Instructing classes, managing employees (and maybe a studio), curating playlists, paying the bills, answering emails, Facebook messages, texts, voicemails, and smoke signals… well maybe not the last one.
What do all of these things have in common? They keep you busy from sunrise to sundown, and probably a bit before and after the sun cycle.
Just like our students/clients/athletes, we occasionally “plateau”. We get it, you’re exhausted, or you’re just really busy. Here are some community event ideas for your studio/gym/box that will keep you progressing, and won’t require you to hire a party planner.
It’s not big and scary
Own a yoga studio? Meet us on the mat!
Hold a workshop with all of your instructors. Encourage your students to bring their friends that are hesitant about trying yoga. Show people how yoga can lead to a more purposeful life. Show them that it’s more than just a practice on a mat, that it comes in all forms, and that it truly is for every BODY and everybody.
CrossFit? Break down the box!
Have you ever had an athlete that wasn’t first intimidated by CrossFit? Host a workshop that debunks the common misconceptions out there about CrossFit like the age old complaint, “I don’t want to get bulky”. Invite your athletes to bring their most anti-CrossFit friends they can find, and then have some fun with it.
Focus on the larger picture
Body positivity and self love
Have you ever considered hosting a life coach in your studio? Someone who focuses on body positivity and can help guide your students in the practice of self love. We do a great job as instructors to try and focus on creating a safe space to share and applaud our students/athletes/clients for their success in the studio, but can we dig a bit deeper? “Like the moon we are all made of light and shadow” - encourage your students to explore both sides, because broken sides are beautiful, too.
‘The Untethered Soul’ is not always the easiest book to get through- yes, we may have thrown our book once or twice, no judgement please. Form a book club in your studio that focuses on uniting the collective and elevating each of your students. At the end of the day, ‘You Are a Badass’ - yes, we're also happy to provide book recommendations.
Bring in the Big Guns
Every sport/exercise specialty has their celebrity trainers, instructors, yogis etc. Yes, think Lagree queen Bethany Meyers, or yogini guru Seane Corne (have you ever been adjusted by a unicorn in yoga? She’s the closest thing to that, speaking from experience).
Invite them out for a workshop in your community and promote their classes months in advance. Hosting a workshop with a big name instructor can help promote your studio and draw in new students, athletes and clients. To promote, leverage your social media platforms and include it in your monthly newsletter. Don’t forget to capture the goodness on a Boomerang after!
Have fun, host specific classes!
Choose a theme, curate a playlist (also feel free to use one of ours) and watch it all unfold. Simple as that! We're partial to a good 90's or nautical theme. Let us know some of yours!
Host a class that is completely donation-based with proceeds benefiting a local charity or cause. If you've been on the fence about working with a nonprofit, or even just aren't sure how to choose which one to work with, here are some things to consider. Not only will you be expanding your outreach, you’ll also feel really good about it. After all, we must first give in order to receive.
Not all events have to be at level 100. Maybe you use these ideas, or maybe you create something completely different. You know your community better than anyone else, listen for what the people want, and trust your gut. At the end of the day, keep it simple. If all else fails, crank up the music, allow the green juice to flow, and be yourself.