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Yoga: The Practice, The Profession, The Paradox

Any yoga teachers out there ever felt discouraged by the apparent paradox between yogic philosophies and the yoga business reality?  At odds with the Eastern vs. Western approaches to the practice?  Or otherwise all-out confused as to how the integrity of the Practice (its simplicity, humility and spiritual growth) can be maintained while still nurturing physical fulfillment…and while getting the bills paid on time?  And then do you think “Whoa.  What have we gotten ourselves into?”

These are the types of questions that I battle with frequently as both a yogini AND a yoga business owner.  This combo within itself seems an oxymoron.  It’s not a mere once or twice that I have received an eye roll and a sigh when I’ve stated the price of a service.  Shouldn’t yoga be free?  Shouldn’t it be by donation?  Isn’t yoga for the PEOPLE?  I have also felt the same sting when considering the...

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