I don’t teach Yoga full-time. I also have an office job where I struggle with the same issues everybody else does: a lot of sitting and a lot of stress in the form of tough deadlines and just too many emails.

Often I felt in the Yoga world a little bit as if I was in an inferior position. I didn’t teach full-time, I was only half a teacher. The same I had in the office where I don’t work full-time either.

Not to mention that I don’t have the time to practice physically advanced poses. My home practice is very basic in the sense of shapes I put my body in. A big focus is on breathing and strengthening the parts of my body which turn into jello due to too much sitting and whatever is needed for taking care of a toddler. I am very happy to practice only a few poses at home and it doesn’t need to be 90 min. So to rephrase that sentence from above: I probably do have time to practice advanced poses but I don’t see the need. I want to unite my body and mind, not to become part of cirque du soleil.

Over time I noticed that still being part of the “office-world” helped my teaching a lot. My advantage: I could relate to my students more easily. My classes are always created for the average office person and not the super-flexible 20-something person who works out as much as possible. In other words, I teach what I practice. I don’t teach as many classes as a full-time teacher, but I know the target group very well – I am part of them.  It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality.

A few weeks ago, a co-worker (from my office job) came very surprised to me. “Mareike, you work part-time? Since when?” This caught me off-guard out of nowhere. I looked at her with a grin on my face. “I have been doing this for over a year. You haven’t noticed this, have you?” She shook her head instead of an answer.

She didn’t notice…. ha…. there I was. Most of the time feeling like I don’t belong in one world or the other. But both worlds seem to be pretty happy with my “half-performance”.  Not even aware that I am not a 100% participant.

So it comes again and again down to:

Less is more!

Try it out yourself, especially if you are an overachiever. Instead of rushing through whatever you have to do, reduce what you can reduce and use the time you gained to give your tasks more awareness.

But one warning: As a mom of a toddler, I can tell you there is one exception to this rule: Less is more…. unless it’s sleep!