Friday, January 8, 2010

I have a new job

as a yoga instructor. It's not a paying gig, but sometimes the best jobs are those you don't get paid for. No expectations and no limits. And I heart yoga. I'm not kidding about loving it. I daydream yoga poses and sequences.

How? Where, you ask?

The publishing company I work for is pretty lame when it comes to activities. We have an activities committee, but it's ambitions lie in volunteer opportunities. It's a great ambition, but when your company has undergone a pay cut and suspended raises, the last thing you want to do is be constantly reminded to volunteer or donate—unless you can raise morale in some other way. My solution: let me teach yoga to co-workers. The idea was well-received with me heading up the effort.

With the start of the new year, it was the perfect time to align resolutions with opportunity. I designed a sign-up flyer and sent the email. I hoped to get 10 or 12 people. Try 45. On the first day!

What was one class over lunch on Mondays became two classes over lunch on Mondays and Fridays, and I'm thinking about adding a third class in case I can't fit 20 people in the conference room and to accommodate those signees who want to take it twice a week. (I might have to petition the company with a dedicated yoga room.)

In one day, I went from magazine editor to magazine editor and yoga instructor with 45 students. Most of my students are new, so I'll get to witness that beautiful beginners mentality. Now, to piece together my first sequence...


  1. Congrats! You will be a fabulous instructor!

  2. Wow, I'm so proud of you for putting together such a great outlet at such a stressful workplace. You go yogi!

  3. Wow, that's amazing -- 45 people! I remember when I "taught" a yoga class in my living room with you as my student, and that was so fun. I'm glad you're getting the opportunity to do that now, without the pressure of teacher training or yoga studio owners. Who knows, maybe you'll find your new calling!