Not Sure If Becoming a Yoga Teacher Is For You?
Many yogis who are committed to the path and its teachings, at one point or another in their journey, ponder whether or not they should take the next step and turn their love of the practice into a business. If becoming a Yoga Teacher is something you’ve considered, and if you’re unsure whether or not it’s the right path for you, here’s some things I suggest you consider to help you navigate your way forward.
Do you have a strong desire to teach and share?
There’s a very big difference between being a student, and being a teacher, and having a strong desire to share the practice is essential if you’re to journey down the path of teaching. As a student you don’t have to consider creating sequences, coordinating your timetable between studios, the experiences of your students, playlists and your finances - you can simply show up to your mat and be led. For some people, these things excite and bring them to life, for others, it’s something that feels less appealing.
If you’re unsure whether or not teaching is for you, or if you want to keep your personal practice sacred (which of course you can still do if you’re a teacher!), I suggest bringing together a small group of friends and leading them through an asana practice or sharing yogic teachings with them. This is a beautiful way to get curious about whether or not leading is something you enjoy and feel drawn to explore more (despite the very normal anxiety and fear you’ll likely feel!) I also suggest speaking with yoga teachers you know about their transition from being a student to a teacher, and what their experience of teaching has been like.
The path of not always easy - does your passion run deep?
My bet is that most yoga teachers will tell you that being a teacher, although rewarding, is not always easy - especially when you’re first starting out. Many new yoga teachers are working at multiple studios, giving up part of their weekend, teaching at all hours of the day and night, and not getting paid a great deal of money (not to worry though, there is potential to earn great money within the industry). It can take time to become confident teaching, to learn how to diversify your income and to set yourself apart and stand out. Because of this, being deeply passionate about the practice and teachings is a MUST!
Recruiting support can also be extremely helpful when it comes to navigating this new terrain. Yes, it requires a financial investment, but it’s one that will pay off tenfold in the long run. Some experienced teachers offer mentoring, there are endless business coaches for you to pick and choose from, and other support people like copywriters and web developers can help harness your passion and share your message with the world. There’s no need to be in it alone and recruiting support can help to fast track your success!
Are you willing to dip your toes in and be open to what unfolds?
Just as the practice of yoga teaches us, as important as it is to have heart led goals and visions for our future, it’s imperative that we also let go of our expectations and flow with life. If you’re unsure about whether or not the teaching path is for you, I suggest dipping your toes in and simply getting curious about what unfolds.
Perhaps you could:
- Share a practice with your close friends, as I mentioned above
- Start sharing yogic teachings on social media and see how it feels
- Put it out there to the Universe and see what it offers back to you
- Start exploring different TTC’s and see what’s involved and how much they cost
- Create your own asana class, just for you, for fun, and see if you enjoy the process.
Very often, simply getting curious will lend itself to an answer being revealed in time. Have patience, be open and see what unfolds.
Are you prepared to sit with your fear?
Many people avoid becoming yoga teachers because they’re scared about getting up in front of a group of people and teaching. This is completely normal, but something that should not stop you from pursuing your passion if your heart feels called to teach.
I’ve never met a yoga teacher who told me that they didn’t feel nervous the first time they taught a class - it’s a big deal! The thing to remember though, is that we don’t expand in life if we don’t push ourselves to extend beyond the limitations of our comfort zones and try new things. The fear will subside in time, and the more you can expose yourself to teaching opportunities, the quicker this will happen for you.
You are worthy of following your heart and you are worthy of leading. Be kind to and patient with yourself as you sit with the discomfort - these feelings are merely growing pains.
I’ll leave you with these heart opening words from Deepak Chopra to ponder ...
“If you obsess over whether or not you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the Universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.
The Universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience”.
Here’s to following your heart and embracing the journey.
By Che. X