The union of fair wages & teaching yoga
I should start by saying how much I love yoga. I began practicing in 2001, became certified to teach in 2009, and have been teaching ever since.
I used to live, eat, and breathe yoga. I managed a busy yoga studio and taught several weekly classes. In addition, most of my spare time was spent in public yoga classes or teacher training that taught me more about the asanas, the philosophy, or how to create the best possible yogic experience for my students. At the time, I met all of my students in a studio environment and had very little one-on-one interactions with them.
In 2010, I took my practice on the road, traveling and teaching in different locations — Central America, West Africa, and back here in the US. It was exciting to meet people from different countries and in different stages of their practice — from the yogi on vacation and wanting to dive deep into her practice for a week to the couple passing through town who always wanted to try yoga but never found the time. I was there for them, and I was blessed to be able to create classes that met the students exactly where they were, physically and mentally. I loved the challenge and the opportunity to interact with students and yogis from all over the world.
Since settling back to life in the US and becoming a single mother, I’ve found it difficult to commit to teaching a regular yoga class. I drop in on public classes from time to time, but I itch to share my own knowledge of yoga. I missed creating sequences, guiding students into asanas, and the interaction that happens between student and teacher when both are committed to learning more.
I was thrilled when PranaBazaar contacted me about an opportunity to teach classes on demand for students. It truly is the perfect solution. Students sign up when they want a class, and they’re able to give me feedback on what type of yoga they think might work best for them. I’m then able to communicate directly with the student and set up a time for a class that works for both of us. I also love their foundation of fair wages for yoga teachers. I think #fairnessbasedwellness is a profoundly important principle in a future dominated by the task economy. Click to tweet!
Beyond convenience, the individual classes really allow for a more intimate relationship with yoga. When I’m creating a class with a specific student or group of students in mind, I know what poses are their strengths and which pose more of a challenge and I’m able to create an extremely individualized sequence. When students sign up for a series of classes, it gives me the opportunity to plan a practice that blossoms over time and integrates each class into the next. This creates the foundation for a lifelong practice, and I feel honored to be a part of that process.
Libby Creagh is an international yoga teacher, yoga blogger, mom and humanist.