Say It Like You Mean It: Writing Tips for Yoga Teachers

Presented by Felicia Tomasko, E-RYT 500 | Published on: August 20, 2014

You don't need a degree in journalism or English to know how to write effectively about yourself as a yoga teacher or about your studio. You do, however, need to know that every time you write, you play the role of storyteller whose goal it is to hook the audience in and keep them engaged. During her 2013 Business of Yoga Conference talk, "Tell the World Who You Are: Effective Writing for Yoga Teachers," Bliss Network co-owner Felicia Tomasko, E-RYT 500, recommended embracing silence to aid in the brainstorming process – that includes silencing your inner critic as a way to free your mind as a writer. She also advised using strong action verbs instead of fluffy filler in your messaging.

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Be Clear, Concise and Consistent

Referring to the famous quote by Blaise Pascal, “I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had time to make it shorter,” Felicia emphasized the need to write with brevity and efficiency – to omit unnecessary words and stay on message across all communication platforms. "Three aspects that I feel are important when creating content is that it's clear, concise and consistent," said Felicia.

Convey a Sense of Strength in Your Writing

Clarity includes not just the bare facts you're presenting but also "a sense of strength," Felicia said. If you use too many words, readers will feel like they're "slogging through the mud to find the main point,” she added.

When you lead a yoga class, it's okay to occasionally ramble a bit while speaking. Writing is different. "Strong language isn't necessarily just four-letter words but verbs that have a sense of action and forward movement to them," said Felicia. She recommended cutting adverbs as well as words like "got" and "get."

Vary Your Word Choice but Keep the Message the Same

Regardless of whether you're communicating through your website, social media or print, Felicia stressed that the core message you send should always be the same, just with different word choice.

"This doesn't mean we cut and paste exactly the same message onto all of the different formats we use to communicate with people or students,” said Felicia. “While it's important to be consistent in terms of our message, our authenticity and who we are, we also want to make sure we're not totally boring. So there is a balancing act in all of this."

Five Tips for Writing About Your Practice

Whether you're explaining who you are or what class you're teaching, remember to keep the three Cs in mind (clear, concise and consistent) and know your mission before you start writing.

  1. Keep workshop descriptions short and informative.
  2. Mention your own teachers and background in your biography but also include what is unique about you as a teacher.
  3. Be authentic in your writing. Breathe, smile at yourself and ask, "Who am I?"
  4. Before you find words, find silence.
  5. Share and collaborate with others. Ask for feedback on your work.

"The reality is we get better at writing through writing. And we get better at writing by turning off our inner critic. And we get better at writing by spending space in silence and spending time in silence,” said Felicia.

About Felicia Tomasko

Felicia Tomasko, E-RYT 500, has worked as the editor-in-chief and co-owner of the Bliss Network, which publishes LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health and Find Bliss Magazines. Felicia is a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner who has been certified to teach since 1997.

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This workshop counts for one Continuing Education Non-Contact Hour or one RYS Curriculum Non-Contact Hour under the Teaching Methodology category.

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