your communication what it might be like to have you on the team as a more permanent member.
4. Once you get onto the sub list, make sure that your communication is timely, courteous, and professional.
I recall sending out a sub request once, and receiving replies from many people who said a myriad of things from, "wish I could, but can't get a baby sitter that day!" to, "I already work at that time." This is a quick way to annoy your colleagues or your boss, if that is the person in charge of subbing. Do not flood their inboxes with immaterial messages.
5. Build your teaching resume by volunteering.
This is a way to continue to train and increase your skill as a teacher, and to show to prospective employers that you have a strong desire to teach, no matter what.
Erica Mather, M.A., E-RYT 200, has been teaching yoga in New York City since 2006. She studies with Ana Forrest, is a certified Forrest Yogainstructor and Forrest Yoga Guardian and Mentor Teacher. She teaches at PURE Yoga and Life in Motion. Her classes are fun and challenging, with special attention paid to intelligent sequencing and deeper feeling of the postures through coached breathing, detailed alignment, and innovative assists. Erica is also a Holistic Health Counselor and coaches young yoga teachers in the energetics of the yoga business. www.ericamather.com
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