let me give you a brief background. i’ve been teaching approximately 17 years, practicing daily for 20. i’ve taught everywhere in chicago & overseas. i have spent 11 months in india in addition to tons of trainings & workshops by certified astanga instructors over the years worldwide.
a couple of months ago, i stopped.
a number of conflicts had harbored inside of me since i stopped teaching traditional astanga & began teaching modified methods at clubs & private companies 8 years ago. they all came to a head when i had a public nervous breakdown & quit.
why did this happen? part of the reason was my recent diagnosis of stroke, epilepsy, & anxiety. it made me vulnerable & it was hard to hold my shit together in the middle of conflict. during this quiet time i have had lots of time to contemplate.
the list is vague-i could go on & on & on….but i’m not a hater, i’m not angry at the yoga world. in fact i’m glad people are doing SOMETHING to move their bodies. & yoga is the greatest gift to the planet. i respect it more than anything else.
some of the reasons i stopped
-the impossible large corporate rules & hyporcracy (far too much to go into right here)
-the hideous atmosphere of the health club is not conducive to yoga (mirrors everywhere, blasting clubbing music, everyone plugged in, tv everywhere, dropping weights….)
-having 20 years experience & 20 minutes is equal in the world of yoga teaching. both pay the same. in fact if the latter is hot & can easily do a handstand, they will become a yoga star.
-the inability to teach correct method to the masses because most people take a one hour yoga class once a week & refuse to practice outside of class (i have done my best with the latter-it’s their loss)
-teacher trainings - you can’t possibly teach yoga after taking one $3500 teacher training
-the disgusting focus on sex & posturing all over the internet
-the MASSIVE EGOS that self promoting yoga teachers have who are more than happy to spam everyone's page & every group they can get into. i have always been taught that yoga is supposed to destroy your ego. hmm...beware the egotistical narcissistic self promoting "teacher"
-the selling out of yoga. selling out. selling……
at least for now.
at least for now.