Teaching My First Yoga Workshop

It’s pretty crazy to think how just a year ago I was still in Yoga Teacher Training.  The idea of me standing in a yoga studio leading a group of people through a full 60 minute sequence was still a blurry image in my mind.

Fast forward one year and I am teaching two classes a week at a sweet little studio, have led a group of high school football players through an entire season of yoga classes, and now have even taught my very own workshop!

The idea of teaching a workshop was a little scary to me.  How can I educate a group of people on something that I still have SO much to learn about (yes, even after yoga teacher training, there is a LOT to learn).  But the owner of the studio I teach at told me to just think about what I love and how I can be of service to others.  I narrowed it down to combining yoga and running.  Although I am no marathoner running has always been one of my chosen ways to exercise.  So I decided I would teach a Yoga for Runners workshop.

How is a workshop different than just a regular yoga class?

A yoga workshop typically focuses on one aspect of yoga and breaks it down.  It might be focused on certain yoga poses (inversions, twists, etc), or in my case, certain activities and how yoga can compliment those activities. There should be more information given at a workshop than you would hear in a regular class.  More explanation as to why we are practicing these certain poses and their benefits. Sometimes supplementary information is given to take home as well.

How did I prepare for my workshop?

I took what I know from my own practice of yoga and running and also did some additional research online.  I researched some statistics on running, what the activity does to and for our bodies, and how yoga can help relieve some of the strains associated with such a repetitive exercise. I planned out the sequence and jotted down specific information I knew I wanted to share.

How did I promote my workshop?

The studio did a lot of promoting to our existing students.  Both the studio and I promoted the workshop on Facebook with some images like this one.  I definitely have opportunity in simply just getting the word out to more people.

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How did I follow up after the workshop?

I was really happy with how my first workshop went.  Everyone who attended seemed happy and like they left learning something new.  After the workshop I follow up with an email to everyone summarizing some of the points I made in class.  I then gave them pictures of 4 poses they could do on their own at home after a run and explained how to get into each.

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Since this was my first, I really wanted to get some feedback on the Yoga for Runners workshop.  I created a quick little survey on http://www.surveymonkey.com.  I got great feedback and even a personal email from one of the students.  It was amazing to realize that each and every person who attended walked away learning something new.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I am a yoga teacher (and also give myself more credit!).

Have you ever attended or taught a yoga workshop?  I’d love to hear about your experiences!  Look out for another post on more of the content of the workshop and how yoga actually does benefit runners!

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