Yoga has impacted just about every possible part of my life and heart. Money has never been a central motivator to me and I've recently realized that I have a negative view and therefore relationship with money. As a yoga instructor, it has always been a source of discomfort to charge for my classes, especially since my spirituality is completely intertwined with yoga. I want everyone to be able to experience the wonders I have experienced. At the same time, I've spent thousands of dollars and hours to become certified, and to learn as much as possible so that I am the best teacher I can be and I realize I deserve and need to be compensated. An issue I'm still wrestling with, but for now, I charge a modest, yet respectable fee for my classes and I offer free classes for cancer fighters and I'm willing to barter for classes. That's where I'm at currently. In other areas of my life, I prefer to shop at thrift stores and whenever possible spend my meager dollars with the most socially and environmentally conscious venders available. Love to hear from others.
Thank you, I've really enjoyed reading your comments on money and how yoga changes our relationship with it.
I left a great job yesterday after 7 years in order to allow more time in my week for teaching. The artists I worked with (about 80 wonderful people) all knew that I wanted to continue my yoga studies and had found I course I wanted to take and rather than buying something for me they all gathered together and gave me a cheque for £500 in an envelope marked 'Yoga Course ONLY!! I was (and still am!) so thrilled that I will have the chance to learn more and told them all how by doing this wonderful thing they had not only made my life even better, but hopefully through me sharing what I learn this will spread! Many of these people are my students already so can see it'll filter down to them. I am more than happy to pay for the course. I see the money spent as an investment in myself. I respect the time and effort that my teachers put into preparing and sharing their knowledge with me and hope that the money I pay them can make sure that they are able to get what they NEED. As Mahatma Gandhi said, "There is enough in this world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed."
I am a stay at home mom of an 18 month old little girl. Being at home allows me precious time with my daughter, but a loss of income that I was very used to having in my life. I realize that whatever I was spending all that money on was never important and I truly enjoying raising my daughter instead. She and I both take yoga classes and that is where we spend the extra dollars we have. You can't beat watching a group of toddlers doing yoga together!