• Figure out what you’re passionate about and start from there.
• Be ready to start at the bottom and work your way up.
• Find your niche. “I knew at the time there wasn’t a lot of power
yoga in Marin and that was what people wanted.”
The Yoga Teacher
Susan Hauser, Susan Hauser Yoga
AF TER BECOMING PREGNANT WITH her second child, Susan Hauser learned her husband
Bill had been diagnosed with cancer. He passed away just a year after the baby was born.
“I was a widow and a single mom. My boys were 1 and 2 years old,” she says.
“Fortunately, my husband’s family was here, and they were very supportive. I didn’t
have to work. I could stay home and raise my kids.” During this time she also discovered
yoga and found it to be therapeutic both physically and psychologically.
As her t wo boys got older, she knew she wanted to go back to work. “I wanted to meet people
and be more independent with my finances,” Hauser says. She just wasn’t sure what she wanted
to do. “I always had a job, ever since I was 15.”
Hauser tried sales but just wasn’t making any money. Finally, during the summer of 2009,
she sent her two kids back east to stay with her parents and completed a one-month (200-hour)
intensive training course to get certified as a yoga teacher. It cost almost $3,000, but it taught her
what she needed to know to start teaching. Her career started slowly, first with teaching friends
in her backyard, then with expansion to a rented a room at the Strawberry Recreation Center to
accommodate her growing class.
Suddenly, she was making real money. According to Hauser, yoga teachers in this area earn bet ween
$50 and $75 per class. Others charge by the mat, $4 and up for each student. She sat down to figure out
how she could make her teaching into a business.
“I started to focus. I wrote down my goals and the direction I was going in. I knew people liked
my class. I was passionate about yoga,” she says. “If I could figure out the money part, I knew this
would be the ideal job for me.”
Her opening came one morning when she went to a class at Red Dragon and the yoga teacher
didn’t show up. The owner of the studio said to her, “ Well, either you teach it, or I will.” Hauser
grabbed the opportunity and taught the class. Eventually she started to sub for other Red
Dragon teachers and picked up every class she could teach.
Hauser was able to build a following in Marin because she knows her customer, she says.
“My clients want the benefits of the yoga that grounds you, makes you more centered and
connected. But they also want a good workout.”
She is now signed on as a regular instructor with Yoga Tree in Corte Madera and is a brand
ambassador for lululemon. She consistently teaches bet ween 80 and 100 people every day and
is branching out into retreats.
Hauser says yoga has changed her life. “Teaching yoga has given me more confidence, in
everything,” she observes. “I’m more grounded. I’m happier. I’m more positive. I like having that
independence, having my own thing. I feel like a completely different person. It’s great for my kids
to see that I’m happier doing what I do, even though I miss some of their games on the weekends.
I definitely juggle a lot.”