4 Important Things You Need To Know Before Committing To Yoga Teacher Training

4 Important Things You Need To Know Before Committing To Yoga Teacher Training

If you eat, sleep and breathe yoga, chances are you have contemplated going deeper and taking a teacher training course. After more than a decade as an instructor, I have acted as a mentor to many students who decided to take their yoga education along this route. Today it is my honour to share with the Hot 8 Yoga community the same advice I give to YTT hopefuls. Here are four important things you need to know before committing to yoga teacher training. 1. Do you respect and enjoy the main teachers of your program? If you are planning on taking a teacher training, this is the first question you need to ask. The credentials of your future faculty should of course be impressive. It is important to learn from instructors with many years of teaching under their belt who regularly teach in the style they are imparting on you. However, the most impressive master teacher on paper may not always resonate with you in person. Take classes with your potential program director and head staff, ask about their teaching style and make sure your personalities mesh so you don’t find yourself facing hundreds of hours with someone you don’t quite gel with. Sadly, when new teachers express their dissatisfaction with their YTT program it is often because they overlooked this simple and key step before committing. 2. Teacher Training will change your life Most teachers-to-be decide to take the plunge into YTT because they have been transformed by the power of their yoga practice and inspired by the people who taught them. What you might not realize is that the process of teacher training can also be a catalyst for major life changes you never expected. Not only will you learn more about the practice you love, but you will experience so much personal development that it will make your head spin. Even a positive shift can shake up our life, so during this period of intense learning and growth, make sure you build in adequate downtime for self-care and contemplation. 3. You will not graduate as a master The biggest source of stress for many people in teacher training is the feeling that they aren’t “there yet”. Whether your program is 200 or 500 hours, let go of thinking you will graduate as a master teacher before you begin, and you will enjoy the process so much more. I have watched hundreds of trainees go through information overload as they learn the more intricate details of postures, yoga philosophy and anatomy. Some try to cram that new found knowledge into every encounter with students while others panic and fight the urge to run screaming from the room....

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Want to be a yoga teacher? See some must-ask questions

Want to be a yoga teacher? See some must-ask questions

So, you want to be a yoga teacher! You do your teacher training. You learn how to sequence and adjust asanas, and how to lead a good yoga class. But what’s the difference between leading a yoga class and inspiring your students? Here are 14 questions that anyone who’s considering this profession needs to ask themselves … Read the full article...

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