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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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What are some of the challenges you've experienced as a yoga teacher?
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"I worked with a yoga teacher who was always subbing out her classes. It was frustrating because it affected everyone, including the students. I talked with her to explain how I felt about it and how the students were disappointed that they didn't get to have the consistency of having the same teacher every week. She explained that it was really difficult for her to get to the studio at that time. We were able to change the schedule, which made the teachers and the students much happier!"

Give an example of a challenging student or a situation that you worked to resolve. Share how your willingness to address the problem improved the situation!
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1.
What are some of the challenges you've experienced as a yoga teacher?
"I worked with a yoga teacher who was always subbing out her classes. It was frustrating because it affected everyone, including the students. I talked with her to explain how I felt about it and how the students were disappointed that they didn't get to have the consistency of having the same teacher every week. She explained that it was really difficult for her to get to the studio at that time. We were able to change the schedule, which made the teachers and the students much happier!"

Give an example of a challenging student or a situation that you worked to resolve. Share how your willingness to address the problem improved the situation!
Rachelle's Answer
"I worked with a yoga teacher who was always subbing out her classes. It was frustrating because it affected everyone, including the students. I talked with her to explain how I felt about it and how the students were disappointed that they didn't get to have the consistency of having the same teacher every week. She explained that it was really difficult for her to get to the studio at that time. We were able to change the schedule, which made the teachers and the students much happier!"
2.
How do you build relationships with your students?
"I like to have each student introduce themselves before we start the class. I give everyone a chance to talk a little bit about themselves so that I can get to know them and they can meet each other. Community is so important to me, and I take time before and after class to talk with my students as much as I can!"

It can be tricky to get to know your students when you only have a short time to chat with them in between classes. Share some of the ways you make an effort to be personable and follow up with students. It could be as simple as remembering their names and asking them about an injury or an experience they told you about the week before. Use examples that show you are personable and care greatly about your students.
Rachelle's Answer
"I like to have each student introduce themselves before we start the class. I give everyone a chance to talk a little bit about themselves so that I can get to know them and they can meet each other. Community is so important to me, and I take time before and after class to talk with my students as much as I can!"
3.
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
"I sometimes get so caught up in the details of how to teach a pose that I can overwhelm my students with information. I have learned that by offering two to three simple cues, students are better able to understand and move their bodies into the shapes. I have been simplifying my sequences to help the students learn the basics and then gradually elaborating on what I want them to do when I am instructing."

Identify a weakness that you can apply to teaching yoga. If you know you still get nervous speaking in front of other people, talk about how you started doing karaoke or how you are taking an improv class to help you overcome your fear. Show that you believe in yourself and are proactive in making those self-improvements.
Rachelle's Answer
"I sometimes get so caught up in the details of how to teach a pose that I can overwhelm my students with information. I have learned that by offering two to three simple cues, students are better able to understand and move their bodies into the shapes. I have been simplifying my sequences to help the students learn the basics and then gradually elaborating on what I want them to do when I am instructing."
4.
What types of yoga do you have the most experience instructing?
Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, Forrest Yoga... there are so many different styles of yoga! There is even aerial yoga for the more adventures types. where you can climb silks and perform high above the ground! Share your experience and describe how your classes incorporate the elements of this particular style.
5.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
"I'm interested in taking more trainings so that I can offer a wider variety of classes. I'm really interested in restorative yoga and how it helps with injuries and auto-immune disorders. I am fascinated by the human body, and also plan to take a functional anatomy class. I love learning and intend to take as many workshops and courses as I can!"

Whether you plan to teach yoga full-time or on the side with your regular office job, yoga studio owners want to hear that you are goal-oriented. Give an example that shows you are thinking about the future and taking steps to reach your goals.
Rachelle's Answer
"I'm interested in taking more trainings so that I can offer a wider variety of classes. I'm really interested in restorative yoga and how it helps with injuries and auto-immune disorders. I am fascinated by the human body, and also plan to take a functional anatomy class. I love learning and intend to take as many workshops and courses as I can!"
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