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May 27, 2024

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

373: Yoga Philosophy for Parenthood with Claire Holloway

 

Description:

How can yoga philosophy support people in their parenthood or caregiving journey? Are the ancient yogic teachings still applicable to modern life? Claire Holloway shares insights about how we can tap into the wisdom of yoga philosophy to guide our actions as we navigate this phase of life.

 

Claire is the founder of The Centre of Bright Beginnings. She offers yoga, corrective exercise, and educational support for those embarking upon or moving through the journey of matresence – conception, pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting. Her work supports not only those identifying as mothers but also parents, caregivers, and parents-to-be. She studies and shares yoga through the lens of her personal experiences of becoming and being a mother.

 

In this episode, Claire reflects on her own postpartum journey and the challenges she faced that led her to do the work she does now. She breaks down how we can apply the teachings of ancient yoga philosophy to life today as parents, and shares practical tips on integrating yoga philosophy into our day-to-day activities. Claire also shares how we can moderate our energy as parents when so much of it goes to our children, how to avoid comparing ourselves with the “perfect parents” on social media, the many decisions that are connected to parenting and birthing, and more.

 

This is such a rich discussion for anyone who is a parent, future parent, caregiver, or if you support or know parents in your life.

 

Key Takeaways:

[0:06] This episode is about how yoga philosophy can support you as a parent or in some other capacity as a caregiver.

[3:41] This episode is sponsored by OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals - and Shannon has some big news about Pelvic Health Professionals.

[9:11] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Claire Holloway.

[13:25] What is the work that Claire does and who does she do it for?

[17:02] What was Claire's postpartum journey like and what inspired her to focus on this time with parents?

[21:44] Things have changed a lot since yoga philosophy was written. How does it still apply to parenting today?

[25:44] How does Claire start to bring in yoga philosophy when talking to brand new parents?

[30:57] With social media, it is easy to compare ourselves to others and feel like we're not living a perfect life or being perfect parents. Shannon and Claire discuss how yoga philosophy can support us in those times.

[37:22] What other parts of yoga philosophy have supported Claire in her own parenting journey?

[41:09] What are some of the challenges new parents are facing now?

[48:15] Shannon and Claire discuss tapas and how that can show up in parenting.

[50:52] Birth trauma can be a big part of the parenting experience. How does Claire help people navigate that?

[55:46] Many new parents deal with a sense of isolation, even more so when they feel they are not living up to societal ideals. Claire speaks a little to this point.

[57:27] Learn more about Claire and her work via her website.

[61:03] Shannon reflects on her biggest takeaways from this conversation with Claire.

[62:47] Shannon shares some of the upcoming calls inside Pelvic Health Professionals, as well as how things are changing with the membership.

[67:12] Link - Shulamit episode

[68:18] Link - Claire's post




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Gratitude to our Sponsors, OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals.

 

Quotes from this episode:

"It's just highlighting that there never is pro-balance and that we can stop beating ourselves up for not actually achieving much... Even that simple awareness can bring more compassion to ourselves. "

 

"The more out of control things feel, the more we cling to whatever we feel that we can control."

 

"One of the really underlying themes is about um taking the right action as opposed to stopping and not acting because of the fear."

 

"Yoga is about the opposite of that, about coming back from separation and isolation towards connection and community and unity."

 

May 13, 2024

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

372: Grow a Private Yoga Business with Dominique Gauthier 

 

Description:

Wondering how you can teach more one-on-one yoga? Curious if it is possible to turn 1:1 yoga classes into a full time business? Teaching yoga 1:1 and growing a yoga business teaching private yoga classes is not something that is covered in yoga teacher trainings but is so important! Dominique Gauthier shares how she has built a successful yoga business with 1:1; sessions.

 

Dominique is a highly skilled and passionate yoga teacher, personal trainer, core & pelvic floor specialist. She is the owner of Body Mind Fitness based in London (Lambeth) Ontario. Dominique is dedicated to helping clients of all ages and fitness levels achieve their health and wellness goals, with a comprehensive approach to fitness that focuses on building strength, increasing flexibility, and improving overall health and well-being. She is a certified Core and Pelvic Floor Specialist, helping clients overcome common issues related to core and pelvic floor dysfunction, and works with clients in-person and virtually in private sessions and personalized small group classes for clients all over the world.

 

Dominique explains how she is able to make a living teaching only yoga. She shares how she advertises online to get new students, what her schedule is like, and how she teaches both in-person and online private yoga. Dominique also highlights how she managed the transition and why moving from teaching group classes to private yoga is not a quick shift. If you’ve been wanting to add more 1:1 yoga classes to your schedule, this episode is for you.

 

Key Takeaways:

[0:06] Shannon introduces her topic for this episode - teaching 1:1 yoga.

[3:58] Shannon introduces herself and gives a shout out to the podcast sponsors, OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals.

[8:42] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Dominique Gauthier.

[12:27] What does Dominique do and who does she do it for?

[15:28] Dominique shares more about how teaching one-on-one yoga is her main source of income.

[17:04] What was Dominique's process of marketing when she made the transition from teaching group classes to focusing on 1:1 classes?

[21:43] Dominique still offers consultation calls to potential students who might be interested in her services.

[24:24] Does Dominique teach 1:1 online or in person?

[24:48] Dominique explains how she structures working with 1:1 student, from the time they book a consultation call.

[27:38] If you're looking for an all-in-one software option, OfferingTree is the solution!

[30:36] Shannon and Dominique discuss the pricing of her 1:1 classes.

[31:11] What is Dominique's advice for a yoga teacher who is looking to make the switch to teaching more 1:1 yoga in their business?

[34:23] Dominique and Shannon share some inspiring anecdotes about why they do they work that they do.

[36:15] How does Dominique manage scheduling her 1:1 yoga sessions?

[39:21] There are ebbs and flows and busy periods and slow periods, even with teaching 1:1 yoga. Dominique reflects on how she manages these ups and downs in her yoga business.

[41:03] Find out more about Dominique and her work at her website and on social media.

[42:23] Shannon shares her biggest takeaways from this conversation with Dominique.

[44:58] Shannon shares a review from a member of Pelvic Health Professionals.

[46:52] Check out the upcoming live calls in Pelvic Health Professionals.

 

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Gratitude to our Sponsors, OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals.

 

Quotes from this episode:

"I really shied away from the idea of talking about 1 to 1 services and possibly part of that was a little bit of imposter syndrome."

 

"I find that especially as an entrepreneur, people want to know who you are as a person and that way they might trust you."

 

"For the most part, I try to give them that face-to-face, putting a face to a name. And I think it shows that you're going the extra mile for them."

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