Why I teach yoga

Let me tell you a not-so-secret secret: being a freelancer is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’d be hard in the US, my home country. Add onto that a new language (German), which I barely spoke two years ago, and a new city (Berlin) with few connections. If I didn’t have my boyfriend and my parents helping me these past two years, I’d be up the creek… doing another job. I don’t say this to evoke sympathy. I say it to show that this isn’t a cake walk for me. Why do I do it?

As you may know if you’re a student of mine, I don’t subscribe to or teach any spirituality in my classes. We focus on the poses, calming the mind, and stretching, strengthening and then relaxing the body. So for me, teaching yoga is not my calling in life from God, or Gods in the case of yoga. I do it because I want to. I want to bring other benefits to my students lives. I bring them calmer, healthier minds and bodies by teaching them to have a relationship to their bodies, which will carry them through all their life’s endeavors. I play an integral part in the lives of my students, at least in the way of health.

I also do it for self-centered reasons. I need money to live and keep teaching. I like being my own boss, even though I’ve had to learn to be my own boss and I’m still learning. I also do it because I love the people who have stuck around and been my students. They’re great people and I’m lucky to teach classes to people I think of as friends. Making friends is in my nature and I’m lucky that my business is dependent on being friendly. I also do it because I have taken on the greatest challenge in my life in creating a business with my own two, metaphorical, hands.

I teach yoga to prove to myself what I’m made of and to prove to my students what they are able to do.

Jennifer teaches all public classes in Charlottenburg. Her schedule can be found here.

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