We’ve heard from many readers about the pluses and pitfalls of trying to make your way today as a yoga teacher. We’ve also watched how yoga has grown beyond the traditional setting of Guru to student, to instructor to the masses in a studio, a festival or on a TV show. While some of this growth may seem heinous, we can in turn celebrate the expansion of yoga moving outside the boundaries of its sometimes exclusive or woo woo club.
In the recent case of Pure vs. Marco, positions, policies and egos clashed. We have to ask, was it the big bad corporation? Was it the stubborn yoga teacher? Or was it the culture and business of yoga today? Or maybe some odd combination of all three.
Because we believe in open discussion and that your voices are incredibly valuable for everyone to hear, as practitioners, teachers, studio owners and dabblers, we’d like to open the floor for your thoughts, concerns, questions, what have you, regarding the business of yoga.
Some questions to get the ball rolling:
How do you make ends meet as a yoga teacher?
In the struggle to make a living, would you swallow your pride when yoga corporate seems safer, even though it may rub you the wrong way?
What are your thoughts on the growth of yoga and the business side? As a practitioner? A teacher? A studio owner?
If you can, include where you’re from for context.
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