As a small business owner (i.e. full-time traveling yoga teacher), I’m often asked “How are you able to take vacation?” Or sometimes it sounds like “Won’t your office yoga /corporate clients find another instructor?” and “Aren’t you worried your private yoga clients will be upset?”
Honestly, I’m always baffled by this type of question Part of a yoga teacher’s job is to help people feel better. Better is a simple term for a world of sensations such as healthy, grounded, energized, empowered, confident, calmer, refreshed, stronger, etc. In order for me to give my yoga clients what they need, it’s important I give to myself which means I do more than eat healthy and get on my mat. Giving to myself is key as a “giver to others” and it includes taking vacations and periodic personal days.
Most of us would agree…rest is underrated! In our GO, GO, GO society -especially in a city like Washington DC – too many people don’t take rest until they are forced to do so due to being run down with the flu, having a panic attack or some other serious condition that requires a hospital visit.
Visualize being a marathon runner or weight lifting competitor. They train hard but they also know how crucial “rest” days are for the body. As a full-time yoga teacher I have a weekly schedule of teaching clients as well as a schedule of my personal practices and gym days. Literally, I put them on the calendar so they’ll happen. I also put my vacations on the calendar and let my clients know well in advance when I’ll be taking a break. Many of them even appreciate that I take time for me!
Whether you manage a yoga studio, teach yoga full-time or have a corporate job that consumes your life, you need to take a break and unplug! Unplugging (no cell, email, facebook, facetime, etc.) is another blog post. The point is it’s important to carve in some downtime periodically so you can show up and be your best regardless of your profession or passion. It’s really a win-win: you’ll feel better and your clients will appreciate your fresh energy. More than likely, they even missed you while you were away!
Melody of abellaYoga has been gratefully teaching yoga full-time in Washington, DC, Alexandria and Arlington, VA since 2006. Thankful for experiences gained in the telecom/tech corporate world, this ex-marketing, yoga-chick is happy to share all she knows about yoga with all. If you’re a new yoga teacher, contact me to learn about my new yoga teacher coaching program.