Do you ever struggle with how you can fit into the current yoga economics and stay authentic and healthy? Do you ever wonder how you can make enough money to survive and still be teaching classes that resonate with your heart? I’ve been confronted with this conundrum multiple times as I test the waters of the teaching profession.
As teachers, we have to decide whether we can or want to teach anything that comes our way or possibly not pay a bill that month. We have to decide whether we want to drive 60 miles from home to pick up a class or subbing opportunity that might just cover the cost of gas. And whether we want to walk out of a dark studio or gym alone at night. We have to factor in the cost of parking meters, unpaid time spent doing studio maintenance tasks or checking students in, and whether more training costs would open up more teaching opportunities. And what if our regular class gets permanently cancelled for some reason? We rarely can know how much we are going to make in a month, and can’t forget to put some aside for the times when bad weather results in a cancelled class.
With all of these things to consider, it’s difficult to know which direction to go. Should I pick up some other business on the side to generate income? Should I lean into the expanding online market and see if I can build a following? Should I give in and just learn how to teach that style of yoga that doesn’t really feel right?
I’m finding that yoga and business are tricky to combine, and that making a living teaching is possibly not possible. I’m finding that advocating for oneself requires a sort of finesse that isn’t taught in teacher training. I’m finding that the profession of yoga shines a light on the not so yogic side of people, and that there is a grabbing amongst us for a slice of the money pie. I’m finding that the business of yoga challenges my authenticity and my health.
Yet I continue the scramble for more business, hoping that sticking to my authenticity will work out, and then I surrender to yoga.
After six years of practice, many visits to the Himalayan Institute for philosophy and meditation studies, completing a local 200-hour program, and digging into Ayurveda with Kripalu’s Dr. Rosy Mann, Pranakriya met Lori on the path. During her first module in 2015 with Jacci and Shelbi, she knew she had found her yoga tribe. She completed 300 hours with the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts in February 2018. Lori has been teaching since 2014 and has a love of restorative yoga, meditative flow, yoga nidra and using mantra/mudra. When she isn’t on a yoga mat, studying yoga or working toward a life coach credential, Lori enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, nature photography (especially interesting bugs), and supporting her local farmers. She is so grateful for the gifts of Mother Earth and yoga, and feels blessed to share her life with others through teaching.