Yoga Teachers: how to Go Big while Keeping it Real.

Via elephant journal
on Apr 9, 2012
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Integrity and the Ambition to elevate one’s Hobby into a Living are not, thankfully, Mutually Exclusive.

Your Path & Passion: if it’s not a Living, it’s just a Hobby:

Among other things, Leslie Kaminoff (with Ava Taylor of YAMA) has a message for Anonymous Bloggers:

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8 Responses to “Yoga Teachers: how to Go Big while Keeping it Real.”

  1. sadienardini says:

    Hi readers,

    Whatever you may think about yoga and financial success or celebrity culture meshing, I can assure you from the innermost circle of YAMA Talent that Ava is here to extract the best, most positive and compassionate aspects of those things, and put them out into the world again, only this time, yogi-fied! I've known her, day in and day out, through every challenge and joy and I can tell you, she is a true yogini, and absolutely walks the walk, even when it seems incredibly tough to do so.

    Fact: We live in a culture that requires money. That puts its celebrities on TV, often for negative purposes, and that often works from a separation consciousness rather than one of union. Sadly, many people cannot see past the old paradigm, and trust that yoga practitioners can maintain their integrity and transparency in the midst of it. Yet, this is what Ava and I, and those like us have been able to do, without fail, for the past 2 years and running,

    I (obviously) firmly believe that yogis have not only a place, but a responsibility to commandeer this sinking ship, and use the vehicles of mass media and the like to educate the masses about the more healing, loving option of yoga. If we make "entertainment" money while doing it, then that's an extra credit YAY!

    Kudos to Leslie and Ava for taking to the camera and offering us another step on the path toward greater awareness.

  2. Carol Horton says:

    Interesting response that brings up a lot of important points, but I felt it was severely undermined by aggressively denouncing the Barbarizzi people as "motherf*ckers" etc. Kind of makes me question the commitment to professionalism, civil discourse, etc. that otherwise came through.

  3. Mamaste says:

    Love this Sadie.
    Job well done Ava!

  4. Vision_Quest2 says:

    If you promote yoga teachers reaching out through mass media, you have absolutely no argument from me!

    It was 2 years ago to the day, that I practiced to a dvd of a surfing Yogi (NOT Eoin the "Blissologist", but still a happy dude) who markets through, that delivered me from the funk of having experienced a private session I had been strongly persuaded into taking, that was not my first but was to be my last!

    I never had to use that dvd often, but it opened up a whole new world of alignment-oriented, not-so-pushy, not having to rely on pilates-like moves, yoga to me … and all for just under $18 plus shipping. 🙂

  5. Anna Argeropoulos says:

    there are two concerns i have with yoga teachers having professional representation – and full disclosure: i did my teacher training at laughing lotus with dana and jasmine, and still am very connected and inspired by all the laughing lotus teachers. i'm not taking any particular teacher to task, and i'm still going to show up for classes with a lot of these people.

    however – promoting oneself on a greater-than-local level means that, at some point, your teaching is going to happen at the greater-than-local level. i have long had discomfort with the idea of yoga teachers traveling around the world to teach, not only for the environmental irresponsibility of it, but because it seems to really devalue what i find to be of greatest importance to yoga: your local, vibrant yoga community. like i said, i know some of these teachers represented by YAMA, and i still see a strong local community, at least at laughing lotus… but i'm concerned, and i'll be interested to see where it goes.

    concern number two: is YAMA going to rep for a yoga teacher who isn't photogenic? a teacher who has mad skills, but maybe doesn't have a perfect body or face? i guess i'm talking more with respect to the female teachers of the world… do we run a risk of putting higher value on how a teacher looks on the pages of yoga journal than on what she brings to the table with her teachings?

    so while i'm glad that YAMA may serve to spread the yoga gospel far and wide, i'm going to observe and listen for a bit longer before i draw all my conclusions…

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  7. Damn! I wish I had a yoga agent here in South Africa! Business is rough!

    I love all you guys and your work! Sadie was the first Yoga gal who got me moving and i think her going on the tube will reach others like me who are far away… still reaching those who are in need of some self centring.

    Rock on!