I’ll Never Be a Rock Star Yoga Teacher (And I’m Okay With That)

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As a yoga teacher, I’m not everyone’s cup of tea. Not all students enjoys my quiet approach, my sequencing style, or my terrible jokes.

But here’s the thing: I don’t care whether you like me or my classes.

It took me a long time to get to this point as a yoga teacher. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed with thoughts like, “Was what I taught actually hitting the mark?” and “Was my class good enough?”

It can be tricky to stay true to the way you want to teach. However, over time, I’ve learned that what people think of me is their opinion. It’s their choice whether they like me or not. Being authentically you means that some people will like you and others simply won’t. And that’s okay.

But there was another feeling, one that I couldn’t quite pin, beneath the surface. It took me even longer to work out what it was. Eventually, I understood that it was an acknowledgment of my own mediocrity.

In my mind, I wanted to be as celebrated as the rock star yoga teacher whose classes everyone loved or the teacher on the schedule whose classes were always crowded and had waitlists.

But that was my ego talking. And we don’t need more ego-driven yoga teachers. We need real, authentic humans who show up to teach, regardless of the number of students, so they can share the practice.

Accepting that I’ll probably never be a rock star teacher might seem like a defeatist attitude. But to be honest, I find it incredibly grounding and reassuring. Being a “good enough” teacher has helped me escape the shackles of my own perfectionism.

And, ironically, being authentic probably helps me and others who feel similarly become better and more relatable teachers.

Let’s remember, the practice isn’t about the teacher. Our role is to help the student explore their own answers. Yoga’s essence lies within the individual’s practice and experience. It’s our job to show up and give people an opportunity to connect to themselves. It has nothing to do with how it makes us, as teachers, feel.

Besides, I believe being a mind-blowing teacher would be overwhelming. Refocusing my attention on attempting to please others, rather than teaching what I know, would likely stifle my creativity. (I have a belief that ego-driven teaching can be one factor that contributes to the burnout that many teachers experience.)

Instead, I continue to trust in what I’m sharing with the world and remain committed to learning and questioning rather than seeking the outward gratification of becoming insta-famous. My rock star yoga teacher days were over before they ever began.

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