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I have been torn about teacher trainings that cost a lot and do not produce any for sure employment (even as a supplement to a regular career). However, I continue my education in yoga for my own development and well being. I trust that the money is well spent and pay off s may come in different forms later in life. Actually periods when I was in deep study and practice during anusara immersions such as the ones that Katchie Ananda teaches as pre-requisites to teacher trainings have been some of the best times in my life. Yoga is really about helping us all be our best selves. Weather or not I ll ever make any money doing what feels like my passion for work remains to be seen. Seems like every where in the world is becoming saturated with yoga teachers and I think its a good "problem" to have.
I just finished three years of advanced yoga studies at The Berkeley Yoga Room. I read the article twice and realized that I had learnt nothing whatsoever and moreover that it is a great example the non sequitur scare story. Ms. Horgos only evidence is "anecdotal evidence." My job search has revealed the opposite to be true: that there are lots of jobs in the Bay Area for yoga teachers.
I bet when Ms. Horgos started as a journalist, people told her how hard it was going to be for her to break into professional journalism? Americans love to remind one another how difficult it is to start a new career, business or realize an idea.
Let me make my point by asking a question of Ms. Horgos: Are there really careers or degree programs where one just waits around while the phone rings off the hook with unsolicited offers of employment?
Life is only as hard as you believe it is. This article is time well wasted. -Namaste
And, just an afterthought--
I have nothing but the highest respect for most of the full-time yoga teachers I know or have studied with who make their living from teaching us yoga. Theirs is a level of passion and commitment that brings great benefits to the rest of us, and should be rewarded with a cash flow that at least allows them to make a decent living (I'm an economist--I don't believe yoga teachers should have to live on bread and water when there are so many people with disposable income looking for meaningful ways to spend their time). I've met far more passionate yoga teachers than I have potential hustlers (!)
As someone who has just committed to the Piedmont Yoga Studio's Deep Yoga program for this year, I thought this was a very well-written article. Thanks. I had some fears when I thought about teacher training that I would be perceived as less than fully committed to yoga or teaching yoga (given that I am working on a Ph.D. in applied economics and planning on finding a full-time job that employs that degree when I finish). Nonetheless, I'm excited to learn more deeply about the history, philosophy, and anatomy of yoga--and perhaps to be able to share it in places outside of the stereotypical yoga studio, since I hopefully won't be relying on it as my primary income source. The Bay Area may be saturated with yoga-teacher hopefuls, but the flip side is that it's still one of the best place to explore yoga classes, styles, instructors, and teacher training programs.
It's wonderful that people like Jane Weinapple and programs like Options Recovery Services and Lifelong Medical Care Clinic are still out there. They should be vigorously supported!
There's one yoga teacher around here who drives me bananas because he's so full of himself. I won't name names. This teacher is VERY well-known and teaches all over the place. Whenever I'm thinking of taking a yoga class I check to see if he's teaching it and if he is, I avoid it. That is all.
This is a great article. Well-researched and marvelously written. I haven't seen this writer a lot but I think that should change. Great job Bonnie keep up the good work!
P.S. I don't even like Yoga.
I don't eat corn flakes; you know how much "sugar" are in those things. If you don't recognize that the pursuit of money through yoga can't help but corrupt the teachings, then you deserve the instructors you get.
Geez, who peed in Brett's cornflakes?! I think the teachers who graduate from TT and quit their day jobs eventually see the light and find another source of income.
Good article. Interesting times. Yoga teachers are starting to become like Starbucks - one on every corner. "Oh, you're looking for shoulderstand pose? That's taught at the corner of 5th and Mission. The Vinyasa class? That's at 3rd and Market. "
And yes, I share in Richard, Judith and Sandy''s sentiments about the Yoga Room and Donald Moyer. Kate Coughlin (Director of Downtown Yoga in Pleasanton) is hugely influenced by Donald Moyer and YR. Donald's the genuine article no doubt.
I also don't think there's anything wrong with teaching yoga for a living. My experience is that it is certainly not easy to make a buck at first. But that's not my primary motivation in teaching. It's a good job and a noble profession - rewarding in many ways. it's a good challenge to remain balanced in the practice and the business at the same time.
ok - back to my day job.
Jim Coughlin - Yoga Teacher since 2002.
Ok, Lawngun, my comments on the Monday Must Read thread are still there,
so it was just one comment thread that got deleted.
Comments, unlike tattoos, are easily removed, Grasshopper.
Lawngun, my error here. My comment was on the tattoo piece by Cushing, it
was just a one sentence piece of great news. That's still there.
But my comment on the Oakland Institute piece was deleted. I mentioned that the author, whom I never heard of before, had two pieces way to the left last week, one here and one in AVA in Mendocino.
Don't know if my comments on the Fed, et al, are still there because I can't remember the thread or can't find it.
Thank you Richard and Judith for mentioning the Yoga Room Berkeley and Dear Donald. As a Yoga Room Grad and studio owner, I am so grateful for the entire community there and continue to study and support the YRB Studio!
Sandy Carmellini, owner, creator, Brentwood Yoga Center
yes, shame on american yoga teachers for helping their students live happier and healthier lives, all the while racking in the big bucks, sometimes totaling several THOUSAND dollars EVERY YEAR. obviously working hard to learn this exceedingly challenging practice, coming up with new classes every week, keeping up with the latest teachings, should be a labor of love, conducted in those spare moments when not working at a decent full time job. kudos to the young man for pointing out this hustle. actually, all you teachers out there, lets do it the old fashioned way, out naked in the streets begging like proper yogis.
yes, i totally agree with Judith, not including the Yoga Room, or talking with Donald, was a serious oversight. Donald is the eminence grise of east bay yoga, many young teachers got their first opportunity to teach thanks to Donald, including myself and Rod Yee, and we both profited enormously from his teaching and guidance. There might not be a piedmont yoga studio were it not for the unselfish encouragement and support from Donald.
Richard Rosen, director, Piedmont Yoga
Leave it to Americans to turn yoga into a hustle. Anyone getting into yoga teacher as a career path should go into another line of work, like perhaps dealing dope or turning tricks. Yoga is not a for-profit enterprise, and I feel bad for the yoga students of "professional" teachers. Is there no place in this culture untouched by the corrupting influence of currency? Oh, yeah, forgot--stupid question to ask in this country, the land of whores, where everything has a price tag, even cosmic bliss and union with God.
Lawngun, the Express has now deleted my comments here and on another thread. Not exactly shocked. If you want to stay in touch email me at email@example.com. I won't put up with any political censorship so I
will be changing my reading habits.
Are these two articles on tattooing and tattoo removal included in the Education & Careers section, because they discuss possible career opportunities, or because people get such an education, when they get tattoos, then later decide it was a big mistake?
the LaserAway in Walnut Creek's up and running on North Main...think it's been open for a month or two.
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