I also think, despite the fact that everyone seems to feel that a person should really have another job lined up before they quit their current job, that I do not work well that way. I need that time of rebuilding, of being unemployed, to reset and recalibrate, figure out what's important to me, before I go finding more employment. I've never in my life quit a job while having another job immediately lined up, and I've quit a lot of jobs. And you know what? I've survived every time. Sometimes it's tough and crappy and it takes me a long time to figure out what my next step should be, and the money runs out and then I get REALLY freaked out. But this time, even though it's set aside for something else, I DO have $4,000 saved up that I could dip into if need be.
Which is kind of what I want to mull over right now, because I am doing some debating. When I first started working again, my original plan was to save up to take the Sunstone Yoga teacher training. I have never tried Sunstone Yoga, but it's pretty popular in the DFW area as another form of hot yoga. The founders were formerly Bikram teachers, and at their Sunstone studios they teach five different types of classes. I've been intrigued by it but haven't wanted to spend the money to try it out when I could be spending the money on going to Bikram.
Anyway, I was interested in taking their teacher training because it's cheaper and shorter than Bikram, and my thinking was, at least then I'd be certified and I could be teaching yoga and doing something I love while saving up for what I REALLY want to do, which is get certified in Bikram. But then I decided, why not just save up for Bikram? Because if I spend $3000 on another teacher training, that's $3000 I could have put towards my Bikram training (which will cost me $12,000 total).
Well, now here I am, six months later, with $4000. Enough for the Sunstone Yoga teacher training, but not Bikram. So I'm in a bit of a quandary. Should I go ahead and do the training that I have the funds for? Or should I keep saving for Bikram, which would mean getting another job, despite having no idea what sort of job I would want?
I'm really not sure what I should do, or who I should talk to about it. I've tried looking up information and reviews on the Sunstone teacher training, but there doesn't seem to be much online about it other than the main website. With Bikram, I've read tons of blogs of people who have gone through the training process, and read about their experiences, good and bad, and how they fared job-wise after the training. So I have a really good idea of what to expect from it. Not so with the Sunstone.
I like the idea of just doing it and going to a teacher training, any teacher training, but at the same time, I'm wary of spending the money I saved for Bikram on something else, especially something I don't know that much about. One of the benefits of the Bikram training is that, once you've completed it, you can teach at any Bikram studio in the whole world. And there are studios all over America, which means I would have a job anywhere. One of the downsides is that you can only teach Bikram yoga at a Bikram studio (IE: No teaching a private lesson in someone's backyard or anything like that). I think the Sunstone yoga allows for a general certification where you can teach at any general yoga studio, because despite their locations being only in the DFW area, one of the benefits they mention on their teacher training page is the ability to travel.
So I'm not really sure. If I did the Sunstone, I could be certified by mid July, and there's even a convenient break right in between Tier 1 and Tier 2 training where I could go to Hoop Path retreat.
I don't know, I keep going back and forth. I think I might message my first Bikram teacher and see what she thinks. For some reason, the idea of talking to some of my current teachers seems like a sort of betrayal, but I think there are a few I could ask and get their opinions from.
I don't have any doubts that I will eventually take the Bikram teacher training. It has been something I've wanted to do since I started doing the yoga. But I do think that it might be a good idea for me to go ahead and get some form of yoga teacher training done, so that I can at least be doing it, and have yoga as a source of income. Because I feel like I know enough about yoga to be a teacher, but at the same time, I don't feel qualified to teach it due to not being certified.
We'll see. :)