So you love yoga.
You love how it settles your mind.
You love how it takes you out of your mind’s constant chatter.
And those around you love how it makes you more patient and less snappy.
Have you ever thought about how you can really unpack yoga and all it’s mysteries? Have you toyed with the idea of a training, but dismissed it because you don’t want to teach?
Trainings Are Not Just For Future Teachers
“Teacher trainings” are actually deceptively named, because they’re much more than a training to become a teacher. In order to prepare yourself to teach yoga, even if you have no intention of teaching, you need to deeply understand the yoga postures, their anatomy and even the philosophy behind building an inspiring class.
What’s the best way to test your knowledge about a subject? Try to teach it to others. Recently I returned to school for premedical studies, and I’ve tested this many times. If I can explain something to someone else, I’ve got it. It’s the same with yoga. Over the years, I’ve watched students develop into teachers when they learn how to articulate the language and essence of yoga to others. It’s not easy. But it’s well worth the effort.
And there's no rule about how advanced you need to be to enroll in a teacher training. Some of the most "advanced" yogis are those with very limited physical prowess. Skill in yoga is more about how you can tune into others and see the goodness within.
Trainings Develop Lifelong Habits
Have you tried (and failed) to make your meditation habit stick?
What about pranayama or yoga postures?
Teaching yoga for more than 15 years I’ve heard this a lot. And I’ve also struggled to keep consistent practices. But I’ve learned a few tricks along the way. During the nine months, we help you to build yoga into your life. This is what it takes to really bring your practice to the next level.
We teach you how to develop habits, so you no longer have to rely on willpower. The training touches on several areas: wellness with ayurveda, meditation, pranayama, yoga postures and even personal philosophy. Our student in the past have noted that the nine month training gave them the accountability they needed to put their desires into action.
Trainings Build Your Community
This is by far my favorite part of the yoga teacher training. As humans we need other people. This need is inbuilt into our genetic code. We rely on others to survive. Modern life can be isolating. We watch social media, but how often do we really connect with others? Lots happens over nine months, and some of the work is hard. But by the end the group energy is coherent, strong and lasting. Teaching the training is one of the most gratifying things I do for the yoga studio.
Those who've completed our teacher training have become teachers at the studio, as well as many other roles: gardner, photographer, manager, website help, and simply being around the studio. This year we said goodbye to several of our community members, and I realized how important the training was for bringing people together. Each year we welcome new faces and send others to new horizons.
Set Aside Doubts
So if you’ve thought about a training but dismissed the idea, maybe it’s time to reconsider. If you have a deep desire to learn more, this may be the time.
Interested in learning more? Check out our Teacher Training Information Page.
Or hear about our training from past graduates:
Six Questions to Consider When Enrolling in a Teacher Training by Michael Bick
Should You Do A Teacher Training? by Cori Cooper