Summary: Going for yoga certification but unsure of what to expect and what not to? The following article will give you an insight into 10 things you need to know before going for a yoga teacher training.
Yoga certification courses allow you to pursue a career as a yoga instructor as well as guides you in your personal training. This also clears the doubt that if you have done a yoga certification it isn’t necessary that you will have to teach as well; it is a personal choice. This course teaches and guides you about the philosophy of yoga, different styles of yoga and its yogic lineage. Whether you are enrolling for your yoga teacher training in Chiang Mai, Thailand or yoga teacher training in Bangalore, Nepal or Rishikesh, the experience will be overwhelming.
But there are 10 specific things that you must know before going for your first yoga teacher training:
- Don’t set assumptions: You may have spoken to former graduates of your preferred yoga schools or must have gone through reviews, but none of them can give you guarantee about how you will feel during the course.
- Prepare yourself well: When you enrol for a yoga teacher training course, you must understand that you will be in between a lot of yogis, practitioners and even amateurs. To build a conversation with any other person you need to make sure that you have prepared yourself well. Do read about yoga, its different styles, poses, and their aids.
- Be humble if you don’t know: It may happen that you don’t know certain yoga pose that your yoga instructor discussed, be humble about this to your instructor. This course is a journey for you to explore and your yoga instructors will help you explore the same.
- Don’t let the pain bother you: Since you will be practicing most of the time, you may suffer from pain or stiffness in the body. Don’t let this pain or stiffness bother you. Just be regular with your practice. If you have enrolled for yoga teacher training in Bangalore you may choose for ayurvedic massage in the weekend.
- Don’t push your body’s limit: If you have joined this course either to be a certified teacher or to take your practice to the next level. Pushing your body’s limit in any of the cases is not recommended. Yes, you must practice but to a certain extent where you don’t injure yourself; excess of practice may lead to injuries or discomfort in the body.
- Read as much as you can: Of course, you will be taught enough by your yoga instructor but don’t restrict yourself just personal teaching. Instead, read as much as you can about yoga, its origin, modern history, aids to humans, treatments of illness, diseases and even incurable ones.
- Explore self: The duration of your yoga course will introduce you to the newer you. The yoga practice, personal readings, and teachings will help you explore self. You may come across certain qualities that you never knew about self.
- Withstand different personalities: Since this course will introduce you to many experienced, professional or like-minded people do not forget that everyone is different in their own way. Remember that you must act on a situation rather than a reaction. It will help you withstand different personalities.
- Handle your highs and lows: You may go through different emotions each day. Some days you may be at your highest or may be at your lowest; don’t let this ruin your training period. Give yourself a break and plan a day trip for yourself. If you have enrolled for yoga teacher training in Chiang Mai you may go for sightseeing, visit temples, trek in valleys, meadows or the mountains of Chiang Mai.
- This is just the first step: Yoga teacher training is just the first step to your teaching or learning. After you graduate from the yoga school, you will realize that the training has just started. You will understand that most important teaching comes with experience and the continuous process of learning.
An important thing about your course will be the reflection of what you have learned. Whether you continue teaching or your practice, don’t forget to reflect on what you have imbibed.
The Author is a Blogger, Traveler and a Yoga Teacher in India. He loves writing on yoga related stuff. He has been practioning yoga from last 7 years. His strong connection with yoga has made him to organize Yoga meditation classes and yoga retreat in India.