Why join a yoga teacher training program
Having spent many years teaching private yoga lessons, I had many opportunities to learn about different types of yoga techniques. But beyond learning new poses, I’ll be honest – what really hit me was when I realized how much money I could make by retiring part-time from my full-time job and focusing on promoting yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh.
I knew that since I had been organizing community events involving walking trails and lectures on philosophy topics for over a decade, I already understood the value of communication and marketing strategies. What I wanted to do was take all that familiar advertising knowledge and apply it to something meaningful.
A large part of my motivation was my daughter Harlow. You’d be surprised at how many children struggle with obesity after growing up in an era of “obesity doom.” It wasn’t until we went to Canada for a visit that I noticed that kids are expected to participate in sports and physical activity!
When we returned home, I signed up for a series of Zumba classes, which taught an incredible amount of movement and fitness techniques. I became a certified instructor within a few months and have been teaching ever since.
By joining yoga teacher training courses, you get to expand your instruction skills, develop a portfolio of designs, and gain access to another group of people who can help grow your business.
Find a program that fits your level of experience
When you’re first starting out with yoga, it can be difficult to decide whether or not it is the right choice for you. You may have tried practicing from home before, but felt too uneasy or unsure about how to begin.
If you’re looking into taking a yoga class, make sure that it supports your ability to practice safely and introduces you to different styles of yoga.
You might want to go to a class where only one style is practiced (mostly focusing on meditation), or one where several types are mixed. Make sure you know what each type of class will include, so you won’t be repeatedly surprised during your training.
Also check out other aspects of the class, like the teacher. See if they’ve got something unique going on at their studio, maybe? Is there a workshop led by this teacher once a week? Learn more about them and feel confident knowing more about them.
It also helps to attend a class with varying levels of challenge. If you’re new to yoga, try getting help learning a pose. You can even ask someone more experienced than you are if you don’t understand the concept.
Design your training plan
When you are planning any yoga practice, it is important to design a routine that fits your needs.
You will want to start with a basic run-walk exercise until you get comfortable and strong. Then you can move into more vigorous workouts.
Keep in mind how much time you have. You may need to cut some things from their original form to make it work within your schedule.
Also consider your fitness level. If you are very fit, you can start by doing only short exercises or rest periods to begin with.
If you are not as active, you may choose to start with less intense forms of yoga such as shiatsu to help loosen up your muscles and increase flexibility.
Join a class
There are many ways to learn yoga. You can attend public classes, which are often taught by licensed teachers at local studios or community centers. To get more experience with the practice, you can join a private class.
Some people also choose to study yoga online. There is an abundance of professional-quality videos available, as well as blogs and social media where you can find like-minded folk who want to learn about wellness practices.
There are even face-to-face events you can join where people from all over come together for a week long training session!
These things help make your learning experience easier, while still giving you the opportunity to ask questions and be directed by professionals. People are excited about what they’re doing, and it shows. It really is amazing how rewarding this kind of work can be.
Practicing yoga has such benefits and brings so much joy into your life. I would recommend anyone with chronic illness consider whether or not this might be something that could benefit them. If you want then go for it. You will love it.
Enforce a routine
There is no way to become proficient in yoga without practicing, at least one year. If you are planning to go to India or another foreign country to train, this may be impossible.
However, there are other countries that offer affordable training programs with extensive knowledge of the practice.
It’s also important to know how serious you want to be about your practice. You can always be loose and relaxed when it comes to yoga, but will you apply yourself? Or will you abandon the practice when first faced with a challenge?
I learned these lessons the hard way, so I’ll share them with you.
If you find yourself thinking, “Oh, today is going to be easy,” stop yourself and do some reflection. Then repeat after me, “Today is going to be difficult.”
Most days are going to require effort and resourcefulness. It’s not enough just to show up and work out for X amount of time.
That’s why they call it exercise! This is what making yourself active does every day.
Keep getting into a habit of doing things like this and your results will start to pile up. A single change made from motivation plus support from others in the group will put more weight behind your efforts and produce more lasting changes.
That’s because research shows groups of people working together take advantage of each other.
Record your lessons
During your first few months of teaching yoga, you will have the opportunity to create a recording system. This means that you can record each lesson and review it at home. You can then go back to the video when you need help or guidance.
This is a great way to learn more about yoga and also to personalize your training.
You will be able to play back videos from classes you’ve taught in order to direct yourself through exercises and poses. It gives you an extra level of security in knowing there are visual representations of how you learned the pose.
There are many apps that take up smartphones that offer similar services. One example is YouTube, which offers free lesson recordings.
These applications are very popular and are being used both by veteran teachers as well as those new to practicing yoga.
Though it may be tempting to think that yoga is all about bending forward and lifting your legs way up, this practice is called meditation.
There are many different types of mediation. For today’s lesson, we will focus on visualization.
This involves consciously detaching from thoughts to imagine things moving around you. You can perform this in a quiet place with no noises, such as out next door or inside a enclosed gym space.
You can also have people (up to age 5) count backwards from 100 before they detach their mind from the thought process.
For instance, say someone else has counted back from 10 while you’re thinking about yourself. Your job is to listen carefully so you know when they stop counting.
Then, you both get into position where you simultaneously push away from each other as much as possible. Once those elements are set, you can continue together with more advanced methods.
Review training materials
Find out if you’re already qualified to teach yoga. If you aren’t, then don’t worry—there’s still plenty you can learn from practicing yoga.
Practicing yoga is like learning a new skill. There are resources available online that help you learn how to practice safely.
You can also attend yoga teacher trainings either in person or through an Internet course. Many schools prefer people who attended in-person trainings, as they want to make sure you have the necessary skills and confidence to teach yoga.
If you know another language and speak the tongue, you can teach yoga in your native language. Most classes allow some speakers of this language to join class with their translators/interpreters.
These individuals will often chant fundamental yoganic phrases such as “om” or “oh my god.” You may find it helpful to bring your own translator so you can communicate easily with others.
Do the practices help build your confidence
Even if you’re new to yoga, the practices in Yogafit NZ’s teacher training program will put your body at its very best.
Practices are designed to work together or be separate depending on your needs and goals. Each practice is taught by a different instructor with a range of teaching experience.
Each practice is broken down into short sets of 10-15 moves. The entire class lasts about 1 hour, including breaks.
Some of our favorite parts include:
Being centered and aware during meditation; knowing that even after you return from meditation, there are other classes you can look forward to!