The 5 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Yoga Teachers
Some things maybe you always wondered about yoga teachers.
1. We clean – a lot!
If we don’t work for an outside studio, meaning we work for ourselves, our job probably involves a lot of cleaning. Even more so if the studio is in our home.
Wiping down the mats to keep them hygienic and sweeping and washing floors because who wants to do savasana on a dirty floor?
If your yoga teacher has other accents to her class – candles and flowers and things – this takes extra set up time.
Since I have two little kids, and in particular one baby who likes to throw food everywhere, set up before each class can somewhere around 45 minutes.
2. We love our clients.
A class is only as good as the students and the energy they bring!
Your bright smiling faces and energy make us happy. Your presence changes the dynamic and feeling of the class.
It’s not just a paycheck to us. Anyone who teaches yoga really loves teaching it and loves their students!
3. Yoga teachers don’t compete with other local yoga teachers.
Yoga is not one-size-fits-all. Teachers and classes are not created equal. I’ve often referred my students or potential clients to other local yoga instructors.
My yoga teaching style resonates with some, and others prefer a different style. Or perhaps my schedule doesn’t work for someone. We don’t take it personally! We are just happy you love yoga, even if it’s with another instructor.
4. We aren’t perfectly zen all the time.
There’s this idea that yoga teachers are so calm and happy all the time.
No. Just no.
Yoga teachers lose their sh*t too.
Since starting regular yoga practice, I’m a much more balanced and relaxed person. But I still go off the rails sometimes like any frustrated parent.
So I’m not zen all the time, but yoga has taught me to do a self check-in.
What’s going on, what do I need?
Maybe it’s escaping the room for a few moments, or just focusing on that goal of the kids being in bed in X amount of time.
Yoga has taught me that I don’t have to be perfect.
5. Yoga teachers love feedback.
Liked something? Didn’t like something? Tell us.
I love hearing in the middle of a pose, “Oh my g-d, this feels sooooo good!” Ah, music to my ears.
Likewise, let us know if something doesn’t work for you.
We can often suggest an adjustment, modification or alternative, or perhaps we can skip it entirely and do a different pose that accomplishes the same thing for next time.
We just want you to get the most out of our class as possible.
So there you have it. A few things you might not have known about yoga teachers. Any other questions? Most of us are happy to chat about anything! Reach out to us!