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April 27, 2015
At first I felt this thread was getting so "off the track," when Donna wrote in, but it makes me realize why we should have the little extras for committed yoga students. Students don't see your bills, they don't see your heating bill in the winter, they don't see the electric bill, they have no idea that you pay for liability insurance, continuing education, rent, or anything else.
Just like magic a Yoga studio is kept spotless and the Yoga teacher keeps all the money for everything as profit! " title="Laughing" /> If one of us were one of those greedy, self-centered, "it's all about me" types, we would not choose to teach Yoga.
Yoga teaching can provide a good salary, but you have to work for it. Maybe, when students get to know us better, they will come to a point of truth and reality. Everyone thinks that somebody else has all the money, has life so easy, or should go without a pay check.
Free Yoga is an advertising tool, which ds not work because it says Yoga is worth nothing. The people who tell you to give everything away are marketing gurus who never taught a lick of Yoga.
The people who come to your studio for free Yoga, pull a Google search for "Free Yoga" and enter your town as the third keyword. Then they arrive like a swarm of locusts to fill up your Yoga classes. When the free deal is done, they off to the next fool down the street. Maybe the give away free Pilates, Tai Chi, Qigong, or something else.
These people are value shoppers, and they see Yoga as no value. It ds not matter if Yoga will help them with pain, live longer, or live better because they live for a bargain. In the words of one of them: "If it's free it's for me."
Educate your Yoga students and tactfully let them know that there is no free lunch.
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