by Hedy Alicia Iankelevich
Going from Yoga Teacher to Yoga Studio Manager is not for the weak hearted. Many people think that because it’s a yoga studio, there is no stress, no hard work, no egos, no blood sweat and tears… boy, are they wrong. It can be stressful trying to create and maintain a serene and healing environment. Tending to people who are on a journey to heal their mind, body and soul is no easy task and it’s certainly not for everyone.
However, if you are a full time yoga teacher who wants to transition from running around the city to find a steady paycheck, managing a studio may be a perfect way to stay in the Yoga World and still help others without doing all the teaching. Also, if owning your own Yoga studio is on your vision board, it would be wise to manage one first. It takes a certain skill set and personality to run a studio. In this article, I will discuss the three (3) skills that you need to be a Yoga Studio Manager.
BUSINESS SKILLS- The smaller the studio, the more of these skills you will need to have. In a big business, skills sets are much more segmented into departments, but in a small business, you wear many hats.
LIFE SKILLS- life skills come more from experiencing the world than from a single teacher.
COMPUTER SKILLS- different studios use different programs. You will most likely need to know how to use some of the following programs. Take some tutorials or play around on your own by creating a mock-up (or real) website and newsletter for yourself. I learned all these programs on the job, figuring things out on my own or calling tech support to give me mini tutorials. I love puzzles, I do daily crosswords, so all these programs are just bigger puzzles for me to figure out.
It’s not always easy managing a business that promotes peace and wellness. Business is still business and there will be stress and there will be challenges. Just as when you are a teacher, you become a representative of what you are teaching, preaching and managing- taking care of yourself is going to be a priority. The good is SO good. You get to work in a beautiful environment- that you help to create. If you are tired of the yoga teacher hustle, dread the thought of being in the corporate world and are business minded, this could be a great job for you. You certainly do not need to be a yoga teacher to become a yoga studio manager but it helps a lot… or at least having a practice and knowledge of Yoga. So, choose wisely when deciding if making the leap from teacher to manager is the path for you- as you can see it is certainly not for everyone but for some, it’s just right.