The Hardest Part About Being a Yoga Teacher

What do you think the hardest part about being a yoga teacher is?
Dealing with difficult people?
The unpaid additional behind-the-scenes work?
Physical exhaustion?

Nope. None of the above.

The hardest part about being a yoga teacher is convincing women to make themselves a priority.

I’ll tell you a story.
I love my Destination Yoga. We pack up our mats and roll them out in nature somewhere. The beach, a beautiful park, a cliff overlooking the mountains, next to a river. It’s a new experience. You can read about Destination Yoga and all its benefits here.

When I originally advertised, I had twenty women signed up that same day. People were full of excitement for it. As the date approached, one by one women canceled. The reasons? They were too busy, too tired, they needed to cook/clean, they didn’t have enough time. You know what I hear when women say this? “I don’t have time for myself.”

Women are so busy running around taking care of everyone else. That looming laundry pile? A priority. Doing something nice and healthy for ourselves? Optional.

Why are our mental/emotional needs optional and the cleaning is mandatory?

I totally get it. I was there. I did the same thing. I ran myself into the ground, a total frustrated and run-down mess. I told myself I’d go to a class, go for a walk, anything that would be good. And each time I found a reason not to. And this only hurt my relationship with my family, and with myself.

Fast forward to now. Self-care is vital and I believe my jobs extends far beyond just teaching the one hour and fifteen minute class. My job is also to give women the opportunity to feel good, to know that they are important, and that they deserve that time and space to recharge themselves. I really focus on making the experience rejuvenating, cleansing and emotionally healing so people leave refreshed. An hour and fifteen minutes is not a crazy amount of time in order to re-center and align oneself. It only benefits every other area of our lives, and really benefits the people we are interacting with and taking care of.

When I do yoga, I am a better wife, mother and friend. But, maybe most importantly, I am a better friend to myself. I am a better ME.

So the hardest part about being a yoga teacher is convincing women to make themselves a priority and actually show up to a class, to say “yes” to an opportunity, to start living.

At the end of our Destination Yoga: On the Beach, one woman remarked, “I almost didn’t come. I was too busy. I am so glad I decided to come!” The rest of the women nodded enthusiastically, indicating the same for themselves.

So do it. Say yes to opportunity. Say yes to new adventures. Say yes to being the best you!

Don’t Like Yoga? Why You Should Try Again (And Again)

I used to hate yoga. I tried to like it. I really did. I went to class after class, searching for the reason why people would rave about it. In college, I was “crunchy” and “granola” (meaning, not quite a hippie because I wasn’t into pot, but into the outdoors and nature and healthy living), so everyone, including myself, reasoned that I should like it too. Except… I didn’t. I went to numerous classes and found it boring and slow. I much preferred something more fast-paced and fun, like running or kick-boxing.

One fateful day, my good friend Agatha invited me to try a free yoga class with her. I reluctantly agreed to go, but only because it was free, and because we were going to the cafe next door after and I really wanted one of their addictive smoothies. That day changed my life. I was surprised to find the class invigorating, energetic, fun, and the relaxation at the end had me leaving the class feeling totally balanced. I felt like I had had a wonderful workout AND somehow released all the tension in my mind and body. I was hooked.

I only went to class with this instructor from then on. Her energy and style simply resonated with me. It was as simple as that.

So if you’ve tried yoga and didn’t like it, give it another chance. Try with a different instructor.

Part of teaching yoga is giving over yourself and your energy. Every instructor has something unique to give. Preferences of poses and sequences, tone of voice, relaxation techniques, and, even more important, simply an energy that you can’t quite put your finger on. Point is, just because you didn’t like one yoga class doesn’t mean you won’t like another.

So try it today. I offer free trial classes, as do many teachers. (Check out my schedule of classes here.) If you don’t like mine, try someone else’s. I’m happy to refer you to other teachers in the area that I know and respect. I firmly believe that we all chose this path in order to share the love of yoga. If you can’t find the love of yoga in my class, I sincerely hope you find it in someone else’s class!

Happy yoga class exploring!