How to Build Your Kula with Face-to-Face Connection

How to Build Your Kula with Face-to-Face Connection

The Business of Yoga Speaker Series 6: Amy McDonald and Michael Jay

With over 30 years of design and marketing experience, teaching yoga for over 15 years and 12 years of owning, managing and recently selling a successful yoga studio in the suburbs of Vancouver Canada. I'm passionate about balance. I experienced it from a very young age. I was born to a hippy, artist mother who taught me to express my creativity, passion and a love of yoga, and a businessman father who showed me the importance of building relationships in life and in business. These two influences sent me on a lifetime trajectory balancing the fine art of marketing and design with wellness and self-care.

In this interview Amy and Michael discuss:

  • The number one student retention strategy

  • What really makes teaching professionally rewarding

  • Building community with face-to-face connection

Are you ready to shift from a Yoga teacher hobbyist to an Abundant Yoga Business Owner?

Amy's Growing Your Yoga Biz is a 6-month group training, coaching and business development program for Yoga Teachers ready to learn new skills, shift old patterns and limiting beliefs, meet and have fun with new colleagues and friends AND generate more prosperity doing what they love.
 

Learn More Now: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/growingyouryogabiz

Use coupon code bizofyoga at check out for $500 off!

New Industry Research for your Yoga Biz!

New Industry Research for your Yoga Biz!

The Business of Yoga Speaker Series 6: Amy McDonald and Royal Brown

Royal Brown is a successful yoga instructor, corporate sales rep and business owner. Her passion includes helping yoga instructors create a career from doing what they love.

In this interview Amy and Royal discuss:

  • The top three trends impacting the Yoga industry RIGHT NOW

  • New opportunities to network with other Yoga teachers

  • How and why to diversify your Yoga offerings

Are you ready to shift from a Yoga teacher hobbyist to an Abundant Yoga Business Owner?

Amy's Growing Your Yoga Biz is a 6-month group training, coaching and business development program for Yoga Teachers ready to learn new skills, shift old patterns and limiting beliefs, meet and have fun with new colleagues and friends AND generate more prosperity doing what they love.
 

LEARN MORE HERE: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/growingyouryogabiz

Use coupon code bizofyoga at check out for $500 off!

How to Really Read Your Studentship in Unusual Environments and Locations

How to Really Read Your Studentship in Unusual Environments and Locations

The Business of Yoga Speaker Series 6: Amy McDonald and Maryam Sharifzadeh

Maryam has been teaching yoga in the workplace since 2009. With over 4,200 classes and 300+ companies under her belt, Maryam is an expert in Office Yoga. Her fitness background, 1,200 RYT and Masters in Sports Management all provide her with a deep understanding of the physical body and mind, and how we can use these tools to best elevate our personal and professional lives. Maryam is now the CEO of Office Yoga and creator of the Office Yoga Teacher Training program.

In this interview, Amy and Maryam discuss:

  • Creating your own niche, and hiring your friends!

  • The specific skill of teaching office Yoga

  • How to really read your audience in different environments

Are you ready to shift from a Yoga teacher hobbyist to an Abundant Yoga Business Owner?

Amy's Growing Your Yoga Biz is a 6-month group training, coaching and business development program for Yoga Teachers ready to learn new skills, shift old patterns and limiting beliefs, meet and have fun with new colleagues and friends AND generate more prosperity doing what they love.
 

LEARN MORE HERE: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/growingyouryogabiz

Use coupon code bizofyoga at check out for $500 off!

What the International Yoga Sport Federation's World Championships are REALLY about!

What the International Yoga Sport Federation's World Championships are REALLY about!

The Business of Yoga Speaker Series 6: Amy McDonald and Henry Winslow

Henry Winslow is a dedicated yoga practitioner of 9 years, whose teaching is rooted in the Ghosh, Ashtanga, and Dharma Yoga traditions. In 2018, Henry took first place in the International Yoga Sport Federation's world championships. Although strength and flexibility initially attracted him to the mat and remain a focal point of his teaching, his appreciation for the practice has since expanded beyond the physical. To Henry, yoga is above all else a tool for cultivating clarity. Through workshops, private and group classes, and his podcast Dharma Talk, Henry empowers students worldwide to connect to their innermost selves, where our natural resilience, unlimited power, and universal compassion reside.

In this episode Amy and Henry discuss:

  • How to start your own product line... EASILY!

  • What the International Yoga Sport Federation's World Championships are REALLY about!

  • Why Yoga Teachers should embrace 'entrepreneurship'.

