Welcome back, folks! Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and was able to step back from the computer/work to enjoy some sunshine and good company. I spent the long weekend up in NH. We had gorgeous weather and some unbelievable sunsets. This place never gets old.
Now onto today’s post!
So obviously, every yoga teacher training is different and everyone has their own opinions about who is ready for yoga teacher training. I think in short: if you want it bad enough, make it happen! But I also think I might pose an interesting perspective on the topic since I’m still not sure I was ready for teacher training, 3 months after receiving my certificate!
I made the decision because I felt I had the time to dedicate to it, and I knew it was something I wanted to do eventually. I had a developed practice (I can’t quite stand on my head or anything but I’m strong and can hold my own) and was going almost every day at that point. I had really made yoga a huge part of my life, both on and off my mat.
Things fell apart a little bit after training, though, and I don’t practice as much now. I’ve taught one class, but I’m not really excited yet about getting back to it. Honestly, I think I was a little burnt out by the end, which leads me to think maybe I wasn’t ready? Who knows. Anyways, things to consider:
Practice level. You don’t have to be able to do super advanced, difficult poses to be a yoga teacher or go through yoga teacher training. However, you should be comfortable with the basic flow and poses, as well as, attend class regularly. One of the more challenging part of training was doing 90 minute flows 4-5 times a weekend!
Time. This actually might be the biggest factor. If you don’t have time in your schedule for 200 hours of training, you’re going to end up feeling stressed out and won’t enjoy it as much as you would otherwise.
Timing. Not to be confused with time, haha. I think timing is pretty key.. it’s important to consider: your age, your financial situation, your job status, your career goals, etc. Taking on yoga teacher training might not be the best idea when you’re currently working your butt off to climb the corporate ladder and be promoted, learning the ropes at a new job / a new parent, or..say, starting your own business. In addition, training isn’t cheap. I also think age/maturity should be a factor of consideration.
Prepared to face emotional stuff. Yoga teacher training is more than just learning how to teach. You’re learning about yourself, about your fellow trainees, about life. It’s just good to know that going in and to be prepared!
Eager to learn. I love learning. The informational workshops throughout training about anatomy and alignment were my favorite. I loved learning about how teachers structure classes and why. I found the spiritual side of yoga really interesting. Soak it all in, that’s the whole point!
If you are a yoga teacher, what’s your biggest advice for those trying to decide if it’s right for them? If you want to be a yoga teacher, what’s holding you back?
If you want to read more about my yoga teacher journey, you can go to my yoga page!