Yoga teacher training always sounds so good; a great concentrated way to focus and deepen your practice. But isn’t it restricted to only potential yoga instructors? Nope! We’ve recently learned that anyone who practices consistently and who wants to grow and learn is welcome.
Our brand Ambassador Leslie (@goodgroundyoga) is a yogi that has led countless yoga teacher trainings. She recommends yoga teacher training, even if you’re not planning on being a yoga teacher. Check out Leslie’s great insights on yoga teacher training below!
I have always been around yoga. My mother was a yoga junkie back in the day and I have vivid memories of her doing yoga in her nightgown on her bedroom floor. She went to this kooky yoga center in Brooklyn where we grew up. The classes she attended were two hours long. There was a lecture, a discussion, a traditional asana class and somewhere in there a cold shower to cleanse the body and mind of impurities. My mother worked hard to incorporate the principals of yoga into her daily life. I remember when she struggled with eating meat when she was introduced to the principal of ahimsa (non-harming). She even took me away to an ashram for my first retreat when I was around 12 years old. This was before the time yoga retreats were fashionable. We slept in a dorm, chanted, ate in silence and spent a lot of time just being quiet.
It wasn’t such a stretch that I would find myself many years later at an ashram one New Years Eve feeling like I was at home for the very first time. By the next day I had decided to take an extended vacation from my job as an attorney at a domestic violence advocacy clinic to stay on at the ashram to do a month long yoga teacher training.
Clearly a seed was planted. Since that day, I have taken countless teacher trainings and now lead them myself at my studio Good Ground Yoga. After all these years, it still delights me to see that the most transformative part of these teacher trainings is not learning the poses, but how to live a life that is meaningful, purposeful and most importantly, authentic. Wanting to be a yoga instructor is not a requirement for yoga teacher training!
Yoga teacher trainings are opportunities to grow not just as teachers, but as humans.
I have discovered that true growth happens when we are out of automatic, when we are in the unknown or even the uncomfortable. This is because when we get out of automatic, we are our most authentic self. Getting out of automatic helps us as teachers and as humans debunk the myth that what we habitually do is who we really are. During yoga teach training, you will be challenged to explore the uncomfortable, challenging, and unfamiliar.
Yoga teacher trainings challenge you to think outside of your habitual box and widen your field of view:
- to see the extraordinary in the ordinary,
- to see the beauty in the smallest things,
- to use the breath to stay present and grounded,
- to feel empowered and capable,
- to be honest and authentic in all the areas of your life.
I believe that a yoga training is one of the best investments you can make in yourself.
Teacher trainings are not exclusively for people who want to teach yoga. More than half of my trainees who attend my trainings just want to learn more about themselves. If you are one of the lucky few who do make that investment, at graduation you will get much more than a certificate.
You will leave teacher training with a spiritual, emotional and energetic tool box.
What you build or dismantle after yoga teach training is entirely up to you!
If you are interested in doing a Yoga Teacher Training and live in Long Island, check out Leslie’s Good Ground Yoga Teacher Training. Her next one starts in February 2017.