Last weekend I had the pleasure to co-host a yogaretreat for the first time ever. Together with a childish joy there was also a healthy amount of tension going in to this for the first time. Pushing my own limits.
But this experience leading up to this retreat has been very interesting to me. When hosting my own yogaclasses and trying to make it work on my own home turf I’ve been struggling. Trying to make appealing offers and share almost obnoxiously much on my social media platforms to get people to come… With little no response.
So much so that I stopped completely to teach in my hometown, trying to get people to come took away the joy of teaching so I decided to stop teaching at my private place and went back to the local gym who already have a good customer base.
Then a friend and fellow yogi reached out to me and asked if I’d want to be part of a yogaweekend with her in another part of Sweden. My answer: Well of course this was a hellyes from my part. But my concern was: Will people come and sign up? How much do I need to market this etc. ?
My previous experience in marketing my own yoga made me doubtful. But to my surprise the yogaweekend was already filled up a month prior to it. How much marketing have I done for this event? 2 short videos with me talking about it.
Only 2 videos. Wait what? If you had asked me if this would be possible a year ago I would’ve said no chance, with the experience I had at that time. Now I can see that it is possible, and I didn’t do that much to make it happen. Then how did it work out for us in this retreat.
By the power of co-creating and cooperation, that’s how! I’ve been forcing it to happen in my hometown by pushing and putting out stuff about my yoga, but when doing this retreat I the place that were hosting us did most part of the marketing themselves.
The venue that hosted us was a fantastic spot to hold a yoga retreat and they managed well with their marketing, and people who signed up for the retreat frankly didn’t even know who I was.
So it also taught me another thing: To not take things so personally. Just because I haven’t had the best of luck getting my classes going doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m a failure as a teacher. And just because the yoga retreat me and my friend Sanna held last weekend was sold out doesn’t mean that I’m a successful teacher. Those are just plain facts and I can choose how I want to interpret those two different scenarios.
When talking about not taking things to personally, here’s a book recommendation for you: The 4 Agreements. One of the 4 agreements in the book is about not taking anything personally (easier said than done). A great read.
And with this experience in mind I realised: Hmm… where else in life am I forcing myself instead of allowing things to unfold in a natural way. In what way am I creating stagnation instead of flow?
Of course I can stand outside a locked door and try to knock, scream and try to force myself through it. But maybe if I step back from it and try another door, maybe it opens without any effort at all.
So where in life can you allow yourself to let go and give up in order to allow the new things to sprout and blossom?
And lastly, I had a blast co-creating with my good friend Sanna Lohm last weekend and I hope to do more collaborations with magnificent beings. If you resonate with the vibe I’m putting out there, hit me up and let’s create some magic.