Call it abundance, success, prosperity, cold hard cash…can you have that and be spiritual?

Via Aminda R. Courtwright
on Sep 12, 2011
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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. 
~ Mahatma Gandhi

What if your business was also your yoga?  Or at least,what if you were yogic while being in business?

What if we all lifted each other up? Rather than the old ideas of competition and lack,  what if we practiced what we preached and what if abundance for all really is possible?  Is there a way to be business minded and still be ethical, mindful and heart centered?

And are you alone in thinking about these issues? No, no you are not:  As a matter of fact these questions and thoughts and frustrations are what led me to work with Laura Brown of the Flagstaff Yoga Festival as she creates and Launches a revolutionary way to connect and do business in new and exciting ways.

Currently we work against each other far too often..See my post about Yoga studio vs. yoga studio to get a clear picture of that debacle. But what if it wasn’t like that?

The question becomes:  is there some way we can connect and create a collaborative collective that really does mean we can ” lift as we climb” .

Laura really believes so,and so do I… if you are at all curious about how we see the State of the Yoga world and how we believe it can change watch our video here.  

State of the yoga business world

Currently I have yoga teachers making money by helping me fill my workshops…yes you read that correctly.. What – they are helping ME fill MY workshops at other studios? YES and they are making money off it…it’s a win win win…for all involved.  Sounds good doesn’t it?

We are looking at world where yoga teachers support each other. The fact is yoga community there are “non” mindful businesses already working in collaborative ways — how is it that yogis are still competing?

Hey all we are in business and we should be successful AND we want to be yogic; so ponder this:

What if you had the time and resources to help those in need? How does your poverty or struggle serve anyone?

I wish I could find the quote I saw on a Wayne Dyer video a few years ago – I’m paraphrasing but it went something like:

You can never be sick enough to make someone else healthy

You can never be sad enough to make someone else happy

and you can never be poor enough to make someone else wealthy

His point being we are of the most service when we are prosperous, healthy and happy – it is only in being these things are selves that we can help others.

I believe it is time to stop faulting people for being yoga capitalists, to stop competing AGAINST each other and create a whole new world of prosperity and joy… I for one am a little past the idea of the starving yoga teacher; I’m no longer convinced it serves anyone and certainly doesn’t make me a better yogini.

What if how you did business was the change you wanted to see in the world? Think about it – what if how you did business lifted us all up and created a world without borders?

Can you leverage your business to make your life more prosperous AND the world a better place? I believe the answer is yes, I believe that we can all be successful to whatever degree we wish, I believe that you can feed yourself physically as well as spiritually, I believe that it is almost incumbent on the yoga/mindful community to practice business in a mindful cooperative way because we should be the leaders in doing things differently…and I’m not alone in these beliefs.

It is also my belief that it is a false presumption that only those that live in poverty or give things away for free our mindful or spiritual.

Again, I’m not the only one….these blogs attest to the fact that as a community we struggle with these questions daily

From the dirty B word: Business to the idea of Capitalist Yoga to those struggling to work within the world of studio yoga:

Successful, ethical yoga studio owners versus crackpots.

We have questions of whether it should be a business? We wonder if we can get rich doing and if we even should…and it doesn’t help when you read things like:

You might be a hooker (or a yoga teacher) if… ~ 

Throw in our own self doubts, horrible competition, feeling like we are working in a vacuum, and the fact that so many are still working in the old paradigm of scarcity and it isn’t a whole lot of fun being in the business of yoga (or other service/mindful professions) and face it; part of the reason for getting into was to actually enjoy what we do…but why do we have to sacrifice monetary compensation? Why can’t we have both?

I am interested in hearing your thoughts on this subject—and I invite you if you are curious about these ideas and a new way of doing business to join us in October at the Successful Spirit Summit.

What you do matters and what you have done to get where you are has value—so let’s share it with the world.



About Aminda R. Courtwright

Aminda is a wellness facilitator and founder of ARCreated Wellness, LLC. A yoga teacher, transpersonal hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master, she shares her own healing journey with others in hopes of inspiring and uplifting those she meets. Her yoga classes are gentle and workshop style to invoke a real sense of learning and designed to be truly accessible for all levels. Her biggest hope is to help others take their yoga practice off the mat and into everyday life where it is truly meant to be experienced. (and can be most useful) Refusing to settle into the middle path just yet she prefers to dally on both edges and can be seen swinging right and leaning left. A devoted animal lover and activist and a humanist she is prone to rants and believes strongly that life is to be savored and that “we are all in this together, shouldn’t we enjoy it that way? “ When she isn’t teaching yoga, hypnotizing people, adoring her husband or doting on her grandson she is out riding her motorcycle—promoting the image that yogis are rebels and are a force to be reckoned with! You can also find her on Facebook. To join her for free classes online follow her here.


