So I got my 200 hr RYT and have done some specialty workshops but I find that most studios want you to recruit new students and fill your classes with a minimum amount and I’ve really struggled with that. I’ve found I’m happiest as a teacher when I sub for other teachers. I am most appreciated that way. I’ve been told I’m not the right fit because I don’t have a following, and this really discouraged me to the point where I don’t want to teach or even do yoga anymore. It is hard enough being able to find the time to come to the studio to teach with two little ones, and I am about ready to give up.
Love you and you’re one of the reasons I don’t rip my hair out,
Another Yogi Momma
Dear Another Yogi Momma,
Let me start out by saying that I love you too, whoever you are!
I dislike this whole situation you’re in. And what I dislike the most is that you aren’t alone in experiencing this sort of pressure. A lot of people who walk away from a 200hr RYT program with the intention to teach meet a lot of discouragement on their path. It is extremely rare to find a studio owner/manager who will give you the chance to grow as a teacher. As teachers we are expected to have perfect knowledge, alignment, flexibility, and an admirable track record from the get-go. How are we supposed to “build a following,” if we aren’t given the opportunity to create firm roots? Speaking from experience; creating a “following,” as a teacher only takes one regularly scheduled class per week. That being said, it takes time to grow your own yoga community. And you deserve time and space around growing as a teacher and community leader.
Your own teachers didn’t just pop out of their teacher training programs with years of teaching experience, they had some growing pains. They weren’t a perfect fit for certain studios, but they soldiered on and continued to sub and take classes and learn. They used every challenging moment as a chance to rise up and try again. Let your children watch you persevere; let them grow up knowing that you met your goals with resilience no matter the struggle. Little eyes are watching you, and you mustn’t throw the towel in on something that you love. How do I know you love teaching yoga? Because you cared enough to write this letter.
Keep substitute teaching, if it brings you joy! The more you show up as a sub, the more students will start asking to come to your classes, and the more incentive a studio will have to give you a permanent class. Take classes from the people you normally sub for. Write down what attracts you to a teacher. And then be that. Not because it will make you a popular teacher, but because it will make you fall in love with your practice and with your passion for teaching others all over again. Most importantly, take heart. You are not alone.