Developing and Leading Successful Workshops

Yoga, Personal Training, Mobility & Recovery

Workshops are a wonderful thing. The act of attending them and teaching them bring a different type of energy and enthusiasm to my work. As a participant, learning with other curious individuals leads to connections and conversations about training methods and philosophies that I don’t get in my day to day life. As a teacher, leading a workshop forces me to think about what I want to impart to others and why I'm passionate about what I'm presenting.


When I lead a workshop, I take the information I know well and try and distill it in a way that makes sense and is useful for the participants. My audience generally consists of trainers and teachers with the occasional individual that wants a deeper understanding of movement concepts. Thinking about how to meet everyone’s needs and effectively communicate is a challenge I enjoy. The process of developing content deepens my understanding of the material. I find that every time I teach, I learn something, either from a participant or from the act of putting the material together, making the process even more worthwhile.


There are a few things that hold people back from holding workshops. I'm going to outline some of the common concerns I hear and give ideas for what worked well for me. Chances are slim your first workshop will sell out, and that’s okay. Just like with an exercise program, putting in the work, staying consistent, and recognizing the rewards might not be immediate can lead to long term success.


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