An Exercise in Self-Promotion
I have quite a few colleagues in the yoga and fitness industry who are geniuses at self-promotion. It’s an enviable skill, and one I try to learn by observation. Chicago is a saturated market, and the ability to stand out from the crowd can truly make or break your success as an instructor. Certainly, selling yourself is an important and inevitable part of the process.
Given that I’m not so great at selling myself, I thought I’d practice by compiling a list of real, direct quotes from my students. And these are no pandering soundbytes about my “intelligent sequencing” or “creative flows.” No, my students dig deep, and stand powerfully in their truth. Please take a look at these straight-from-the-heart, direct quotes from my studio-based practitioners:
“Jenny’s hair goes from down to up so quickly.”
“That joke you made about doing Camel Pose because it’s Hump Day was actually funny. I actually laughed at that one.”
“What is this class called again?”
“I didn’t know this was a yoga class.”
“Is that your dog on Instagram? It’s really cute.”
“Is that your boyfriend on Instagram? He’s really cute.”
It’s truly powerful stuff. The energy that is created in a group class atmosphere, sharing breath and moving together, is no joke.
However, it is in the private training sector that deep bonds and connections are formed. Boundaries come crumbling down; vulnerabilities are laid bare.
See for yourself:
“Time just moves so slowly when I’m working with you.”
“No chair pose tonight.”
“No savasana today.”
“I hate Sun Salutation B!!!!”
“I can see that. You kind of look like a squirrel!”
“SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH!!!!”
I’d like to thank my students and clients for their raw, emotional honesty. Compiling this list has been a lesson for me on the power of listening. Thank you to all my students and clients for reminding me every day why I chose the path. I will continue to do my best to serve this incredible community, both locally and beyond. Namaste!
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