Asteya or 'non stealing' is one of the Yamas. As Yoga teachers we seek to live from a place of abundance; Abundance of inspiration, creativity and confidence, because it's from a place of lack that we fall victim to stealing.
Healthy societies of the past were not plagued by the epidemic of theft that we experience today.
Don’t steal, and be awake to situations where you might be stolen from.
You'll find your favourite teachers inspire you, and of course if you like something you'll want to share it with students, but best practice is to be inspired, and very much make it your own, find words and phrases that represent you, this will boost your confidence.
Don’t steal time; Be on time to your class, prepared and ready to teach and… Don’t run over time! Time is precious, your students have allotted time for practice, and not a minute more.
Arrive at least 15 minutes before your class starts, this gives you time to get set up, and for students to arrive, be welcomed and ask questions. Yoga teachers are often introverts, so the time before and after class can feel awkward... which is why you should give your time to improving your experience of it!
Practice is just for you! Learn to stop working and be disciplined (tapas). We can't teach about 'calming the fluctuations of the mind' if every time you practice you're thinking about students and class plans. It's essential to practice for the love of Yoga!
By applying the Yamas to our business, our work becomes part of the path to enlightenment.
More than just practicing non stealing, can you practice generosity by passing work to other teachers, recommending them and sharing tips.
Navigating the morality of running a Yoga business can be challenging, which is why teachers invest in mentoring sessions with me.
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