Monumental Step | The Truth About Teaching: Gregor Singleton
What's it like to be a Yoga teacher?
Well, things have recently taken a turn for the better with Down Under bringing new ownership to the Baptiste studios and along with it making their teachers employees and health benefits for those who are full-time.
Teaching, whoever you are and wherever you are, is full of healthy challenges. Challenges that help keep us teachers humble and remind us of the privilege of the practice of teaching. When you present yourself to the magnitude of responsibility that comes with teaching, it's not unusual to span the emotional spectrum from debilitating self-doubt to ecstatic joy. In other words, as a yoga teacher there can be a treacherous interior landscape to navigate. Full of pitfalls and searing truths about oneself.
The most valuable thing I've found I've needed to be able to teach is structural support. If this is not in place it is very difficult to generate what's needed as a teacher. Structural support might not be the first thing one thinks about when realizing one's dream to teach but if you can't pay your bills, if you're terrified you'll get sick, if you can't ever take time off because you can't afford it, or you're worried it's all going to "go away" because you're not there to keep it all going, life and your teaching gets flat to say the least. A grind takes over that is merciless in how it drains the life out of you.
Down Under brings structural support. It sees the critical value of structural support for their teachers to be able to live a life that allows you to share what we love and to love who we share it with. It is why I am delighted Down Under has led the way in taking care of the structural things that need to be in place if a Yoga community is going to thrive and if the teacher is going to survive. This is indeed something to celebrate.
We are thrilled to announce that every teacher on faculty is an official employee: accorded sick days, retirement funds that we match, one of the highest pay rates in the region, and healthcare for full-time teachers.
Yoga Stands Up began with a fundraising class that raised $2,200 in support of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, She Should Run and the Environmental Defense Fund. The dialogue continues with a series of reflections from our community. An opportunity for all voices to engage in thoughtful and meaningful discussion regarding the issues we contemplate on and off of our mats.