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December 20, 2010 - 9:24 pm
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Danger, Danger - Will Robinson!

As I was searching for somebody to help me with my Yoga studio and marketing, I made an astonishing discovery. I found only one source of yoga marketing materials that were made by a yoga studio. I did find a yoga studio marketing course by a real yoga teacher that was running her business at a Pak Mail location (that's like a UPS store!). Let's see - she's giving advice about running a yoga studio and she runs a mail box. Next - A tai chi guy who runs a business of yoga marketing out in the mountains. Next - A yoga guy out in San Francisco, but he doesn't have a studio either. Thank you Aura Wellness Center for giving me yoga marketing and business materials and support for my studio.

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December 21, 2010 - 8:07 pm
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Wow! Good information about scammers who pretend to be yoga coaches.

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December 21, 2010 - 9:38 pm
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Use Google Earth to find out who's a Pak Mail box from who owns a yoga studio. Funny thing is: Paul includes business advice free with courses by Aura. Nobody does that. You even learn how to set up your own website and run your own yoga teaching business.

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December 22, 2010 - 1:56 pm
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Who said a yoga business coach has to know anything about yoga or have a studio? This teaches all of us to do research. The little things in life count - like walking the talk and having a good reputation.

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December 23, 2010 - 9:27 pm
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Why get a coach? Just get a Yoga marketing DVD.

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January 4, 2011 - 9:45 pm
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Fellow Yogis,

In this time, money is not for wasting with people who know nothing about running a yoga school. If you are experiencing economic problems, know that this is happening all over the world. This is why high cost and out of site TTC (yoga teacher training) is ridiculous. Beter to get started with an online yoga course that costs much less. Sure it would be great to visit guru for years, but who has time or extra dollars to waste? Same for this yoga business coach. I am thinking Yoga business DVD or Ebook from Aura is better for my money. This gentleman above has sale for 97 British Pounds for 1 DVD! Shop and compare.

Hari Om Tat Sat

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January 5, 2011 - 7:39 pm
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You are so right Deepaman. There is always someone ready to charge an arm and a leg for business coaching, but are they worth it? The yoga business coaches that don't have an ashram or a small school can tell you nothing about starting or running a school. If a person only owns a Pak Mail box address what do they know about running a yoga studio? If you want to pay big money for a yoga business coach, make sure that person runs a successful yoga school.

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January 9, 2011 - 4:27 pm
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I went to George Watts site (he teaches yoga) and this looks more like a course than one lone DVD. My thinking is that 97 sterling is lighter change than one coaching session.

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January 21, 2011 - 7:54 pm
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Seriously! Who would seek out business advice for a yoga teacher from someone who doesn't have a studio? Do your research. The Pak Mail warning is just like a warning buoy.

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June 24, 2011 - 9:05 pm
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Hello, I just came across this thread and thought I would offer some suggestions. There is a person by the name of Yogi Coach who used to work with Gaiam and Golden Bridge and offers consulting on web design, marketing, SEO, business strategies etc...for yoga teachers and yoga studios. There are some great articles he wrote.

In fact if you Google "yoga SEO", "yoga marketing", "yoga business consultant", you will see his site is on page one.

Hope this helps

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June 26, 2011 - 12:42 am
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Another pretender surfaces...Thank You for showing up.

I don't care if you shipped yoga mats for 20 years at Gaiam and i don't care if you shined Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa's sandals.

So, are you the yogi coach? Are you a yoga teacher? How many years have you been running a yoga school? Where is your studio? How much money do you make a year teaching yoga? Is your yoga school profitable? What's your price for a flashy site with all the bells and whistles?

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June 26, 2011 - 12:54 am
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Don't shoot him down so quick. Let Sergio play.

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June 26, 2011 - 2:24 pm
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Can't blame him for trying. The guy just wanted to paste his backlinks all over the forum as part of his SEO strategy. Maybe one of you would like to spend a few thousand dollars to know if he really knows what he says he knows. Marketing is a do it yourself part of teaching yoga. You could spend thousands or study books and DVDs for a lot less. Since George and Paul actually have Yoga studios, you'll learn something useful and save a lot.

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June 26, 2011 - 9:58 pm
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No, he doesn't have a studio from what I can see. But it seems he knows what yoga is. Sergio charges $400 for four 45-minute sessions per month. So, you pay $100 for every 45 minutes. That's about $133.33 and hour. He has to make a living somehow. His web site cost is $2500 or $1700 if you use a template and don't need custom design. Whether he deserves the title "yogi coach" is another matter. What kind of site you get is a leap of faith.

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Well gang, I am actually his girlfriend and make no attempts to try and hide this. I offered the links as an attempt to offer help for what you seek. Only Amy (thank you) took the time to actually read what he offers.

If you want to pass judgment then go ahead and do so. If you want to be angry, then go ahead and do so. Or if you want to keep an open mind and just try and reading what he has to offer then I invite you to as well.

It is your choice.

Be well.

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July 3, 2011 - 11:42 am
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Who could get angry over a "yogi coach" who never had a yoga school having his girl friend paste back links on this site? You people are so unfair! Just give this guy your money.

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July 4, 2011 - 7:31 pm
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If Aura isn't worried about Sergio's backlinks, what's the big deal? The price for web site development isn't free. If you want free - get a free blog. You might not ever get ranked, but you'll have a free blog.

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I wish my girlfriend would do my job as a yoga coach because I don't own a yoga studio either.

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I can't believe aideshe would paste a marketing decal on a warning buoy. The name of the thread is: "Warning: Yoga Business Coaches Without Studios." So, you raise your hand and say: "Yeah! I'm a Yoga coach and by the way I don't know anything about running a yoga studio because I never owned or managed one!" The yogi coach is just a web site builder.

It used to be that people talked before they thought. Now people type or tweet before thinking. One point to cover: most studios can't afford to have a site like aura has. No way. It's just too massive for any one person to maintain. They must have a crew working on all this and the community features. That's why I tend to believe they know what they're doing. They have business and marketing information for less than one hour of the cost of a consultation with yogi coach who doesn't know anything about running a yoga school. Think about it.

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I can't believe the hostility here. I agree with Karma: What's the big deal? You try things and see if they work. You can't make an informed opinion if you never tried the services.

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