Yoga teacher burnout has been on the rise lately, and many people who teach classes (especially those who do it for a living) have begun to notice that their own personal yoga practice has begun to falter.
Why is this?
Because it takes about 200 hours of yoga training to become certified to be a teacher. After that, certified trainers can teach dozens of classes a week, depending on whether or not they are a part time of full time trainer.
When a Journey Becomes Work
When the yoga practice that was once your hobby (or your personal journey) becomes work, the last thing that you want to do is go home after a long day at the studio and pursue your own personal practice. This is a problem for many teachers. Something that they once loved to do on their own has become a chore, and it only gets worse as time goes by.
This is the nature of yoga teacher burnout, and it’s ruining many yogi’s enjoyment of their own practice.
Avoid it or Deal With It?
How can yogi avoid yoga burnout? First off, remember that being burned out is a state of mind, and it’s different for everyone. While there may be no way to avoid it altogether, there are a few ways to keep it in check:
- Become okay with saying no: not all opportunities in yoga are a good fit for teachers. If you find that teaching a particular class, style of yoga or anything else doesn’t fit in with your personal goals, don’t be afraid to say no.
- Schedule time for yourself: consider your own personal practice as part of your work schedule. It is just as irreplaceable as any of your other opportunities.
- Make some healthy connections: sometimes just talking about your practice or some of the stresses with teaching yoga can significantly put you in a better mood. Talk to other teachers and vent some of the stress you have built up. Just remember to allow others to do the same.
Burnouts may be unavoidable. This is especially true for those who teach full time for a living. If it is not possible to reduce your workload, you will have to learn to gain control of your state of mind when it comes to your burnout stress.
Remember Why You Practice and Teach
Do you remember why you first started yoga? Why did you decide to teach? Bring yourself back to a time when you enjoyed everything that you were doing. Then focus on keeping that state of mind.
Yoga is a mental as it is physical, so remember to focus on the positives moments in your practice, both personal and professional.
Make a Change
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