I remember reading BKS Iyengar’s book “Light on Life” many years ago and marveling at a paragraph where he describes “burnout” as an occupational hazard of being a yoga teacher. It was a huge relief. At the time I had been experiencing a sense of burnout for a few months and felt horribly guilty about it. It was really comforting to know that this was a part of the profession of teaching yoga and that a teacher I admired so much had suffered from the same feelings in his career.
How many time have we all said, “God I wish I’d trusted my gut.” We receive information all the time that is hard for us to logically interpret. This information comes in the form of feelings, non-specific knowing, and just a sense of “this is right” or “this is wrong.” But why don’t we listen to our gut? Why don’t we listen to this accurate information that is always on our side? I have some ideas below of why this was true in my own life and what I often hear from my clients and students. We all have the ability to draw on this amazing field of information at any time and the information is always on our side, even if we may not want to hear what it has to say.
So why don’t we listen?
Teachers I want you to be successful. We need you. In the world today, we need everyone who is called to a healing path to step up and help us through this very difficult transitional period in which we find ourselves. When you begin teaching yoga finances can be difficult and it can feel like it’s impossible to make a good living in this field. That is not the case if you apply some ideas that help with the flow of money into your experience. It takes some time and patience, but it is possible and anyone can do it.
I don’t often weigh in on the larger yoga world. I’ve never found it particularly useful and quite frankly I usually don’t care about “who said what to who about what.” It always feels like a saccharinely pompous version of TMZ fueled by inane spiritual psychobabble and the driving desire to win the title of "yogier than thou." But as the saga with Yoga Alliance continues to unfold, I think it’s important that we as teachers start talking more openly about the issues with this organization and its processes. My intention of this blog is to steer us towards solutions and see if we can air out some of the issues around certifying yoga teachers that have come to light in recent years.
My work more and more has been transitioning to a coaching role where I am helping people develop their energetic sensitivity and their intuition. I thought I’d write a little bit about my own journey of understanding with these concepts and try to lay them out in a way that is approachable and makes sense. I also encourage you to see if you see any of yourself in these ideas or recognize them in people you know.