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ISM- INTERVIEW ASSIGNMENT QUESTIONS

Student Name:
Printed Name of
Person Interviewed:
Role of Individual:

Gracin Marquette

Period:

6

Valerie Immore

Place of Business:

__x_Mentor ___Other Professional #1
Sundance Yoga Studio

___Other Professional #2

Business Address:

128 S. Friendswood Dr. Friendswood, TX 77546

Phone Number:

281-482-YOGA

Date of Interview:

April 19th, 2016

Type of Interview: _x__ In Person ___ Telephone* ___Email*
*Documentation Required (Attach E-mail to Interview Verification Page)

1. For someone working in your field, please describe the fantasies versus realities of the job.
(fantasy vs. reality)
Well lots of people think I have the most relaxing job in the world and don’t get me wrong I do I
absolutely love it but during class I’m not just meditating. I am making sure everyone is practicing safe
yoga and I offer suggestions and adjust my practice when I see people struggling.
2. What is your current educational level? What continuing education and training are required?
(educational level and requirements)
I attended Alvin High School. After this I just worked many jobs until I fell in love with health and yoga.
I was required to take many many hours of classes and trainings. I studied all different forms of yoga
and got nationally certified to teach. Now I just continue you going to seminars and training because I
am a lifelong learner and I love getting new certifications and knowledge.
3. Please describe the typical day to day activities of someone working in your field.
(day-to-day activities)
I wake up with the sun everyday. I don’t like sleeping in too late because it wastes my day. My first class
is at 9 everyday so I always go up to the office and open. I teach classes for 3 hours then I have a break
everyday from 12-4. At this time I do office business and eat lunch and maybe even take a nap. At 4 I go
back and I teach some more until I finaly go home and have family time.
4. How secure are you in your current position? What do you think is the future of your field?
(job security)
Hahah that’s funny because I am the owner. I like to think my job is secure and I think yoga has survived
for 5000+ years so it can survive 5000 mire!
5. What is a typical (average or lowest to highest) salary of someone working in your field?
(salary)
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Well I don’t really feel comfortable telling you how much I make but both of my studios are very
successful and I am financially well off.
6. What potential for growth is there in your field?
(growth potential)
I think instructors (especaillly the good ones) are always a commodity and in demand. Yoga not only
allows for professional growth but selfgrowth too and that’s something you won’t find in most jobs.
***Questions 7-10 will be created by the ISM student.
7. Does your whole family participate in yoga?
Surprisingly yes I always stretch around the house and it’s something my kids did since they were
involved in sports. Currently none of my kids or my husband are involved in a class but it is definitely
part of their everyday life.
8. What is your favorite yoga pose?
I love down dog to cobra. It is so basic but when done correctly it can really relieve all of my tension in
my spine.
9. Why do you do yoga?
I do it because I love the way it makes me feel. I love being healthy and fit and yoga is how I do that.
10. Do you like vinyasa yoga?
It is my favorite form and that is why I teach it. I have a background in dance so it comes very naturally
to me and feels like that’s how yoga is meant to be practiced. I love the fluidity of it.

Interview Summary
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Yoga instructing is harder than it looks. You have to really know the body and know many
alternatives for what you’re teaching
You’re job integrates itself in to all aspects of your daily life
There is extensive training to become a yoga instructor and there are many types to learn
There’s a lot that goes in to teaching yoga for 6+ hours everyday
Many people can benefit from yoga
A small business isn’t a 9-5 job it’s constant
She loves everything about what she does and you can tell when she talks about it
She feels her knowledge of yoga has made everyone around her happy and healthy.
You never stop learning when you’re teaching
Yoga can have many benefits like physical and mental health improvement and much more
Learning to connect her mind and body made everything so much easier and made yoga so much
more fun
The connection of mind body and spirit also improved my life and relationships with others

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It is never too soon to start yoga. I can always be there even if you stop and come back to it

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