I took my first Yoga Teacher Training six years after attending my first yoga class, but I knew within the first year that I wanted to teach this practice. Being a Yoga Teacher has been a big part of my life’s dharma or purpose, and has become a significant part of my identity. Looking back at the moment I realized I wanted to teach, I understand that it was a message from the Universe telling me that this would be the foundation of my path in life. Those of you who also wish to help others find the practice must decide for yourself if and when your are ready to take the next step — timing and circumstance both play a factor in the decision to pursue Yoga Teacher Training.
Of course, the opportunity to share the practice with others is a great reason to participate in Yoga Teacher Training, but there are many benefits in addition to instructing others. If you’ve been thinking about Teacher Training, here are five ways you will benefit.
1. Increase Your Depth of Knowledge
Attending a Yoga Teacher Training provides an opportunity to dive into the deep history of the practice of Yoga, but it also creates an opportunity to learn about yourself. Understanding and exploring yourself as a physical, mental, and spiritual body and how you can connect those aspects of yourself is at the core the practice of Yoga. Taking a Yoga Teacher Training is not just about learning to teach a physical pose — it’s about getting comfortable and confident in who you really are. Diving into the philosophy, mythology and history of the practice gives you a sense of being connected to a lineage of knowledge and wisdom beyond your conscious mind.
2. Acquire New Perspective
I will never forget how my perspective as a human changed during my Yoga Teacher Training. Having the opportunity to learn, discuss and observe the human body, mind, and soul from a new perspective, with a sense of curiosity and wonder, opened up my eyes to see myself and others in a whole new light. Teaching Yoga asana is just one of the many ways you learn how to really see others. The ancient practice of yoga encourages you to look at the mind as adaptable component of the self that you can mold as you see fit. Realizing that the limitations placed on us as shaped by society and self-imposed affords an opportunity to seize control of our lives. Embracing this new perspective empowers us to step into our future with inner strength, no matter the circumstances.
3. Develop and Hone New Skills
Taking the time to develop and hone new skills as a Yoga Teacher provides an opportunity to develop as a person AND as a professional. Completing a Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher Training will provide you with a new marketable and sought after skill-set. You’ll learn about the anatomy of the human body and how a yoga asana looks and feels. You will learn how to adjust someone in a yoga pose and you’ll also gain confidence in your abilities to provide a service and teach others. In addition to these skills, you’ll cultivate some unexpected skills as well. For example, your ability to think quickly will improve — after all, when teaching to a room of students from beginners to advanced you need to teach in a way that seems accessible to all levels. You will also learn how to think critically when you sequence a class and how you will get from one pose to the next. When you start putting this all together, you’ll realize that Yoga Teacher Training will teach you how to be a good leader, to make decisions with confidence and guide your students through the yoga experience.
4. Find Balance
In this world of take-take-take and the constant need to give all of your time and energy to stay ahead of the curve, we often feel out-of-balance. The drive to be competitive and DO ALL THE THINGS is exhausting. Participating in Yoga Teacher Training will teach you about balance — not just in poses, but in how you conduct your life. You will learn how to balance your self-care with what you give to others, and how to balance your impact on the planet with what you give and take. You’ll find the best way to balance the chitta or chatter of the mind with your breath, and how to balance the your mind and body. Not only are these benefits great for you, but they also have a positive impact on anyone you come in contact with. Learning how to balance yourself is a great tool to working with others around you — being in balance allows you space to help others find balance in themselves.
5. For the Love of the Practice
I wanted to take my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training because I fell in love with the practice and felt an overwhelming need to learn more. Later I went on and took my 300 hour training to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding, as well as to have the opportunity to learn more about the practice that changed my life. Yoga truly is a life-changing practice. I tell my students that once you get hooked you’ll never be able to wear pointed toe high heels again, you’ll never fail to notice your breath, and you will be grateful for the more significant changes you see in yourself.
This only scratches the surface — you’ll find countless benefits and positive shifts during your Yoga Teacher Training. There’s simply no way to describe everything that you will feel and experience. Add to all of this the fact that you will share the experience with a community of yoga practitioners seeking similar life-changing experiences… And of course, there’s nothing quite like a yoga nerd-out session!
Light the Spark Within Yoga Teacher Training
Are you looking for a Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in western South Dakota or eastern Wyoming? My business partner Erin and I are launching our first teacher training this Fall through our retreat company, Light the Spark Within. The session starts in August and will run through November. More information can be found on our website here. The face-to-face part of the training will take place at Spearfish Yoga in Spearfish, SD over the course of 5 weekends and there will be weekly Zoom calls for 14 weeks.
If you have questions email us at email@example.com!
All pics in this post by Sica VonMedicus of VonMedicus Photography.