5 Tips to Avoid Burnout When You Teach Yoga Before Your 9-5
Yoga instructors who hold full-time jobs outside of their yoga teaching are a special kind of hero.
As a yoga student, getting out of bed for an early morning yoga class before a full day of work is challenging enough. But, students are only expected to show up and do the best they can to improve their yoga practice. Yoga teachers, on the other hand, are required to bring their best selves, lead, inspire and instruct even when they’re exhausted. Enthusiasm, patience and motivation are a requirement when teaching yoga, no matter how early or late it may be. Not to mention, the best yoga teachers are expected to arrive to class early to set up, greet their yoga students and stay after class to answer student questions.
Not surprisingly, many yogis who juggle full-time jobs along with their yoga instruction, have a hard time managing the long hours. Sound familiar? There’s no simple solution but taking these steps in your personal life will help eliminate stress and maintain good health, so you can avoid burnout and give your yogi students your best every class.
- Yoga Instructors Should Develop a Routine. Business leaders often stress how important a routine is to their success. Training your body to wake up and fall asleep at the same time every day makes it easier to get out of bed in the morning and to quiet your mind at night. Ensuring you have the right amount of sleep will give you adequate energy levels during the day, so you can fully devote yourself to both your yoga training and full-time job.
- Yogis Should Stay Hydrated. If you don’t have time for fatigue, you better drink a lot of water! As a certified yoga instructor, you likely stress the importance of staying hydrated to your students – but make sure you’re following your own advice. The best yoga instructors are the ones that practice what they preach. Start by drinking an eight-ounce glass of water when you wake up and again before you go to bed. Then, set a goal for yourself for the rest of the day, and carry a bottle with measurements so you can track your progress. This is particularly important if you are a hot yoga instructor, as you tend to sweat more during these classes due to the heat.
- Make Time for Yourself. If you have twenty minutes after your yoga class to chat with your students before you head to work, only stay for ten. As you know from your yoga practice, a calm mental state is critical for success. Give yourself a few minutes between activities to collect your thoughts and mentally prepare for the next activity. Meditate in your car for 10 minutes before diving into your work. Taking this time to yourself allows you to stay relaxed and ready to tackle a new challenge.
- Protect yourself from added stresses. Liability waivers* and tailored-insurance policies can help put your mind at ease and prevent a backlash in the event of a student injury or lawsuit. Yoga insurance coverage may feel impersonal for something as intimate as yoga, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Check in with yourself periodically. A big part of practicing yoga is finding balance and taking care of your body. The same goes for teaching yoga. If you’re overdoing it – not sleeping enough, neglecting hobbies or loved ones – you may need to take a step back. Yoga isn’t about doing it all. If you exhaust yourself trying to teach more classes than your schedule allows, you risk losing the passion that led you to your practice in the first place.
*The information provided herein is for informational purposes only. ProSight Global Inc., and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“ProSight”) strongly recommends that instructors consult with their own legal counsel prior to requiring students to sign a liability waiver. Those who use a liability waiver assume all liability with respect to the use of a liability wavier. You are fully responsible to comply with all local, state, and federal laws related to the use of a liability waiver. ProSight shall not be held liable for any direct, indirect or consequential damages resulting from any use of a liability waiver.