In this week’s episode of Going Pro, guest Alyssa Goldberg returns to share her journey in becoming a yoga teacher. Sitting alongside Michael and Byron, Alyssa discusses the steps she took upon completing her 200 hour YTT in September, and what her year has looked like since.
Alyssa opens up about the early stages of her teaching career all the way to the present day: from zoom yoga classes to small group in person classes, to eventually building a schedule on a studio roster, and then teaching on retreats. She and Byron emphasize the importance of “saying yes” to opportunity and the important use of asking for feedback, relying on mentors, and seeking support throughout the process.
She also dives into the emotional, mental and financial struggles she has faced, and shares how she’s supported herself through these various uncertainties and challenges. Alyssa discusses burn out, breaking down, and the need to release control in order for things to flow without pushing for a specific outcome.
This episode uncovers many elements of the journey of somebody jumping headfirst into a career as a yoga teacher, but also shares golden nuggets of information for anyone who has a desire to share yoga in their community – whether or not as a full time job. As Alyssa acknowledges “the path looks completely different for every single person…” so tune in to see what resonates for your path!
- 00:00 Introduction
- 03:25 Quick re-introduction to Alyssa
- 04:48 Finished the 200 hour YTT… then what?
08:20 First steps towards teaching
- 11:15 Zoom Yoga
- 14:40 Saying Yes to More
- 15:26 When Nobody Shows Up
- 17:10 Teaching to Small Classes
- 21:25 Paying Rent & Teaching Yoga
- 25:22 How Much Do You Want to Dive in?
- 29:18 Journey to Studio Teaching
- 32:36 Breaking Down Emotionally
- 33:40 Demoing/Auditioning
- 37:22 Building a Class Schedule
- 42:40 Saying “Yes”
- 46:40 Letting Go
Alyssa’s Instagram: @alyssangoldberg