There have been a slew of articles about the downfall of the yoga industry. In these articles and in the comments, people often say, "that is why I don't teach anymore", or "that is why I am thinking about closing my studio" or "that is why I don't practice anymore". How is you not teaching or closing up going to help the situation?
Once you close up shop or leave the scene, nothing is left except the very thing that you felt was killing the industry. Congratulations! You just helped the dysfunction grow! Now there is no one there to speak up or illustrate another way of practice. Now, all people see is what you felt sucked.
I understand you don't want to fight or be a part of the madness. Here is the thing. You don't have to fight or be a part of the craziness to show a different way and to change the game.
Support the teachers and studios that are teaching what you want to see-help these teachers and studios to grow. If you don't, the studio will shut down or the teachers will have to stop teaching due to lack of participation. How is that helping?
This may call for you having to go out of your way and be inconvenienced. Yep. Change is sometimes uncomfortable. If you don't go to these classes, they will not be successful. Unsuccessful studios shut down. Teachers with no students get fired or quit.
Where attention goes, energy grows. Just like McDonalds, the current yoga market is powered by money. Trust me. If enough people decided that they wanted healthy food, stopped going to McDonalds and started going to mom and pop shops that sold healthy fare, McDonalds would be forced to change their menu. The same is true for yoga studios.
If there is a particular teacher that you love, commit to going to their classes. It is not enough to tell the teacher how much you love them and how great they are. Show them how great they are by coming to their class. Commit to coming to their class every week, not because it is convenient, but because it is important.
Teach anyway-let go of the fighting energy. Just do you. Do what you feel is right. Even teaching one class a week helps people to see that there is another way. Stop focusing on what other studios are doing and how you can't compete. Stop making it about them. Make it about you and your students. You are not in competition. You are offering something different. Do it to the best of your ability, get the word out and let people make up their own minds about it. Don't go into it wanting to make tons of money or pack out a room. Teach to whomever shows up. Offer it up to something greater then yourself.
Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater-It is not all or nothing. A great line from one of my past teachers was, "I came giving you want you want so that you would learn to want what I have to give". Is there a way to marry what you love with what is out there? Can you give the students what they want and still throw in what you love? Can you give them what they want and then slowly expose them to something different?
Workshops-A studio may not be willing to add what you love on the schedule but most will allow you to teach a workshop on it. Again, don't think about the money. Think about it as exposing people to what you love. Make it affordable for the studio and the students.
Blogging, Vlogging, Social Media-get vocal about. Don't just do pieces where you bitch and moan about what you don't like. Educate people. Present what you love to them without putting down other methods