Go broad, or pick just one?
Whether you choose one or many of the types on your profile is up to you. You can see from our contest participants that a number went narrow:
…while others went broad:
Neither is right or wrong. Many of you have extensive experience and training and may teach a broad variety of yoga types! Also, the list isn’t mutually exclusive: someone may teach yoga that is both “spiritually-oriented” and “gentle,” for example. While we’re not advocating for one approach, there are implications and tradeoffs of your choice on a Directory search:
- If you select every single type on the lists, and someone searches for RYTs using type as a filter, you will appear in his/her search results, regardless of which type of yoga he/she was seeking.
- Students may be more likely to reach out to the RYT whose only type is the one he/she is looking for, as that may imply more specific expertise. Sometimes, articulating a narrow, but focused list of the kind of yoga you teach, may appeal more to a potential student.
Our best advice: be authentic. The types are simply another tool to help you describe your teaching in a way that makes sense to a potential student.
What if my type isn’t listed?
We’ve received a number of suggestions to expand the list to include specific specialties, like teaching to seniors, children, prenatal, or other specialty populations, or to include a particular brand, style, tradition or lineage. We’ve intentionally kept the list brief and broad, so here are some recommendations on how to promote your affiliation with a specific specialty, brand, tradition or lineage:
- Include it in your bio. Anything you type in your bio is searchable by someone using the Directory. This means that if someone enters a keyword search for “prenatal” and you have “prenatal” in your bio, you will come up in his/her search results. The bio enables you to promote additional items that are outside of our standard profile features. You can also enhance your bio with additional formatting and hyperlinks to provide other information (you can even hyperlink to videos)!
- Add dimension with other profile features. The types are just one tool of many on your new RYT profile. Imagine the richness of your bio when you include images of yourself teaching to certain populations, list where you teach classes, and add social media connections.
Our RYT and RYS Directory is always evolving at Yoga Alliance, so we can better support you. We welcome and appreciate your ideas and feedback.
We’re so excited to see how our RYTs engage with the new profile features. Use the tips and tricks we’ve pulled together over the last few weeks (check out the related articles below) to make your RYT profile shine.
Tips for Crafting Your Yoga Bio
This past week, as part of a social media contest, we asked Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®s) to complete the bio section of their new online profile…read more
How to Choose Your Yoga Pictures
As part of an ongoing social media contest, we asked our RYT®s this week to upload a picture to their new online profile…read more
Tips for Entering Teaching Hours
Build Your Online Yoga Resume
Our profile completion contest continues! This week’s assignment was to "Tally Up Your Teaching Hours" in your RYT profile and share them publicly…read more
The fifth and final assignment in our profile completion contest was to “Share Where You Teach” in the "Teaching Experience" field of your RYT® profile…read more