14 Responses to “Call it abundance, success, prosperity, cold hard cash…can you have that and be spiritual?”

  1. ARCreated says:

    truly…but I think it's funny how people think they have to define it one way or another…I still contend we can always be the yin and the yang

  2. Ben_Ralston says:

    Hi Aminda,
    Thank you for your Interesting – as always – post.
    I personally never had a problem making money teaching yoga. When I completed my t.t.c I went to the most secluded beach I could find in order to practice intensely for a month, only to be approached by someone asking me to teach him (my first student!)
    When I got back to London I found a web listing of all the gyms and gym/hotels in London, emailed them all my c.v. – and within a week was teaching full time.
    Granted, this was 12 years ago nearly, before the yoga BOOM hit London: there was a shortage of yoga teachers in those days, as opposed to the market saturation of now.
    Thinking about it though, I never made money teaching yoga in the WAY I wanted to. I ended up teaching *classes*, and really I wanted to teach on a deeper level than that… but that was more about my lack of skill in business and marketing than anything else.
    Anyway, I'm rambling. To conclude: I've stopped teaching yoga classes. I only do retreats now. And I focus on my work as a therapist, and teaching that therapy. I'm feel more fulfilled as a result. And better off time wise and money wise.

    To answer your question in the title – it is absolutely possible, but most people who consider themselves 'spiritual' have serious blockages towards money, success, and abundance. I had to clear these blockages in myself.
    One of the things I discovered (may interest you) is a fear of being seen by our peers as wealthy. Traditionally the wealthy guy was the guy up there in the castle. Being 'seen' as wealthy one often creates in us a fear of being alone… we'd often much rather be poor and invisible than risk that 'alone' feeling that comes with being wealthy and visible.

  3. Tiffany says:

    I moved to a village in Spain of about 60 000 people. There are about 12 yoga studios. I contacted all of them to meet up and start some collaborative work as a group. Only one answered me. However I never ended up meeting any of them. Nobody was interested and everyone was covering their own butts/buts.

  4. Tiffany says:

    The part that didn't appear in the first part of the comment:
    After reading your article I will start with them fresh again. It is worth it. This time I will succeed, even if it means meeting them as a student in their yoga studios.
    Thanks for your positivity.

  5. Matthew says:

    Great point. A lot of us believe it is one or the other – to be wealthy is to somehow not spiritual. I believe in abundance and that the more you give, the more you receive back. I think a lot of the negativity that we feel about wealth has to do with the people we see in the spotlight who misuse their abundance.

    Live for prosperity in all areas of life, be open to receive abundance – then use it to be a light in your community and give back. If financial wealth is always held by the people who misuse it, it will take longer for this world to feel the benefits.

    I think a lot of the time using the excuse of staying small, being quiet, not "perusing wealth" in all areas of life allows us to not "do." It allows us to play it safe, work less, not let ourselves get disappointed or become who we are truly capable of being – always delivering 30% or 50% or 70% of the power we can actually generate. If we don't like the money aspect of wealth, by all means no one will demand that you keep it – be generous with every area of wealth you are entrusted with and this world will be a better place for us all.

  6. dawndelvecchio says:

    Hey Ben – you put it succinctly & I want to 2nd your statement: "most people who consider themselves 'spiritual' have serious blockages towards money, success, and abundance." Like you, I too had to clear myself of these blocks. Changed my life and the lives of those around me – for the better! Many blessings, Dawn

  7. Ema T says:

    I knew you would respond…and EXACTLY….I too am working towards not teaching "Iclasses" and you are sooo right too often we have blocks to abundance…and that is exactly what I would like to help people get over!!! I am still working on it myself and these false assumptions of the root of evil and this form of energy we call money. thanks for your comments

  8. Ema T says:

    I am so glad to hear it…those of us that see a different way can continue to reach out and lead by example let me know how it goes

  9. Aminda – We can watch this video of you and Laura Brown forever! Thanks for posting here to get the word out.

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  11. ARCreated says:

    I love this 😉

  12. ARCreated says:

    we should talk…contact me [email protected]

  13. ARCreated says:

    you are too kind 😉