It’s been almost two months since I last participated in yet another Yoga Teacher Training. Reflecting back on these experiences, it’s evident to me; a teacher training program can benefit anyone desiring more than a credential. The lessons learned and experiences gained, have transcended my every day life and left me with some of the greatest spiritual milestones in my yogic journey. In this post, I will uncover some of the less-obvious reasons to pursue your RYT.
Public Speaking – For some, this may be the most transformational aspect of becoming a certified instructor – speaking confidently before a room; a highly desirable skill in any line of work or profession. I understand that leading a yoga class requires more than reciting a perfectly choreographed flow. To become a great instructor, it would be forth the effort to cultivate these skills:
- Impromptu speaking – you may have to make up a new class on the spot
- Adaptability – you never know if there’s anyone new to the practice who needs detailed instruction or modifications
- Observation – actually look at your students, are they following your instructions? (this one may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many instructors don’t do this)
- Precision – can you get the message across with few words?
Life-Long Connections -To this day, I still remain in contact with those I participated in teacher training with. When you think about it, for a period of time, an unknown group convenes together sharing the same goals, desires, and enthusiasm for the practice. A special, spiritual bond takes place as you delve deeper into the knowledge of yoga. It’s exciting when I see my former classmates around town or in class, reminding me of that blissful time in my life. In addition, if you’re looking for potential substitutes for your classes, these are the best people to reach out to.
Yoga Retreat – I had the privilege of earning my Yin Yoga certificate here locally at Fish Tree Yoga. The studio itself is a Japanese-style tea room, beside it is a lovely rock garden surrounded by luscious trees, and acres of open space to roam and clear one’s head. The first day of training, I made note of something the owner mentioned, “this is one-part teacher training, one-part retreat.” Indeed this was a three day weekend intensive, but the thirty-minute scenic drive, the level of quietude, and the overall peace I experienced made me feel like I traveled to a spiritual getaway.
Enhance Your Practice – Even if you have no ambition to teach, many of the topics covered including anatomy, philosophy, and sequencing will provide you with a more thorough understanding and appreciation of your existing practice. Whether you are an instructor or not, everyone is a student first and foremost. To borrow from my mentor, Sandrine, as yogis we should “never stop learning.”
Have you participated in a Yoga Teacher Training? If so, what skills or experiences have you left with? I’d love to hear your stories.
Whole. Healthy. Peace.