While inspiring and assisting people to commit to a yoga practice through breath, movement, sequencing, alignment, and lifestyle is one of the most fulfilling career paths known to humanity, teaching yoga requires copious amounts of time, energy, and emotional investment.
To help you find constant renewal and keep the fire for your life's work ablaze, here are five suggestions for avoiding burnout as a yoga teacher.
1. Have boundaries about when you teach.
If you have a family, consider designating specific family time during which you won’t accept classes or teaching jobs. If you require a lot of downtime, set a day of the week for yourself and don’t give it up; hold it as your time. Stay clear about when you should and should not be teaching.
2. Learn to say no.
Learning to say no to classes that are not a good fit, to subbing when we really should be spending time at home, or to helping students out with issues that are beyond our scope as a teacher can be a difficult, but it is a very necessary skill to avoid burning out on teaching.
3. Keep educating yourself and growing your teaching skill set.
This helps us stay fresh and inspired as a teacher. If there is something that sparks your interest, research it, find books to help you learn more, and attend trainings and workshops that help you continue to learn and grow as a teacher.
4. Create meaningful connections with your students.
When you truly care about your students’ progress, they will know it and will appreciate this genuine interest.
Seeing your students reach their goals and experience the many benefits of yoga is such a great way to stay in the teaching game. This makes showing up both physically and emotionally being present so much more motivating and rewarding.
5. Continue to be a student.
Attend classes when you can. Hear what other teachers are saying. Listen to what other students are speaking about.
Every time I attend a class I learn something new. It could be something I learn from the teacher, something I hear another student mentioning they want to learn more about, or something I learn about my own body in movement.
Disconnecting the teaching mind and accessing the student mind is an incredible tool to build, which in turn keeps your inner fire for your yoga practice and teaching burning brightly.
Have you ever felt burnt out as a yoga teacher? How did you overcome this phase of and revive your passion for learning, sharing, and teaching yoga? Share your experiences and thoughts with me in the comments!