Being a yoga studio owner means you are a very important part of your community, just as much as your community is an important part of your life. You have established a trusting and, in many cases a family-like, relationship with your yoga clientele who respect and value you in their lives. Over the years, it is likely you have had the occasion to be asked by one or more of your clients to be the special, honored person to officiate or preside at their wedding, renewal of vows, baby’s blessing, coming-of-age — for themselves or their child — uncoupling/divorce, retirement, recovery, coming out, or an end of life celebration/funeral/memorial. 

This “ask” doesn’t just happen by chance: you have laid the foundation to gain this trust and devotion. When you’re requested to preside over a ceremony, it’s because you have become an important part of your client’s life.

Now, think about it: When you were asked by your yoga client to be their ceremony maker, did you decline or accept hesitatingly because you did not feel well prepared? Being your community’s beloved yoga studio owner means your clients are going to want you in their lives as an extension of yoga, to help them authentically pay tribute, celebrate and acknowledge the important moments and events in their lives via ceremony and ritual. Being their “celebrant” ceremony maker is an opportunity to enrich your yoga practice, strengthen the bonds you have created with your clients, and get to know their friends and families, too. Best solution: be prepared to be your yoga studio’s ceremony maker. To be well prepared to co-create a ceremony with and for your honorees, you may consider becoming a certified life-cycle ceremony maker, or having a local celebrant in your area assist and guide you. 

The summer is when ideas take root. This may be one that rings true for you.

By Charlotte Eulette, the international director of Celebrant Foundation & Institute. For more information, or to locate a Celebrant near you, please visit celebrantinstitute.org.