Changing your Career at 50: From Human Resources to Teaching Yoga

Breaking information, you may change your profession at 50! I’m Yvonne O’Garro, a Yoga Instructor who began the journey to change my profession from HR to Yoga at the age of 50 and haven’t seemed again. Sure, there have been fears and worries, however fortunately my yoga observe helped me to “really feel the concern and do it anyway”, because the saying goes. I loved my 19-year HR profession, however the pleasure and sense of function I really feel in sharing the observe of yoga with others can’t be in contrast.

My journey

changing-careers-at-50I moved into Human Resources (HR) in 2001, began working towards yoga in 2006, turned 50 in 2017 the place I additionally began a 350-hour yoga trainer coaching course. In 2018, I started instructing yoga and diminished my hours in HR, to work part-time. I moved into full time yoga instructing in March this 12 months.

The journey has been thrilling and nerve racking at occasions. Thrilling as a result of I used to be courageous sufficient to pay attention to my interior voice and make a change. However with change comes doubt, in addition to alternative. Funds have been an enormous fear for me, as I had a stable profession as a HR Enterprise Accomplice receiving a great wage; How was I going to survive on much less? Positive, in actuality. As I’ve made knowledgeable selections about issues resembling the place I reside, frequency of and the way I socialise and the place I store.

After all I had nerves and doubt throughout trainer coaching as I’ve by no means been the best scholar once I was youthful, so feared I’d not be a great grownup scholar both. Help from my tutor, mentor and examine group obtained me via, alongside a daily yoga observe. Notably my ardour, restorative yoga, helped me get via.

High 5 issues I’ve learnt alongside the best way:

changing-careers-at-501. Search skilled recommendation. I benefited from outplacement as a part of my redundancy package deal which was worthwhile in staying targeted on the plan I had.

2. Analysis is essential. Realizing the market you need to transfer into and the place to pitch your self. You’ll usually really feel “I’m inferior to the subsequent particular person” however my journey, as yours, is exclusive and what you might have to provide will appeal to the appropriate individuals.

3. I don’t have to eat out/go to espresso outlets as usually, which saves me some cash!

4. Self-belief! I secured a instructing function 6 months earlier than passing my yoga trainer coaching in October 2019, aged 52! A real sense of accomplishment!

5. Capability to adapt. My coaching was about instructing reside our bodies not on-line by way of Zoom! I efficiently navigated the web studying curve to lead my very own lessons.

My Recommendation

If you need to change your profession path, discover a method to make it occur! It’s higher to have tried than to sit again and assume: “I’m wondering”. Begin small and construct up to your new aim, for instance, contemplate requesting versatile working in your fundamental function to allow a part-time begin within the function you aspire to. It will enable you an opportunity to check the water and see if your passion-project or interest can really pay the payments. Search impartial monetary recommendation to guarantee you’re clear on the monetary impacts of your new function. Additionally, you will want to determine on issues resembling, whether or not it’s going to be your personal enterprise, if you’ll be a Sole Dealer or Restricted Firm. In case you are within the UK, GOV.UK is nice for data on self-employment. Final however not least; Be sort to your self and take the time to calm down and mirror as you progress in the direction of your choice. It’s nice to have somebody to discuss issues via with, however finally, what would you like to do? Do it! Good luck.

Yvonne O’Garro. My title incorporates Yoga, my late dad and mom clearly had a plan for me! 

YOga (rro).


To seek out out extra about Yvonne and her lessons, go to her web site here.

And discover out about her upcoming workshops here.



All photographs credit score of Maria Nakhmanovich.

Yvonne began practising yoga in 2006 and has been instructing since 2018. Yvonne holds a 350-hour Yoga Instructor Diploma and 33-hour Restorative Practices, each from triyoga, London.
Earlier than instructing yoga, Yvonne had a protracted profession as a HR Enterprise Accomplice. Within the spring of 2020, she switched to full time yoga instructing to obtain private steadiness and to share the advantages of Restorative & Hatha Yoga. Yvonne’s instructing is conscious, grounded and alignment targeted. She is keen about Restorative Yoga and the advantages it might have on our our bodies.

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