5 Steps to Writing Your Best Yoga Biography


By: Gaia Staff  |  June 24, 2013

Smart, authentic bios are essential for any yoga teacher. They serve as a mini resume, highlighting our credentials and informing potential students about our mission statement and style of teaching. Biographies are used on your personal postcards, flyers and website. The studio or gym you teach at may also ask for your bio to include on their website. Remember that often all a student has, in order to decide whether or not they want to take your class, is your personal story: your biography. It is important that you feel empowered by how you tell that story.

I also understand that for many of us it is not easy to write about oneself. Do you write in first person or third person? What do you include, and how much is too much?

Try taking these steps to write your best biography. Most of all, honor yourself in what you write. By doing so, you honor and elevate the profession of yoga!

Step 1: YOUR PHILOSOPHY

  • Write out your personal mission statement.
  • Write out your teaching intention: why do you teach?
  • Write out your vision statement.
  • Write out what yoga means to you.

Step 2: YOUR BRAND

  • If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
  • If others described you in three words, what would those be? Ask a couple friends, and find out if this is an accurate portrayal.
  • What would a Yelp review of your personality say about you?
  • If someone followed you around with a video camera all day, what would the reality TV show about your life be called?
  • Your life has a soundtrack: what is the name of your theme song?

Step 3: YOUR SPECIALISM

  • Write out ten things that make you a great person.
  • Write a list of five things you are passionate about.
  • Write out three things that keep you inspired.
  • Write a list of three things you are most embarrassed about, and the expert lessons you’ve learned from them.
  • Write out how yoga came into your life. What was your first class like for you? What brought you back to a second class?

Step 4: YOUR AUDIENCE

Does how you teach meet the expectations of what you say about yourself in your bio? Please don’t falsely advertise one thing and deliver another. It’s not fair to your clients.

What kind of students would you recommend taking your class? Does your bio speak to them?

What style of yoga do you teach? Be honest; just spell it out.

Offer a brief description of your class so students know what to expect. Include things like whether or not you use music, what the pacing is like (slow, medium, fast), whether you are alignment oriented, if your class heated, what level of physical strength is expected when you teach.

Step 5: YOUR TEACHERS

The best teachers remain lifelong students. Honor your teachers in your bio, those that have taught you through ease or challenge, and the lessons for you now as a teacher too. Model politeness and respect and your students will do the same for you. Karma keeps us real and humble. You are there only because your students show up as you showed up for your teachers. Give good, get good back.

Now take the input from these five steps and write out four different biographies for yourself.

  • Twitter-size bio 150 characters
  • Short 50 word biography
  • First person biography 250 words
  • Third person biography 250 words

Some tips in finalizing your biographies:

  • Read them aloud to yourself.
  • Stand up and read them to a friend.
  • Have a friend read them aloud to you.
  • Make any necessary edits; every word counts!
  • And remember, as you evolve as a teacher, so should your bio. Make a point to revisit it annually.

 

Silvia Mordini

Silvia Mordini, Writer, Happiness Coach, Teacher, Healer
Spiritual Vinyasa * Inspired * Playful * Mystical
Enthusiasm to love your life is contagious around Silvia. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Silvia lives her happiness in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her classes, workshops, trainings and retreats spiritually uplifted! Born in Ecuador, raised traveling the globe, she is an adventure junkie, writer, and happiness coach. After a car ran over her, she used yoga to recover physically and emotionally, then owned a Chicagoland yoga studio for 12 years.
Silvia has taught for 20 years, with over12,000 hours of experience. She founded the 10 year old internationally recognized RYT200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program Alchemy of Yoga and co-founded Alchemy Tours, through which she leads Yoga Retreats and spiritual adventures worldwide. Silvia firmly believes the Alchemy of Yoga sparks the fire of transformation in everyone!
Silvia has devoted her life to inspiring others to be themselves through kick-ass spirituality. She empowers you to believe that the way you do your yoga becomes the way you live your life. Through peaceful movement on the mat, ordinary spiritual practice supports extraordinary happiness off the mat. Her playful, creative alignment-based Vinyasa Flow teaching style reminds you of your joyful birthright to love yourself, love your day, love your life!
Look for her upcoming book “Happiness Prescriptions” and her weekly The Alchemy of Yoga blog on DoYouYoga.com. Find her published articles as a Wellness Expert for yoga sites such as GaiamTV, MindBodyGreen, Yoganonymous, and Daily Cup of Yoga. Silvia lives in Seattle near the water and the mountains. She loves making Aperol Spritz while entertaining friends at home, and often helps others redecorate their homes with Soul. She dreams of one day living on a beach “almost” full-time and simplifying her closet by 50%.
Silvia can be reached at:
Websites: www.alchemytours.com or www.silviamordini.com 
Twitter: @alchemytours or  @inspiredyogagal
Facebook: Silvia Mordini
YouTube: Loving Your Day
Instagram: alchemytours


 

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