Toying with the idea of yoga teacher training? You’re in the right place. Read on for the eight signs that you’re ready for yoga teacher training.
If you love yoga, there’s a strong chance that you have considered yoga teacher training at one point or another. It feels like a natural progression. An exciting way to take your yoga practice to the next level.
But – yoga teacher training is a substantial commitment. You need to make sure it is the right choice for you.
Yoga teacher training goes far beyond the physical practice. You may learn about the history of yoga, anatomy and meditation. You may cover culture, sanskrit and mantra. Some schools will explore business and marketing, others will take a deep dive into the different styles of yoga.
It’s exciting, fulfilling and illuminating.
So, how do you know that you’re ready for a yoga teacher training course? Here are 8 signs that – I believe – show that yoga teacher training could be a brilliant step in your student journey.
1. You’re craving more.
e of the biggest draws towards yoga teacher training is the need for more.
More connection. More challenges. More inner work. And, of course, more yoga!
The great thing about yoga teacher training is that it goes far beyond anything that you can capture in a 60-minute class. Depending on the route you take, it’s 200 hours of intense and hands-on study which you will apply both on and off the mat.
If your current practice feels like it’s only scratching the surface, this could be just the thing.
2. You want to go on a deep inner journey.
Yoga teacher training is about so much more than what you can share with your future students: it’s about what you can learn about yourself.
Because yoga teacher training peels back the layers. It’s some serious stuff! You will learn SO much about yourself, far beyond the context of yoga alone. Sometimes that will be beautiful and other times it will be challenging. But it will be incredibly worth it. I can confidently say that every single one of my students has come out of their yoga teacher training different in some way. Be that a shift in perspective, a surge in their confidence or a full blown inner transformation. It’s exceptional to witness.
3. You want to share your love of yoga with others.
Has yoga changed your life? Are you being called to share that journey with others?
Yoga teachers have a very, very special role in this world: we get to bring people together through yoga. We get to gift this magical practice and see firsthand the impact it has on our students’ lives. How amazing is that?
If you feel the desire to share your passion for others, then you already have what it takes inside of you to be a brilliant teacher. You have the seed; now you need to water and nourish it so that it can fully bloom.
4. You aren’t sure whether you want to actually teach.
Likewise, if you aren’t sure whether you actually want to teach, that’s great as well. Not everyone who does yoga teacher training wants to be a teacher. Some will never teach a class in their entire life.
I’m going to use the ‘J’ word again, but this really is a journey. You will learn throughout your training what you want to do with it. If you approach it with an open mind, the answer will come.
5. You love learning.
Love to learn? Brilliant – because you will learn A LOT during your yoga teacher training.
Every school approaches their teacher training differently, but as a minimum, you will learn about the physical asana, the art of meditation, and anatomy. Comprehensive schools will also guide you through the history and philosophy of yoga, the precision of sanskrit, the power of language within your teaching, the art of sequencing, business and marketing opportunities and safe and mindful assists. And there’s so much more that you could go into.
If you have a thirst for knowledge, then yoga teacher training will definitely quench it.
6. You aren’t afraid of hard work.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – yoga teacher training is hard. It isn’t supposed to be easy. It will challenge you and you will have huge wobbles. But, if you know that and you’re okay with it then you will embrace it… Every single part of it.
Be prepared to be vulnerable, present and committed. This will give you the mindset you need to flourish.
7. You’re waiting for that lightbulb moment.
Are you unsure about where your path is taking you? Are you curious about how you could take your yoga practice and unpack it into different areas of your life?
Yoga teacher training is a brilliant means of shining a light on the road ahead. I can’t count the number of times I have had a lightbulb moment during my yoga or meditation practice. Now, picture that state of mind but intensified!
Your yoga teacher training may not provide all the answers, but it will absolutely guide you through the questions.
8. You’re searching for your yoga family.
Perhaps the most underestimated part of yoga teacher training: your yoga family.
Your fellow course students will become so special to you. They’ll see every part of you – the good, the bad, and the ugly! It’s impossible to go through all of that together and not come out with an unbreakable bond.
You will go through your training with such a feeling of connection; this feeling won’t disappear once you have your certificate. It will stay with you for life. As a teacher, I adore seeing past students of my teacher training on their monthly meetups, attending classes together, and truly being friends for life.
Can I do my yoga teacher training with Laura Green Yoga?
Absolutely – and I would love to have you there.