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out all the time and not putting in, you
can only go for so long. I'm pretty sure
burnout is inevitable," he says.
For Laya Fisher, attention to her
diet and her daily practice is key. "I have
to make sure that in my practice I'm
balancing what I'm planning on teaching
with what I want to practise myself," she
says. That way, she fosters the important
sense that her personal practice is
supporting her and not just all about
what she's bringing to her classes. As
part of this daily practice, Laya always
makes time for a nurturing afternoon,
restorative sequence, including
Shavasana (Relaxation pose) and
Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall pose),
which she finds crucial for maintaining
energy for her evening classes.
Awareness is half the battle
The starting point to all positive change of
course is awareness. Jacinta McEwan
suggests that if we understand our
impulses and tendencies, we are more
likely to stay in balance, and pull ourselves
back from the brink of burnout.
Jacinta finds that the practice of
pranayama and awareness, as well as
being a great diagnostic tool, helps her
Ana Davis is a yoga teacher and writer
in Byron Bay. Ana is on the Teacher
Training Faculty for Byron Yoga Centre.
She can be contacted on
A part of the picture may be the sometimes unrealistic
expectations that teachers can also impose on themselves.
keep balanced. "I will ask myself when
I'm saying 'yes' to something, how is
that affecting my breath? It allows me
to gauge if I am putting out too much,"
In honour of my own balancing act,
my little boy needs a big cuddle and some
time with mummy right now, so I'm off to
do my own practice of bhakti yoga.
australian yoga life • december-february 2010
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