There's a problem with the business of yoga in America. It's under funded and that needs to change. It's unjust that the sick and broken systems that currently run America are better funded then the yoga industry that is saving America.
Yoga = peace in my book. The Yoga industry is about so much more than the physical practice if Asana. Yoga teachers are a peaceful culture delivery system. They live and teach the principles of yoga which cultivate non-violence, honesty, contetedness, compassion, health, peace and wellness for all. Our culture is starting to live by these principles - 36.7 million people practiced yoga in 2016 up from 20.4 million in 2014 according to the recent Yoga In America study. Yoga is creating a healthy culture which is and will continue to push down the cost that are breaking our systems of health care, food supply, education and so much more.
If yoga is to grow into a more powerful force America - imagine when our national leaders are living by and sharing the principles of yoga - the industry needs to be funded.
The fact that a CEO of a tobacco company makes millions while the CEO of leading yoga industry company problems makes barely enough to support her family just doesn't add up for me. Yoga teachers and studios need to start charging what they are worth starting now. Yoga teachers (aka healthy culture creators) deserve to make enough money to support their families. The people who are transforming our sick culture into one of health, sustainability and abundance need to be cared for.
It's so common in our industry to think there is something wrong with charging money for your service. Somehow we've got the twisted, confused notion that the most valuable services - the ones that are removing all the suffering from people's minds and teaching them to live a healthy life so that they can co-create a peaceful, just and equitable culture - should charge anything for it. Why would you think that? Money is simply a symbol for value exchanged. The number in your bank account should be directly related the value you put out.
I don't see any lack of value being delivered by our yoga community. What I do see is a unanalyzed fear of asking for the money (energetic currency) that you are worth. I see a group of people disrespecting themselves. If you are charging nothing or less than you are worth for your service then what you are saying is what - at least in this culture's current paradigm - 'What I'm offering has little to no value.'
You shouldn't be struggling if you are truly giving your all in service to others. All your needs should be met. If you are giving fully your cup should be overflowing. 2016 should be the year that yoga teachers and studios start charging what they are worth. 2017 should be the year we continue to be worth that amount.
The point of Erik's life is to serve mindfully. He's most happy in meditation or relaxing/having fun/keeping it simple and joyful with friends and family. He enjoys helping others eliminate their suffering and helping them to discover their pure potential. Erik shares the mantra 'inner peace = world peace' whenever possible!