The common problem, so to say, the dilemma faced by a countless number of people keen on joining the appropriate Yoga Teacher Training program is a plethora of options they’re confused, rather, than paralyzed with.
When it comes to choosing a Yoga Teacher Training, three possible outcomes have to be kept in mind:
- You make an informed decision.
- You tend to make the wrong choice/decision.
- You’re not in a position to make any decision ever.
However, the following points will discuss the worst outcome, and if everything falls flat, at least you’ll become aware of what a Yoga Teacher Training program is capable of doing something benevolent for you.
Nevertheless, you do hear the voices making the rounds about Yoga Teacher Training sounding too familiar to you! We make you bust the common myths! These are:
- You need to be in your youth, slim and thin, strong and flexible to enroll in a yoga course, and foremost, yoga doesn’t deal with the physical aspect of the body, it’s something way more than that. Technically speaking, physical practice only takes up 12.5% (as per Patanjali’s Eight Limb Path). All these harsh, cynical judgments and verdicts exist only in your head. They’re relative terms used by you to compare yourself against an imaginary group of students who
- may not exist.
- if they do, you haven’t encountered them yet.
- once you meet them up, they’ll probably be the same as you.
- on meeting up, they’ll possibly turn out to be your friends.
After all, yoga imparted at Yoga Teacher Training institutes or programs is essentially non-competitive, yet one has to compete with someone, rather, with your previous self.
By the end of the training, you’ll be way ahead akin to lightyears, much beyond where you’ve started.
Should I become a yoga teacher as I’m already doing a job? Just want to know more about Yoga Teacher Training –
Yoga teacher qualification doesn’t necessarily mean you’re required to teach yoga. One can teach yoga part-time despite doing another job. Many yoga graduates pursue their other professions whilst imparting yoga lessons.
Teaching yoga imparted at the Yoga Teacher Training program does provide some respite from another ‘boring’, ‘mundane’ existing job, as well as complement the other job you’ve been doing all this while.
Yoga enables us to speak/teach on public platforms without any inhibitions or apprehensions, making us deliver our best complex concepts/notions in a relatable and digestive manner.
Yoga Teacher Training structure entails learning more in a couple of weeks than three classes a day at a local studio, where each class is full of different students of varying levels.
This’s not the case in teacher training where everyone’s there for the same reason, i.e., learning.
I feel intimidated
Yoga teachers/instructors imparting lessons at Yoga Teacher Training do feel nervous or get intimidated before conducting a course, so to say, palpable, mixed feelings of excitement, fear, and nervousness, which, is a healthy combination of exchange and culmination of yogic knowledge shared by both teachers and students, each learning something different every time.
Best teachers are those who infuse different teaching methods for complementing varied learning styles and techniques thereby making way for an enriching and enlightening learning experience.
I’m not a pro, not good enough-everyone’s better than me
Yoga Teacher Training is a humbling and rewarding experience no matter how advanced or updated students think themselves to be on arrival. You’ll be surprised at what you already are aware of and amazed at your very own ignorance on various matters about yoga.
However, it’s of paramount importance how yoga feels rather than how it looks, with a degree of difficulty not being correlated to its multifunctional benefits. At the end of the day, Yoga Teacher Training makes you feel transformed and complete the way you practice and contemplate Yoga, enabling you to recognize bodily sensations, find edge, stay there, and put you to breathe.
All great teachers will adapt the practice in keeping with students’ level, with every pose being either more accessible or challenging.
I don’t have the required money
Money is a difficult and personal situation for many Some students take interest-free loans, others borrow from family/friends, whilst some sacrifice holidays/vacations just to save money meant for useful/utilitarian purposes, etc.
Yoga Teacher Training programs ensure that you usually get what you pay for. However, you cannot put a value/price on the invaluable, relevant experience because the lessons imparted and learned are priceless.
Although yoga teachers’ remuneration varies in keeping with experience and location, one can easily find out an estimate of the rates, with some teachers getting flat rates irrespective of the number of students attending yoga classes and getting paid a percentage of around 50-60% of total revenue.
I’m not knowledgeable enough-don’t know anything about yoga except for yoga postures
One could spend a lifetime learning yoga taught at Yoga Teacher Training, yet not know everything. Yoga is less about knowing stuff and more about applying it.
You can’t know everything provided the sea of knowledge yoga offers, in a bid to learn something. In fact, not knowing is a prerequisite to knowing.
I haven’t found the appropriate yoga teacher
great and ideal yoga teacher teaching at Yoga Teacher Training Institute to wannabes is priceless, capable of making up for any shortcomings of yoga training whatsoever, you be spending at least 7 hours per day listening to their diktats and interacting with the prominent yoga instructors.
Choosing the right yoga teacher is a daunting task indeed, but once you find him/her, you’ll be enamored by their unique, distinct, versatile style of teaching yogic nuances and intricacies in keeping with students’ requirements and preferences.
I haven’t found the right & apt location
Initially, scouting for an appropriate location seems like the only decision, with you scrolling social media for the most exotic-looking destination to feast your eyes on.
Though a major proposition, ultimately what matters is what you aspire to learn from teachers imparting lessons at Yoga Teacher Training programs and who you want to learn it from.
Once this’s sorted, everything else will fall into place. You generally get what you pay for when it comes to location and accommodation. The same is not applicable in the case of the quality of yoga teaching.
A course involving an expensive, rather, exorbitant amount of money doesn’t guarantee better and abled teachers, though will have more amenities for sure. You need to prioritize things before taking the ‘final’, rather ‘giant’ leap.
Wary of Impostor syndrome, or at least, feels like it
The typical fear and apprehension lurking in everyone’s mind about yoga classes: With so many yoga teachers out there, why one should become one? Will people come to attend classes?
Will you be the best teacher after completing training? The answer is a simple yes, there’s always a student for every teacher.
No one in the world has your handful of gathered and enriched experiences.
No one else visualizes the world like you through your very own eyes. So, make it until and unless the better comes out of you!
Do away with your so-called fear of ‘identity crisis’ while getting yourself enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training or be a yoga teacher in the process of yoga learning.
After all, you do it for your fulfillment and enrichment, as well as carving out a niche for yourself, not solely and merely making money out of it.
I need to have a spiritual inclination to perform yoga postures with perfection
The general misconception or common myth about yoga taught at Yoga Teacher Training programs/institutes is that yoga is about adhering to some principles and tenets involving yogic postures with the view of invocation to omnipresent Almighty/God, alongside fulfillment of certain goals and objectives one has in his/her life, and one needs to be spiritually inclined to ascertain and attain this ‘higher level’ of accomplishment.
But that’s not the case always. Yoga also enables one to come in contact with his/her innermost self or consciousness, leading to a path of soul-searching, self-awakening, contentment, and bliss thereby keeping stress, tension, worries, and other mental issues/concerns at bay, making way for an enlivened and enriching life.
Get yourself enrolled at Diya Yoga – Yoga Alliance RYS200 school located in Mandrem- a small town in North Goa, India. Our best Yoga Teacher Training programs merge ancient Vedic knowledge with modern asanas taught by skilled Indian and International yoga teachers.
We deliver a comprehensive theoretical and practical training program during our 24-day structured course.
On completion of our teacher training course in Goa, you’ll emerge as a confident yoga instructor teaching lessons to aspirants.
Join us in our noble effort to spread the all-encompassing benefits of yoga far and wide!