The most amazing thing about being a yoga teacher is the fact that you get to earn your living from something that you truly love and believe in. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for many of us in our “modern” society. The downside of teaching yoga as a profession is, it is actually a bit weird to call teaching yoga a profession. It feels contradictory to the whole idea behind the practices of Yoga. The wisdom of Yoga belongs to everyone and yoga teachers are merely sharing this wisdom that was transferred to them by their teachers. Still, yoga teachers are putting a lot of energy, love and effort into their classes. The struggle for survival didn’t get easier as the human race get more civilized. Many of us need to work for living without much spare time. So, the only way for a yoga teacher to keep teaching is to earn money while sharing the knowledge of Asanas and Yogic way of being.
Under these circumstances it is very important to be humble. The trust the students bestow upon the teacher might be a dangerous trap for an ego that is not being checked. We are all special in our unique way but still we are all the one and the same. What makes the yoga teacher look more sparkly and shiny is merely the wisdom that they are responsible to share. The wisdom of Yoga that have been passed on from generations to generations for thousands of years.
I actually have one more, bonus challenge. I am not sure if I can call this a challenge, but here it comes: There is so much to learn. Yoga has a very wide area of study. Yoga teacher’s studies anatomy of movement, yoga history, 5000 years of philosophy, subtle energies, pranayama, meditation, Ayurveda, lunar cycles, injuries, nutrition, movement, yin yoga, etc. There is always this list of books and it never gets shorter but only longer with each finished book. It is both intimidating and exhilarating.
All in all, sharing the teachings of Yoga is deeply satisfying on the spiritual level. The yogic lifestyle is inspiring the world for better. The privilege of being a yoga teacher is worth all the challenges that come with it.