The Art of Teaching Yoga: The Importance of Networking

Art of Teaching Yoga mentor Giselle Mari explains why networking is so important for yoga teachers.
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Art of Teaching Yoga mentor Giselle Mari explains why networking is so important for yoga teachers.
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Don't miss The Art of Teaching Yoga, a mentoring program for registered yoga teachers at Yoga Journal LIVE New York, April 21-24. Register now!

At The Art of Teaching Yoga, some of our favorite master yogis will guide an intimate group of students through Yoga Journal LIVE events (the program counts toward 22 Yoga Alliance continuing education contact hours). We asked one of these seasoned yogis—Giselle Mari, a worldwide master Jivamukti teacher and teacher-trainer—why building a network is so important for yoga teachers and how The Art of Teaching Yoga workshop will help you find your community personally and professionally.

Why Networking Is So Important for Yoga Teachers

To network is to connect with people who ignite and inspire you. I would not be where I am without the support of my tribe. Whether you’re a new teacher or a seasoned veteran, teaching yoga, like life, is not a solo performance. It's about finding your people and like any good relationship, it requires time, effort, trust, and a willingness to pay it forward. My “network” is comprised of yoga colleagues who are mentors and have become dear friends, teachers I’ve trained and mentored, students who attend my various yoga offerings, and of course my family. Although this may not be everyone’s definition of network, building a solid network is imperative to one's success in anything you do.

I owe the start of my career to the generosity of my dear friend and amazing Ashtanga teacher, Mark Sierra. When I decided to embark on my first teacher training almost 15 years ago, he did for me what his teacher did for him -- he paid it forward. As a result of his faith in me and generosity, he connected me to another teacher, and I had a job the day after I came home from teacher training. From there, he introduced me to a fabulous world of teachers, some of whom became dear friends. This domino effect naturally built upon itself and continues to this day. As a result of Mark’s tutelage and example of service, I too pay it forward.

Amazing networks are not built overnight. In addition to time and effort, they also require putting yourself out there (trust me, introverts, I feel you on this, but it's worth it). Networks can be forums for skill shares, business/personal advice, procuring a top-notch substitute for your classes, and/or support for your next big idea. And now with social media, you can expand that network in ways that create endless potential.

At The Art of Teaching Yoga workshop, you will experience this power of connection. By your mere presence, you’ll begin your own network, not just with me and the other lead teachers, but with the other participants. Plus, upon enrollment, you'll be admitted to the private Facebook group where we will build community and share our thoughts as we come closer to the live event. Not only will this program highlight your teaching talents, it will also bring other intangibles that will help you widen your circle. You just might meet your next teacher, business partner, co-retreat leader, or best friend. To quote an African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others."

See also3 Ways The Art of Teaching Yoga Will Make You a Better Teacher

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