So you’ve been constantly hearing this phrase, ‘Yoga Teacher Training’ for some time now. It sounds so glamorous and mysterious, yet intriguing at the same time!
“But…how do I know if I’m ready for Yoga Teacher Training?”
Here are the top five questions you should ask yourself if you are considering teacher training.
1. Do you have a consistent yoga practice? It doesn’t really matter whether you practice at home or in the presence of a teacher. What matters is that you practice. If the answer is yes, then you would have already experienced the benefits of yoga first hand, and are ready to dive deeper into your yoga journey. & it doesn’t matter if you are ‘beginner’ or ‘advanced’ – each person has their own level of physicality, and not everyone is into fancy poses. What matters is your own unique personal experience with yoga.
2. Have you found a style of yoga that you love – Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha, Yin, etc? Or maybe enjoy a combination of yoga styles. If you have, then you already have a love and commitment towards that lineage(s), which is important to have when pursuing a teacher training course. As with all things, love and commitment is essential in a teacher training course, especially since it requires a 200 hour commitment. If you are already in love with a style of yoga, then 200 hours will be a breeze!
3. Is there a yearning within you to expand your yogic knowledge? Do you always stay back after class with questions for your teacher? Or do you spend a lot of time contemplating and Google-ing yoga-related stuff? Yoga poses are just one of the eight limbs of yoga, and if you have come to yoga through its physical practice, slowly but surely, and in various ways you will be exposed to the philosophical aspects of yoga. Teacher training is a good place to not only learn more about the postures, but also the philosophical aspects of yoga.
4. Have you found a teacher or trainer whose style you absolutely adore? If you have a teacher whose classes you enjoy attending, you most probably would want to share the benefits of their style of teaching and the message of yoga which they are conveying to the public. Teaching is very much about sharing and passing along information which we ourselves find beneficial for ourselves.
5. At the end of the day, the most important question is: Divine Timing. Does everything just seem to have just naturally lined up in your favour? If you have the resources, the support of the people around you, and you just have a gut feeling that ‘Yes, this is it!’, then yes, this is it! The universe is supporting you & showing you that you are ready for this next step!
So there you have it, if you can identify with these questions, then yes, you are ready for Yoga Teacher Training!