I’m officially graduated guys!!! The past four weeks were a whirlwind and I am just now getting adjusted back to regular day to day life.
My first goal after being released into the real world was of course, finding a job!
I am so excited to begin teaching and to share my passion with others. Like, unbelievably, incredibly, enthusiastically EXCITED! I’ve always enjoyed teaching, and now I have the ability to teach something I absolutely love.
But there are so many questions! What type of yoga do I want to teach? WHERE do I want to teach? HOW OFTEN do I want to teach?
These are important questions to ask myself. I didn’t get into teaching yoga for the money, honestly. Also, my family and home life is incredibly important to me. I had to make sure I found the RIGHT places to work and the right balance.
If you meet me, you might be surprised to learn I’m actually an introvert. I also suffer from terrible social anxiety.
A person would never guess this when chatting with me, I hide it well. And I do actually love meeting people and working in social environments. BUT it takes A LOT out of me. After a busy week, I usually need a few days downtime to recuperate. It’s just who I am as a person and I’ve come to accept it.
So keeping all of that in mind, I set out to find the perfect work schedule. At first I applied anywhere and everywhere. But I quickly learned to be more selective. I was offered one position at a place close to my home, but the owner was looking for more of a full time person who could also fill other positions. It was a difficult decision but I respectfully had to say no. Family comes first. Hard concept to grasp at first, but… IT’S OKAY TO SAY NO. Stay in touch and let them know you’re willing to come back if they ever offer a position that fits your schedule better. And fortunately there are plenty of places that are looking for part time instructors to only teach a few classes a week.
Another important question: WHAT DO YOU WEAR TO A YOGA JOB INTERVIEW?????
The answer might seem simple. If you’re expected to demo any yoga sequences… wear yoga clothes! Maybe your best yoga clothes? Your fanciest Lululemons perhaps?
What if you’re coming in to interview and then come back later to do a demo? That’s more of a grey area…. And sadly I still don’t know the answer. As I asked around, I got a ton of different answers. Some said to dress in your best dress and heels, others said business casual. My yoga teaching peers all said comfy clothes….
It’s a different world out there than the corporate places I have interviewed with in the past. And it’s been so long since I’ve dressed in business interview attire, I don’t even have professional work heels that fit. Ooops.
They say dress for the job you want, not the job you have… Well honestly I want a job where I can wear comfy yoga clothes all the time! I’m still trying to determine whats expected of me as far as dress code etc. I may never have the answers, and that’s okay.
What I DO know is that every employer wants a hardworking employee who is dependable and on time. Those employers looking for a yoga instructor probably want a teacher who will lead a fun, beneficial, and safe class, that will have students coming back every week. So that is my main goal and focus.
What do you guys think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Love and light,