Jacksonville, Florida—Nonprofit yoga company Yoga 4 Change offering yoga instructors a way to make money during COVID-19. Should you do it…?

A non-profit yoga company in Jacksonville, Florida, is currently looking for yoga teachers to make yoga videos at home during the global pandemic.

Florida has been hit worse by COVID-19 than the majority of states in the country, with 2892 cases, and it looks like t might be some time before yoga studio can reopen in Florida and the U.S in general. And many yoga studios have been forced to close, include Moksha Yoga Florida and Orlando Power Yoga. While many yoga studios are moving online to try to survive the shutdown, many more are simply losing doors. Simply put, yoga teachers are out of pocket, big time.

Yoga  4 Change Is, Supposedly, Helping Yoga Teacher… Nuh-huh

Yoga 4 Change is offering to pay 100 certified yoga instructors money to create yoga videos that will be posted to Y4C’s Youtube channel. This just one day after Yoga International announced its community program.

Kathryn Thomas [founder, executive director of Y4C] says, “With COVID19, I saw the fact that yoga studios are having to close because the virus is spreading very easily,” said Kathryn Thomas, founder and executive director of Y4C. “We want to give back to the larger community in some way”.

You might wonder how much you would be paid to created said Youtube video. And the answer is: Not a lot. In fact, just $25 per video. This seems likely a bizarrely low amount of money for a company that “wants to give back to the community”. Thomas says this money will help yoga instructor during this hard time (I’m guessing by providing you the amount of money you’ll need for what, like 2 toilet papers?)

I’m not personally sure how much you, as a yoga teacher, need to make in order to survive, but I am pretty sure that $25 won’t even scratch a dent in it, especially given that you can easily make way more money than that by simply posting live yoga videos and charging your members to join-in, which they will be more than happy to do because of the relationship you have developed with them. My guess is that the actual motivation behind this is to increase Y4C’s own member base by asking you to create videos for them and then send your members over to them. #Reality

If you are actually interested in this, you might like to know that 60 of the videos will be created by Y4Cs current instructors, and 40 from external yoga instructors.

I’m getting pretty sick of companies trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 situation while also saying they are “doing it to help out.” No. No you’re not. Stop it.

Written by Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

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