Brace yourself for a real shocker: The teachers running your training programs, and speaking at the big conferences, and getting lots of attention are human—they're quirky, deeply flawed, and maybe even a little crazy.
As a teacher, many people might hold you to a higher standard of behavior than everyone else. For example, people might think yoga instructors should always act "zen" or "enlightened." But if "enlightenment" is the standard, then absolutely no one I know measures up. How could they?
Yet, in the end, it doesn’t matter all that much. Almost all professions come with some stereotypical preconceptions. Is it really so bad if the ones associated with being a yoga teacher are that you’ll be calm and wise, albeit eating granola?
Again, I treasure those crazy times I was racing around New York City, teaching dozens of classes and hundreds of people, standing on my head for a living. It was wonderful and exhausting and inspiring and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Like falling in love, if it’s really right for you, you’ll simply have to do it.