Every Yogi Has a Vision.
One of the things you may discover, as you begin your teaching journey, is that to be a yoga teacher means that you are also a small business owner, especially as a teacher in Australia. This means that you will learn how to do things like your own marketing, networking, collaborations, and taxes. All of these things can be really hard to navigate. Especially taxes. I hate taxes.
But, one of the best starting points for me has been to constantly check in and see what type of teacher I want to be. Many businesses have something called a vision statement. My goal today is to help you write one of these for yourself as a yoga teacher.
Why Craft a Vision Statement?
Well, your vision statement is a starting point. It's the way that you want to bring yoga into the world. In fact, you have a unique voice, unique talents, and life experiences that are specially yours! Finding your vision is also about figuring out how you want to share yoga with the world, and how you want to impact the world around you as a teacher.
I have found that when I have a clear direction in my vision, I am also able to create mutually beneficial collaborations, have more clarity around my marketing, and also clear direction in the types of studios that I choose to work with. Once I am clear in what I want to offer, then it becomes much more simple to find other people who want to offer something similar, and as a community, support each other's common goals.
Helpful Tips on Crafting a Vision Statement
1. Make sure that the vision statement is written precisely. The more specific you get about who you are the impact you want to have, the more clarity will spill over into all other aspects of your business.
2. Make sure that the vision statement is full of passion and emotion! This is the underlying thing that drives your business and teaching forward each day.
Questions to Offer You Direction
1. Why do you want to be a yoga teacher?
2. What type of yoga do you find inspiring?
3. What are you most curious about in your yoga teaching and as a student?
4. What type of impact do you want to have on your community and the world?
5. What type of student do you want to teach?
6. What do you think your bigger purpose is in life?
While you may not have a clear vision right now for who you want to be as a teacher, also know that these things take years to develop. I have consistently changed my vision as I have grown and evolved as a teacher and person. Right now, you might have a solid direction of where you are going. And that is what's most important.
I hope you find these thoughts helpful! Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have as you write your vision statement. Would love to hear yours in the comments below!