28 Oct Are you ready to become a yoga teacher?
Enrolling in yoga teacher training can be a scary thing. Not only is it a big commitment of time, energy and finance but it also brings up the question, “Am I ready?”.
The short answer is yes. Yes, you are ready to become a yoga teacher. Sure you can wait months (or years!) to “perfect” your practice or improve your asana. But in the words of Patanjali, “Yoga begins now.” And chances are, you are more ready than you realise! Here’s some of the questions we hear from our trainees…
When is the perfect time?
One of the most common roadblocks to starting teacher training is timing. It’s important to be in a supportive environment with stable finances, living situation and personal relationships when going through teacher training. The process will see you learn, uncover and transform, stepping into your most powerful Self. There may not ever be a “perfect” time and at the end of the day, “if not now, when?”
What if I’m not flexible or I can’t do a handstand?
Teaching yoga isn’t about gymnastics or being the most flexible person in the room. While the intense practical side of teacher training will help you improve your personal flexibility and strength, being a teacher is about helping your students grow. Chances are, your students will appreciate your understanding of their flexibility (or lack thereof!) and your insight into modifications.
What if I don’t meditate?
It’s time to bust a big myth: you don’t need to have a regular meditation practice to start teacher training. As long as this is something you want to learn. While meditation isn’t always easy to learn, teacher training will equip you with a number of techniques to help grow a daily habit. Not mediating or not mastering tricky asana don’t make you a bad yogi, they make you a great student. And the greatest teachers are the ones who always keep learning.
Is it hard?
The short answer is yes. Yoga teacher training is designed to challenge and transform you. Physical asana practice will challenge your body and all of the coursework will work your mind. If you step into training hungry for knowledge and looking to grow, you will gain so much.
What if I don’t know anyone else on training?
Teacher training is a great opportunity to meet and connect with like-minded people. Who knows – you could end up meeting someone who becomes a close friend, colleague or business partner!
So what are you waiting for? If you’re thinking about taking the leap, it’s because you are ready. And we’re here to guide you on your journey.