The idea of running your first yoga workshop can be quite daunting. I was speaking to a yoga teacher friend of mine and she confessed that she wouldn't know how to put together a workshop of her own. So I thought that maybe there are other teachers out there who feel a little overwhelmed by the thought of putting on their own workshop so here are a few tips which I learnt along the way:
Here are 9 tips for running your first workshop
1) Play to your strengths.
There is no point putting on a handstand workshop if you can't demo the full expression of the pose yourself. Inversions are great to intermingle into a class because they are fun but I wouldn't feel ready to hold a workshop on them just yet! Chose something which is unique to you, something which you can share with your students.
2) Have a rough plan but don't be worried if it all falls to the wayside.
From my experience you will get people attend your workshop who may never have stepped foot in one of your regular classes before which is great but can also be a little off putting for you. So keep things simple, plan but don't over plan - if that makes sense! Be prepared to give modifications for all levels and be sure to be aware of the energy in the room.
3) Questions will pop up!
Be prepared to answer them but don't worry if you don't have all the answers - you can't know everything.
4) Chose your playlist wisely and test it out.
I love teaching to music and my workshops always involve a kick-ass playlist, so I am sure to give it a run through before the big day. Make sure that an upbeat song doesn't pop up while you are beginning to slow things down or vis-versa. On a side note, if you use a little portable speaker like me make sure that it is fully charged!
5) You will get nervous!
Confession - I still get nervous before every single class that I teach, sometimes I still get those horrible cold, nervous sweats before I teach, yep, ew. Being nervous isn't a bad thing, it just means you care about what you are bringing to the workshop, try to see past the fear and take a few deep breaths. Do the best that you can do. You are enough!
6) Be prepared to hustle.
I think that online marketing works well in this world that we live in right now. Join a few local yoga groups on Facebook where you can advertise your workshops, post it on a few free yoga websites such as yoga trail and don't forget your own website. Flyers are great to hand to people who attend your regular classes and gym classes but keep it simple and don't spend too much money on them unless you can afford it.
7) Don't forget your email list!
Spending time building a mailing list is important. These people sign up because they want to hear from YOU! So send them an email with the date and details.
8) Offer an incentive for booking in advance.
Early bird deals work well because you can make sure that costs are covered with people booked in advance.
9) Have fun and don't take it all that seriously!
If you are a teacher let me know any tips you might have from running your first workshop.
PS - If you are in Bristol this weekend I am holding a Vinyasa Flow & Yoga Nidra Workshop, I have a couple of spaces left and I would love to meet you on the mat! Come play!