Finding Balance Between Life & Teaching Yoga
Finding Balance in Life both on and off the mat can be a challenge.
You signed up, you began your yoga teacher training, you made it through, and now you are a brand new yoga teacher; ready to go out and take the yoga world by storm!
When I first came out of my program I was so excited to dig in and start teaching. I developed sequences, networked with other teachers, came up with workshop and programming ideas, and it was all so fun and exciting. Then, I started my first full time job as a psychologist and all of a sudden, my schedule was starting to become unmanageable.
I recently moved to a small community, and once word got out that I was a yoga teacher, offers and opportunities came flying in. “Can you teach at my studio?” “Can you develop a yoga at work program”, “Can you do yoga for this and for that”. While I wanted to say yes to everything (and at the beginning I did), I soon realized that I was not able to meet everyone’s expectations. People even started to get mad at me for turning them down.
At one point I was working 40 hours a week, teaching 2 online college courses, and teaching 4 yoga classes a week (most of them for free), and was not able to have the time to go to classes myself. I found myself feeling resentful and annoyed when people would ask me if I could teach a class for them.
For me, this was a moment where I felt compelled to remember Satya. I had to say no, I had to work on finding balance. I had to be honest with myself about my limits, and I needed to be accepting of that. For some of us, yoga is our full time job. For others, it is a passion that we can work into our free time on the side. It is important not to overbook ourselves as then we will not be a benefit to our students, and we will not be following our ethical guidelines.
I love teaching yoga, but I’ve realized that I need to take a step back and focus on my personal practice right now. I’ve gone down to teaching 2 karma classes a week, and the new free time has helped me rediscover why I wanted to teach in the first place.
by Lauren Villegas, RYT200, Yogacara Teacher Training Alumni