I love everything about being a yoga teacher. I love the creativity of weaving intentions and philosophies into the classes I teach. I love seeing the physical benefits of the practice in others, and the realisations achieved by those students on so many levels. I love the connection and the community and the sheer bliss you experience when you start to see that we are not simply individual personalities disconnected by our bodies, but that we are all one. Yoga gives me so much, and teaching really helps me to embody its deeper philosophies. And that’s the beginning of my story of creating a yoga teaching app.
I completed my first teacher training back in 2004. At that time this was a huge leap of faith from a regular, stable (dull) career in dentistry into the frightening unknown. Thoughts like, ‘can teaching yoga be sustainable?’ circled my mind. In my experience though, whenever I follow my heart’s calling, the path is always illuminated. Since making that decision to follow my heart, I have had so many incredible opportunities and experiences. And yes – it is sustainable!
As yoga teachers, we are generally healers, philosophers, and creatives – not business minded, methodical bookkeepers (perhaps despite our wishes or attempts!). I have been in this industry for a long time now, and have never come across a single system or yoga teaching app that is specific enough to manage my business needs. Whether we like it or not, keeping track of all our bookings and managing our invoices is essential. With my background in the medical industry, it has always bothered me that there is no requirement or specific facility to keep a record of medical histories, injuries or progressions of clients.
I work at a large studio on the Gold Coast and the biggest issues have nothing to do with the quality of classes, but the frequency and consistency of teachers issuing their invoices and sometimes forgetting about class covers that they hadn’t scheduled into their diaries. After a meeting addressing these issues, I came home and discussed these painful industry points with my husband, who prompted me to create a solution through a yoga teaching app.
I started dreaming up concepts, visualising how to create simplicity in my own career – thus creating a valuable tool for other teachers. My original concept was much more complex, and after taking my first sketches to a friend and web developer, we decided to create the ultimate app for teachers as our first offering.
We have now launched OMM Collective in BETA, which means it has been released to the world to use, with the understanding that it’s still not perfect and needs testing in the open market place. So anyone who uses OMM Collective App is actually part of its critical formative stage, and we welcome as much feedback as possible to make the best product out there for our industry! You can register your free account here.