I teach various Yoga styles in various settings, and while I do treasure the opportunity and find gratitude in being allowed to teach students, I believe that it should not stop there. I believe Yoga should be accessible and should be taught as far and as wide as possible, and that is not something that I can help do on my own.
Instead, I plan on encouraging other people to teach Yoga as well, which is why I offer a range of teacher training programs that will take hopefuls on a journey of self-discovery – the same ones I experienced in my time, and the same ones that will eventually teach people how to transform the lives of others through the power of Yoga.
What Are the Requirements?
It may sound cliché, but the only thing that is really required is an open mind and an open heart. Yoga is a very accessible practice, to the point that all levels of practitioners can learn how to teach as well, given time and a proper guiding hand. Beyond all the poses, the routines, the breathing exercises and other activities that people readily associate with yoga, the most important thing to note is that it is all about self-discovery and an inherent need to deepen one’s knowledge of yoga and oneself. It will not be too difficult to learn how to inspire or encourage the same feelings in your future students, which is what teaching yoga is essentially based on.
Of course, there are some basic prerequisites that we must follow in order to keep every one’s safety in hand, and to remain compliant with state laws. In order to qualify for training as a yoga teacher, you need to be 16 years or older. And students who are under the age of 18 are only allowed to enroll in teacher training if they obtain consent and a signed waiver from their legal guardian.
Beyond those simple (and completely understandable) requirements, it will help if you possess these qualities:
- Identifies as a practitioner of yoga in all aspects of her life, even way from the mat – it is difficult to teach something that you don’t believe in the first place, so being a full-on yoga evangelist will help greatly.
- Empathic and sensitive to the feelings, particularly the boundaries of other people – the student-teacher bond in yoga is reliant on trust, but must also be built on the foundation of respect. Classes will require students to open up and be more accepting, but personal space will still be respected above all.
- Willing to cultivate a healthy body, a sharp mind, and a glowing spirit – as a yoga teacher you can better inspire your students if you can serve as an example of the benefits of yoga.
- Of sound mind and with a certain level of emotional stability – this is very useful if you plan on teaching yoga, because your students will sometimes fail to find their own center, and you, as their guide, will have to be the solid rock that they can look to for support.
- Believe in something spiritual – it does not necessarily mean a religion, just some deep appreciation for things that cannot be bought or caged. It could be a love for mother nature, or a deeper appreciation for the arts.
Keep in mind that the above will help make your journey towards becoming a yoga teacher easier, but they are by no means required. Lacking some of the above qualities will not hinder you from teaching, and some of them – like many of the things in Yoga – can be learned.
Can I Still Enroll Even If I Have a Day Job?
I understand that teaching yoga is not exactly the kind of career path that you automatically think of before entering college, and as so many people who are mulling over whether to join me in this self-discovery already have full time dayjobs, which they should not abandon for pragmatic reasons. This is why my Yoga Teacher Training classes will be under a schedule that you and I will set, in order to ensure that it can fit in your schedule.
We will also try to work out the proper setting for your teacher training. In my long years of practice (I started out with yoga at the tender age of 18,) I have gained experience teaching in a wide variety of settings – from studios to private sessions in communal, residential, and office spaces. I have also taught both individuals and groups. I aim to be flexible and will try my best to meet you halfway if you have familial and work obligations that will affect your schedule.
How Much Will it Cost?
As for rates, I have mentioned that we aim to custom tailor the program according to your needs and availability, and that flexibility extends even to the rates. We will try to come up with the program costs that can fit your budget, and we will try to work out rates that will keep every one happy and content.
What to Expect When You Become a Yoga Teacher
One important thing to note is that you can turn it into a career. As mentioned earlier, you can study to become a teacher while keeping your dayjob, and while I don’t advocate quitting your dayjob in order to become a yoga teacher fulltime, my classes will at least give you the option of turning Yoga into a career, should it prove to be a more fulfilling and rewarding career path for you.
Lastly, even after you have become a Yoga teacher, it is best to remember that you should not put your own practice on the back burner. If you have been teaching yoga all day, it is understandable to think that you no longer need (or want) to get on the mat when you get home, but believe me when I say that maintaining your own practice routine will help prevent burnout, and keep you passionate about teaching yoga.