Teachers' Corner

A Quick Pick-Me-Up for My Fellow Yoga Teachers

How to “Build a Life That Empowers/Fulfills You” is a very sexy topic these days, and lots of people want to talk about how easy it is to find your own. There’s a saying that goes something like, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!” and while that would be awesome if it were true, it’s actually a giant, steaming load of crap.

No matter how fulfilling your work is, you will always have peaks and valleys along the journey. I have one of the most fulfilling “jobs” on the planet, and I can tell you that not every day is full of activities that leave me basking in the white glow of divine inspiration. A lot of days are just hustling and grinding and doing stuff we’re not excited about. It’s answering emails, customer service, strategizing for the future, filming, editing, writing, and working through whatever problems arise. It’s fighting the little voice in my head that says I’m insane for even trying and no one cares what I have to say. It’s figuring out a way to ease the stress of not having answers to everything. Even travel, while awesome, is still pretty un-glamorous: long lines, unpleasant seat buddies, delays, lost luggage, airport food, and jet lag (blah!) are still there despite the beautified Instagram airport selfies suggesting otherwise.

None of this is bad though. Even on the days where you’re exhausted and feel guilty for feeling exhausted, just remember that it’s OK. You’re not a bad person for being burnt out from teaching or typing or planning or worrying. When your alarm goes off and you STILL want to get up and do it again the next morning means you’re on the right track.

Keep it up, my fellow yogis. We got this.

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    Stefani

    August 17, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Erin, lately I am so exhausted. between working a full time job (not doing what I am meant to do but what is necessary to get my youngest finally through high school and on to college) and managing his American Legion baseball team which has been so, so rewarding and exciting and wouldn’t change that for the world. At the end of the day I am completely exhausted but also so thankful to have had the chance to do this work. As a mom of now three grown children, I am looking very forward to “Building a Life That Empowers/Fulfills me” . The possibilities are endless. Wish me luck:-)

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      Kimberly Smith

      August 18, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Good luck Stefani! Go for it!

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      Franzi

      August 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

      You can do it!!! Good Luck! 🙂

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    Kimberly Smith

    August 18, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    We definitely got this! You are doing an amazing job Erin and your yogi family appreciates all of the hard work you put in to making bad yogi possible! I finally feel like I belong in the yoga community and I finally feel that I can call myself a yogi even if I can’t do some of the poses just yet. I will get this. AND again, we got this!

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    Nicole

    August 19, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Such a good, inspiring reminder!

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    Mary

    August 19, 2015 at 10:25 am

    You’re always so inspiring, Erin!

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    Jade

    August 19, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I think I’m going to frame this! I have a couple of tough months ahead of me and know that doing/teaching yoga will be exhausting sometimes. Thank you so much for reminding me it’s ok! Love xx

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    Angelo

    August 20, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    SO inspiring! We got this, that’s for sure!

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