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September 4, 2005 - 9:40 pm
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Namaskar, everyone. I am not a Yoga teacher, but I am a practitioner. I left Yoga for many years (I still haven't figured out why I did that!), and I'm now 54 and slightly overweight and my fitness level has dropped. But, I've begun to practice again and hope to renew my flexibility and perhaps teach some day. I am 54 years of age now, and would love to pursue this as something wonderful to teach in my retirement, when the time comes. Tell me, do you think this is do-able for a woman my age? Or, should I just leave it to younger people? I know I have work to do before I present myself as a teacher (no one would follow me with the tummy I currently have :-) !), but if I can slim down, what do you think?

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Dolee - I would certainly encourage you to proceed ahead with the goal of teaching Yoga. What a wonderful incentive! I, too, practiced Yoga for many years, stopped and then started practicing again. At age 49, I started teaching Yoga and then became certified. So, it can be done later in life and it's not just for the younger folks. Teaching Yoga is probably one of the best things one can do for a post-retirement career. Working with people to improve their health is so rewarding and your own health will greatly benefit too. Best of luck!!

Namaste,

-Don

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September 5, 2005 - 7:52 pm
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Don, thank you so very much for your encouragement! I will carry on with this goal in mind. Your words of support were just exactly what I needed.

- Connie (aka Dolee)

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I went to a class not too long ago and the teacher was 70 years old and was phenomenal.I'm not sure how long she'd been teaching (she was a school teacher for many years) but I'm sure she'll continue for many years to come. She has her own studio above her garage. She sure is an inspiration. Good luck and best wishes on your endeavors! Ange

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September 11, 2005 - 11:53 am
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Thank you, Ange! This inspires me.

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November 15, 2005 - 11:24 am
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Anyone at any age can teach Yoga. It dsn't require maximum flexibility, strength, balance, or a gymnastic back ground. Teaching Yoga ds require knowledge and the willingness to keep learning.

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November 15, 2005 - 9:58 pm
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Like the saying gs, "if you can breathe, you can practice Yoga." For Yoga teachers it could be said, "if you can teach your students to breathe properly, you can teach Yoga.

Granted Yoga is not all pranayama, but there is a misconception that Yoga is all about asanas. There are so many facets of Yoga and asanas are just one of them.

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November 18, 2005 - 5:36 pm
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Thanks everyone for your encouragement!

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April 30, 2006 - 6:32 pm
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It's never too late to start teaching yoga. I think it would be a perfect way to spend your retirement.

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December 31, 2006 - 11:18 pm
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Teaching Hatha Yoga has nothing to do with age or ideal fitness. Consider a coach at a football game: He can't jump on the field and compete with 300 lb. players who are in their 20's and in top physical shape, but he is a teacher who can explain to his player how to perform better.

The same is true for Yoga teachers. Teaching Yoga to students is also coaching. If you are kind and careful of Yoga student safety, you will be a good Yoga teacher. This is all that counts, but your body will also improve from your own Yoga practice.

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Hi there!

I completely agree with what everyone else has shared. Yoga has helped me age gracefully! :) Most of my students are in their 50's and find that the flexibility gained and maintained is critical to healthy aging. You are never too old for yoga!

Namaste,

Jeann

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February 21, 2007 - 8:50 am
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You made another good point Jeann. Aging gracefully is of primary importance after middle age. Yoga ds help. Ask any person who has sat on the couch during retirement; how their back feels. Just to get up off the couch is a relief to the body, mind, and spirit. Now, imagine how a person getting off the couch feels after a few Yoga classes. Yoga teachers should realize that more people over 50 are physically active and morivated than ever before. This Chair Yoga that Paul writes about has taken off and will continue to be a wave for years to come.

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Hi Everyone - There was a very interesting article in the New York Times today about the age of Yoga teachers relative to the age of their students. The article is in the Thursday Styles section of the paper. A main issue discussed in the article is whether older Yoga students will feel comfortable with a much younger Yoga teacher. Several sides of the issue were presented. Anyhow, I think this is a worthwhile article to take a look at. I have not checked as to whether it is possible to view this article online.

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-Don

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Hi Don,

The link at the NY Times is gone.

Good article.

Namaste

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Yogi - Thanks!!!

-Don

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The article from the NY Times is interesting and it shows many sides of the issues. However, in closing Shiva Rea mentions that some students in the LA and NY markets are looking for only the best teachers. And it kind of implies that yoga teachers must be instructing full time and not concerned about money to be any good. Until reading her statement I had a lot of respect for Shiva Rea, have seen her teach, and like her DVDs - not everyone likes her DVDs, because she dsn't explain much in them and you could break yourself into pieces trying to keep up with her.

Yoga teachers are not guaranteed to make a full time living from teaching classes. It depends on the financial needs of your family and the local market. It is easy for a high roller who has made a few dozen Yoga videos and lots and lots of BIG MONEY to imply, unless you are like me, everyone will discover your aren't a serious full time teacher and your classes will be empty.

What a crock! I will give my Shiva DVDs away to somebody who cares. And I doubt I will ever go to one of her intensives again. Some of these yoga celebs start to believe all the hero worship and schmoozing. As for Shiva, I think all the attention gone to her air head. What a hypocrite!!! She is not the only yoga starlet hypocrite. Listen closely the next time an air head celeb with dozens of yoga DVDs on the market says it's not all about the money. If you believe that - shame, shame, shame, shame on you.

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Namaskar Yoko,

I understand and I have had nights where I felt so frustrated by life. But life - it's not that bad. I realize you may have had an off night when you posted, but Shiva dsn't deserve your wrath. I don't think she implied a personal attack on part time yoga teachers. But her words carry weight and should be thought out before being published. To be quite frank, part time yoga instructors make up a good 90% or more of all the teachers. Not all yoga studio owners are full time teachers like Paulji. With respect to Shiva Rea, You might also want to consider that Yoga DVD celebs forget about their roots very quickly. If you were constantly being pursued by publishers and promoters for DVD, book, and seminar deals you might forget the part time teaching jobs that got you started. You know as well as I do it's not all about the money. But we all have to earn something or become homeless yogis. Chill out and teach your best yoga classes with good thoughts in your heart and mind.

Om Shanti,

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Hi Everyone,

Yoko, No harm done. I feel your pain. :shock: Well, so much for yoga celeb worship. You can't expect a star to understand the plight of us lowly part-time yoga instructors. If you practice yoga 24/7 you might be able to control your emotinal outbursts. <img src=" title="Laughing" /> Albeit, you best move to a place where there is no need for money (where ever that is).

Peace,

Steph

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Namaskar,

Teaching Yoga part-time is very wise. It's a good start and maybe a good finish. This isn't the time for taking financial risks. New yoga teachers should play it safe until the world economy gs through a recovery. Don't listen to anyone who tells you how to live. Don't feel guilty about doing your best. Your best is all you can give. There is nothing more one can give beyond presonal best effort.

Kind Regards,

Tek

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Teaching part-time yoga seems like a good idea to me. Everyone starts that way, so who cares what another teacher says. Yoga is supposed to stop us from making foolish comparisons. I wonder how many teachers that Shiva trained who are now part-time yoga teachers? It's no big deal, but did you think she was going to be as mindful of her words as the Dali Lama? She just put her foot in it.

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