I can’t say I ever thought about how to become a wonderful yoga teacher up until a few years ago. After years of hearing my father taught the myriad of benefits yoga has for the body, mind, and soul, I thought I would give it a try. I fell in love instantly!
I have decided to take my yoga practice one step further and enroll in Yoga From the Heart’s 200RYT teacher training program. Enrolling in a yoga teacher training not only deepens your own practice, it strengthens your understanding of the foundation of yoga and gives you the tools needed to make your passion your career.
Having started my teacher training, I have realized many things about becoming a wonderful yoga teacher that I was not aware of before starting my training.
For those of you who are milling around the idea of becoming a certified yoga teacher, it can be daunting to sift through the many YTTs offered. Before you sign up, spend some time exploring these tips:
- Do the Research. Find a mentor and a certified teacher training studio. Initially, I wanted to enroll in a school that looked and sounded exotic and was guaranteeing a profound transformation in spiritual growth along with a 200-hour certification. After looking at immersion schools in Costa Rica and other exotic locals, I decided to interview some renowned teachers in my area to see where they gained their experience. The biggest takeaway I received was to learn about the lineage of the yoga school and its instructors. Yoga has such strong, deep and scrupulous roots. Ask who taught your instructor, who taught your instructor’s instructor, and so on. Having this knowledge of your own lineage (and knowing whether these are credible yoga teachers) makes you personally that much more reliable as a knowledgeable yoga teacher.
BEWARE! Yoga has become so popular in the past few years but unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. Yoga nowadays is seen as a workout and is often clumped together with the new hot workout routines such as CrossFit and Pure Barre. Because of this recent surge, yoga studios that offer “teacher training” have also been popping up all over the map. These puppy mill certification programs offer 200 RYT training in as little as 2 weeks! Are you really able to retain all of the information that yoga has to offer in this little amount of time? I believe that yoga is not a “workout routine” but rather a way of life. Would you trust your body and yoga practice with a yoga instructor who only took 2 weeks to get certified?
- Be Realistic. When looking for a yoga school you should also be aware of the studio’s teaching style and whether or not it will work for you. It is important to get a curriculum outline and to also become familiar with what the studio expects of their teachers in training. Learn about the course requirements and will it work with your personal schedule. If you already have a hectic schedule with work, kids, and other obligations choosing a rigorous 4 week program where you eat, sleep, and breath yoga homework and training may not be a course for you.
- Be Willing to Learn. Once you have found the training program that fits best for you, open yourself to learn everything that you will encounter! A yoga training program is jam packed with information. Needing to know Sanskrit, correct alignment, anatomy, philosophy, cueing, and also perfecting your own practice can be mind-boggling. Just know that if there is a willingness to learn you will be fine! Yes, there is a lot of amount of information. Yes, when you begin your training you will find out that you thought you knew a lot more than you actually do. However, with eager determination and the right mentor, you will come out of your yoga training a well rounded, credible, and a knowledgeable teacher!
- Practice Acceptance. A major feature of your YTT will be becoming more in tune with your inner self. I have found out that teacher training is not only about learning, but about growing. Your journey through getting your certification will be an emotional ride and a beautiful adventure. During your training you will have moments where you question your abilities, whether it be during asana practice or trying to remember the names of the poses. Accepting yourself and your abilities is when you further your growth. When you further your personal growth, you strengthen your ability to become a better teacher!
- Dedication. I have saved this point for last. It is one of the most obvious points but often one of the most overlooked. Dedication in your yoga training doesn’t just mean completing your homework on time and sufficiently (although you will definitely need to do this!). Dedication means you live your yoga on and off the mat. Yoga is not something you just do it is something you During your training you will want to completely immerse yourself in everything yoga, this is how you will gain the most out of this wonderful experience!
I am coming up to the middle of my training and I can’t express how much I have loved it thus far! There have been times where allotting the time to get my homework done has been difficult, but as long as you stick with these points, there will be very little that can stop you!
Yoga is a remarkable practice and Yoga from the Heart’s teacher training program has bestowed even more yoga knowledge than I could have ever dreamed! If you are thinking of becoming a certified yoga teacher, do not hold back, just do it!
By: Megan Norris