Over the past few months I have been struggling with the idea of Yoga as a business and what that means for me as a teacher. Should I be working harder to grow a following? Should I be looking for new experiences and places to teach? Do I need to work in a yoga studio to legitimize myself as a teacher?
I found myself struggling with yoga as my passion versus yoga as my job. The internet is saturated with social media posts and photos of other teachers marketing themselves by doing advanced poses or taking photos of packed classes. I found myself wondering, should I be doing this too? And then an opportunity came, and it was exciting, so I took it.
I maintained my current classes in addition to new ones and loved teaching double the yoga. I enjoyed meeting new people and forging friendships. As time went on; however, I realized that I was losing sight of why I began teaching yoga in the first place. It wasn’t because I wanted to be idolized, followed or become a thriving business, it was because yoga changed my life. I wanted to help my students realize that the integration of a yoga practice beyond the mat and into their lives is a path to wholeness.
When I began to realize that the path I was on was no longer my own, I felt such relief in being able to acknowledging this truth. I was at a crossroads and it was time to get back to where I needed to be…back to my self. So I let go of what was not serving me and went back to where I could be my authentic self.
From now on whenever you find yourself wondering where the grass may be greener, remind yourself that exactly where you are is where you need to be. Trust this. Everything that is meant to be will manifest in its own time. Spend less time chasing and more time enjoying what is right in front of you in this moment.