Teaching Yoga for Happiness

Teaching Yoga for Happiness

TrikonasanaBy Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Think back to a time of no responsibility, with a wide-eyed view of life and reality. When we were kids, how many of my friends said, “When I grow up, I’m going to become a Yoga teacher?” If memory serves me right, the answer is: “None.”

Back in the 60’s, most of the kids, I knew, wanted to become astronauts, scientists, or the President of the United States. Times change, and each generation leaves its imprint, based upon the collective beliefs in true happiness and success.

Now, let’s fast forward to the present. Most of us were absorbed into the corporate world. Maybe some of us resisted joining “The Establishment,” for a while, but eventually most of us settled down to raise families and go to work.

Like our parents and grandparents, some of us worked for Fortune 500 companies, which would “take care of you for life.” We may have believed that myth, but economics, recessions, and lay offs, bring about a new reality.

It seems that economies expand and contract, approximately, every seven to ten years. Any sort of economic downturn can become a financial disaster for the individuals and families that are affected by it. How can anyone be happy, when they are unemployed?

Happiness is sometimes associated with our personal viewpoint of control. We wish to control our lives, but we have limits. So, what can you do to brace for the ebb and flow of changing economies? Whether we like it, or not, we are all “free agents.” Employers must do what is necessary to keep their companies alive.

For each of us, this means part-time employment, or part-time self-employment, doing something that will help your family make ends meet. This opens the door for many options, including becoming a Yoga instructor.

There has always been a belief in the “All or Nothing” theory. For example, some will tell you: “Become a full-time Yoga teacher, or don’t do it at all.” Firstly, most teachers of Yoga start out part-time. So, why listen to nonsense?

It takes time to establish yourself in any field. Why should anyone think he or she should take the plunge with “both feet first?” The most conservative way to start teaching Yoga sessions is by becoming an independent contactor or by teaching at a garage, loft, barn, or basement.

In this way, you are not taking any financial risks and you learn so much more by teaching. As a part-time Yoga teacher, you learn about people, ailments, and how not to waste your time or money. You will continue to educate yourself for life and you will find true happiness.

© Copyright 2008 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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