I posted something on my instagram feed this week that got some attention. If you missed it, click here.
Basically, my post stated…
Teaching yoga is not for the faint of heart.
I think it resonated with teachers because we all know how hard this job is. Anyone who saw that post who isn’t a yoga teacher probably laughed and said something like, “Yea, right. Sounds like a relaxing job to me.”
I think that’s why it’s so frustrating, because if you aren’t a yoga teacher, you don’t get it. We put so much energy and work into our teaching and it’s ridiculously easy to get depleted. Outsiders only see the teaching part of what we do, and they consider it a vacation compared to most occupations. They don’t see the work that goes on behind the scenes.
Just this morning, I was talking to a student after class who asked me about my brewery classes. When I told her all about my events, she sarcastically commented, “Wow, sounds like a terrible way for you to spend your weekends.”
In that moment, I wanted to tell her how much work I put into making these classes successful. All of the planning, promotion, and prep work that goes into them. Then, when the day finally comes, I have to figure out some sort of sequence that my students will enjoy (and that I will enjoy teaching). Those sequences wouldn’t be what they are without all of the continuing education I pay for and spend time doing. Also, I’m being taken away from my family on a Saturday or Sunday morning. I don’t care how much you love your job, working on a weekend still sucks.
I’m not complaining because I love what I do, but I’m not going to lie and say that those types of comments don’t get under my skin.
This job is not a vacation. Whether you’re teaching on the beach, hosting a retreat, or teaching at a local brewery and sharing a pint with your students after class, it’s work. The work might be a heck of a lot better than what I used to do in the corporate world, but it’s still work.
That’s why we, as teachers, need to make sure to support one another. Whether it’s jumping in to sub for a friend, lending an ear, or encouraging self-care, we are each others best support.
Oh yea, and regarding the self-care part, you better get on that. I mean it. Do something for yourself today. The work can wait. Go practice. Go meditate. Go put a hydrating mask on your face. Go for a walk. Just go.
If you need more support to help you grow your business, I’m here. I just opened up a 1 hour option for one-on-one coaching with me. If you’re unsure about moving forward, let’s schedule a free consult over the phone. Just hit reply and ask me.
Love & Yoga,