I recently moved from Los Angeles. This journey is the most frightening thing I’ve ever done. But now I’m here and how does an LA yoga teacher find a job? I know it won’t be easy even though I consider myself capable to compete in NYC’s job market.
I have heard back from a couple studios. Truthfully I appreciate any response; it’s courteous and polite. But sometimes I get responses that are tough like; “we are not taking on any new teachers at the moment” or “we only accept teachers who have gone through our teacher training program”.
I can completely understand the first reason. This is just not my time. I will continue working and checking back in. Eventually they will need a new teacher and I will be the persistent one available and ready.
But the second reason…really? ONLY teachers who have gone through “your” specific 200hr training? Is it just me or does that sound close-minded? I believe that a studio’s biggest responsibility to yoga students is to provide well-informed and experienced teachers who can make the yoga practice challenging and accessible.
I do understand keeping philosophy and style consistent at a studio. It clarifies the identity of the business. When taking a retail job, you want to wear the style of clothes you’re selling. I get it. But there is typically an information session for new hires at a job. It keeps new-employees in line with the companies’ mission statement.
So instead of giving an experienced Instructor the guidelines of a studio’s style, managers would rather hire a brand new teacher who has no experience, simply because they were recently trained at that studio? This confuses me and just sounds risky.
But I can see a problem though. If studios open their minds to different teachers from unfamiliar schools, how do they distinguish between the ability of teachers? There are just so many teachers now because we have saturated the market. The 200hr nationally certified training is simply not enough anymore. Just like in most job fields an individual needs an advanced degree to be competitive, we should be requiring more from our yoga teachers than just being recently trained.
So, what should be done?
I do think that as a community we should always challenge ourselves and be open to change. Change is the fiber of growth. If we aren’t open to new teachers with different experiences then we won’t grow. As a teacher I’m always learning from my students, my studio managers and my teachers. In fact, that reminds me…I should sign up for my next training cause I need a job.