I’ve Decided To Do Yoga Teacher Training

I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want my yoga to take me. It has become such a vital part of my life that I want to know more about it–the philosophies, the anatomy, the correct terminology for all of the poses. I also love writing about yoga, but I don’t feel like I have the necessary education on the practice to write about it with true expertise. Even though I’ve only been practicing yoga regularly for a year or so, I feel like I’m ready to start thinking about my next step: taking yoga teacher training.

However, I wasn’t sure if I have enough experience yet. I still find many sequences and poses challenging, and I’m not even sure if I want to teach at this point as I really want to improve my own personal practice and become more informed. I consulted a few friends of mine who are yoga teachers to get their advice. I was inspired by their support and encouragement. My one friend told me that if I feel like I’m ready to take this next step in my journey, than I am ready. Another friend said she wasn’t physically able to do everything at first either, but yoga teacher training pushed her and helped her to develop and deepen her practice.

So I’m going to do it and am planning on taking my training in 2016. I need 2015 to get through my other education–the certificate program I am taking at the University of Toronto–as well as work through a few other personal goals. And I’d also like the time to work on my practice, and to become a little more stable in my balancing poses. I want to challenge myself a little more and work on taking a variety of classes as right now I mostly do vinyasa and flow-based classes. I also want to hop around and visit other studios so I can get a feel for different teaching styles and methods.

I feel so excited to begin taking steps towards this next part of my journey. While the actual teacher training is a ways away, knowing I am working towards this is exhilarating to me. I am proud of myself for making this decision. I never expected yoga to have such a huge influence on my life, but every day I am so grateful that it did. I can’t wait to see where this takes me.

5 thoughts on “I’ve Decided To Do Yoga Teacher Training

  1. I felt the same. Wasn’t sure I was ready. I was going through the same thought processes a year ago. I started my course in January and next weekend is month 5. Can’t believe it’s gone past so fast. The best decision I’ve made. I’m doing the course with an injury and learning so much about myself, my spirituality and my body. I work full time, teach privately and finished another course this year. You can do it. Separate your expectations and enjoy the ride xx

  2. How wonderful. Please know that everyone asks themselves whether or not they are ready. And questions their answer. I agree with your friend; if you believe you are ready then believe in that. Only you are able to ask that question. I am also glad you are not jumping right in. To many people jump because of the timing of the program or money and both are not reasons to make a decision. Do your research and pick a program that resonates with you (the teachers, style, philosophy and focus of the program). In my experience, to many programs put an over emphasis on the physical and ignore the real meatiness of what yoga is. Beware of programs that ask you to prove that you can master certain poses. This puts an over importance on the form and not functionality of āsana. It ignores the fact that everyone is different and have different accessibilities and levels of appropriateness.

    A teacher training will change your life. Make sure you know what direction you are stepping in. Good luck!

    1. Hi Traci, thanks for your feedback and advice. I will definitely take everything to heart, especially as I research and eventually choose a program. Everyone keeps telling me that teacher training will change my life. I’m ready and excited for the change!

  3. yoga teacher training was the best decision of my life. I came into it later.. and am grateful that i can add my life experience to my yoga teaching practice. though there is no age prerequisite to become a yoga teacher. some of my 5 year old students have been some of the wisest. It will change your life.. it will be intense. will bring out many emotions. and you will love it all, especially when you look back. but if you can be present during the whole experience, can’t think of a better gift you can give yourself. from my experience. i picked (or maybe my destiny) a small yoga ashram to learn from.. in hindsight i feel i would have loved to have a bigger tribe of fellow class mates. so that when i travel around the world I would always have a like minded person to go meet.. this may or may not be for you, but may be helpful to decide what type of yoga you want, what you are attracted to. I enjoyed philosophy but its already my strong suit, so would have welcomed some more anatomy in my ttc. now I do a lot of self learning on anatomy.. again this may not be for you, but try to figure for yourself, what attracts you to yoga, is it the physical body work, is it breath work, is it the philosophy, is it diet, etc. Since I love all the elements of yoga, and I enjoy a tribe, I’m going to do my 2nd ttc with sivananda in val morin in quebec, this summer.. 🙂 good luck & feel free to reach out if you have more questions.. I blog about things yoga, including asana, breathing and delicious vegan yogic food.. charu.. http://www.charuyoga.com

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