How to take care of yourself so you can avoid burn-out and keep your spark as a yoga teacher ( students may benefit from this too )
There’s no doubt that, amongst other things, teaching yoga is an act of service, and as the Bhagavad Gita tells us, it’s not about the ‘fruits’ of our actions, but the intention and action itself that matters. Offering a yoga practice means being there for a whole group of people, sharing knowledge, guiding them, helping them, gaining their trust, and ultimately helping them help themselves. Teaching yoga can be hugely rewarding – teachers often make strong connections with their students, and we have the opportunity to really help people and make a difference.
With such a huge amount of responsibility of caring for others, it comes as no surprise that yoga teachers can often feel drained, burned out and empty after giving so much. If you’ve taken on a whole lot of classes and 1-to-1's, are constantly travelling to different studios and gyms, offering workshops and retreats, and maybe even your own teacher training course, it really is common to feel a little lost, lonely, sore and somewhat ‘empty’ at times.
This is why the Yoga Teacher Self Care checklist is so important:. In order to be able to give fully, teachers must be full themselves. Caring for others means caring for yourself first, showing up for yourself first, in order to then show up fully for others.
So, take a look at the list below. Are you checking off each of these points regularly?