Making the decision to embark upon yoga teacher training is a decision that will change your life in a number of incredible ways.
Becoming a yoga teacher will enable you to have a job that is fulfilling, rewarding, and ever-changing. This will also push you to go further into your own practice.
If you are certain that this is the next step in your life — and you have booked onto your Yoga Teacher Training Course — then there are some things to consider before you get started.
Today I am going to talk you through four things that I believe will help you to prepare in the best possible way for your training!
1.Slow Down Your Yoga Practice
This may seem counter-intuitive to do before you embark upon your Yoga Teacher Training, but hear me out…
The time that you spend on your training course will of course be a wonderful and emotionally enriching experience. However, it will also be physically taxing, and will also require a great deal of concentration and focus. So, if you have been pushing yourself hard in your practice recently, then give yourself permission to take a break.
Slowing down before you get started with training will help to ensure that your body and mind are both ready for what lies ahead.
You might be keen to be your very best self on the yoga mat as you enter your training, and to you this might look like going hard at it every day. But maintaining this level of intensity can leave you feeling overwhelmed when combined with the huge task that you are about to begin.
It's going to be much better to feel rested and at peace so that you can calmly begin this exciting new chapter in your life.
2.Plan Your Trip Well
If you are lucky enough to have your chosen yoga school close to your home, then that's fantastic! However, this is unlikely to be true for the majority of people.
The added pressure of travelling to a new destination, and all of the organisation that goes into that, could leave you feeling stressed out. This is especially the case if you leave your planning to the last minute!
Take the time to learn about your destination of choice and, if possible, arrive a few days early so you can get to grips with the local area. You are going to feel much more at ease and prepared for the course if you already feel settled.
Many Yoga Teacher Training Courses will provide accommodation, and may even offer you helpful advice and guidance about the area. These are both things that you should investigate when you book your course instead of making assumptions. Ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel fully equipped with all the necessary information.
3.Meditate On Your Intentions
The core reason that we undertake Yoga Teacher Training is to then go on to become yoga teachers. This isn't true for everyone though, and some people will simply be looking to further their own practice in a meaningful and structured way.
Both of these reasons are of course totally valid, and will also come with motivations that are unique to each student.
Before you arrive at the course, spend some time meditating on your personal reasons for attending.
Consider the following questions as you do so:
- Why do you want to become a qualified yoga teacher?
- How will this training change your life?
- How will you pass on this knowledge to other people?
- How will you use this experience to shape your own practice?
- Do you feel ready for this next step?
- What are your concerns?
- What are you excited about?
This is a process I encourage you to go through several times, and also allow your mind to explore any other questions that come up for you.
4.Release Your Expectations
This is of course an exciting time, and it's natural to daydream about all that is to come. You will likely have certain expectations of the course based on what you have heard about it already. You will also surely have expectations of what your life will look like once the course is completed.
Although it's okay to think on these things, do try to release your expectations about them.
Your experience of the training will be entirely different to how someone else experiences it. And the same is true of how you use your new knowledge in your life after the course.
Nobody can prepare you for how you are going to feel about it, and how it will impact your life. So try to let go of these expectations and simply arrive with an open mind and a willing heart.
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As a final piece of advice, I want to encourage you to always take your time as you choose which course is going to best suit your needs. Try to figure out what's the most important to you, and decide if the trainings that you are looking at are going to meet those needs.
Speak to as many people as you can about each course, and listen to any negatives that come up as well as embracing the positives. As you do so, do bear in mind that someone else's experience — both positive and negative — does not mean that you will have the same experience.
Due to the current global health crisis, Yoga Teacher Training has had to adapt alongside several other things. This is one of the many reasons that I am now offering an online training!
Being able to pursue your dream of becoming a yoga teacher — regardless of where you are in the world right now — is something that I am excited to be able to facilitate.
My Online Yoga Teacher Training is the same 200-Hour course that I have previously been offering in person. It is fully accredited by the Yoga Alliance, and will be taught live online with the same expert guest teachers that you would expect from the in-person training!
Click here to learn more about the course and do get in touch if you have any questions!