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What is a Yoga Rock Star?

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Do you live from a place of scarcity or abundance?

I’ve been hesitant to share the new book I’m in. “How to be a Yoga Rockstar: the ultimate guide to making a living teaching yoga” by Martin D. Clark, the editor of OM Yoga & lifestyle Magazine (published out of the UK).

I’m so honored that Martin picked me. I just don’t know if I’ll ever be comfortable with the title, “Yoga Rockstar”. For those yoga teachers (or those thinking about teaching) that want an insider’s peek into the views of those that have been there – than this book is for you. I have such respect for my fellow editor, and hope that Mr. Clark sells a zillion books. It’s impressive when you self-publish. If you know of anyone who could benefit from this book, please share. I’m going to be having a weekly (if not more) book review. What better place to support another writer than in the blogging world.

Back to my mind overthinking what it means to be in a book with the title Yoga Rockstar. It’s only me that seems to be uncomfortable…

I’m more comfortable sharing OTHER yoga teachers with you. I’ve been interviewing them for over twenty years. You’ve watched them here and on my less-than-tended-to YouTube channel.

I’ve worked in TV, radio, films and had my own publishing company. I’m very comfortable in front of, or behind, the camera. I can wear many hats – including the one that has a HUGE ego and the one that sits on the head of THE most insecure person in the room. But…

I’m wondering what people are discussing online on this subject. I look.

So what do people say is a Yoga Rockstar? Depends on whom you ask. I love the self-proclaimed, like Kathryn Budig, who wrote about six in this article and one of them was “me”.

I love huge yoga INFLUENCERS, like Ganga White (interviewed on my #YogaRoadTrip). A whole slew of younger yoginis may or may not know of Ganga because he has NO social media platforms listed on his website (yeah, I’m not kidding).

How do you feel about yogis like Rachel Brathen? I have never met her. I see (based on her Instagram feed) that a lot of the followers are spam. So what? Who cares? Does anyone give Madonna a hard time for that? I did see, though, that she’s captured a little bit of backlash. Many comments on her feed ripped her use of the “F-word” – oops… Hey, it’s her platform. If you don’t like it you can (1) tell her – which you DID or (2) unfriend her. I find her inspirational. I hope to meet her someday soon.

I’ll see Kathryn Budig at the upcoming Yoga Journal LIVE in San Diego. Perhaps since that article she wrote went live she can comment about her personal insights. People love her classes. She

Haters or Likers. Scarcity or Abundance. Do teachers think if another teacher gets “bigger” than them (selling more books, making more money, helping MORE people) that they will get smaller? It’s like the wild wild west out there –

But they are yogi’s… So what if someone is all about saving the planet, or animals or themselves — Where’s the YogaLove?

I’ve spoken with over 500 yoga teachers last year. You’ll learn why when my book comes out. Not really intending to tease you like an MLM salesperson, but I just can’t let the cat out of the bag yet as to the title of my book. But… I consider myself quite intimate with and quite the expert on yoga teachers. All it is, really, is one opinion – mine.

I’m in awe of yoga teachers. I respect what they do.

I’m in awe of the teachers who trek to their studios, gyms or church basement (one of the places I’ve taught) week after week to teach a small group of people who may or may not be able to make it regularly.

Those teachers who tell me they don’t have time to do social media because they are a single parent who is also taking care of an aging parent. There are those that can’t SMize (my made up word – social media socialize) even if they knew how or wanted to because they are busy driving across town to teach another class.

I’m in awe of someone who studies the Sutras or Sanskrit solely because they hope a student will ask them about it someday. I see in their eyes a deep desire to explore the depths of all yoga has to offer.

I feel such a great sense of gratitude that my hunger for understanding more and more about yoga is fueled by one simple thing – to be able to share what I know about yoga with anyone. My ultimate wish for whoever I come into contact with would be that they make yoga a part of their life.

Yoga has given me such an amazing life experience. My hope for any person I come into contact with (either online, in person or through something I’ve written) is that they accept the same gift I was given – the ability to show up again and again on my mat.

My dharma is to inspire, teach and share yoga. What a HUGE gift to even know what your dharma is. So many people simply float through life not knowing why they are on the planet. I do.

I’ve always been in awe of teachers. I told my 17-year old nephew yesterday that he will look back on school years someday and MAYBE two or three teachers will be THE teachers who “got you” or gave that extra “something” that YOU needed. Those teachers are exceptional to YOU. They had something YOU needed. It just worked.

So before you decide what YOU think is a Yoga Rockstar, I would say it’s more about your EXPERIENCE and FEELINGS you get from that teacher. Yes, the work – what you PHYSICALLY DO on your mat – is up to you. You COULD practice yoga alone.

There are countless teachers I’ve studied with who can’t tell you the statistics for their blog (the analytics) or the demographic breakdown of the participants from the last conference or workshop…. BUT that teacher may be the one that presents you with the gift of showing up. The opportunity to become balanced, healthy – perhaps heal, to grow, to simply breathe and BE – to listen and learn from you as well…

Yoga Is Energy. Maybe that’s where the comparison to music comes in… because it’s ability to become imbedded in a culture – to move and shape and transform lives through a thread of opportunity. An opportunity to connect – with self, with others, with life… It’s a living , breathing, sometimes describable, sometimes indescribable experience. Yoga is for everyone, whether you’re a rockstar or not.

 

“Once you have made peace with the present moment, see what happens, what you can do or choose to do, or rather what life does through you. There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One with Life. Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”

Eckhart Tolle

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