We had the good fortune of connecting with Aubrey Hackman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aubrey, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Interestingly enough my life is my work and my work is my life. Nearly every friend I have is from teaching yoga or from hosting the Telluride Yoga Festival. If you’re going to pursue your passion in life for income, I think the most important thing is to figure out what feels like work and what doesn’t. As long as you never feel like you’re “working,” you will never be exhausted by what you’re doing. If you want to work for yourself, get comfortable in the hustle because it’s never ending. As long as it doesn’t feel like “work,” it won’t drain you. I work really hard to see my “have to’s” as “get to’s” and that has transcended to how I parent as well. Teaching yoga is such a privilege and while it can make you loads of money, I have never been inspired or impressed even by those teachers that make that kind of money. I am inspired by the secret teachers, the ones you have to work hard to find; the ones that are so consumed by their role they don’t market properly or even care because their life/work balance is so fulfilling. I have been so blessed to work with teachers who care more about the integrity of their information than gaining a new student or being on the cover of some magazine. And please note, these teachers are never starving- they are still fiscally abundant and stable. My grandma always asks me who this or that friend is that is helping me out or making something possible and the answer is always the same: yoga. If your passion is your pursuit, it won’t be strangers that make you successful, it will likely be your friends and family. The strangers will become friends and will be drawn in as your consistency grows and your vibe expands.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
If you can figure out something that you really want that doesn’t already exist, most likely others will value that same thing. We are not so different from one another. When I started the Telluride Yoga Festival in 2007, I did it because all of the yoga events I had been to (which were many at that point) were so out of touch with what yoga really is. The events were grossly wasteful and super commercial with plastic Fiji water bottles literally littered all over the campus at one particular event. There was no soul in any of them. The very root of yoga is to connect to the earth: to literally embody the mountains, the trees, the warriors, and the animals and thus understand the inherent connection between all matter and to RESPECT IT! I created the first ever philanthropic and environmentally focused/zero waste yoga event and as it turned out “celebrity” teachers were craving to be part of it because they too were not happy with the events that existed either. Major publications jumped on board as well as did the town of Telluride to support and market the event as much as possible. I think when your motivation is truly to serve others and not aggrandize one’s self magic happens. I am by no means a perfectly pure person, but my intentions were very sincere and that ricocheted throughout my efforts. It was palpable.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My grandma really deserves a lot of credit. She pushed me hard to get my education and to value it deeply. She came to every single yoga festival I ever ran (all 6) and was always my loudest cheerleader in my life.