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How many studios give free classes to teachers?
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Mark Franklin

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April 20, 2006 - 10:00 pm
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The studio Liz teaches at has a great perk for the yoginis that work there and I was curious if it was typical, because to me, it makes business sense.

The teachers at our studio can take as many classes as they want for free, and they can attend any seminar without paying the fee, which can often be in the $150 range.

While the benefit to the teachers is obvious, the yogini that runs the studio is pretty sharp, and we think it's a good deal for her, too, because:

* It helps her teachers keep their yoga skills up

* The teachers see this as a valuable perk and they are more inclined to stay with the studio

* More people are in classes making them appear that much more popular to the paying students

* The swamis conducting the seminars appreciate having more people to transfer knowledge to, especially since they are themselves teachers

* The paying students can see another example of a good pose if they can't see the teacher who actually has the class

* Nearly a 100% of the teachers attend the seminars conducted by various swamis, so the teachers at the studio are getting continuing education

* Students can relate to the teachers in a way that is less structured as when their teacher is leading the class

Let me know how it is in your area.

Yoga Paul

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May 1, 2006 - 12:54 pm
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Namaskar Mark,

The policy you mentioned is a good one. Our Yoga teachers and staff have free access to all classes and workshops in North Providence.

For all the reasons you mentioned, Yoga teachers who are on staff will benefit from this "perk."

A side note about FREE Yoga.

About free Yoga to everyone: Let's see, my heating bill alone was around $1000.00 USD per month last Winter. All of the other expenses add up too. My staff needs medical insurance and they do not work for free.

Guess I cannot teach Yoga for free in the USA, unless I want to live in the gutter.

About Yama: It is not hoarding when you help local youths, give contributions to the poor, and work with the local community on many fronts. In fact, most Yoga teachers live quite a humble life style in comparison to their upscale adult students.

I cannot say this about my Chair Yoga students, but my middle-aged adult students are doing very well for themselves.

In the US you cannot help anyone, or teach Yoga, if you are homeless. Your Yoga students will not practice with you in the back alleys, when the temperatures are below freezing.




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Namaste Mark and Paulji,

Yes, giving free classes to your Yoga teachers is a standard benefit and a wise policy. For all the reasons you mentioned, it makes perfect sense.

Dear Bothi,

Do you teach Yoga for free? Where do you live?

Is it your only income or are you independently wealthy?

Thank you for your enlightenment about the Eight Limbs and in particular: Non Desiring, which we know as Aparigraha. A Yoga teacher does not have to take a vow of poverty. The many Yoga teachers I know give back to society in many ways and practice Karma Yoga.

Paulji, Mark, and Liz fit the description of Karma Yogis.

Yoga teachers all around the world take some form of payment. Otherwise, none of us would teach Yoga at all. A Yogi would have to live the life of a starving beggar in the street, by what you say.

Anyone who comments on this forum is not starving, including you. In order to get on the Internet you need a little money. Beggars cannot get on the Internet. This is not fair, but "money does make the world go round."

If a Yoga teacher had no money for food and shelter. This Yoga teacher would be so consumed by survival that he or she would have no time to teach Yoga.

Do not interpret Yama, Niyama, or The Vedas, if you cannot open your mind. You have violated Ahisma, by provoking and interpret rules to serve your own agenda.

You speak of the rule of Yama and say it is not your rule, but it is your narrow interpretation of Yama and that is all.

Kind Regards,


Mark Franklin

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May 1, 2006 - 8:39 pm
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Thank you, Paul and Priyah, for answering both me AND Bothi.

The yogini that owns the studio we use was a mathematician in a former life, so if she's doing something, the logic behind it is pretty sound.

The first response I got deserves much more dialog.

When I started on the internet, most message boards were on Compuserve, eBay was AuctionWeb, and the best search engine was Yahoo. But with all that experience, I never would've expected a troll on a yoga forum. :shock:

I certainly wanted to tell Bothi what I thought of the answer they gave, but I don't have the background and vocabulary to properly respond, whereas Paul and Priyah did --- thank you again.

Not only was my thread hijacked, but also the message was so inflammatory in this context that it was definitely a troll for flames.

That was the only message left by Bothi and I suspect our troll is back in the cave, wondering why they don't have any friends ....


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Hi Mark,

Most studios will give complete class access to their Yoga teachers. If it is an upstart Yoga business, this may not be possible, due to the financial struggless of getting off the ground. It is in the studio owner's best interest to keep the best possible talent loyal and giving Yoga teachers a few perks is a good show of faith.

Good to see your thread is back on track.

Yoga Paul

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Just got off the phone with a friend in Colorado.

Here is a novel idea for Yoga teacher perks.

Some studios give top performing Yoga teachers the extra perks.

In other words: Every staff has some Yoga teachers who coast along, while others give business cards and flyers to everyone they meet.

The top performing Yoga teachers always have full classes because they hustle.

The rewards are based upon performance.

We do not handle our Yoga instructors this way in North Providence, but it does make you think.



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