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Getting Creative with the Competition

How to work with, not against, your fellow yoga instructors.

By Sara Avant Stover



  • Make it personal. Never try to resolve a conflict via email. Always reach for the phone and talk or, better yet, meet in person if you can. When you are upset, your feelings can often be misinterpreted via email. You don't want to put anything in writing that may come back to haunt you.
  • Don't compete, create. Remember there is always "more," and it may be something you have not yet considered.

Sara Avant Stover is a writer and yoga instructor who lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Visit her website at

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Very good an important advise, useful for whatever business one is in.

I understand competition can be part of human nature but so it is cooperation, so it would be great if we used it at every level. Cooperation as a marketing tool could lead to the development of creative and refreshing tactics that can greatly benefit both businesses and consumers.

The documentary I am made me think about this on a personal and a professional level. If you’re interested in cooperation living you should watch it:

Lynn Felder

What a great article about responding yogically to our natural and cultural inclination to competition. My current studio co-director, Judi Maloy, and I were friendly competitors before we went into business together a year ago. Instead of going down the old road, "divide and conquer," we cleared a new path - "unite and thrive." We've had a wonderful year in our blended studio in the Downtown Arts District in Winston-Salem, NC, and we'll be celebrating with a party and free yoga all weekend Sept. 18-20. Om shanti! Lynn Felder



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