Q&A Wednesday

Q&A: Yoga & Money

Let’s talk a little about making money as a yoga teacher. There’s a ton of sticky feelings around this topic and since it came up, I thought it’d be a great one for this week’s Q&A.

Over to you! What are your thoughts on this? What are your other questions about yoga and business? 

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    Keri Ann Pennie

    June 7, 2017 at 9:01 am

    I agree that we yogis shouldn’t feel guilty about charging for our craft, however I do struggle with balancing volunteer or karma yoga with paid classes. I am often asked to teach free classes to the community, and if I turn it down, I feel terrible. What are your thoughts on teaching free classes in the community, often to populations that wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to it?

    On the other hand, several bars in my rural area are providing free beer yoga to the public, which contributed to the closing of the ONLY studio in town. Aside from the moral debate of alcohol and yoga, In your eyes, is free yoga undermining the industry, or is the spread of yoga more important than the dollar to be made?

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    Eleonora Cosner

    June 7, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Love love love the new website!
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    karen lawson

    June 8, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Agreed! People’s time and expertise deserves to be rewarded.

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    June 9, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Of course you should charge, unless you are choosing to do a donation class or volunteering your time for a good cause. At the very least, one should look to recover the cost of YTT. I start in the fall and while I don’t plan on teaching but am fully aware of the money I am spending on the training. Most YTT are $2,000+ so why should someone give that education for free? Unless one teaches for fun or something to do, a full time teacher should always e paid what they are worth.

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    June 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    I go to yoga classes at a vineyard during the summer. In the email she sends out she doesn’t call it a “cost” but an “investment” which is going along with the idea that this yoga class is for your benefit and well being.
    Also I like the idea of getting a slightly discounted rate when you purchase a bundle of classes at a time, instead of having to pay the same amount each class, but that’s more studio related than just an individual who is teaching on their own.

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    Brandon Roberts

    June 9, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I appreciate you in my world. You make me smile and laff to no end. I value the truth in what you say and look forward to future q and a. I can’t take the smile off of my face. Thank you guru yoga teacher.

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    lynne moore

    June 13, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I think the general public doesn’t know how much teacher training costs and how much effort and knowledge goes into creating a class. And the extra value in finding a professional that you like (style, personality, knowledge) vs a free community class.

    Also, people who don’t want to pay for “just” a yoga class will usually barter. Like money isn’t a barter system already. It just has a standard value. But depending on the going rate, you do have to market your worth somehow.

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