Recently we have gone thru a lot of changes at Marin Power Yoga. Teachers have been dropped from the schedule and new teachers added. There are no simple answers when it comes to why we ask someone to leave. The immediate conclusion some people jump to is there must be something wrong with management. I thought about this question long and hard, deciding I was more concerned about the negative effects of staying with what was comfortable then people thinking I was making a mistake. There is something wrong with management that does not make hard decisions because of fear of the outcome. There is something very right about making a decision for your team and your community and acting from a place of compassion.
I love the cartoon above, it speaks to fear and how people respond to it. Fear of being left, fear of investing in people and most of all fear of decision making. How do we invest in our yoga teachers? It starts with time. We put our time into their classes and participate in a feedback process with them to keep their classes improving. We are starting to video select classes and review the class with the teachers so they can practice to their own class and evaluate it themselves. We take photos of our teachers to promote their classes and inspire our students. We attend trainings and are bringing talented teachers to work with our teachers and our community thru out the year. Most recently we brought in the very local team of Teo & Oli from EXLI to work with our team on leadership, we drilled into our values, these core values determine how we show up on our mats, with our family and our community.
We are investing time, money and brain power into our teaching team. Why? Because we want to be great. We want our yoga classes to be great. I love what we have built as a foundation and I can see clearly how much potential we have. Reaching that potential is not an accident, it is the result of our intentional action. Our teachers pursue their knowledge relentlessly. They get on their mats regularly and give each other feedback because they truly care about each other and you. It takes a lot of love and dedication to create something like Marin Power Yoga. Our teaching team reflects this behavior working together to help each teacher and each student realize their greatness. This is what Positive Collaboration looks like. This is how we work at MPY. See you on the other side.