It takes more than going through training, and more than getting certified, to be an instructor or teacher.
Literally thousands of people a year go through yoga training just like thousands go through training to teach spin class or Body Pump or Zumba etc. They pay the money, do the training, and get a paper that says you're qualified.
But they aren't really instructors unless they have the ability to interact and connect and entertain with empathy, clarity, and heart to all sorts of people. People she might not normally give the time of day. People with real disabilities, or mental issues.
It's not just getting in front of people and doing vinyasa and expecting them to follow along. Just like how teaching a cycling class isn't just turning on music and yelling at people.
It's being in the studio before class to meet participants, especially the first timers.
It's finding out if anyone is injured, disabled, or otherwise hindered from doing the class and demonstrating modifications.
For yoga instructors in particular it's walking around the room and gently correcting form, readjusting a hip or misaligned shoulder.
It's knowing what to do if someone gets injured during your class.
It's hours and days of continuing training, studying, improving, practicing, learning. Being willing to accept criticism and learn from it.
Is Mariah a people person? Will she have the ability to accept criticism from others and learn from it? Can she actually be someone she's never proven to be - someone with compassion and willingness to bend and learn and be warm and welcoming to all?
Most of all, is Mariah able to spend an hour of her life NOT feeling it's ALL ABOUT HER? Being an instructor means knowing the class isn't there for her - she's there for the class.
It's not the same as being an Instagram influencer and posting selfies of yourself and the 5 people you actually give a tenth of a shit about.
I'm not even going to get into the fact that there are a lot more certified yoga instructors than there are teaching positions. Participants tend to show who they like and don't like by letting the clubs know, mostly by not showing up. When I was an instructor, if you consistently averaged less than 10 participants per class, you ended up on the sub list (and out) pretty quickly.
Guess we'll wait and see if she can do a 180 and become a real people person.