Are you a yoga teacher (or aspiring teacher) who wants to teach privates? You'll want to check out these tips:
1. Get their information ahead of time
How can you help someone if you know nothing about what their issues are? Plus, most clients (students) filling out a form the day of -- on the spot -- tend to forget things, or don’t really realize what could be important. Things like: five years ago they were in an accident, or that they really only do drink two cups of water a day and live on coffee and caffeine... Getting a health evaluation and questionnaire to your new student a few days prior, or even a week, can give them time to “think things over” and be more conscious of their routine and habits.
Even though your session is primarily geared towards the physical, what they do in other areas of their lives will highly affect the outcome of your session(s). It is important to know about diet (even if you are not a dietitian). There are basic red flags: how much water they drink (should be minimum .6 times body weight); medications; what their job is like; work load; daily routine; and how much sleep, rest and recovery they get.
And, don’t forget to simply ask them what they want to get out of your sessions! Often, I have people come in and say they want to learn more about yoga postures, but as the session progresses, they want to do meditation, or they tell me they are interested in XYZ, or they want to learn how to use this prop, and so on. Save yourself the trouble, and be prepared.
2. Do the research
This is another reason to get an evaluation sheet prior to your meeting. Sometimes it may be something like MS or chronic headaches or a pesky hip issue; even so, it’s still important to take the time to be prepared. Come with tools, and lots of them. What you plan may not pan out, so you’ll want to have another angle to take.
3. Have your pricing already figured out
When it comes to finances, many people hate to talk about them. And when you are putting a price on your time and efforts, it is important to make sure: one, you see value in yourself and two, you practice being clear at communicating that to your clients. Everything is energy, and when you put out to the Universe that you aren’t worth much, then you won’t get much.
I often tell yoga teachers that they need to: