There are many ways to get involved and participate in your local community and so much to gain from it:
- A sense of connection, strength and solidarity
- Keeping yourself and your studio out there in the eyes of your community
- Experience in organizing and participating in local events
- Important relationships with local authorities and involved members of the community
- The opportunity to give back
- Making a difference
- And therefore the community will get to know you PERSONALLY as a yoga teacher, and subsequently your Home Yoga Studio.
How to get involved
- Volunteer, not only with your yoga but with any other skills you possess
- Attend local events, festivals, markets
- Donate resources to local organizations and charities
- Shop locally
- Join classes or groups who share your same interests
- Organize your own event
- Place a community board in your studio where your own students can post their own businesses and services
- Help when disaster happens
- Serve on a community board
- Fundraising for a good cause
Financial benefits of participating
- The opportunities to promote your Home Yoga Studio with the people you meet – this is actually far batter than traditional advertising
- Influence local policy, which can save you money
- Meet people with different ideas for your marketing, your operation, your promotion, your website and your image
- Free entertainment
- Free food
- Personal connections which can help in the future – building your local network can lead to lots of referrals for your Home Yoga Studio
- Pure good old karma
- I have a student who is an award-winning stylist, so we made a deal to exchange yoga classes for my haircuts! Plus I help this student a little bit with the promotion of her own business by mentioning her studio sometimes, and displaying her business cards in the foyer.
- I also exchange with other students veggies and herbs we grow.
- We help each other with babysitting.
- I’ve taught free yoga classes for a few non-for profit organizations, usually suggested by my own students who in exchange become super loyal.
Participating in your community is a win-win!