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For Those Times When You Just Don't Want to Teach

YJI'm going to go ahead and admit it: some days I really, really don't want to teach. I know--I'm always supposed to be a bright, happy yogi who would rather chop off an arm that have to miss a yoga class, let alone miss the opportunity to make someone else's day brighter through teaching--but, you know what, some days the natural light and love that brought me to yoga teaching in the first place just cannot find a way to shine through.

On those days I grumble and complain and wish I didn't have to teach and then drag my sorry little behind to the yoga studio.

And then a funny thing happens. As my students start to walk in I find my mood lifting. I start to teach and I completely forget all of the reasons I really didn't want to be there in the first place. And by the end, I almost always leave feeling lighter, happier and wondering why I don't teach a whole lot more often.

That, to me, is the power of teaching. Hopefully my students gain a thing or two from a class but I know that I always, always gain so much from them.

Now all I have to do is remind myself of that each time I get the teaching grumps.

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Funny, I just finished a home Yoga routine that started and ended the same way. I started grumpy and a little reluctant, and ended, as you put it, "lighter and happier." It almost always works this way.

Bob W. http://YogaDemystified.com

Thanks for your insights - I enjoy them and find them interesting. From a student's point of view, I just need to make a few comments. I am sure YOU are not like this, but some instructors come to class LATE, in a FLUSTER and UNPREPARED. To us students who make the effort to show up and hope to share a peaceful and enriching time with their instructor and classmates, this can be SO frustrating! Some teachers have a whole bunch of EXCUSES, which is totally lame and so disrespectful that I cannot even believe they are really instructors. The teacher/student interaction is ever so important in yoga. Yes, students do "all of the above", too, but they are not being paid to teach the class. In closing, I just want to say "thank you" to the GREAT instructors I have had, and tell them how much I appreciate their ability, preparedness and respect. They have changed my life in a positive way forever. I will always, in return, strive to be a respectful and grateful student. Let's all strive for the highest ground, no matter what the situation.

I never feel like I don't want to teach. Very interesting.

Your diary is really nice that you share to us your experiences about yoga. :)
Just live life to the fullest. :)

I sometimes get the get-up-and-go feeling by knowing that my students don't always want to come to yoga either. It is hard for them to leave home again after a long day away at work...and then it is so uplifting to hear how glad they are that they came to class and took that time to do something for themselves.

I'm a Yoga teacher and I feel the same way sometimes... thanks for letting me know I;m not alone!

In 6 years of full time teaching I have never had the grumps/dread/not wanting to teach a class, and can't imagine it.

That would be absolutley terrible! I soooo feel for you!

I am human though and it will no doubt happen. It happens with my own practice at times, thats for sure.

Thanks so much for sharing,
Namaste

I have definitely felt just like you tons of times. There will be that day that just didn't go right and all I want to do is go home to my pets and relax but every time I just go and teach I feel so much better after teaching. I feel like teaching is exactly what I need to close my day with a happy peaceful ending!

oh, yeah. As a school teacher by day, and yoga and spinning instructor by night I sometimes get so sick of my own voice that I don't know how I am going to get through my 3rd class of the evening. 95% of the time, I'm psyched to be teaching. But there are those times when I wish I was home on my coach eating Doritoes. I have a rule -- if I find myself dreading any particular class for 4 or more times in a row, I will make a change. My schedule changes and grows as I change and grow. I use to teach 10-12 classes/weekly (mon-fri), on top of my shcool teaching job. I now teach 6-7 classes/weekly. I feel lucky that although the money is great, it is not my main source of income. So, when I tire of a class, I make a change

oh, yeah. As a school teacher by day, and yoga and spinning instructor by night I sometimes get so sick of my own voice that I don't know how I am going to get through my 3rd class of the evening. 95% of the time, I'm psyched to be teaching. But there are those times when I wish I was home on my coach eating Doritoes. I have a rule -- if I find myself dreading any particular class for 4 or more times in a row, I will make a change. My schedule changes and grows as I change and grow. I use to teach 10-12 classes/weekly (mon-fri), on top of my shcool teaching job. I now teach 6-7 classes/weekly. I feel lucky that although the money is great, it is not my main source of income. So, when I tire of a class, I make a change

oh, yeah. As a school teacher by day, and yoga and spinning instructor by night I sometimes get so sick of my own voice that I don't know how I am going to get through my 3rd class of the evening. 95% of the time, I'm psyched to be teaching. But there are those times when I wish I was home on my coach eating Doritoes. I have a rule -- if I find myself dreading any particular class for 4 or more times in a row, I will make a change. My schedule changes and grows as I change and grow. I use to teach 10-12 classes/weekly (mon-fri), on top of my shcool teaching job. I now teach 6-7 classes/weekly. I feel lucky that although the money is great, it is not my main source of income. So, when I tire of a class, I make a change

The days I don't feel like teaching are the days I find the most rewarding. Great blog!

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I love this post. I went to my first yoga class this week, after having a pretty bad day. Toward the end of class I realized how "in the moment" i was that my mind did not wonder the entire class, which really shocked me. I also noticed how the teaher was feeding off the students energy, pretty neat.

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Every now and then I have had a similar feeling of not feeling like I am jumping over the moon to be teaching. But then something transforms and happens in the act of focusing and giving to the students. All my cares go out the window, my mood lifts and somehow, I'm back in the zone. I'm sure its about not being focused on me and my problems and shifting my focus elsewhere and giving to my students.

Hi- Not sure if you'll get this since this post was in Feb, but I thought I'd try :) I was wondering if you have any advice for a person who wants to teach yoga, but that, by nature, is not that flexible. I was a dancer all of my young life for 12 years and still couldn't ever reach a certain point in my flexibility. Do you think a teacher would be looked down upon for that? I'm asking because I have never really come across a teacher who isn't flexible, so I am afraid of not being taken seriously. Thanks!

Great to hear that you are human. A good friend of mine has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. She says she found herself wanting to be apart of the class rather than teach it. So that is what she started to do. After leading some of the exercises she moves her mat into the students and practices within them. She has even started having potlucks at the end of yoga series so that students can give to the group as a whole. Sometimes she even has a sub teacher some and teach the class while she practices. Mixing it up seems to be the best way to stay fresh. Thank you for sharing.

Thanks! Such an inspiring article. I hope yoga teachers will have that continued drive to teach their students.

Thanks for sharing, very innovative and awe inspiring.

Diana

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I always feel that I learn a lot from my students. Keep it up!


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