What are yoga workshops?
It’s an opportunity for you to show your leadership skills, your passion for your craft and your readiness to guide a group deep into one subject. Workshops are where people go to learn more about what they love or are intrigued and want to understand better. Workshops allow your mind and heart to shine because you want to share something that you’ve gone deep in and is time to offer that to the world.
The length of a workshop varies between 2-3 hours which gives more time to present, understand and then expound upon.
Why do a workshop?
Why not! This is your moment of glory as a knowledgeable yoga teacher and guide. Do you remember workshops you took and how much you got (or didn’t in some instances). So let’s understand better the architecture of a successful workshop so your students get valuable information and make your planning easier.
First, find a topic that not only excites you but you also know enough about to talk or guide for over 2 hours.
These topics can range from arm balancing, inversions, tantric philosophy, the Bhagavad Gita, mantra, etc etc. You get my point. Choose 1 topic and go deep.
Create a captivating title that will spark people’s attention. Think creatively here!
Here are some examples:
Arm Balancing for Core Strength Tantric Philosophy For Modern Yogis How To Invert Without Fear Of Falling
The titles should be demonstrative and provide a solution of what people will get out of your workshop. Imagine they ONLY ever read the title. Then you can write a description with more details to support it.
Next, write an outline with main topics
This all supports the title to create a skeleton of what the workshop will be about.
Just like a yoga class that needs a foundation to set a solid groundwork so does a workshop. So lay your foundation with information that you can build upon slowly creating a progression that makes sense and has no gaps.
Then, use the outline to start filling in sub-topics and details that will be the juicy part of the workshop.
This to me is great because it allows you to go deep and really explain and teach. I suggest writing more than you need because you might have time left over, especially if you are used to teaching 60- to 75-minute classes.
Your outline is your guide so take your time preparing it and making sure you practice the workshop at least once.
The next question is: who will go?
Marketing your workshop is as important as creating it. Make sure you have a platform to share your workshop to either the place hosting you, social media, your email newsletter and word of mouth. Create a flyer or a poster to hang in several locations. Inviting people in person is always a sure way to answer their questions and doubts.