If you’ve been thinking about doing a yoga teacher training, AND you’ve managed to find this article, it’s pretty safe to say that you’re meant to embark on this very important journey, and take a very important step in your life. It’s no question that you’re reading this article right now for a reason. You, yes you, are meant to do a yoga teacher training.
It’s just a yoga teacher training, right? It’s not that big of a deal, other than it will require 200+ hours of my personal time dedicated to moving my body into different positions and learning about why you do those positions anyway. Right?
A yoga teacher training is so much more than just learning about asana. In fact, once you start your yoga teacher training, you’ll quickly learn that asana is only one of the eight limbs of yoga.
I’m going to break it to you softly…yoga is more than just downward facing dogs, handstands, and savasanas. And i’m going to shock some of you with this comment… You don’t even have to touch your toes to do a yoga teacher training.
I know, I know, some of you might be very confused by this statement. But like I said earlier, yoga asana is one aspect of yoga where you move your body in what you know as yoga poses. However, Yoga is so much more than that.
Confused? PERFECT. There is so much for us to learn about Yoga! Which is the first of 6 reasons we’re going to talk about today. The first (and most obvious) reason you should do a yoga teacher training is:
- Learn about one of the oldest teachings on Earth
Yoga dates back to one of the oldest texts in history called The Vedas. During your yoga teacher training you will learn about the roots of where yoga originated, which dates back thousands of years. It’s amazing that these teachings have stayed relevant for thousands of years — in fact, some could argue they’re most relevant TODAY, as Yoga is gaining huge momentum in popularity.
- Deepen your physical practice
Whether you see yourself teaching yoga or not, doing a yoga teacher training will help you learn more about your body and your own yoga practice. A yoga teacher training will give you hands-on, dedicated assistance to help you understand important concepts such as; correct alignment, how to avoid injuries, increasing strength and flexibility, and much more. A yoga teacher training will usually include anatomy lessons as well, to provide deeper and correct knowledge on the human body.
- Deepen your spiritual practice
You’ll learn that yoga is much more than finding alignment in your physical body. Yoga is comprised of 7 other limbs – which include aspects and knowledge such as pranayama (breath), the yamas and niyamas (behavioral standards and practices), pratyahara (withdrawing your senses inward), concentration, meditation, and samadhi (accessing your true blissful nature). As you connect deeper to your physical body, you’ll begin to realize the subtle body, the spirit, that dwells within.
- Make new friends and connections
A yoga teacher training is a deeply transformative experience, and the people you experience this with will always have a special place in your heart. You’ll create deep and meaningful connections as you embark on a new, meaningful journey with those who have come together with a shared intention of growth.
- Deepen your connection to yourself
You won’t just be strengthening and forming new connections with other people, but most importantly, you will be deepening your connection to yourself. Yoga teaches us to tune into our body, breath, and spirit, so as you deepen your yoga practice you will naturally develop a greater sense of self awareness, self compassion, and conscious living.
- Move out of your comfort zone
Have you ever heard “always do what you’re afraid to do?” If you’re scared or intimidated of doing a yoga teacher training, then you probably should do one! The things that scare us the most are always what help us grow the most. No challenge? No change. If you’re open and ready for change, growth, and expansion, then take a leap of faith and sign up for our next teacher training THIS September, here.