Are you ready to shift from a Yoga teacher hobbyist to an Abundant Yoga Business Owner?

Amy's Growing Your Yoga Biz is a 6-month group training, coaching and business development program for Yoga Teachers ready to learn new skills, shift old patterns and limiting beliefs, meet and have fun with new colleagues and friends AND generate more prosperity doing what they love.
 

LEARN MORE HERE: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/growingyouryogabiz

Use coupon code bizofyoga at check out for $500 off!

Why You Should NEVER Teach for Free and Other Yoga Controversies

Why You Should NEVER Teach for Free and Other Yoga Controversies

The Business of Yoga Speaker Series with Amy McDonald and Marylene Henry

Marylene is a yoga teacher trainer who specialises in Yoga anatomy, therapeutic applications of yoga, Corporate Yoga and Yoga for depression, stress, and anxiety. Her passion for yoga took a new turn when she helped a friend overcome depression through yoga. Curious about what other benefits a holistic approach to yoga could bring, she devoted her time and energy to study the 8 limbs of yoga. Splitting her life between a successful international corporate career and teaching yoga, she perfectly understood how everyday demands can get in a way of a healthy body and healthy mind, and used this experience to teach corporate yoga. In 2016, she decided to leave her corporate career to pursue a PhD in Osteopathy to deepen her knowledge of the physical body. She also completed her certifications as Reiki Master and Mindfulness coach. Today, Marylene teaches private and group classes, and co-host Yoga Teacher Trainings in Bali, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.

In this interview, Amy and Marylene discuss:

  • How to make learning about anatomy REALLY interesting

  • Why you should NEVER teach for free

  • Making big leaps and being bold to share your voice

Are you ready to shift from a Yoga teacher hobbyist to an Abundant Yoga Business Owner?

Amy's Growing Your Yoga Biz is a 6-month group training, coaching and business development program for Yoga Teachers ready to learn new skills, shift old patterns and limiting beliefs, meet and have fun with new colleagues and friends AND generate more prosperity doing what they love.
 

Learn More Here: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/growingyouryogabiz

Use bizofyoga at check out for $500 off!

Reinventing Yourself: The journey from Pharmacist to Spiritual Breath Worker

Reinventing Yourself: The journey from Pharmacist to Spiritual Breath Worker

The Business of Yoga Speaker Series 6: Amy McDonald and Niraj Naik

Niraj Naik is an ex-pharmacist turned holistic health expert. After working for several years as a community pharmacist, Niraj saw firsthand just how ineffective and even damaging pharmaceutical drugs can be. When he found himself a patient of stress-related depression and ulcerative colitis, he embarked on a journey of profound healing and now has no symptoms at all. Known internationally as The Renegade Pharmacist, Niraj is also the founder of SOMA Breath and is dedicated to educating others on topics of holistic health, breath work  meditation, and more.

In this episode Amy and Niraj discuss:

  • Reclaiming Pranayama as a healing art

  • The journey from from pharmacist to spiritual breath worker

  • Why breathing slower and more mindfully is essential for the body

Learn more about Growing Your Yoga Business - Amy’s 6-month Yoga biz training program - here: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/growingyouryogabiz

When to Modify vs When to Tell A Student They're In the Wrong Class

When to Modify vs When to Tell A Student They're In the Wrong Class

The Business of Yoga Speaker Series 6: Amy McDonald and Angela Kukhahn

After a life changing injury, Angela’s soul purpose unfolded down the path of yoga. Today she teaches others to move beyond their fears and limitations. With her personal practice providing inspiration, she has a magical knack for leading yogis straight into the achievement of postures they never thought possible, distracting them with humour, inspiring with music and leading with colourful metaphor.

In this episode Amy and Angela discuss:

  • Knowing when to step away from your students

  • Why learning other modalities helps your practice and teaching

  • The WEIRDEST troll story I've ever heard...

Ready to Grow Your Yoga Biz? Learn more about Amy’s signature Yoga biz training program here: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/growingyouryogabiz

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome and People Pleasing as you Grow Your Yoga Biz

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome and People Pleasing as you Grow Your Yoga Biz

The Business of Yoga Speaker Series 6: Amy McDonald and Danni Pomplun

Danni Pomplun is a 500-hr E-RYT Yoga Teacher, and accomplished yoga teacher trainer. In addition, he is also on the training faculty at Yoga Tree in San Francisco, and Noah Mazé in Los Angeles. Danni leads popular workshops and immersions in his hometown of San Francisco and around the world. No matter where he goes the thread of community remains. His style has been described as functional, down-to-earth, and fun with an edge. Each offering will connect to power and flow, infused with light-hearted spirituality where you’ll find the inspiration to connect with your higher self.

