-I've always been a strong believer in the idea that wealth and monetary value have not much to do with one another. Wealth is not tangible, in my eyes. The balance of your bank account does not equate happiness, nor has it ever, nor will it ever.
Recently I have been reading the book "Passions" by Osho. He speaks on the problem we all have with seeking. We are constantly seeking for something, and often times we really don't know what. And even if we do, when we finally find that something, we feel defeat. As there is still an undying urge to keep seeking. This is because what we are seeking for is actually internal. We have everything within, but we are not accessing it. Causing this urge to seek. It is natural to seek outward, as every one of our senses is outward facing. We hear the outside world, we feel what is around us, we see what is in front of our eyes. So we search and we seek through these senses. However we will always come up empty handed, because what is longing to be sought after is inside.
For me, this strikes home with how the world allots wealth to this and that, and how society promotes ownership and possession over things that really truly, cannot be owned nor possessed. True wealth is that of your happiness banks. You invest in this wealth by doing that which is good for your body. And good for your mind. And even good for your heart. You invest in this wealth when you invest in yourself. Every time. Hands down.
This is why I so hugely support donation based yoga classes. Because yoga is not about $90 pants and asana-grams. (Although those are both enjoyable via our external senses) But rather yoga is about you investing in your wealth of health and wellness. With how expensive the general yoga class is these days, it is just another reason why more people don't turn to yoga. I am a teacher and even I cant afford a monthly class pass at most studios. Pass based studios often have a set price for their instructor and keep the rest. My past experiences with pass based studios has been wonderful none the less. But I was not making it as a yoga teacher with their business model. It is designed to allow the studio to succeed without much thought as to how your teachers can make a living. Yes yoga has been free for thousands of years, but in this day and age it is a business. And that is simply unavoidable. Yoga teachers need to eat too.
This is where donation based studios come in. An instructor pays a set rent for the space during the time of their class, while students get to choose what they feel the class is worth or pay what they can. This is a very personal exchange and promotes teachers to work harder, as their students are putting their own price on what you're offering. You work harder for your students, knowing that they will be more than honest with what you are giving them on the mat. On top of this reason, donation based gives many people the chance to try a class free of charge. If you can't afford a first class. That's okay. Check it out, see if it's for you, and if you can afford to toss in a few dollars then that's wonderful. If not- it's still wonderful! Because you were investing in your self-wealth, as well as investing in the instructor's just by showing up as a beacon of support.
Hopefully by now I have swayed you towards the way of a donation based practice. It allows you to pay as you go, instead of committing to a class pass you might never use up. You choose when to show up on your mat, when it is most convenient for you. Every class I teach is donation based, and accessible to all levels of practitioner. My current schedule is as follows;
Tuesday Yin-Yasa- 3pm- Power Yoga Hawaii university ave
Thursday Vinyasa- 8:15pm- Power Yoga Hawaii university ave
Saturday Vinyasa- 9:15am- Kahumana Farm in Waianae
Sunday Restorative Slow Flow- 8am- Power Yoga Hawaii university ave
Hope to see you on the mat. Aloha and Namaste.
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