Do the Yoga Hustle?

Recently I received an email offer from a popular yoga magazine advertising liability insurance and advice on advancing one’s yoga “career”. The ad suggested that “every yoga teacher has to hustle harder (and smarter) to make it”. Really?? This goes against so many cardinal rules of yoga – non-harming (ahimsa), truthfulness (satya), non-greediness (aparigraha) just to name a few. The very term, “hustle” suggests forceful persuasion or an underhanded approach. Is this really how a yoga teacher would want to conduct business? Maybe some do…And when would a teacher know he or she has “made it”? Fame, fortune, jam-packed classes, a front-page spread in said popular yoga magazine? Sounds more like ego-serving than selfless service…

My own esteemed teacher, Yogrishi Vishvketu, taught me to find my voice and to give from my heart. He encouraged me to share the teachings of yoga with grace, authenticity, and confidence, and he reminded me that those who want to listen and explore with me, will come. No gimmicks, no special offers, no goats or wine-tasting needed to attract attention. As a teacher of this tradition, my role is to GUIDE, not to entertain. To me, yoga is an ongoing practice of transformation and self-discovery that continues long after a one-hour yoga class.

As we wind down this year’s winter session of classes over the next few weeks, I am looking forward to then taking a short break beyond my backyard for my own well-being and personal development. My agenda at the Chopra Centre will be filled with yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and self-study…all in the sunshine and warmth of the California coast! I will be back in fine form, ready for our Spring session of classes!

With the right balance of effort and surrender, of ethical and smart business practices, and the ongoing flow of giving and receiving, it is possible to be both a teacher and a student in this evolving yoga world WITHOUT THE HUSTLE. I am truly grateful for all of you who continue to share this path with me!







  1. G said,

    March 1, 2018 at 6:53 am

    You are that way in life and friendship. Not a Hustler. I am so glad I get to share in that. 😍

  2. Barbara Rotter said,

    March 1, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Good morning Anne,
    Beautifully written piece with well articulated
    principles of your own teachings. This is how
    I feel about my role as a teacher.
    As William Arthur Ward said: the good teacher
    explains, the superior teacher demonstrates and
    great teacher inspires. There is so much to offer
    from the yoga tradition. Understanding it,
    knowing how to use it and present it during the class can be challenging enough. No extras needed!

    I will see you on March 13. If you like to join me
    for tea afterwards that will be great but if you are busy I understand so do not feel pressured. We can
    do it after you come back.

    Have a lovely day,
    Sent from my iPhone

  3. March 1, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Thank you Anne for your great comments. You are a super inspiration to me always. Enjoy your time away and blessings on your journey.

  4. johnstubbs8 said,

    March 1, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Anne, if I got a ‘hustle yoga’ email from you, I would think someone had hacked your email address 🙂

    John Stubbs 289-252-0796


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