Being a yoga teacher generally means that you get to make a living by doing something that you absolutely love – at least this is usually the case! However, as with anything that you do for work, or anything that you do regularly for an extended period, there is always the possibility that you may start to feel burned out.
When you are working really hard to build your yoga business, as well as pouring all of your energy into teaching the best classes possible, it's easy to begin to feel as though you are running on empty.
So, how can you avoid yoga teacher burnout and keep yourself inspired, motivated and passionate about teaching yoga?
The following practical steps are my tried and tested methods for helping me to avoid burnout as a yoga teacher!
Focus on Your Self-Practice
Even if you are exhausted from teaching yoga all day, it is important that you do not let your own practice fall behind. Developing as a student is one of the best ways to continue to be your best self as a teacher.
When you are teaching yoga as a full-time pursuit, then it is understandable if you do not have as much time to dedicate to your own practice as you used to. It can help if you find an inspirational teacher who always delivers classes that you love. You should then schedule in your planner when you are going to go to these classes, and try to be as consistent as possible with your attendance.
You may often be tempted to neglect your own self-practice if you get the offer of an extra class, or the invitation to teach a private client, but being able to say no and stick to your plans is important!
Letting your own practice fall to the bottom of your list of priorities can exacerbate any existing feelings of burnout that you may already be experiencing. Nothing will refresh you more than remembering why you fell in love with yoga in the first instance, and how your body feels after your favourite class!
Make Self-Care a Priority
In my opinion, there aren't many things in life that are more important than taking good care of yourself. When you truly embrace this concept, and put yourself at the top of your to-do list, then you are setting yourself up to succeed AND you will be much better equipped to take care of those around you. Although this concept is generally connected to those who depend on you, such as your family, your yoga students will also stand to benefit from your endless energy and enthusiasm!
If you have been along to my Whole Self Teacher Training then you will already know that self-care is a crucial element of all that I teach. Within my teacher training I not only prepare you for the journey ahead as a yoga teacher, but also help you to carve out a future for yourself and stay on track as you work towards your goals.
Self-care is also the topic of my latest book, Recharge: A Year of Self-Care to Focus on You. Within this book I talk about a different self-care topic for each month, in order to gradually guide you to making small but powerful, long-lasting changes!
Nurture Your Other Passions
What else besides yoga do you live for? Maybe you're interested in life coaching, or you're super passionate about nutrition. Maybe meditation is what gets you out of bed in the morning! Regardless of how much of your time you are dedicating to teaching yoga and building your yoga business, it is also essential that you take the time to nurture your other passions.
If you have found a way to incorporate your other passions into your yoga business then that's fantastic! However, it is also important that you have separate interests so that you can take the time to recharge in a recreational way.
If you have hobbies that involve other people then you may additionally benefit from engaging in these things. This is because you are also going to benefit from the social aspect. This additionally gives you the chance to talk through any frustrations about your yoga business with your friends and seek their advice on any struggles you have encountered.
Continue Your Education
Committing to being a yoga teacher also means that you are committing to always being a yoga student! Your professional yoga career may begin the moment that you qualify, but that certainly doesn't mean that your education should stop there.
There are several ways that you can work to continue your education, such as enrolling in YACEP classes that are interesting and relevant to you.
My Mandala and Mentoring course is a great choice for those who need a little bit of help keeping their classes creative and building their brand.
My course is 30 hours long, and is open to any 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher who wants to deepen their yoga practice, yoga knowledge and their self-study and self-care. This course will give you the tools to use on and off the mat whether you plan to teach or simply further your self-practice and personal development. You can learn more about it here!
Teach Creative Sequences
If your yoga classes are dull and repetitive then your students are not the only ones who are going to get bored of them! Uninspiring classes are also likely to zap your energy and lead to yoga teacher burnout.
There are many ways to keep things fresh in your classes, such as through the use of Mandala, adding in upbeat music, incorporating different styles of yoga into your class, and much more!
Finding your unique way to get creative will not only help to prevent burnout, but will also help you to stand out from the rest of the yoga teacher crowd.
Avoiding Yoga Teacher Burnout
If you are a yoga teacher then I urge you to consider all of the aforementioned points and to incorporate them into your life.
As a final note, I also want to add that maintaining healthy boundaries with your students will help you to stay on top of your game. It's obviously fine to want to give the best of yourself to your students, but it is also essential that you know where to draw the line and when to say no of additional requests made of you and your time.
Furthermore, try to remember that the yoga studio is a place for yoga! You should feel comfortable to build friendships and close bonds with your students, but also ensure that the lines of professionalism remain.
If you need a helping hand then the Mandala and Mentoring course that I mentioned earlier could be just the thing that you're looking for. Not only does it help you to continue with your yoga education, but it also better enables you to be creative within your classes – which as we know is great for you and for your students! Click here now to learn more and register your interest for the October 2018 course.