I’m excited to announce that I’ve finally held my first yoga class on Monday night - teaching complete strangers (my measure for a true class). Although very nervous , and it was in no way my best ‘performance’ (if you will), the hardest class I shall ever take is now complete. Yes, the room is not ideal, and yes it was only a small class of 3 people (Owen was one of them), but at the end of the day, I taught a full Hatha Yoga class. Yay!
It turns out there has been quite a large response to the 600 postcards (advertising my business) Owen and I handed out on Saturday morning. So far, I’ve had about 90 people alone visit my website and of those, 9 people have called or emailed to say they would like to come along! How exciting!!! People would like to come on different days, some starting next week etc, so I can see why it’s important to create a large customer base to try and fill the multiple classes being held throughout the week. Because, let’s face it, most people only want to attend their weekly class and that’s all.
Looking at the space we were all in on Monday night, with large tables pushed up against the walls (nowhere else to put them), I’m really only limited to having about 5 people maximum at any one time. This means I really do need to start thinking about finding a larger space. I can then promote the business properly and really start to see some numbers sign up. But in saying that, at the moment while I’m still a new teacher, it’s good to begin with the smaller numbers. At this stage I cannot say with absolute certainty that I wouldn’t keel over and die should I be faced with a group of 20 or more students at one time…. Slowly slowly.
My MeetUp free yoga workshop in the park, scheduled for this Saturday, is also looking to get some traction. I have about 6 or 7 people signed up to attend. And more planning to come the second time round as they can’t make this weekend. I think this is another great way to get myself known in the community. The issue of funding still remains, however. Everything costs money - even hosting a free event on MeetUp.com costs a pretty penny each month. (If you hear of a bank being robbed, in the next couple of weeks, I assure I had nothing to do with it….. Kidding!) I know I have wonderful support from family available to me should I start getting hunted down by creditors, so that’s always reassuring to know. But at the end of the day, every cent spent trying to get the word out is all an investment. My goal is to teach, so I will do what I need to in order to achieve this goal. To share this beautiful practice with others. And eventually, in time, I know everything will balance out, work out how it should. I’m too determined not to reach that point. I shall continue on this path no matter what it takes, because besides, how lucky am I to officially say I’m living the dream - right now. This is what is important to always keep in mind. It’s not about the money, or the destination - it’s about the journey. And right now, this is my journey and I feel so fortunate to be a teacher, struggles and all. I can only hope other people out there are also following their dreams, and experiencing the journey, because its the journey we will all remember - so enjoy it.