If you’re one of the yoga teachers (brave souls that you are) who joined us before the launch of Audible Yoga, you will be updating your bio from what you sent us and we were able to import. If you are a brand new Audible Yoga teacher (welcome) and you will need to update your teacher profile a little differently. You get a blank canvas, so to speak.
The teacher bio on your profile is probably the most important part of your profile. It lets you connect with students – those who are familiar to you and those who you may have never met before – in a whole new way.
What makes a great yoga teacher bio?
Hard to say. All the info out on the Internet is about how to write a bio that gets you hired, but that’s not EXACTLY the goal here is it? Still, there are a few things that we can use as takeaways from the recruiter-speak, and those are:
- Identifying your purpose – think about your readers (they are yoga students, but also yoga teachers-as-students) and define what you want them to think about you.
- Use third-person perspective – this is a given. Your bio should sound objective (well, as objective as feels good in a loving yoga world) and it shouldn’t use ‘I’ language, but third person language like: “Ann’s training was completed in India.”
- Start with your name – put it in the first sentence so your reader catches on and feels introduced to you.
- Throw in a little personality – what makes you special, your own awesomesauce, so to speak. Add a little personality twist to make sure your bio stands out as your own.
Why You Have to Update Your Teacher Bio
If you did the smart thing and sent us a bio you have already written, it’s important to realize two things:
- Google doesn’t like duplicate content
- Your bio for Audible Yoga is likely to be different than your studio bio or your private teaching bio
It makes sense, right? You approach each style of teaching a little differently, for the sake of your students and their needs. So, why would your bio be exactly the same for every type of teaching.
Just like flexible and creative writers have multiple resumes (I have at least three at any time!), yoga teachers need bios that are specific to their teaching.
This isn’t to say that a lot of the content you have in your bio isn’t very similar. After all, you are who you are and you came to yoga the way you came to yoga.
Great Teacher Bio Resource
Hey, we know how hard it can be to write about yourself. So, here is a resource we wanted to share – just in case you find yourself at a loss for words: Laura Dos Santos of SheOms put together a really nice guide called Please Send Students – a Guide to Writing a Yoga Teacher’s Bio. It’s free if you subscribe and she doesn’t send out junk.
Take a look at Laura’s resource and let us know if you have any questions – we’re here to help!