Inspiration, Yoga 8 Great Reasons to Teach Yoga Every day we go to work. Eat lunch. Commute Home. Work Out. Make Dinner. Repeat. Do you ever… By Miranda Sam Every day we go to work. Eat lunch. Commute Home. Work Out. Make Dinner. Repeat. Do you ever stop to think about WHY you do the things you do? Are you eating the quinoa salad because you’ve made it a million times already, or are you thoughtfully choosing the ingredients and preparing the meal with care? In other words, do you do things simply because it’s become routine or is there a deeper intention behind your actions? This year, I’ve been questioning why I do certain things. And of course yoga was called into question. In a recent Wanderlust Journal article, I asked Wanderlusters why they do yoga. In the same vein, I was also curious about the yogis who had taken another step from student to teacher. So I interviewed a handful of Wanderlust teachers with one question, “Why do you teach yoga?” 1. To help others feel good “I teach yoga because it makes people feel good about their bodies. I’ve learned to accept myself more, and I want to give that to other peope, especially in the dance world where it can be very discouraging sometimes.” – Beau Campbell, dancer and yoga teacher 2. To be a better student “I teach yoga because I want to be a better student. You learn so much when you teach; it’s a never-ending process of learning by teaching. There’s a certain point you start to stagnate as a student, and you just go out there and you teach to learn.” – Schuyler Grant, co-creator of Wanderlust 3. To help others achieve goals “I didn’t actually choose to teach yoga to be honest. I had friends who wanted to practice yoga but they were too scared to go to a yoga studio. So I offered to show them some things and then set up a “class.” I taught five of my friends in my basement and then five turned into ten and many more. I just wanted my friends to practice yoga, and then through that intention to help my friends accomplish what they wanted to accomplish, I became a yoga instructor.” – Matt Giordano, martial artist and yoga teacher 4. To allow others to choose what they need to learn “I don’t think I teach anything. I think I hold a space for people to experience an honest, authentic, and pure version of themselves through me being radically honest, authentic and pure. If there’s anything I teach it’s how to hold a space to facilitate and people around you choose what they’re going to learn.” – Cameron Shayne, founder of Budokon University 5. To help others connect to a higher consciousness “I teach yoga to serve the best way I can so people can learn how to connect to their own highest consciousness and connect with their inner being.” – Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa, Kundalini teacher 6. To send out love “I teach yoga because there’s this force out there called love. At the end of our yoga practice we turn our bodies, minds, and hearts into this antenna that picks up the signal which we can then radiate out as positive energy and nothing in the world matters more than that.” – Eoin Finn, founder of Blissology 7. To fulfill a destiny “I teach yoga because it pulled me to teach yoga. It was one of those things where my teacher of fifteen years said, ‘You will teach yoga.’ And I teach yoga because it is in service to my very practice because it reminds me to remain a student.” – Janet Stone, vinyasa yoga teacher 8. To keep it real “I teach yoga to bring more ‘real’ into the world.” – Alex Mazerolle, founder of Girlvana If you’re ready to take the plunge and study to become a yoga teacher, you can join any one of our Wanderlust Teacher Trainings, all over North America and in Costa Rica! — Miranda Sam is a marketing professional and fashion writer from Vancouver, BC. She believes that we all need to actively push our boundaries, whether on the mat or with our personal style. This yin yoga certified instructor will gladly help you challenge yourself with an inversion or try a new look. Check out Miranda’s latest fashion musings on www.StylebyFire.ca .