Recent graduate of Yoga Teacher Training Newfoundland & Labrador Megan Morgan explains how she’s using her experience and education to bring yoga to her community:
“A 200 hr YTT offers a wealth of opportunities once you are finished!! Find what is authentic to you, and make your own path.
I decided to go the route of an independent yoga teacher and started with building a Gentle Yoga class, a class which felt authentic to me, a slower paced class that allows beginners to feel safe and advanced practitioners a class to slow down in. It takes time to build up your client list, but you will find the right students. I am still teaching this class at the Steffen Dance Studio at 673 Topsail Rd, Thursday nights 8:30-9:30 pm.
After completing my 200 hr training I also opted to take Meaghan’s Chair Yoga Teacher training which was amazing and wonderful. I added a morning chair class (Friday 10-11am) to my schedule and later added an evening chair class (Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm) knowing that not all people who want chair yoga are retired!! I am focusing a lot of my efforts on chair yoga currently as I feel there are so many people that could benefit from it, but they are just not aware that it exists. This year I have been involved with two events with the Canadian Diabetes Association, most recently in November 2015 where I taught a short class to about 50 people! I reached out to the MS Society and met with them to discuss chair yoga and gave a free class. I plan to reach out to the Arthritis Society and Heart and Stroke as well. My Chair classes are held at the Steffen Dance Studio as well.
I also teach corporate classes with Definitions and the Department of National Defence. I travel to different offices and provide lunch (or afternoon) yoga classes. This is a fun additional to my schedule and offers a stable income.
I currently teach 10 classes a week which certainly keeps me busy, but each day I wake up happy and excited to teach. The most important thing has been keeping up with my own practice (which I struggle with from time to time) and additional training to specialize in the type of teaching I want to do. In addition to Chair Yoga training, I completed a 40 hr Restorative teacher training with Andrea Peloso and a 10 hr Alignment Based Therapeutic training with Barrie Risman.
You can find me on Facebook at “Megan Morgan Yoga,” online at meganmorganyoga.wordpress.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org“
Thank you Megan for sharing your experience with us!