By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Among Yoga teachers, there is a common thread, which we may refer to as a “calling” toward teaching classes. A passion stirs inside each one of us to become a yoga teacher, because we see how much the Yogic path has helped us personally. We see what a difference Yoga can make in any person’s life.

Let’s consider what factors motivate people to go to work. We might be able to boil these prime motivations down into three groups. The desire for money, status, and passion, are the three basic reasons why people go work. Usually, most people receive one, or two, of the three prime motivators by going to work.

Many people go to work for a pay check, to bring money home for their families. There is nothing wrong with this, because many people scratch out an income to survive. We could consider employment to be a 21st century survival tactic, but while the cost of living goes up, wages are not guaranteed to increase.

Some people go to work for their status. For example: A person works very hard, for years, to become a branch, regional, or department manager. Unfortunately, status, and prestige, can disappear in an instant, if our job is suddenly considered non-essential.

Now, ask yourself, “How many people are going to a job, where they are making a big difference, in other people’s lives?” How often do you meet anyone who really loves their occupation? How many people wake up, filled with excitement about the day ahead of them?

The sad truth is, very few people feel satisfaction, self-worth, or enthusiasm about their occupation. On top of this, some companies make a calculated decision to fire a non-essential employee, just to put fear into the hearts of the remaining workers, and re-distribute the remaining work among the rest.

Although, the work climate has changed over the past two decades, all of us can still make a difference. Observe the work that you have a real passion for, and make a plan to succeed in that direction. For some of us it may be as simple as taking a Yoga instructor certification course, but it is best to take small steps in a direction that is calling you.

If you are considering Yoga teaching certification, you may want to research your options for study. Can you afford to take four weeks off from work? Will your employer understand your reasons? Online Yoga teacher training is self-paced and you can easily study at home.

© Copyright 2008 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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