Sí se puede y viva la huelga!

In case you can’t read Spanish or are too young to know what the title means, I wrote “Yes, you can” and basically, “long live the strike!”  A strike is one of the most powerful tools workers can use to fight business owners.  “Viva la huelga” was the rallying cry of Chicano farm workers in…

ask me again why I don’t teach in yoga studios

Chicago area yoga studios still pay their teachers SHIT. $6 a student?  I was paid $5 a student at a Geneva IL studio 10 YEARS AGO.  The owner also gave out “first class free” passes all over the Fox Valley and guess whose yin class she’d send them to because she thought yin yoga was…

who says yoga classes should be 90 minutes?

New York yoga teacher J. Brown raised an interesting question today in his blog post regarding the “Incredible Shrinking Yoga Class.” He writes, “In the last twenty years, yoga in the west has gone from a guru-driven model to a market-driven model. Decisions still often come from atop a pyramid. But now, the directives are…

life in these Yoga States (apologies to the Reader’s Digest)

WARNING: GUARANTEED TO PISS OFF SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE There are many things in this world that make me go hmmm……and one of them is the way yoga teachers are treated. My long-time readers know why I no longer teach weekly classes in studios and you can read my sorry stories here.    But over the years…

is the yoga studio model dead and how ’bout those "yoga communities"?

(photo credit: bindifry) [Buddha’s teachings that we should surround ourselves with like-minded friends] “the community was blighted with some unfortunate cattiness, competitiveness and general high-school girl behaviour.” Hallelujah! I’m not the only one who feels this way! The above quote was taken from Nadine’s blog. Nadine moved from South Africa to Australia and I’m happy…

fear and loathing in the yoga world, part 2

Fear and Loathing in the Yoga World, Part 1 I will say from the start that the studio owner who fired me in an email last week later realized that her actions were not the most professional or reasonable. she admitted that she should have called me and she regretted what she did. however, the…

fear and loathing in the yoga world

I’m just a problem girl. It’s been said that one should never say never, but as for my teaching in any more yoga studios, for right now, in this present moment (and I actually said it all this week) I can say, never again. In my humble opinion, when you’re a starry-eyed newbie yoga teacher…