Welcome to the very first episode of The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast. In this episode, we hear from Erin Aquin on the topic of yoga teacher burnout.

Erin is a certified Hatha, Vinyasa and prenatal yoga teacher, author and new mother. She wrote The A-Z of Being a Successful Yoga Teacher and just recently published Elemental Yin Yang Yoga.

Erin completed one of the most comprehensive programs in Canada currently available for Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. You can hear her expertise on yoga and Chinese medicine in her podcast called Elemental Yin Yang Podcast.

As a yoga teacher entrepreneur, it is important that self-care is part of our routine or we will see our business and/or personal life suffer.

In this episode, Erin shares the symptoms of both yoga teacher brownout and yoga teacher burnout along with the steps we can take to recognize and avoid both.

[3:15] What inspired Erin to write about yoga teacher burnout

[4:05] Erin defines brownout and burnout and her experiences with both

Brownout– comes before burnout, consistently lackluster about going to work

Burnout– when there is a clear need (mental and/or physical illness) to take a break from your work

[8:15] What Erin did with her break and how it helped restore her health and the promise she mad to herself

[9:45] Erin’s work with yoga teachers to help prevent burnout

[10:45] Signs of teacher burnout: sleeping disturbances (insomnia or oversleeping), exhausted after teaching, changes in appetite (lack of appetite or craving sugar, caffeine, etc.)

[14:20] Erin focuses on attitude when working with yoga teachers around the feeling of burnout

[15:20] What Erin prescribes when teachers are feeling burnt out and using the phrase “I’ll get back to you about that”

[18:45] Preventing burnout by being conscious of your own physical practices; trying different forms of bodywork such as strength training, receiving Reiki, massage, taking a nice bath, etc.

[21:35] The benefits of a meditation practice and “wiping the slate clean”

[23:55] Yoga teacher trainings Erin offers

[25:35] Balancing the two kinds of self-care

Yin Self-Care– time to restore and regenerate, e.g. baths, eating treats, watching Netflix

Yang Self-Care- pushing yourself, staying motivated, fiery energy, e.g.strength training, working with a mentor

[28:55] The importance of mentors and continuing education

[30:15] Erin’s book Elemental Yin Yang Yoga

[32:00] Erin’s final thoughts on preventing brownout and burnout and making health and happiness a priority

[34:10] Shannon’s final thoughts on yoga teacher burnout

Some great questions that came out of this Episode to ask yourself are:

1. Do you feel exhausted or energized after teaching a yoga class?

2. Are you craving sleep or unable to sleep?

3. Are you craving carbs, sugar and/or caffeine to keep you going or are you going the entire day not worried about the food that fuels you?

4. Do you have a daily practice that includes physical movement as well as meditation?

Links for this Episode:

Shannon’s Mentors:

Barb Elias – Certified Integral Coach

Natalie Eckdahl of BizChix– MBA, podcaster and business coach

Erin’s Mentors:

Rebecca Mullen of Altared Spaces – Author

Allison Evans – Life Coach and Author

Connect with other yoga teachers in our private Facebook Group – The Connected Yoga Teacher to share your thoughts, questions and comments about this episode or about your yoga teaching journey.

How do you nurture yourself to avoid yoga teacher burnout? We would love to see your posts on social media with the hashtag #nurturedyogateacher – be sure to tag us – Erin Aquin and Shannon Crow.