It is no secret that most teachers – yoga and group fitness – teach because it fills our cups to help, motivate and inspire others. We teach because we love it.
Our members and students come to our classes, early in the morning, holidays, Sunday mornings. We lead with passion and knowledge, and some humor to break up the edgier, grittier parts.
What happens behind the scene of the 60 minute cycle class, vinyasa practice or strength workout? Hours of planning, music selection, practicing the moves and flows and promoting our classes – like a business. And on top of that, the physical and mental aspect of giving everything to help our students be the truest versions of themselves – class after class.
The best teachers and instructors are also always students. Continuing education for maintaining certifications, keeping up to date on current trends, formats and teaching methods adds up too. Time away from our families on nights and weekends to sharpen our craft because we LOVE what we do and we hold ourselves to the highest standards.
But our labor of love isn’t reason to devalue our knowledge and expertise. We are passionate about delivering YOU an experience. And on the other side of that experience, the smile, the energy, is a real person, with a family at home on a Sunday morning. The other side is acknowledging that the HIIT class you took with me that kicked your butt, was the second class I taught that day and there’s still one more to go. The other side of the person with the mic or giving you a sweet yoga assist is a person who knows they are providing value and stacking class on class to also earn an income – whether its to save for a vacation or to contribute to their household.
Yes, this is a labor of love and certainly not the most lucrative career. It’s not just a job when your heart and soul thrive on teaching – but practically? We are also worth it – in dollar signs. Time, training, set up, break down, clean up, the necessity of delivering fun, safe, challenging and empowering experiences day in and day out (and sometimes a few times a day) is worth an extra fee or class rate.
The next time your favorite teacher is offering a class that may be a higher rate for a workshop experience or a specialty feature that’s truly unique, before balking publicly or privately about the fee or price, remember the teacher, the one wearing the mic and encouraging you to do one more rep, the one giving undivided attention and instruction to help you get into your first headstand. It is our labor of love, but it is also our profession, our business.
Because we love it and our souls are poured into the experience, we are worth it. Truly.