Interview for OWL GURU On Being a Yoga Therapist

Interview for OWL GURU On Being a Yoga Therapist

Daniela Silva

There are a few differences between providing yoga services at gyms and studios and working as a yoga specialist––For the latter, on top of having all same type of training, qualifications and insurance one must be more adaptable as each class is essentially tailored obeying certain codes. From personal preferences to country regulations find out 'how is like to be a Yoga Therapist'. 

 

A warm, thanks to Stan Tan from owlguru.com for the opportunity to openly talk about the pros and cons of working as a Yoga Specialist/ Therapist. 

 

Highlights

In London, for instance, star ratings assign substantial importance to customer service. Our clients appreciate a pampering and personal experience. They like, for example, when I consider their ethnicity when choosing their yoga class playlist or remember a personal detail of our last session, e.g. a particular pose they enjoyed. In contrast, in France, the ‘star’ evaluations focus on bedrooms, amenities, and lobbies and are reinforced by the French Government. With that in mind, if I am working in London and I can easily use the ‘treatment room’ to deliver a yoga class, which I do. However, in Paris, I would not be able to do that as comfortably. I had to turn down an important booking because the hotel in which the family was did not have a studio available and could not risk the reputation by letting us use a space that was not designed to teach yoga. In short, I’ve met this client in one property, and when he was in Paris, he assumed that he could have classes there, but because of the star rating requirement, sadly, we couldn’t accommodate his request.

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Networking 
'This job is the perfect way to network. These places give us the rare opportunity of meeting busy people who are in their happiest mode ever and more open to new experiences! They share helpful insights with me that I believe the circumstances facilitate. In other words, perhaps if I’ve met them in a city or an office environment, I would have fewer opportunities to establish a good rapport, but people become spiritual and open when they are happy; that is the best time to develop genuine relationships that transcend the workspace. I kept in contact and developed friendships with a lot of people that had classes with me, which is fine, as long as we respect boundaries and ‘timing. It has to occur naturally, and these days with Google is in fact rude not to accept a Linkedin friend request for example. The managers are aware of and generally ok with it. Yet, I would not recommend this as an initial strategy for someone planning to get into this industry.

People working in the luxury travel business are notorious protective of guests’ privacy and the brand’s reputation, there’s a ‘phase’ that one must first pass to comfortably start to socialize with guests outside work. Anyone in hospitality is good at human psychology, and they can read intentions very well, the higher their position the better their intuition'!

Conflicting industries | Yoga Perception 

Anyone working with this type of business has an intense almost freakish work ethic, and I am no different in this respect. Also, there is a sort of ‘spiritual snobbery’ in the yoga world, with some practitioners believing that teaching yoga at certain places (like five-star hotels or private villas) is a bit of a circus and ‘not really yoga.’ I am certainly biased, but I believe that yoga is a spiritual practice, and it should be available in all different shapes and forms. No one should be excluded from attaining spirituality during their vacation or while staying at The Connaught, and I rebel against this type of judgment I encounter sometimes.

Finally, for me personally, a con in this line of service is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to harmonize it with some of my ambitions, I am finishing my degree in psychology and planning to research yoga as an alternative treatment for depression caused by developmental trauma, but there’s a conflict between places that I am working now (high-end properties) and the population I am trying to reach, for self-explanatory reasons.

Daniela Silva

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