Christy Prior: A win-win situation

“If you’ve got something you think of value to share, something that could be of value to others in their own lives, then it’s an awesome opportunity to give back to the wider community.” Christy Prior is a former international snowboarder, competing for New Zealand in slopestyle at Sochi 2014. She now lives in the coastal city of Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island, from where she teaches vinyasa flow yoga as part of Airbnb Experiences.

  •  Former Olympic snowboarder Christy Prior has been practising yoga for 15 years.
  • Airbnb have given Christy the flexibility to host her Experiences around her busy schedule.
  • You can get benefits like this and more by applying here and setting up your own Experience.

I got into yoga when I was 17, around the same time I started snowboarding. I found the breathing and meditation techniques really helped with my sport. I retired from international competition in 2019 but was still travelling a lot while also starting to teach yoga, so I ran a pop-up studio, teaching around my own schedule and advertising through social media.

Define your target market
Then I signed up to Airbnb Experiences, which I think makes it really accessible to customers who aren’t from the area. If you’re a regular or local you go to a studio and get to know the teachers, but if you’re travelling you often have no idea who’s who or where to go. This way, Airbnb comes up with a selection of ‘this is what’s available in the area’ and you can read about what it’s going to be like. You can look through photos and gauge a little more what’s in store before you get there, rather than just googling things, where there are fewer details.

Airbnb gives you great flexibility
For the host, you can set the time you’re available. For me I’ve set it to mid-afternoon because I’m free then most days, although if someone wants to do a morning or evening I try to do that too. Equally, if you’re away competing or working – which I’ve just done for two weeks while away on a shoot in Canada – you can block that out and pick it up when you come back.

if you’re away competing or working – which I’ve just done for two weeks while away on a shoot in Canada – you can block that out and pick it up when you come back.

An inclusive Experience
I host people of all levels and experience. I’m passionate about strong practice and technique, and I’m really big on learning at any level. So I get just as much a kick out of seeing a beginner get something right that maybe they haven’t been doing properly or safely, as I do someone more experienced. Even those little things are so good for them, and they’ll take that away with them to their own practice.

Win-win situation
To anyone thinking of signing up to the Olympian Experience, I’d say if you’ve got something you think of value to share, something that could be of value to others in their own lives, then it’s an awesome opportunity to give back to the wider community.

It can also be a great springboard. From August I’m going to be launching yoga retreats and snowboarding courses through Airbnb Adventures, which offers longer stays and a chance to work with people for over a few days.

Want to generate a new income stream for yourself like Christy? Apply to become a host here and receive bespoke support from Airbnb and Athlete365.