Hey everyone! I thought I'd share a little bit about my yoga teacher training experience while it's still fresh in my mind (although it would be difficult to forget). I completed my training at Core Power Yoga, a company that has over 100 studios nationwide. Their 200-hour teacher training program is set up as an eight-week program, which turned out to be about 25 hours per week of yoga between lectures, yoga classes, reading, journaling, and writing. The lectures were held three times a week for three hours each, two on weeknights and one on the weekend. I completed my training in addition to 40 hours a week of editing, and although it was trying at times, I am here to tell the tale and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. It was intense, but the schedule worked a lot better for me than other training programs I researched, many of which require you to set aside your weekends for up to six months.
I started teacher training with the goal of becoming a yoga teacher (this sounds obvious, I know, but many people do teacher training for other reasons, such as deepening their own personal practice or learning more about the history of yoga). I knew I would love Core Power’s style of teaching, as two of my favorite yoga teachers did their training there, but I didn’t realize I would receive so much more than teaching tools during my eight-week journey. The training, in its intensity and gravity, really taught me a lot about myself and completely transformed my personal yoga and meditation practice.
I gained a lot of practical knowledge that has no doubt set me up to successfully share yoga with others, but I also learned a few valuable life lessons, which I’d like to share with you:
- Trust your intuition. It will never steer you wrong. You know deep down what is best for you. Listen to that little voice inside and let it guide you—it will take you just where you need to be.
- Happiness can always be found, even during the most challenging times in life. If you really look, you’ll find it.
- Don’t take anything for granted. Nothing in life is guaranteed. Spend time with your loved ones and do the things that make you happiest. Consider starting each day by writing down three things you are grateful for.
- Let go. Our bodies and minds are different from week to week, month to month, and even day to day. When you change your perspective to accepting where you are at any given point, you can do anything.
- It’s about the journey, not the destination. Be grateful in yoga, and in life, for where you are in the present moment. It’s not about the end result but the journey and the lessons you learn along the way.
Making the choice to sign up for teacher training is something I’m grateful I did, something that has made a permanent mark and changed me for the better. Completing the lecture, reading, journaling, and class requirements was no small task and something that, upon completion, was really proof that you get out of something what you put in, not just in yoga but in life. My teacher training journey has taught me to be grateful and passionate about life, and has instilled in me a strong desire to share the benefits of yoga with others. I have met some amazing human beings and learned to love my body. The ways in which my life has been positively transformed are countless.
Have you ever considered teacher training? Let me know if you have any questions! I’d love to share more details with you.