INTERVIEW WITH A YOGA TEACHER
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I have been teaching yoga for about 6 years now. I have been doing it full-time for about a year and just like any job, teaching yoga comes with it’s perks and it’s down falls.
Here are a few questions I often get asked by my non yoga teacher friends:
1. QUESTION: YOU MUST HAVE SO MUCH TIME FOR YOURSELF? //
Teaching yoga, especially full-time, will give you the opportunity to have more time for yourself. But, at some awkward times during the day! I often have a few hours here and there to myself, but I’m usually prepping for my next classes, or doing chores around the house.
Because I have such odd hours, I find it very difficult to find the time to get to a yoga class myself, and most of my fitness is done through an app at home or at the gym.
So, yes, I do have more time for myself, but it’s not as relaxing as it seems it should be!
2. QUESTION: YOU MUST BE SO RELAXED ALL THE TIME? //
Nope. I’m almost always stressed! From trying to fit in enough classes each week to pay my bills, to rushing all over town to make all my classes on time. I’m usually relaxed while I’m teaching, but just like everyone else, I’m often stressed about life in general.
I am learning to make relaxing a priority everyday. Even if that means reading a book, or choosing my favourite show to watch. No matter what you’re full-time job is, it’s important to have down time. And you should choose what that downtime looks like.
3. QUESTION: YOU MUST BE SO GOOD AT YOGA NOW? //
Haha. See the answer to Question One.
I hardly have any time for my personal yoga practice. I don’t meditate nearly enough, I don’t physically practice nearly enough, and I don’t breathe as I should.
I’m very good at leading my students through their practice, but my practice is lacking to say the least!
Also, what does “good at doing yoga” look like? I feel that there is a misconception that yoga is something to master or to be good at. Yes, the poses might get “easier” but yoga is so much more than the physical practice. It is about breathing, being in the world, being the best version of you everyday. And with that, we are all students and will forever be students!
4. QUESTION: IT MUST BE SO NICE TO BE AROUND OTHER YOGIS ALL DAY LONG? //
Being a yoga teaching can be a pretty lonely job. Yes, I am around people all the time, but they are my students, so the relationship is far different from one you’d have with co-workers. I usually only hang out with other teachers at staff meetings or get togethers. We hardly see each other except in passing and we usually only communicate through social media.
5. QUESTION: THIS ALL SOUNDS VERY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT BEING A YOGA TEACHER WOULD BE, WHY DO YOU DO IT? //
I LOVE teaching yoga. If I didn’t need money I would do it for free. I absolutely love sharing the joy of yoga with others.
And although this job can be frustrating, it’s also exhilarating. There is always opportunity to do more, be more, have more. Being a yoga teacher, means you have control over how you teach, where you teach, it means having more control over my life.
I will always teach yoga. Maybe not full-time (because it’s exhausting), but I will always teach it!
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