Most people, in the general public, recognize the health benefits of Yoga. Injury prevention, stress reduction and weight management are just a few of the worthy side effects of a regular yoga practice. Due to the lure of lower health care costs, and fewer workers calling in sick, many corporate executives are instituting Yoga training into work-sponsored employee health programs. Many Yoga teachers are taking advantage of this dependable source of income. What are the pros and cons of teaching Yoga at a corporation?
Many Yoga instructors are paid according to the number of students that attend their classes. Instructors, who are hired by a corporation, typically make a flat rate of pay. Corporations usually pay regularly and on a predictable date. When teaching a class at a company location, Yoga teachers receive a consistent amount of pay they can count on. Additionally, corporate facilities tend to pay extremely well and there are opportunities for instructors to teach private sessions.
Yoga instructors, who teach at corporations, do not have to market their classes like those who teach at a studio. Company employees usually do the marketing for the teacher through a company newsletter, email or in-house flyers.
Employees of a company, who have never taken a Yoga class, are more likely to walk into a class at their company than into a class at a local studio. Instructors, who teach at corporations, can extend Yogic knowledge to populations that typically would not receive it.
Since the company houses the entire population of prospective students for the class, instructors will have to travel to the corporation in order to teach. For many teachers, this amount of travel is similar to driving to a studio, but, depending on the commute, it could be a hardship for those who teach from home or close to home.
Teachers are sometimes expected to provide the equipment for students to use during their classes. When teaching at a company, instructors may have to haul mats, straps and blocks into class each week. However, some facilities make it worth your effort by purchasing equipment directly from you. Additionally, some experienced students may have their own equipment.
Yoga teachers, working with employees of a company, will most likely find that they are working with a population with varying levels of fitness. Some students will be ready to move forward in their practice, and others will struggle with a beginner’s level course for weeks. Teachers must be prepared to accommodate students by offering several different options for poses. For example, Side Plank can be shown with one knee on the mat, heels together or one leg lifted toward the ceiling.
You may have to let go of typical studio rules regarding cell phones. A student may be called out of class for an emergency and company policy overrides your class guidelines, especially if the person on the phone is a company officer. You want to learn the policies of each company with whom you work. Therefore, instructors must learn to go with the corporate flow.
There are pros and cons to teaching at corporations. Many Yoga teachers find teaching at a corporate location can be a consistent form of income with built-in benefits, but that each population presents unique challenges.
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