Teaching yoga part-time can allow instructors to improve their practice, strengthen their confidence and allow them to reap the benefits of yoga in their lives. It can also benefit your studio.
“You can have a variety of personalities and class types,” said Maria Murphy owner of the Yoga Patch in Kansas City, Missouri. “Not everyone connects with all teachers, so having a variety of instructors gives people more options.”
But, like most things, having part-time teachers can bring some challenges to your studio.
Murphy said that part-time instructors can sometimes lessen the consistency of teaching styles. In addition, students may follow the instructor from studio to studio, versus just coming to one home-base. “If people can find that same teacher at other studios, they tend to float around and are not loyal to one studio,” she said. “As a studio owner this hurts.”
As a result, having a part-time teacher who only teaches at your studio is ideal. This also creates consistency in scheduling.
Part-time teachers require more time to work with because they have fewer options for class time availability, but it may pay off to try to work with their schedules and still make it work for your clients.
Murphy said that she has a large enough studio that incorporating part-time instructors into the schedule does not seem to be a problem. “They tell me what they can teach and what times and if it is a good fit for our clients, they’re in,” she said.
While part-time teachers can require more effort to plan around, they could be a good fit for your studio. As a result, it may be worth it to incorporate part-time instructors into your schedule.