The countdown to the start of your Teacher Training Course has begun, and you’re probably wondering if there is anything you can do to prepare yourself for the some of the most exciting few weeks of your life.
First of all, it would be good to start some form of exercise to increase your stamina and endurance. Of course a consistent yoga practice would be ideal, but if not possible, any exercise is sufficient. This is because during the course, you will be practicing yoga for at least three to four hours every day. So it is best if your physical body is already reasonably fit when the course begins. And why I say it doesn’t necessarily have to be a yoga practice is because sometimes, even seasoned practitioners attend Teacher Training, yet they find that they have been practicing the wrong way all along! From the start of Teacher Training, you will be guided into the proper alignment of the poses, so you don’t have to worry about being ‘good’ or ‘advanced’ in your personal practice. Flexibility and strength will come as your practice progresses.
Read up on the philosophical aspects of yoga, especially The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. You don’t have to dive deep into it, just some light inquiry to the subject is enough so that you will have a general idea about what will be discussed during the course. As you start reading, you will naturally also start contemplating things. There will be some things which may not be so clear to you just yet, but not to worry, you can pose any questions you have to the teacher during philosophy class.
Settle any work or social commitments so that you can remain focused on your practice and training. You definitely don’t want to suddenly receive a call from your boss asking you about an incomplete project! It would be best to focus as much as you can on yoga and yourself, and any unnecessary stress will only distract you.
If the course will be held overseas, research the location as much as you can to avoid any culture shock or disappointment. Ask questions to the yoga school staff to clear any doubt or uncertainty. Also check how the weather conditions will be at that time, and make sure to pack suitable clothing and any other items you will need for the duration of the course.
Lastly, keep an open mind and heart. Although the syllabus may be the same, each Teacher Training is as unique as the people who participate in them. At the end of the day, nobody emerges from the course with exactly the same experience or lessons. Yoga is not only a physical but an internal practice too, so everyone takes home an experience which is unique to them. Relax and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience!