The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
119: Travel and Teach Yoga with Eva Hamilton
Have you dreamed of teaching yoga while you travel?? How can you create a feasible yoga business teaching yoga while traveling? If these questions have ever crossed your mind, Eva Hamilton is just the yoga entrepreneur you need to hear from.
Eva’s first yoga teacher training was in 2008, and since then she has completed multiple courses and trainings in yin yoga, restorative yoga, Thai yoga massage, and much more. She previously owned and operated a yoga studio in Canada, but in the past two years, Eva has traveled to several countries offering yoga teacher trainings, specialized yoga workshops, yoga retreats, online yoga classes and more. Her own practice is grounded in transforming feelings of anxiety into freedom, and she strives to help others to do the same in her classes.
Teaching yoga while traveling the world sounds glamorous and amazing, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Eva opens up about her own struggles with anxiety, and how she found her way to a path of teaching yoga while traveling. Shannon and Eva also discuss the practical aspects of moving abroad to teach yoga - finances, visa requirement, contracts and more, as well as what it’s like to teach yoga online.
If you’ve been wondering how to incorporate more travel into your yoga teaching career, or want to learn more about connecting with nomadic yoga teachers to bring what they have to offer to your yoga studio, this episode will be a real treat.
[3:13] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Eva Hamilton.
[5:27] Where did Eva's yoga journey begin?
[8:42] How did Eva move from her realization that she had high anxiety and that yoga was helping, to wanting to travel the world?
[10:56] Where did Eva travel, and how did she deal with moments of high anxiety?
[13:03] In 2018, Eva traveled and taught in 5 countries. What were some of the things she learned along the way?
[15:00] Eva reveals more about the financial aspects of teaching yoga while traveling.
[18:35] Shannon and Eva discuss her transition into a more traveling path.
[19:56] What is Eva's advice for yoga teachers who want to become traveling yoga teachers?
[21:42] If you're considering moving abroad to teach yoga, it may be most beneficial to talk to a yoga teacher who is already teaching there to find out more.
[23:25] Eva shares more about her life in Thailand as a yoga teacher.
[25:32] What does Eva's average week look like?
[29:21] Do you feel like you're running away from something, or do you feel like you're running toward something?
[30:29] Making new connections has opened up new opportunities for Eva.
[33:32] Eva and Shannon dive into some of her challenges in teaching online.
[35:44] Eva shares some of her thoughts around competition in the yoga space.
[38:09] Get in touch with Eva via her website or on social media to find out more about her work.
[39:46] Share your questions in our Facebook group or in the comments!
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Quotes from this episode:
"I think I really made a strong connection to the practice in my first Savasana."
"I think a lot of people make the assumption because I was young that I was really attached to yoga as a physical practice, but for me it was always much more to do with this bridge between the mind and the emotions."
"I really believe yoga is not an answer in and of itself, but when we partner it with other forms of care, it can be extremely successful."
"A job letter is great, but get a contract before you uproot your life."
"It's a certain amount of stepping beyond the fear, trusting my intuition, but also do the work and the research and figure out what's going to make sense for you."
"Do you feel like you're running away from something, or do you feel like you're running toward something?"
"To me, what's the most meaningful part of teaching yoga is that human connection."