Deciding to do yoga teacher training is a monumental step in a yogi’s practice. Something inside you is calling you towards training. The appeal of knowing more behind the history, the postures seems exciting.
One day in quarantine I randomly felt called to do yoga teacher training. Before March 2020, I had been practicing consistently twice a week for 4-5 months and stopping didn’t seem to bother me. But after a few months of not practicing, I decided yoga was where my heart was. Now originally I wanted to go to Bali, but Covid had other plans and it didn’t seem like that was going to happen anytime soon. By January 2021, I got an email about teacher training from my studio and I decided to go for it.
I had read tons of blog posts over the months leading up to training, viewed various programs and what they offered, and even some posts of how amazing training was and how it changed their life. Which was dandy of course but what I didn’t get was the intensity of it all.
Things to consider:
✩ Lots of yoga
This may seem a tad bit obvious. But I honestly wasn’t prepared. For my training, we had to complete a total of 55 classes (that didn’t include practice classes during training sessions to prepare to teach). Now 55 didn’t seem like a lot but 55 classes in 12 weeks really put some strain on my body. My specific program allows you to finish requirements up to one year after enrolling, but if you wanted to get it done within the 12 weeks, you had to be practicing yoga once or twice a day. And let me tell you… back to back classes are definitely exhausting.
✩ Amount of information
There’s way more information and details behind just practicing yoga. Which I understood going into training, but the 8 Limb yogic path, chakras, mythology, adjustments and more all adds up. To be quite honest with you, if the final exam wasn’t open book, I would have failed. Thankfully, training wasn’t about remembering everything you learned all at once, it was about how best to share the practice with your students.
✩ Some of it will be ~boring~
Oh dare I say it. But let me tell you, the mythology was not my favorite part. Didn’t want to listen, did not want to remember it. The chakras though, I loved every second of it. Some parts of training, you’re going to find more exciting and retaining that information is going to seem natural. Other parts like memorizing Sanskrit… not so much
✩ Time commitment x 10
Again, V obvious but I fortunately wasnt working during my training so I could work on my homework assignments, practice and take classes at the most random time of day. But during the 12 weeks, there were a lot of times that I had to say no to friends and say “sorry, I have to go to yoga.” Taking classes became a priority.
Those are some important things to consider when picking a program or deciding if it’s the right season for you to enroll in yoga teacher training. *hint: if you’re called to do it… it is*
But I don’t want teacher training to seem scary or have those details hinder you from going forward with it. So like all other yogi’s on the interweb telling you why training is amazing, I’m going to share my favorite parts about it too.
Why you should do YTT:
✩ Meet like minded people
I made friends!! I became even more immersed into the yogi community and love every second. I found a support system and people who continue to lift me up. I take my leader’s classes as often as I can because seeing them simply make my day brighter.
✩ Appreciation grows
I loved yoga before teacher training but now after? I really love it. It’s a part of me I never want to lose. I got to discover all about the history of yoga and appreciate where it started but also learned why I get that mental relief in my 60 minute practice.
✩ Your practice grows
It’s not about getting into the splits or being able to do a handstand, but practicing so often definitely improved my flexibility and strength. I walked away from training feeling bendy and strong.
Basically, bottom line, do the teacher training. If the desire was put on your heart, I can promise you, you wont regret it.
Yoga teacher training was sunshine for the soul for me; maybe it will be for you too.
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