The other day, I was having a conversation with my friend who is also a fellow yoga teacher; which stemmed from a post on Instagram in regards to teachers sharing images/video from their classes. The post pointed out, that this could be intrusive to students when you share these images.
I honestly started to question my own integrity as a teacher. I am "guilty" of this as well but my students are always aware of the camera and I try to blur the images etc. to protect their privacy and I always keep it tasteful. I even had someone comment on a video that I shared on Instagram that it was too dark and I had to let them know that it was done purposely for my students privacy. Even though I do follow all these steps, I still wondered if perhaps I was not being a “good” teacher. But then I remembered that I account my entire life on social media. I’ve been blogging for 10 years...the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I chronicled my entire yoga teacher training experience so this next step only seemed natural. Also, I’m not sitting there posting on social media as I teach...that would be absurd.
An artist shares their masterpiece in the form of a portrait. A writer shares his words in the form of a poem. A dancer shares their heart in choreography. Yoga is my art and I share it because I love the energy from my classes. Times have changed and social media is how we connect with the world. I know my character and I know that my intentions are only pure.
I never think that me posting my classes is “advertisement” for myself. It’s advertisement for Yoga. Yoga saved my life and if I can help one person find their way onto a mat, I did my job. And like I always tells my students “Don’t take it so serious, it’s just yoga...have fun”.
Check out my vlog below where I discuss this further as well as share a pescatarian full day of eating.