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Earlier this week I was able to attend a customer service seminar at one of the locations I work at - which was incredibly insightful and really made me think about how I interact with students and possible clientele. And then that got me thinking about why I do yoga and why I love teaching it so much. At some point in time, as I created this string of thoughts in my brain, I began to get a little bit anxious and eventually a little bit angry because it felt like I was contradicting myself. I want to teach yoga to help people grow as individuals and money doesn't really matter, but I need to make money and the more of it there is the better! Wait, how can that work? How can I make a lot of money doing something I feel so passionate about without selling out?
The more I thought about it, the angrier I would get. At one point in time during the seminar we were asked to look through a list of words that people use to describe customer service; we were to choose three words that we found to be most important to us and then eventually limit ourselves to one of those words. The one word I was left with was "honesty". Because, excuse my french, but I absolutely cannot stand when I feel like someone is feeding me bullshit. Especially if it feels as though a yoga instructor is feeding it to me.
Then I thought about my job and what I do when I teach...do I feel people BS? No! Definitely not...well wait...do I? Do I ever change my own beliefs or what I feel to be important when it comes to teaching just to get more people to my classes? Do I ever jump on the "fad wagon" with other teachers if I don't agree with the way something is being presented? Because the truth of the matter is, selling an experience is the business of yoga. Which brought me back to my first question, "How can make money doing something I feel passionate about without selling out?"
I thought about it for a long time (like a couple of days) before I came to the conclusion that, no I do not and WILL NOT change what I feel to be crucial about the practice of yoga just to get more people in my class. Ever.
Although this was important to me before, from this point on I will make it an even bigger priority to speak my truth and stick to my guns! Because I don't care what the cool thing to do is, if I don't agree with it I won't teach it. And if someone doesn't like the way I teach then they can go find another instructor, because I won't change the way I share knowledge just to get more assess on mats.
What do you think of my "raw rant"? Share your own thoughts and feelings on the subject! Do you ever feel as though it's okay for a instructor to change their teachings because of a fad?
Thanks for reading! I've got another great video ready to be posted tomorrow! Spoiler alert, it's my own personal morning core routine! Get excited and stay passionate yogis!
Sometimes the cost of purity and idealism is just too high.
Integrity is clearly one of your core values. People (like me) will see that in you & that is one of many assets you have which will bring to you clients who are also in integrity. If I sensed BS in your class, I would be out of there! So keep holding to your convictions! Thank you for choosing not to be a sell out. Namaste!
Jeanmarie, you are such a great student! I really appreciate what you've said. Let me know if you ever sense any BS! ;-)
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