Who Dares to Teach Must Never Cease to Learn
A 200-hour yoga teacher training is a foundational course for ANYONE who wants to deepen their knowledge of yoga. You don’t have to be “advanced” or know all about the chakras. You don’t have to have a perfect grasp on managing your ego and monkey mind, nor the practice of Pranayama or Patanjali Yoga Sutras. You don’t even need to be able to properly demonstrate all the yoga poses or be able to twist yourself into a pretzel.
In the very first meeting I always tell the trainees …
“You might know it all but it’s not a requirement. In fact, what you know is probably wrong. And the less you know the more room you will have to learn. There is beauty in not knowing and in taking it all in as it comes.”
Everyone attends the training for a different reason but all with the same purpose: to learn more about yoga. Not everyone wants to teach yoga after they complete the training. Some students attend in order to deepen their practice, while some are there for a mind body transformation. Others attend for a personal growth experience and some are just looking to push their boundaries and challenge their limits.
Teacher Training is certainly intense, but nothing good comes easy. You will likely experience a roller-coaster of emotions ranging from euphoric highs that come from feeling immensely connected to your body, nature and the world around you, to frustrating lows. Through these ups and downs you will come to recognize that the way you feel on the mat mirrors how you feel off the mat and the way you handle your thoughts and emotions on the mat resembles how you respond to the daily struggles off the mat. These ups and downs and self realizations are a necessary part of the training experience in order to prepare you for what’s to come.
To put it bluntly, teaching is hard. Teaching yoga is even harder. My personal appreciation for yoga teachers went through the roof after I became a yoga teacher. Teaching yoga is a skill set that develops over time and it requires patience, acceptance, and energy . It requires spiritually and mindfully guiding students while keeping eyes on everyone in class and at the same time holding the space, owning it, protecting the students energetically, emotionally and physically. Teaching yoga is hard! But, it is rewarding and worth it.
Your training classmates and your students after will be your greatest teachers. Be willing and open. If you are, these classmates and students will teach you patience, empathy and a better understanding of people. You may not share the same belief systems and values or the same levels of physical fitness or flexibility and it is in these differences where the true learning happens. By the end of training you will be ready to face the external world as you begin teaching many different types of people with different beliefs, values, and personalities. You will recognize that your job is a journey that requires you to make sure your students feel understood and respected. Those up and down emotions throughout training will have taught you how to leave those stressors behind the moment you step on the podium/mat to confidently lead a roomful of students to better mental and physical health.
After completing training and teaching your first few classes, you will begin to feel how rewarding it is to have the ability to change peoples’ lives for the better. To hear them say, “Thank you! Since taking your classes my pains are almost gone.” You will know that today you made a positive difference in someone’s life. There is no more beautiful feeling than that.
Premium Yoga Hot 26+2 Teacher training begins on October 15th 2017, there are still a few spots left.
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