3 Reasons You Should Consider Leading A Yoga Retreat
Oh hey, yoga teacher. I see you. You share your gifts and talents week after week in class and online. And, when a student tells you how wonderful you are, this fuzzy feeling forms in your belly, right? I know. I’ve been there, too. That’s what makes all the running around, creating sequences, teaching class after class worth it.
What if I told you there was a way to share your gifts and talents in an intimate way, differentiating yourself from all the other yoga teachers in your community, and building your business at the same time? You can get that connection you crave, share to your heart’s content and make a little extra money on the side.
The answer is simple and easy - retreats. Below are 3 heart-centered reasons you should consider hosting a yoga retreat this year.
You are good at what you do. When you step on your mat, your soul shines. You know it, and your students feel it. Retreats offer a great opportunity to dive deeper into your passion with a small, intimate group. You inspire these students. You motivate them to transform whether in their practice, their daily life or both. Through personal attention, yoga sequences, excursions and dinner conversations, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your yogis better. Why do they keep showing up for your class? What’s going on in their life, and more importantly, in their mind? Teach them asanas and share philosophy over coffee. Tell them about how you practice abhyasa (practice or effort) and vairagya (non-attachment or surrender) in real life. Share your passion for yoga and help them experience all it has to offer.
We live in a digital world, always surrounded by technology and constantly connected. Sometimes, it’s nice to step away. Put the phone down. Turn off the screen. Say no to the chocolate bar. And just relax. Nowhere to go. Nothing to do except engage in conversation with like-minded people. Eat healthy food that nourishes your body. Unwind. This is the practice of Tapas in action - intentionally engaging in the discomfort of a digital detox to elevate our energy. You can share this philosophy while reaping it’s benefits for the mind, body and soul alongside your students.
Despite social media, word of mouth is still one of the most influential forms of marketing available. When you connect with clients in a deeper, meaningful way, they become your biggest advocates. Spend the weekend or week with them deepening their asana practice, talking philosophy, unwinding and having plain fun. When you do it right, they’ll tell their friends and family about you. They’ll post it on social media. They’ll want to come when you host the next retreat. And, they’ll definitely catch your classes whenever they can. You’ve made a client for life. Do you offer private yoga lessons on the side? Coaching sessions? Nutritional counseling? Retreats are a great way to expand your side business and private clientele as well.
Now, in case you’re wondering, retreats can be lucrative as well. That could easily be a fourth reason to host a retreat. However, I am a firm believer that money should not be your driving factor when choosing anything in life, especially to lead a retreat. Hosting from an authentic place is always best choice. When you do, the students and money will follow.
So, now you’re interested in leading a retreat, but are full of questions. How? Where? Who? What? The good news is I can help with all of that! Join my free webinar on April 30 where you can learn 5 strategies for leading a successful retreat. Click here to reserve a space!