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February 22, 2010 - 8:23 am
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Hi Everyone,

Celebs aside. Let's talk about "grass roots" yoga instructors. Most of us common folks start out teaching yoga part-time. Some teachers refer to their classes as "gigs" much like musicians. Does it mean we are in it for the money? That's just one person's shallow inclination. Funny how these things get twisted, but I never mey a yoga teacher who was in it for the money.

Peace,

Amy

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February 21, 2010 - 8:31 pm
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Namaskar Mila,

The NY Times stated: "Ms. Rea agreed." That article has been in print for a while now with no hint of a retraction. Also, I agree with Haresh. How many part-time teachers have paid her their hard earned money at her yoga teacher training intensives to deserve a slap in the face? She's good at Vinyasa. For that she has my respect, but almost every yoga teacher starts out teaching part-time, unless they are independently wealthy, have a rich hubby, or live with their parents to a ripe old age. If she wanted the NY Times to retract or rephrase that article they would have done so years ago.

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February 22, 2010 - 1:00 pm
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Namaskar!

We are talking about "level of commitment." There is a hint in the statement above that part-time teachers don't have it and they are in it for the money. Not my words - I'm just reading the disappointing quote. But as suggested, let's talk about yoga teachers who will never be interviewed by the NY Times, teach classes part-time, and cannot afford to travel around the world because traveleing is expensive and our kids need shoes. Most Yoga teachers are people who never get on a stage other than guiding their students toward a good class. Most yoga teachers are part timers! And they do the best with what they have even if it's reviewing a DVD by somone who really doesn't get the idea of mom's level of commitment toward her poor or middle class family.

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February 25, 2010 - 2:34 am
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I must agree with you Stacy. Part-time mothers, house keepers, gardeners, workers, and check writers have to work at it extra hard because they are multi-dimensional. Isn't that what being human is? Having a full life. Based upon what your agreement with Mr. Larcher you should stay home and be a mother full-time. I'm sure he would agree. Getting back to teaching Yoga in the real world -work at it, do your best, and have fun. Life is short.

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February 25, 2010 - 1:24 pm
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Kind Regards to Stacy Rae:

Namaskar!

Dear Lady,

Many things you say make sense, but how can you think less of part-time Yoga teachers who are usually 95% women, while in the same breath you admit you are a part-timer of everything.

If your theory is correct, part-timers are worth nothing. As a part-timer, you have insulted yourself! If Mr. Larcher wasn't attacking part-time Yoga teachers, what was he doing? Paying us a nice compliment? As a single mother and a part-timer why would you assist Mr. Larcher's position in pushing women down? He goes to classes with full-time Male Yoga teachers. Hint - hint......... Please read between the lines with your mind.

He thinks part-time anything is less. Women have many duties, but men usually have their career. Yet, you assist in his stance. I guess I have much to learn in a country where a minority or a woman would join with those who historically exploit them. I'm completely puzzled.

Finally, one more point.

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And, since this forum is about Yoga....Yoga is not a class you do, it's a way to live. It's easy to be entirely dedicated to Yoga and have a diverse life.

"Yoga is not a class you do." If you were a Yoga teacher, you would have the passion for it to design class or lesson plans. Teachers take Yoga serious, but they might have fun while teaching. Maybe you have fun being a parent or at your part-time job.

Yes - Yoga is a way to live. Please give us your definition of Yoga.

Shanti,
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February 26, 2010 - 1:01 pm
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Hi Stacy Rae

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"It's easy to be entirely dedicated to Yoga and have a diverse life."

I completely agree, but Mr. Larcher doesn't. So, what are you agreeing with him for? I'm just an old guy, but it's clear to see Mr. Larcher wouldn't want part-timers, women, younger teachers, or fun loving people for yoga teachers. No problem. Mr. Larcher can work with a cranky old male full time yoga teacher like me. He wouldn't have fun in my class - I guarantee it.

