So your considering a Yoga teacher training, what to expect over the next three months ~
When I look back on my first YTT at CorePower Yoga in 2007, I see a time when I opened myself up to something just outside of my comfort zone. I wasn’t sure when I sat down for our first session where this training was going to bring me ~ Did I want to teach, could I stand in front of a room full of people and speak, was I strong enough, good enough, committed enough? I had been practicing yoga for a number of years at that point and loved it. Yoga offered me an escape from the busy-ness of life, a retreat into myself when the needs of the outside world had to be put on hold for just one hour. I wasn’t a selfish person, but we all need to take care of ourselves if we want to be good care takers of the people and things that we value and love. Yoga was my self care, it was all mine and it made me feel better in my body, heart and mind. I didn’t know how the training would end for me, but I knew the journey would be well worth it.
Yoga teacher training is a great opportunity for you to grow in your own yoga practice. We will dig deeper into the 8 limbs of yoga, get up close and personal with asanas, meditation, breathing and so much more of the yoga lifestyle.
The physical practice of yoga, Asana, is just the beginning for most of us who embark on a yoga journey. In our western culture, yoga as a fitness routine is more readily available to most people. You can find classes in gyms, rec centers, community clubs, some hospitals offer yoga to special populations, and yoga studios offer a variety of styles. A yoga class opens the door to self awareness; we stretch, balance, and strengthen our physical bodies, we practice proper breathing, we feel better walking out than we did walking in. There is an opportunity for a small taste of meditation at the end, at the very least it is a small window of time to spend in stillness and enjoy a quiet mind. For many people this first yoga class is a spark that turns them on to something more.
Yoga is so much more than just a physical practice, that is why people will spend years on their mats and continue to come back time after time. It unites the physical with the mental and emotional self. It connects individuals with a community beyond their front door. It creates a relationship with all those who are experiencing life along with us. It opens us up and draws us into the symphony of the world we live in. Life is a constant evolution; what we know today will develop into greater knowledge and understanding tomorrow, if we allow it to.
We live in an abundant world and what we learn for ourselves is multiplied when we share it. As you become more experienced and knowledgeable in yoga you will be given all you need to offer this to others. You may teach classes, work with individuals or perhaps just share over a cup of coffee – whatever platform you choose for yourself, there are people who want to hear what you have to say.
We will build strong relationships with fellow students and instructors. Yoga teacher training is an experience that is both challenging and rewarding and being able to share that with others who have the same experience is a great thing. Our human existence is not meant to be done alone, we were created for community and relationships. Relationships come in all shapes and styles and fill different needs in our lives. During our time together we will become friends, mentors, students, encouragers and so much more.
Here I am eight years later and I love that I took the step into my yoga teacher training. I chose to teach after I completed my 200 hour program and have found a path that I am beyond passionate about. I have had the pleasure of working with so many people through the years and in so many different capacities. Next month we are offering a 200 hour yoga teacher training program at Harmony Health and I am so very excited. I can’t wait to get to know the folks coming in with questions in their minds and uncertainty. I look forward to the next three months and seeing how they develop and find the answers to their questions. Whatever it is, it will be well worth it.