Maybe you have a desire to know more about yoga , or have talked with others who have participated in a training program, or you just find the idea of yoga teacher training intriguing.
Yet, you keep talking yourself out of it.
You make excuses as to why it won’t work right now.
You tell yourself teacher training is only for flexible students, those that can do impressive postures like handstand, or only for those that want to teach yoga.
What if those thoughts are simply holding you back from stepping into something extraordinary, even if teaching yoga is not on the horizon for you?
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Think about what happens when you come together with other like minded individuals and share a yoga class experience. There’s a little magic in there, right? Now, take that and multiply it by a thousand and you’re starting to get in the ballpark of what it is like to gather with a group of other high-intentioned friends and share 200 hours of study, practice, and transformation.
Need more? Here are 10 reasons why teacher training might be right for you:
1. Deepen your practice
Enhance your understanding of poses from the inside out and experience them in new and interesting ways. At teacher training, you learn yoga anatomy, alignment and key actions, modifications and hands-on adjustments.
“I just wanted to learn,” said Cheyenne Collins, a graduate of Breathe Yoga Center’s teacher training. “I wanted to dive deeper and learn the tools to help me through the practice.”
2. Focus on you
Teacher training is an investment in you; your health, and your growth. Sure, your responsibilities will still be there, but you just might find them easier to manage after some dedicated time for yourself.
3. Get in shape, feel great
Nothing like practicing asana every day to give a boost to your health and wellness. Feel more energetic and vibrant than ever. Your friends and family will notice, I promise!
4. Broaden your understanding of yoga practices beyond physical poses
There is only so much we can do in a class. Teacher training is an opportunity to explore and embody the subtleties of the practice, such as pranayama, meditation, chakras, and energy anatomy.
“There is a misconstrued idea that yoga is just a physical practice,” said Cheyenne. “Handstands don’t make you a
better yoga teacher, but life experience does. This is what makes you more relatable.”
5. Explore yoga philosophy
What is the history of yoga? Where does it come from? Why is it still applicable today?
Learn the vibrational language of sanskrit, understand the history of yoga, and the science at the heart of these powerful practices.
6. Cultivate lasting and meaningful relationships
Walking the path of yoga is more meaningful when others walk the path with us. The bonds that are created during teacher training last a lifetime.
“The training at Breathe really cultivates a beautiful support
group,” fondly recalled another one of my former teacher training students, Monica Capps. “You truly have the sense of community and family, both during
and after the training.”
7. Accelerate transformation in your life
Have you ever left a yoga class feeling like the best you?
Setting down old ways of being and living in alignment with our most centered, conscious self is what transformation is all about, and it is at the core of yoga.
In teacher training there is an individual and collective experience of transformation taking shape. Learning happens at faster rate and the best in all of you is reflected back more consistently, inspiring you to live bigger and brighter.
“You will get all feels that you didn’t know existed,” Monica said.
8. Learn to teach
Whether you ever teach a yoga class post training or not there is value in practice teaching. What you gain from the opportunity to teach others ripples out into all areas of your life. Learn to guide a group of people through an experience and lead them to a common goal. Develop the art of public speaking and learn to use language with greater clarity, efficiency and potency. Build confidence. Stay grounded in yourself no matter what the outer circumstances. Hone the skill of trusting your intuition, and speak from the heart.
“This is just your beginning,” said one of my former students, John Browning. “The training at Breathe will leave you wanting more. We left our training with our heads filled with understanding and our hearts hungry.”
9. Receive personal attention
Something specific you want to understand? Is there a pose or yoga concept you want to look at in more detail? This is the place to ask questions. This is not a one size fits all practice; learn how to adapt the practice to meet your needs, develop a personal mediation and home asana practice, and receive individualized feedback on how to teach in way that is most authentic to you.
10. You love yoga!
Why not dive deeper into something that brings you peace and happiness. Expand your knowledge of what you are passionate about and share that passion with others.
Words simply cannot express the magnitude of the experience, and it’s power to change your life. Often, upon completion of a teacher training, students reflect on their experience and realize that they would like to share the beauty of this practice to others. Even if you choose not to teach the outcome is extremely positive; your confidence will soar, the practice will take root, and the inspiration from training will fuel any number of transformations in your life.
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