064: Getting Hired by a Yoga Studio with Kristen Sweeney
Have you completed your yoga teacher training and are preparing yourself to look for employment? Shannon and Kristen Sweeney have your back with clear steps to getting hired by a yoga studio that, most importantly, is the right fit for you. It’s the best gift you can give yourself, the studio, and your students.
Kristen Sweeney remembers the first yoga class that lit her up. She was a working as a dancer in Las Vegas, Nevada and tried a Bikram Hot Yoga class. She was “sweaty, drenched, exhausted, hooked, and exhilarated.” Later, as an actor living in New York city, she found yoga to be grounding, gave her a refuge and a sense of safety at a time when her life was hectic, outward facing, and approval seeking.
Kristen reached a point in her life when she wanted to find work that felt rewarding on a daily basis. That led her to teach yoga and share her insights on her blog. Finding a strong connection between herself and yoga teachers through her posts, she wondered if there was something more to explore. Kristen niched down further to create her business Edge of the Mat and is now a business coach for yoga teachers.
On today’s episode, you will be guided through the steps to find the teaching job that is right for you. The steps will take you through a process to determine where you’d like to teach, how to approach the studio, what to expect when you audition and much more. Kristen has also kindly shared the PDF The Yogi’s Guide to Teaching at a New Studio for when you’ve landed the job. You’ve got this and we wish you all the best in finding the work that lights you up!
07:30 How Kristen’s yoga journey began
10:55 What led Kristen to write her blog Edge of the Mat and how she expanded it into a business
14:20 Was there a gradual realization or a light bulb moment that led her to clearly define her niche
16:50 Step-by-step process to approach studios
17:10 Step 1: Discern which studios you want to approach
22:35 Step 2: Approach the teacher of the class you’ve been taking and approach them with a 2 to 3 sentence ‘pitch’ or introduction including:
26:05 Step 3: Planning and Preparing for the audition
30:25 What to do if you don’t hear back from the studio
33:50 Tips and tricks for teachers auditioning
38:30 Step 4: Feedback
Step 5: Follow Up
41:05 Step 6: Yes, no or Maybe
What is the next step if you get a “thanks but no thanks”
43:30 Coming from a place of personal choice instead of a place of desperation
44:05 How you can work with Kristen
45:20 Shannon’s wrap-up and action steps
Kristen’s Website: Edge of the Mat
PDF gift from Kristen: Yogi's Guide to Teaching at a New Studio
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