In this episode Amy and Danni discuss:

  • Dealing with imposter syndrome and people pleasing as you grow

  • How to NOT burn out

  • Taking the craft of teaching Yoga VERY seriously

Ready to Grow Your Own Yoga Biz? Sign up for Amy’s 6-month Yoga biz training program here: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/growingyouryogabiz

The Reality of Having a Yoga Business with your Partner (and Newborn!)

The Reality of Having a Yoga Business with your Partner (and Newborn!)

The Business of Yoga Speaker Series 6: Amy McDonald and Anna Sugarman

Anna is an international yoga teacher and teacher trainer, known for inspiring through playful mindfulness, extensive anatomy knowledge, and rockin playlists. Her joie de vivre is contagious. She encourages light hearted courage, empowering others to shine consistently – during the dark times and the bright. Anna’s fun, loving style of educating instills confidence in students of all levels as she illuminate their strengths, gently guiding them toward their higher potential by offering tools to elevate their happiness and optimize their lives – on and off the mat.

In this episode Amy and Anna discuss:

  • The reality of having a Yoga business with your partner

  • Teaching and hosting retreats with a baby

  • The 'slutty Cinderella’ fairytale and other AMAZING stories!

To learn more about getting Amy’s support to grow your Yoga biz, click here for all the info about her 6-month group training program: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/growingyouryogabiz

How to Love What You Do for YEARS (and with all the stupid questions...)

How to Love What You Do for YEARS (and with all the stupid questions...)

The Business of Yoga Speaker Series 6: Amy McDonald and Carlos Pomeda

Originally from Madrid, Spain, Carlos has been steeped in all aspects of the yoga tradition during more than 40 years of practice and study. He spent 18 of those years as a monk of the Saraswati order, under the name Swami Gitananda, including 9 years of traditional training and practice in India.

During this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy and immersed himself in the practice of yoga, becoming one of the senior monks of the tradition and teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world. He combines this experience and traditional training with his academic background, which includes two Masters Degrees: one in Sanskrit, from U.C. Berkeley (where he has taught) and another one, in Religious Studies, from U.C. Santa Barbara.

In this episode Amy and Carlos discuss:

  • How to develop cultural sensitivity for teaching overseas

  • The fine line between being close-minded and being gullible

  • Why its essential to be discerning with your learning

And to learn more about the Growing Your Yoga Biz program, click here: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/growingyouryogabiz

The Reality of Being at the 'Top' of your Yoga Career

The Reality of Being at the 'Top' of your Yoga Career

The Business of Yoga Speaker Series 6: Amy McDonald and Sarah Ezrin

Sarah Ezrin is a motivator, writer, yoga teacher, and teacher trainer. Bringing a background of psychology and life coaching, she uses yoga to connect people to their brightest and most authentic Self. Based out of San Francisco Sarah leads trainings, workshops, and retreats at home and across the globe. Sarah is changing the world, teaching self-love one person at a time.

In this episode Amy and Sarah Discuss:

  • The lie of control

  • Realities of being 'at the top' in your Yoga career

  • Boundaries with students vs friends

  • Success and making our hearts happy

Is Failing Yoga School Even a Thing?

Is Failing Yoga School Even a Thing?

The Business of Yoga Speaker Series 6: Amy McDonald and Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith is the founder of Yoga For You, and host of the iTunes chart topping podcast, Mindful in Minutes. Kelly specialises in one-on-one yoga and meditation teaching/training and unique workshops and retreats for students of all levels, and yoga teachers who are ready to grow their practice and thrive in their teaching. 

In this episode Amy and Kelly discuss:

  • Opinions vs feedback and how to handle both

  • How Kelly almost failed Yoga school!

  • Transitioning from Yoga Studio owner to location-independant Teacher.

Season 3 Celebration and (Almost) Finale!

Season 3 Celebration and (Almost) Finale!

THANK YOU for all of your support over the third season of the Abundant Yoga Teacher Podcast!

In this final ‘standard’ episode from me I’ve got some Ashram-insights as well as some gag-reel-esque guest recordings from the new Business of Yoga Speaker Series, which starts on MONDAY!

Make sure you get your free place to enjoy 2 weeks of Yoga biz trainings and inspiration from some of the world’s leading Yoga teachers and mentors here: https://amymcdonald.lpages.co/the-business-of-yoga-speaker-series-opt-in-may-2019/

Fill Your Classes with 1-off Workshops

Fill Your Classes with 1-off Workshops

Recently I've supported one of my private coaching clients to fill her weekly class with new students from offering a 1-off 'intro class'.

