Is a 300 Hour Teacher Training Right for You?

By the time you’re curious about doing an advanced training, chances are you’ve either already experienced a Yoga Teacher Training of some kind or you’ve been practicing for long enough that, organically, you’ve arrived at a place in which you want to “go deeper”. In other words, you’ve already seen the effects that your yoga practice has on your life and you recognize the benefit of not only sustaining it, but nurturing it. Deciding to do a 300-hr training is a big step. It shows that you’re committed to your practice and that you’re able to ask yourself substantial questions. At this level, we move away from the rudimentary building blocks that make up a basic 200-hr training, and begin study in a more focused and specialized way. For this reason, it is important to have a relationship with the teacher who will be guiding the training—whether that means that there is shared interest in the kind of yoga that she will offer, or that the student has been practicing with her for some time, or that there is, simply, a heart connection. The structure of a 300-hr Yoga Teacher Training comes from the Yoga Alliance organization as an attempt to codify teacher quality control across the “yoga world.” It’s meaningful to know that, traditionally, yogic knowledge was passed on from one guru (teacher) to one shishya (student) via parampara (lineage). The yoga was respected as sacred, and in order to be properly transferred, a lot of time—often an entire lifetime—was spent under a particular teacher’s watch before a student was rooted enough in the practice to offer it to others. This is all to say that, whether it’s a 2017 Los Angelean 300-hr YTT or a lifelong tutelage in 20th century India, the desire to know yoga must be there. An advanced training requires a mutual consideration on the part of student and teacher. There is an integral understanding and respect that has been developed in the student that prepares the collective attention to rest on the yoga. For the 300-hr training, having at least a year or two of steady asana practice demonstrates that the requisite self-study has been established. This helps provide a solid bedrock, for both teacher and student, from which to build—or chisel away at. Julia Planine-Troiani is holding a 3-part advanced Yoga Teacher Training in May. This is a 300-hr program that will look at the advanced layers of the yoga practice. It is divided into three stages: Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti. While the stages are designed to be experienced together, they are each built to stand alone. We will establish a daily, rigorous asana and pranayama practice and explore the Hatha Yoga...

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5 Reasons To Start Your Teacher Training

Become An Inspirational Warrior Few people get the chance to create meaningful change in other people on a daily basis. But with each class, yoga teachers have the unique opportunity to stand in front of dedicated, open-minded students ready to be inspired. You will experience the life-changing benefits of your yoga practice and be able to pass that knowledge onto others. Even if you aren’t looking to become a yoga teacher, your training will deepen your understanding of yoga, build your confidence with your practice, and grow your enthusiasm by giving you the ability to share it with those you love. Go Deep Into Your Practice Teacher Trainings are a unique way to truly deepen your understanding of yoga. The power of an intensive course of this kind will give you the ability to elevate your personal practice to new levels that you can’t experience in a typical yoga class. It’s a powerful way to push yourself further into yoga than you have ever gone before, while simultaneously expanding your understanding of the science of yoga. Give Yourself Newfound Freedom While yoga is a deeply spiritual and personal practice, it is also a fantastic way to give yourself financial freedom, expand your world and pursue your passions. Is there something you’ve been wanting to dedicate your time to, but haven’t been able to break away from you full-time job? Becoming a yoga teacher by taking a teacher training can give you an incredible job that is fun and flexible to your schedule, finally giving you the freedom to chase after your dreams. Expand Your Mind If you’ve been taking yoga classes for a few months, or even a few years, you still may feel lost when you hear your teacher talking about the Yamas and Niyamas. With a teacher training, you get the chance to dive deep into the philosophy of yoga, learning about yoga’s moral and ethical codes, its history and the meanings of its essential words. You’ll learn about the eight components of yoga through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, including the essential translation of yoga as the practice of quieting the mind. Strengthen Your Relationship and Grow Your Community Hopefully, attending class has opened your world up to the most incredible people. If you’ve ever wanted to strengthen those relationships and join a loving, supportive and engaged community of yogis, teacher trainings are your chance. The experience of engaging with your practice on this level, exploring your own personal strength through intimacy and honesty, gives you lifelong skills to deepen your relationship with yourself and those you love. You will gain profound insight and confidence that will radiate into the world around you, building your compassion...

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Why you should try Yoga Teacher Training even if you don’t want to become a teacher!

Why you should try Yoga Teacher Training even if you don’t want to become a teacher!

Whether you are interested in simply learning more about yoga, becoming self-employed, or adding teaching to your life, a YTT can be the perfect route. If you haven’t been able to find your community quite yet within your yoga practice, joining a YTT will lead you right to your yoga family. Surrounding yourself with a supportive group of like-minded people will give you the comfort and ease to dig deeper. And this will be just the beginning of your family! Many people leave YTT with a more spiritual-rooted practice that they hadn’t reached before taking classes and with their practice at home. It’s an amazing feeling to come to such a place of self-discovery in a communal space. Yoga Teacher Trainings aren’t just for aspiring teachers. Taking a teacher training is an amazing way to delve deeper into your favorite style of yoga. It will help you achieve or get closer to your goals in yoga, whether it be in your physical, mental or spiritual practice. We all have different reasons for practicing, but we come together, connected as a community. You will learn about the 8 Limbs of Yoga, which are often cited as the philosophical basis for modern postural yoga. The sutras outline eight “limbs” of yoga, laying out a path for an aspiring yogi to follow. Throughout the programs there will be focuses on different areas – from physical asana practice to breathwork and anatomy, to meditation and the yoga lifestyle, to the study of yoga philosophy and the business and ethics of yoga. A teacher training can really push the boundaries of what you thought your mind and body were capable of. So be prepared to experience a breakthrough ranging from the moment you find proper alignment in a pose, finally being able to truly meditate, or cultivating a deep sense of physical and emotional growth. A decision you’ll have to make before trying a Yoga Teacher Training is which style you pursue. I would start off by looking at which classes you gravitate towards usually and which style do you feel the most passion for. I would recommend trying as many different classes that are offered and with different teachers and studios if that’s available to you. You never know if it’s a style or a teacher that may light the way for you! Trying out a new teacher or style each time you practice is a great way to ease out of your comfort zone. You will definitely need that skill (or attain it) for a YTT. A YTT won’t only benefit your practice and your ability to teach, but it will also help you gain self-esteem and guide a team. You will...

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