The predicament of the modern yoga teacher is interesting.
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In many ways, if we have ambition to offer our practice to as many people as possible--to lead big classes, teach at festivals and studios all over the world, we need to sell a little bit of our soul. We connect and partner with brands, do photo shoots, we do 30 day Instagram challenges and ask you to tag, like and follow all sorts of random people and brands that may not line up with your particular values or interests. And this is yoga? We "chase" followers, likes, comments, students, recognition, and try to get our practice out to as many folks as we can. For what? Is this what yoga has become? A popularity contest? A marketing game? Is it at odds with what yoga was originally intended to do/be for the dedicated practitioner? What are we sacrificing in an effort to get our names out there? I know I'm not alone because I see my own teachers and peers and folks I respect and admire deeply doing this too. I just think it's also kind of sad that this is what the "Western yoga culture" has become.I wonder about those incredible teachers who I know nothing about because they're not using these platforms, because they don't use advertising or alluring, half naked photos to get our attention. I want to learn from them.
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And here I am, here, doing this, with all my photos hoping to get you to see, learn, feel and unfold even more. It's a weird time we find ourselves in. Because I know that if I, personally, want to uncover what's burried beneath my own ego, desires and delusions, I need to stop "selling." To truly be a student of yoga and life, it does take a stepping back from this stuff. To not sell, or pull attention away, but instead to go inward, not write outward. All this of course feels like contradiction and hypocracy. But I want to share my difficulties because I suspect that I'm not alone in this. Yoga students, just know that this is some of the "struggle" (among many others) that your teachers may wrestle with. Yoga teachers (students), I see you and how you also deal (or don't) with the difficulties of doing this work in this day and age.
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I would appreciate your ideas about all this!

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