Over 2 weeks she:

- Enrolled 20+ students in her 2-hour 'intro class'


- Attracted 15 brand new students to the intro class with FB ads

- Made a $500 profit from the intro class (AFTER the FB ad spend and room rental)

- Signed up 9 of the 15 new people into her block of classes

- Generated over $1100 additional PROFIT in NEW class payments as a result of the intro class.

How would you feel about those sorts of results over 2 weeks?

Well, I've got good news for you.

I was so excited about the results I helped my client get, that I want to share it with you. Enjoy this longer podcast. (Yup, it goes for over 90 minutes ;)

And if you’re joining me on Retreat in 2020, here is the link to collect your place: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/retreats

Next Level FB Ads for Your Yoga Biz

Next Level FB Ads for Your Yoga Biz

In this training I’m walking you through how a new opportunity in the way you can make ads on FB is going to really help you call in the potential new students who are already going to be interested in what it is you have to offer.

And if you like the idea of actually sitting down together and having me create your FB ads campaigns with you, get along to my Retreat in January. All of the details are here: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/retreats

Staying Longer in the Vishnu Phase in Your Yoga Biz

Staying Longer in the Vishnu Phase in Your Yoga Biz

The Hindu Trinity provides a really powerful model for our businesses.

The Brahma phase of business is about creating new projects, formulating ideas, seeking out new partnerships. The Siva phase is more about releasing things that don’t serve, cancelling things that are undersubscribed, firing staff, consolidating what and how you’re sharing your gifts.

In this episode I’m challenging you to seek out more Vishnu-encoded time in your biz: rest in the structures you’ve created, maintain your efforts without endlessly tweaking… read the books you’ve ALREADY got ;)

Take some time to journal out how this teaching could bring more ease and flow in biz this week… and beyond!

PLUS, don’t forget to register for the Abundant Yoga Teacher Retreat 2020: there is JUST ONE place left at the Tier 1 rate.

Here is the link: www.amymcdonald.com.au/retreats

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Why Financial Planning for the Future is Important AND SEXY!

Why Financial Planning for the Future is Important AND SEXY!

Good times and loveliness: this week I'm sharing some of the special guest training from my Keep Growing Mastermind, my high-level Graduate training and coaching program.

In this episode we are talking all things financial planning, I'm getting my women's-financial-empowerment nerd on, and you'll learn from an industry expert (who trained as a Kinesiologist!!) about why NOW is the right time to start preparing for your abundant financial future.


Also, in case you missed it, registrations are NOW OPEN for the Abundant Yoga Teacher Retreat 2020 at the Tier 1 pricing. (That = awesome).

Here is the link: http://www.amymcdonald.com.au/retreats

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Stop Equating your Yoga Business Success with your Self-worth

Stop Equating your Yoga Business Success with your Self-worth

How do you feel about yourself when your classes are empty, or you have to cancel a workshop? Does your inner critic kick in when you open your bank statement? In this episode I’m busting some ‘taking it personally’ myths!

Learn more about my Leadership for Yoginis Retreat at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Bahamas, here:

And check out the Tier 1 pricing just released for the Abundant Yoga Teacher Retreat in Thailand:

Manifesting Ease and Certainty when Making Important Decisions

Manifesting Ease and Certainty when Making Important Decisions

Due to popular demand, I’m sharing more super power trainings about Spiritual Leadership with Nicole Vahlkamp. We’ve been teaching a Masterclass about Spiritual Leadership over the past month and this podcast is a sneaky peak of what we’ve been sharing. 

To learn more from Nicole and I, and step fully into your role as a confident Spiritual Leader in life and biz, join Nicole and I in the Bahamas this May. 

Learn more about our Leadership for Yoginis Retreat at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Bahamas, here:

Amy Interviews Kat Fowler

Amy Interviews Kat Fowler

Kat Fowler is an international teacher, speaker and writer on spirituality, yoga and meditation, based in New York City. She has been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal, Om Yoga magazine, NY Yoga + Life Magazine, Natural Awakenings Magazine and featured in interviews on ABC News and the New York Times.

In this episode we talk about:

  • When to know you're ready to start a Yoga teacher training,

  • How to stay authentic and true to your values on social media,

  • Why Yoga teachers gotta meditate... no, really.

To learn more about working with Amy McDonald as your Yoga business coach, visit www.amymcdonald.com.au/coaching and use coupon code BOYSS5 for 20% off.