Thanks to everyone who has signed up for the Kids Yoga Teacher Training. The feedback has been very positive and it will be a very inspiring weekend for everyone who wants to teach kids yoga. Space is still available, you can find the details here.
Today I have the most important tip for your marketing plan and a kids yoga game that really emphasizes why this tip is so important.
Yoga for Peace of Mind – and for some, A Business
In my next few posts I want to look at Marketing yoga classes and some things that have worked for me to get new classes and new students.
Personally, I’ve stopped taking new children’s yoga classes to give me time to develop the Kids Yoga Teacher Taining Course. In the end it took over two years to get the course ready, now I see there is still so much to do. This includes writing, advertising, marketing and all the behind the scenes things that go along with it. You may find yourself in the same situation. It may have taken a long time to become a yoga teacher, now you’ve got to find classes to teach and the people to fill the classes.
So far all the sign-ups for my course are from this blog, which shows one way of getting the word out. But there are many other things to do to let people know about the course and reach those who are interested in coming – outside of my blog readers. I haven’t actually got around to doing any of these yet other than telling people I happen to see. Right now it all feels like a chaotic mess to deal with – but don’t worry – this is how every vision starts out.
All action needs a Vision.”
Ancient Secrets of Success for Today’s World
This week I will sit down and make a plan to proceed. I’ll write down: How will I use my time most effectively to get the word out? Who do I want to reach? etc. etc. – also known as a Marketing Plan.
The One Biggest, Most Important, Extremely Useful Tip for your Marketing:
Write down you plan.
Yes! it is simple – but it is the most important thing to change that big jumbled mess tangled up in your head into an organized plan that you can actually do, revise, and remember.
Try this Kids Yoga Game to experience the joy of planning how everything will works out in the end. The beginning of the game is your mind before you write down your plan and create your Vision. The end is your mind after – a beautiful complete circle.
The Spaghetti Pot Game
Can help build teamwork, cooperation and listening skills. Check out the variations for ways to build leadership skills with this game too.
Preparing to Play Spaghetti
Go over the game with the kids before you start it and agree on the rules of the game before you start playing. No yelling or name calling – even if you are frustrated. Make sure everyone is warmed up too.
Who likes Spaghetti?
Ask everyone to hold hands and make a circle standing shoulder to shoulder; that will be the “pot.” Then ask everyone to raise their arms up and stretch up really tall, take a deep breath in and then lower the spaghetti into the pot (Put their arms into the middle of the circle).
Boil Water – Add Noodles
Invite everyone to shake their bodies and arms (in the centre) like they are spaghetti in a pot of boiling water. It is a nice relaxing exercise that releases tension so keep going for as long as you can depending on the attention span of the kids – anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes.
As the spaghetti boils, ask them to get all tangled up. Then count down from “ten” and ask all the kids to hold hands with two different people by the time you count down to “one.”
Untangling the Group
Begin to untangle the spaghetti to make a circle again while you continue to hold hands. If you have a large group this takes a lot of time, patience, and listening skills. Kids will have to hold hands loosely and sometimes you will finish with kids facing in and some facing out.
Can you believe it can always get untangled into a circle? Try it with your group!
Then try it again with one of these variations.
1. Choose a Director: Select one child to be the director and encourage the other kids to give the director the chance to untangle everyone first.
2. The One-Minute Director: Give each child One minute to help untangle the spaghetti, then switch to another kid. This gives more kids a chance to direct.
3. Plates of Spaghetti: Get the kids to hold both hands with the same person. As they untangle themselves, each pair will be their own little plate of spaghetti.
Just like the spaghetti, writing down your marketing plan will help you untangle the chaos.
What ‘s your favorite game to play with kids?
Do you have a marketing plan for getting new yoga classes? What helped you get new yoga classes?
I appreciate your comments!