A yoga teacher may affect one’s life dramatically as they train the practical yoga skills such as proper body awareness and alignment which will help in avoiding injuries. Drawing from my own yoga teacher training experience, I believe that enrolling yourself to a yoga teacher training program can help change your life too – here’s how:
1. You will learn how you can better avoid ‘injuries’ (in all aspects of life)
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As you go through a yoga training, you will be able to learn to be more cautious in all life’s undertaking thus reducing the chances of you getting hurt (physically and emotionally). This is because as you commit significant time (e.g: a 200 hrs yoga teacher program) to deepen your yoga practice, you will come to fully understand your body, mind, and soul. As a result, you will be able to better predict and understand your own physical and emotional needs preventing yourselves from all sorts of avoidable ‘injuries’.
2. You will be aware of your true strength
On a teacher training, your ability to address an audience and ability to focus and ability to hold postures will be tested, strengthened, and stretched in ways that you may not have experienced prior.
This newfound alignment awareness, the long and intensive sessions, and required attention to detail will inevitably also strengthen your practice - as they did to mine. Because of this, you will come out of the training feeling stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally.
3. You will make new friends
Throughout the training period, you will inevitably come across people of different backgrounds, nationalities, etc. It’s also very likely that you will encounter those who are of likeminded minds. The training experience may even lead you to spend time (and connect) with people who you would not otherwise meet or get to know outside of the program. And who knows? Some of your fellow trainees may just become close lifelong friends!
4. You will gain a deeper connection to your true self
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By learning how your own body and mind works, coupled with spiritual practices (e.g: meditation) included in various yoga styles, you will likely to leave your training with a strong sense of who you are individuals. This deeper connection and understanding of your true self can be effective in boosting your confidence.
5. You will learn how to teach others (well)
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While this may sound like a no-brainer, if you have ever given teaching (anything) a try, you probably already know that teaching others is no easy feat!
During an intensive yoga teacher training program, for example, you will be given the priceless opportunities to guide a group of your fellow students and help them to make the most out of their yoga practice. Amongst many other things, you will be able to cultivate (or even master) the art of speaking in public, and use language with greater efficiency, potency, and, clarity.
I hope the reasons above are enough to convince you to take that leap of faith and book yourself a spot at a yoga teacher training program. If you feel that you are in need of more preparation prior to becoming a full-fledged yoga teacher, you’d be interested to know that some yogis opt to have 1-on-1 intensive pre-yoga training sessions by hiring a private tutor to train them from the comfort of their own homes before embarking on a certified training program.
Convinced that you’re meant to become a yoga teacher? It’s time that you take your practice a notch and sign yourself up for a 100-hour yoga teacher training program!