What to Expect When You're Expecting to Take a Workshop with a Guest Teacher (FAQ)
Money. Everyone's favorite topic. Money, like compliments, is something everyone wants but is weird about accepting. For me, part of becoming an adult and business-owner meant wrangling with both of these. Money and compliments were parts of the whole rather than the sum of the parts. It took awhile to learn that I didn't need to feel guilty about feeling pretty or accepting payment for hard (not difficult-but fully committed) work.
Perceived value is just that- subjective. This happens on both sides of the equation- not merely from the consumer's end. I've wrangled with this as a student and teacher. The million dollar question: "What is this worth?"
1. What is the difference between a yoga class and a yoga workshop?
Classes are just as varied as the teachers leading them. Typically, classes run about an hour. There usually is not a set objective and students are there trying to get their daily dose of movement. This is an extremely basic framework and in no way is a catch all but serves as a starting point. Workshops are usually longer in duration are led by a teacher with a particular passion, interest, experience and training in that area.
2. Why are workshops more expensive?
Workshops are typically longer than a drop-in class. Workshops range from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks! Workshops are geared towards students looking to move beyond getting a sweat on to breaking down the nuts and bolts of yoga practice. Teachers leading workshops have made a point to further their own studies which comes with a cost both in terms of time and money.
Beyond the implicit costs of continued training, for traveling teachers, there are explicit costs of transportation, promotion and forgoing classes/workshops in other areas that are taken into consideration when setting pricing.
3. Is it worth it? Let me work it. Put my thing down, flip it and reverse it. It's your phfhphmham.
That is to say, it's your call. Some people find value in waiting in line for the latest smart phone. Others are perfectly content with stupid phones. What is it worth to you? If you are new to yoga you probably won't be served by a 3-hour handstanding workshop so in that case the cost is likely too steep. If it's between dinner and movie or spending your date-night doing a beginner's acro workshop together, one experience will definitely be richer than the other. (Pardon the personal bias.)
Remember, yoga may (or may not) be a budding interest for you, but for this teacher, this is his/her livelihood. That doesn't mean you are obligated to take their class, but if you value their work, they need dem billz for dem skillz. It will forever be a struggle to see the value in services versus goods. You can never be certain how things will go down in a workshop just as you can't be sure you'll love the food at a new restaurant. Hopefully the risk turns out to be a worthwhile investment! (If not, hopefully you don't get sick- in either scenario!)
4. How do I get the most bang for my buck?
Put simply, you will get out of it what you put into it. There is no such thing as something for nothing. Sometimes it takes a steeper price tag to treat something as precious. (Consider your care of a $50 dress you buy off the rack versus the same dress with tags you pick up for free at a swap. Maybe you'll skip a couple nights at the gym but you'll be damned if you'll lose that $50/hr session you booked with a trainer.
Do your research on the teacher. Ask for recommendations. A great Youtube series does not a great teacher make. One of the best teachers I've ever had has never done a single pose in a workshop. Literally- NOT.A.SINGLE.ONE. Be open minded but have questions you want to ask. Take notes. Most importantly, don't be that guy experiencing the entire workshop in 2-D through a smart phone screen- experience it in all its 3-dimensional glory!