- You will learn just how meaningful 200 hours can be. You will begin to question the other 200-hour segments of time in your life spent stuck in traffic, waiting to be connected with a real person on the end of a phone, or watching TV, and you will feel confused about why you spent these hours the way you did.
- You will meet a whole bunch of like-minded people who enjoy the same things you do, have the same or similar life goals and passions that you do, and are committed to living an inspired life, just like you. Where’s the fun in that? Variety is the spice of life, people. Better stick with that office job.
- You will want to quit your office job. After spending so much time doing yoga and connecting on a deeper level with the new friends you’ve made, you might realize that you need to drastically change certain parts of your life to become the truly happy, healthy person you were always meant to be. How stressful! Better to maintain your stability and stay home.
- You will look different. Strange new facial expressions, like smiles, might become the norm for you. You’ll also probably be in better shape. Will your old friends be able to recognize you? This is a problem to consider.
- You will begin to question damaging beliefs that, for some reason, you’ve held to be true. I’ll be real here: this type of transformational thinking isn’t easy. Most likely, it will create life changes for the better, but there might be somebody somewhere who has had a bad experience.
- You will develop lots of new skills. Not only will you be able to teach an excellent yoga class safely and properly, but you’ll be able to better cope emotionally and physically with any curveballs life throws at you. With these great powers comes great responsibility. Do you really want to have to deal with that? Taking care of yourself isn’t easy. It might be easier to continue to ignore your needs. Just food for thought.
- You will have to learn to manage your time, because you’ll have a new passion that you’ll immediately want to put into practice. So you might also get paid to teach yoga—so what? How are you going to keep up with all your favorite TV shows?
- You will want to be kinder. Sure, this will make life better for you and for everyone around you, but is it the “cool” thing to do? Who wants to be “nice”? Promotions don’t just fall into the laps of positive, passionate, happy people… right?
- Did I mention the new friends? Be warned: they’ll want to talk to you about your life—not just about what’s going on in a general sense, but about what’s going on with YOU. This type of authenticity can be disconcerting to say the least. Real, lasting relationships aren’t for the faint of heart.
- You will fall in love with your life. For anyone who has ever fallen in love, you know: falling in love is one of the most terrifying things anyone can ever do. It changes the way you think, the way you feel, and the way you act. Be careful with your heart; don’t say I didn’t try to warn you.
Disclaimer: I recently completed the YogaWorks 200-hour teacher training in Hawaii. You could say I had an “awful” time, if by “awful” you mean the most awe-inspiring, transformational, and invigorating 4 weeks of my life. Many thanks to my new friends and to my phenomenal teachers, Alicia Cheung and Oliver Reinsch for their experience, expertise, and guidance! In all seriousness, everyone sign up for their training, now, without hesitation—it will be the best decision you ever make. A huge thank you also goes out to YogaWorks teacher training for making this educational experience happen.
Isabel Pennings is a high school teacher in urban Washington, D.C. She won a free YogaWorks destination teacher training in one of 8 incredible destinations, and just completed her teacher training in Hawaii in July! She became certified so that she could share her practice with her students who so desperately need instruction on how to feel good in their own skin.