It takes a lot of hobnobbing to build a business, something a corporate survivor is accustomed to doing, if not especially good at. So it’s really not surprising that so many former moneymakers are dropping office trou’ and sinking their teeth into teaching yoga, especially since a lot of these folks are probably living off hefty severance pay and, surely, a cushy savings account. There’s an article traipsing around the internets today with a mishmash of quotes from freshly unemployed-cum-yoga teachers, like Ms. Veronica Wolkow, whose quondam position in financial services obviously allowed for her to say this,
“Yoga does not provide me with an income stream at this time,” she said. “My bank account is smaller, yes. But my world is bigger.”
Barf. You’re absolutely right we’re bitter (jealous). Besides inserting cash flow into the yoga studios and teachers holding all these trainings, it’s really just annoying to have an influx of wealthy teachers who can actually survive on teaching a few classes a week.
Of course it’s not all nouveau yogi riche, and many aspiring teachers who hear the call will follow the dream no matter what it takes (meaning, lots of odd jobs and stretching the dollar). For some it’s not worth the stress. Caleb Asch teaches 6 classes a week, but it’s not enough to pay the bills. “The stress of not having enough to live on is a killer,” he said.
For others, being a little yogster in a big pool is the problem. Says LA man Jethro Liou, “In high population coastal cities there are just as many yoga teachers as there are waiters.” Funny, we expect more yoga teachers will be waiting tables.
Being a yoga teacher essentially requires selling yourself to stay afloat. Even when it’s something you love, it’s still a business. Ask Ramdev, Bikram or any yoga teacher for that matter, there are still bills, politics, risk, whoring, necessary growth, etc. It’s hard work, that comes much easier when one of your props is a “six-figure” salary. For everyone else, in this economy, get your aprons ready. At least you’ve already got the balance down.
If everyone’s a yoga teacher is anyone a student? We’re all still students though… right?