Practical Concerns for Offering Yoga in Non-Traditional Settings

To do my part in making yoga more accessible, I teach two free classes per week. One is at a public library, the other on the premises of a non-profit. Both can be very rewarding, and both offer unique challenges – a lot of conventional advice applies in more of a yoga studio or gym setting, and doesn’t fit or speak to the situations that arise in these settings. Similarly, most yoga teachers are not teaching in these settings and don’t necessarily have similar experience to draw on. Here are some problems and my thought processes on them:

1. How to promote the class? Since I’m already donating my time, should I be responsible for promoting the class? What has been effective?

2. How much to modify the class? Should I cater to one specific individual with considerably more constraints than the others?

3. How to fund the class? Should I ask for donations?

4. What about safety (from injury) and  security? How much info to ask students?

5. What if: a student offers the book of her life story to other participants for a $10 donation? Adult students want to bring their children? An older student arrives 30 minutes into the class and wants to watch? People keep opening the door to the yoga room while class is going on (despite the sign asking them not to)? The door locks itself shut and people who leave the class to use the restroom cannot get back in?

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