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February 23, 2010 - 11:47 am
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I must agree with Mr. Larcher. When I want a massage or acupuncture session, to attend a yoga or meditation class, I begin looking for a practitioner/teacher who does dedicate his or her life to their profession. I want to study with someone who dives the depths of their passions and walks their talk. I am a single mother who works part time. My life is dedicated to my profession. It's not just a hobby or fun thing to do. It is what I live, and it supports my life. It's also how I garden and raise my child and how I am while I clean my house and balance my check book.

And, since this forum is about Yoga....Yoga is not a class you do, it's a way to live. It's easy to be entirely dedicated to Yoga and have a diverse life. Live with dedication, mindfulness... remember Patanjali? Live YOUR truth, express YOUR radiance in your life! There's no competition or comparison there.

What does it matter what Mr. Larcher or Shiva Rea say? They were not attacking anyone. They were just saying how they prefer to study with people who devote their whole lives to Yoga. Study with the experts. Seems like a good strategy to me.

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February 26, 2010 - 5:25 pm
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I'm a single mom too. I teach Yoga classes part-time and have fun while doing it. Is that a bad thing?

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February 27, 2010 - 8:41 pm
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Namaskar Everyone,

Happy Holi to those of you who celebrate it.

Having different opinions is not a bad thing, if you take the time to understand the "other side of the coin."

Tolerance, compassion, forgiveness, loving kindness, and reconciliation, require constant effort.

The best any of us can do is our personal best.

Teach your Yoga classes with compassion and carry that compassion into every aspect of life.

OM Shanti,

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I've always loved yoga and when my teacher told me his wife was doing a yoga teacher training program ten years ago, I was very interested. I didn't want to teach, but just have the opportunity to go deeper into meditation and yoga for my own personal growth. The first question I asked her was if I could just take it for my own growth and not become a teacher. She told me that it was fine to do that, but to keep an open mind.

The training was excellent and I also connected to others interested in turning inside for peace and calmness, rather that focusing on external stimulants. There was never any pressure to have to teach classes and my idea was that I could show family members or friends if they showed an interest. Towards the end of the training we had to conduct a class. I was very nervous but received nice feedback later. We were each paired up with someone for leading the class so it was helpful in preparation.

A few months after class ended, my teacher was going to India for a month and asked me to substitute for her class. I was reluctant, but also curious. It turned out to be very fulfilling. A lot of my fears revolved around having to be very flexible. I found that people weren't interested in that part and it is not the essence of yoga. Other fears had to do with forgetting the sequence I was teaching.I brought some cards with me and it went very smoothly. I was very surprised to later be offered a class at the center and it has been extremely fulfilling.

Do not let your fears get in your way. If you love yoga and have found benefits for your own life, you'll be able to communicate this to others. Think about how you feel after a class. I always feel lighter, less worried about things and find my busy mind has gotten more quiet. This is a wonderful thing that others will also appreciate discovering.

Remember that yoga is not a competition and it is about inner transformation. It isn't about special clothing or having the prettiest mat in class. It's about finding a place inside that deepens and is able to stay peaceful even when there are challenging external situations and circumstances. This is a gem that we don't learn in school and opens up the heart.

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I so agree! I fell in love with yoga by taking classes. Teaching is something that is a part of my life. I feel it is the way I live, the way I see things in general. It has gotten me through so much in life and continues to be a spiritual force in all I do.

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Thanks JeanneC, I needed to see that. Yoga does help us get through the worst of it with a positive outlook. Peace.

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This is a great thread. The fear of teaching yoga is more about the challenge of stepping forward in life. Some people are great team players. They help everyone, raise their kids and support good causes, but they avoid leading all their lives. The challenge of teaching tests your emotional and mental limits. It's not as difficult as some teachers will say, but teaching yoga classes will test you in many ways. For these reasons, a teaching opportunity will help you develop mental strength.

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