The challenge of finding balance as a yoga teacher and avoiding burnout
So, you’re officially a yoga teacher. You learned all about the blissful lifestyle of the yogi but maybe it’s not as easy as it looks. Suddenly, there’s not enough time to get your own practice in, you’re working multiple jobs in multiple locations and spending ridiculous amounts of time getting to and from your jobs, financially you feel like you’re never gonna get ahead, and you’re tired all the time (forget actually having the energy and time to cook all those vegan meals taunting you on Pinterest). Sound familiar?
I don’t think it would be that much of an exaggeration to suggest that most yoga teachers go through this phase. It’s called yoga teacher burnout. Some teachers experience it multiple times! There’s a way to skip the stress though. And, a way to not have to worry about making ends meet. It’s all about getting organized and inspired and we’re here to help! Here are my top tips for avoiding the post-YTT burnout often associated with new yoga teachers trying to make it in this cut-throat industry.
1) Teach at fewer studios/gyms.
So, often I see new yoga teachers looking for jobs at studios and gyms all over town. I totally get that when you’re a new yoga teacher, it’s smart to teach wherever you can get a job. But teaching at 6 different facilities WILL, in only a matter of time, burn you out. The trick is to teach more classes at fewer studios. In the beginning this might mean opening up your schedule to teaching and subbing classes at one or two studio. When you stick regularly with more time at fewer facilities, it’s easier to build up clientele, form relationships with studio staff and students, and you’ll spend less time and money on travel.
2) Keep track of your expenses and income.
Getting organized is something us yogis and yoginis are not really known for. But, if we want to make financial decisions from a place of confidence, it is essential that we understand exactly how much we need to make and how much we have to spend each month. Do you actually have the budget to spend on Facebook advertising for your next retreat? Can you drop a class and still pay your electricity bill? Would quitting your 9-5 job solely to teach yoga burden your bank account or free you to spend less on takeout and cook all your meals from scratch instead? These are legit questions to get the answers to! I recommend creating a spreadsheet to help you keep track of what you’re spending and making. Then inputting the information on a weekly basis.
3) Honor your practice time.
Always make time for your own yoga practice. It’s easy to get stuck in the mind-set as a yoga teacher that your own yoga practice is a luxury rather than a necessity but, trust me, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The only way you will be a good yoga teacher is by maintaining your yoga studentship. If you fall off the practice wagon, your excitement for teaching will dwindle as you’ll be less in touch with how the postures and meditations feel in your body. Everything will feel stale and it will be harder to stay inspired. So ensure you practice regularly, not just for you, but for your yoga students. You owe it to them! Try making your practice truly enjoyable by visiting a new studio in town or by signing up to a new yoga subscription website. I make a point of taking at least one class a week to ensure I’m always fresh for the classes I teach!
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