Writing a yoga teacher bio that stands out can be really intimidating. A lot of us have a hard time writing about ourselves in general—and then there’s the added pressure of writing to appeal to both students and studios alike.
While there are lots of different ways to write a bio, there are some ground rules to follow that will make you stand out and shine amongst the sea of other yoga teachers out there.
The most important thing to do is be yourself.
If you want to begin your bio with a personal story, go for it! Think of it as a sneak peek inside you and your yoga classes.
Students want to know what to expect when they walk into the studio, so giving them a look inside your story will help them get an idea of your teaching style.
If you had any ‘light bulb’ moments in the early years of your yoga practice, you can include these here too, as well as whatever it is that keeps you coming back to your mat.
Honesty is key. Your bio is meant to reflect you. People appreciate truthfulness and are more likely to keep coming to your classes if you’re authentic from the start.
What’s your mission?
Why do you teach? What lessons and practices do you want to share?
Figure out what drives your desire to teach. Is it because you found healing through yoga and want to share that with others? Or maybe it’s been a great stress-reliever in your own life and you want to help people with busy lives find calm.
If you don’t know the answer to this question off the top of your head, set aside some time for a bit of reflection. Figure out your mission before you begin teaching. Without an intention, what’s the point?
Whatever your mission is, let your students know in your bio. Your driving forcemight be exactly what some people are seeking in their own lives.
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What sets you apart?
We all have different teaching styles. Some of us take a more meditative, calming approach, while others like to incorporate humor and lots of movement into their classes.
What do you bring to the table that other teachers might not?
Maybe you’ve practiced a lot of different types of yoga and incorporate more than one style in each class. Or you might be able to draw on your own yoga experiences really well while you teach.
There are tons of yoga teachers out there but none of them are you. We each have our own gifts that we can use when we teach, so be sure to highlight them in your teacher bio.
Know your audience
Think about what kind of students would enjoy taking your class. When you read your bio, does it speak to them?
Talk about your classes. Do you move more slowly or at a quicker pace? Do you play music or not? Is the room heated?
Think about your teaching style and let your students in on it. Be candid and honest. Don’t advertise one style and teach another. Congruency builds trust. The more your students trust you, the more likely they’ll keep coming back to your classes.
Don’t forget your teachers
The best teachers are forever students. Take a few sentences to honor your teachers and give credit where credit is deserved.
It’s humbling to admit we weren’t born knowing everything. If someone else developed your particular teaching style, give him or her a shout out.
Not only is this good practice, but some of your students might be familiar with your teachers. It will give them a better idea of who you are as a teacher and it shows that you’re knowledgeable and respectful.
The technical stuff
A lot of us have a difficult time writing about ourselves.
Write your bio in a few different ways. For example, you might teach at one studio that prefers you write in the first person narrative (using ‘I’ pronouns) and another that prefers third person (she/he).
Have both handy so you don’t have to rewrite your entire bio each time you get a new position.
Write like you talk
This might feel counter intuitive, but your writing will be much better if you write simply and conversationally. Your yoga teacher bio doesn’t have to read like a history essay. Think of it as your story.
It might help to read your bio aloud first and then write it out. After you’ve written it, read it aloud again to see how it sounds. It doesn’t have to be perfect; it just has to be comprehensible and sound like you.
Your teaching style will evolve over time. As it does, let your bio be a reflection of that. Nothing is set in stone! As you change, take some time to update your bio so you maintain consistency throughout all aspects of your teaching.