By Faye Martins
Many yoga teachers are exploring creative ways to expand their current clientele, and one method that is seeing a surge in popularity is the private in-home class. This has worked for personal trainers for decades, so why shouldn’t it work for yoga training? As great as this new teaching opportunity is, there are some pros and cons that should be taken into consideration to ensure a fair deal for teacher and student alike.
When setting fees for private in-home classes, care must be taken to make it worth your while as a teacher. Initially, it might seem like teaching in the home of a student is basically the same as teaching in the studio, but travel and setup time should be accounted for. Even driving just a few miles each way can easily end up taking a significant amount of time. Gas prices are also an issue, and may limit the geographical range a teacher is able to serve. In order to be worthwhile for a teacher, the rate per private class should cover mileage and travel time, in addition to compensating for time that could have been spent teaching an entire class of paying students.
Most students understand the need for higher costs, and are more than willing to pay a fair amount for the undivided, individualized experience that a private class offers.
Teaching private sessions in a home is a very different experience than teaching in a studio. Yoga studios have lots of free, open space that is perfect for laying out yoga mats and getting right to work. Few homes have rooms devoid of furnishings, and this physical and visual clutter will need to be worked around. Most rooms have ample space for one individual to practice yoga, but they may not have enough room for two. Routines will be established within the first few private classes, and this will make future classes run smoother and faster.
Pets can be another potential obstacle that teachers may have to deal with when teaching a private class in a student’s home. It is not unreasonable to request that students kindly crate their dogs prior to the start of the private class, and this will prevent any unpleasant run-ins between the yoga teacher and territorial dogs.
Offering private yoga classes gives teachers the opportunity to teach a wider variety of students. Many shy and private individuals are too uncomfortable to attend a class in a yoga school, but would love to have the instruction needed to go deeper into the practice. Private classes fill this need. As the West continues to embrace yoga in the years to come, in-home private classes will become more and more commonplace. Teachers who embrace this trend will help bring yoga to more people than ever before.
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