Friendly Warning: Serious topic ahead!
While I love to write about the art of teaching yoga, I believe it's helpful to foster frank conversations about all aspects of teaching. So with that in mind, here goes!
I received a packet in the mail today from Yoga Alliance with an opportunity to begin saving for my retirement. While I have my own IRA (a carry over from my corporate career), it was a reminder of how important this is for everyone in our field to consider. And planning for our financial future is particularly relevant for those of us who, like myself, work independently (rather than own a studio). Our lifestyle: We work, we get paid; We don’t work, we don’t get paid.
Below are 11 aspects of your teaching career to consider:
I'm approaching these questions with an eye to the next 5 to 10 years but your time frame may vary, depending upon your age, experience, economic situation, and your passion for teaching.
Having read this, what’s your reaction?
Take stock of not only your thoughts, but close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and sit with these questions and any reaction in your body they may have provoked. For many of us, we spend so much time rushing from job to job, and trying to secure new work that we don’t often stop and ask these broader questions.
The place to begin is with honesty. Take time to evaluate your career according to these factors as well as any others you feel are relevant to you. Be open-minded to other models: keeping things as they are, working on a new path, teaching part-time working, or any other arrangement you might see fit.
The challenge is to stay awake and aware, just as you want to be when you’re on your mat.
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