We’ve all heard it: you can only teach what you practice. Trying to make it as a yoga teacher or therapist is hard, you become busy and your practice and self-care routine may fall by the wayside. This might affect your bottom line more than you think.
In many cases, one of the roles you play in your clients’ lives is to represent something to aspire to: a strong and supple body, vibrant health, a balanced mind, a compassionate heart. If you let your practice fall back, so will your state of being, and so your ability to inspire your students and clients and be attentive to their needs.
Here are three simple and powerful ways to get back on track:
Seek out your Yoga Hero: If there is someone you admire in the yoga world, seek them out. If you can afford to take a workshop or master classes, do it. It’s a wise investment in your success. If it’s not feasible, you may want to schedule some time to take online advance and master classes on websites like myyogaonline.com. When you make your practice a priority, you WILL see the resources that are available around you!
Do A Cleanse: Taking care of your wellbeing from the inside out is a powerful way to recommit to your health. Ayurvedic cleanses like the wonderful Colorado Cleanse, a 2 week at-home detox and digestion boot camp from Dr John Douillard give balanced nutrition to keep your energy up so that you can continue working and teaching while experiencing the full benefits of a complete cleanse. You might want to enroll some of your friends and students with you, they will thank you!
Take Quiet Time Everyday: It may seem self-evident, but taking time to be quiet every day is a direct way to affect your ability to be present in class, with your clients, with your students. Even if you do not currently have a meditative practice, scheduling 30 minutes a day to be quiet, whether is sitting outside and watching the sky, laying on your bed and listening to relaxing music or doing a craft like knitting or sketching will increase your ability to be patient, to be present, to listen. We live in a world that values rushing around to get stuff done, so it might be stretch to make a priority out doing nothing or not much, but try it for a week and you’ll see for yourself the benefits that can spread out to all you do.
What do you do to keep your practice going?
Suleyka Montpetit is the managing editor or Everyday Ayurveda.She has studied Yoga, Communications and Spiritual Paths for over 15 years and has been a Mover and a Shaker, writing, editing and website building.
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