One of the more common questions I get at information sessions for trainings is “what if I don’t want to teach?”
Believe it or not, about half the people who take trainings don’t actually want to teach! Some of you may be thinking, then why take a teacher training versus attending workshops or regular group classes?
At YogaWorks we’re famous for saying (and proving) that yoga teacher trainings transform people’s lives whether or not you ultimately teach yoga.
Here are ten universal benefits to taking a yoga training:
- Understand the poses more deeply– This is probably the most obvious of the benefits. Workshop style practices, detailed alignment, and in-depth anatomy lessons help practitioners to develop greater comprehension of the postures.
- Understand yourself more deeply- Through the work both on and off the mat, trainees look at their habits (samskaras) and tendencies and learn how to make shifts toward healthy patterns and improved self-care.
- Learn the whole yoga picture– Though the word yoga has become synonymous with the physical aspect of the practice, asana (posture) is a sliver of the whole picture. In training you will learn how to live your yoga, as well as different types of pranayama (working with energy through the breath) and meditation.
- Make lifelong friends- My best friend and I met in a teacher training. Taking an inward journey together profoundly bonds people. Sometimes family or co-workers don’t quite get the “whole yoga thing”. In trainings you’re surrounded by like-minded people who love and respect the practice as much as you.
- Back to school element- There is something fun about going back to school as an adult. In trainings we are not only learning poses, we also study anatomy. There are philosophy nights where yogic texts are discussed in a forum setting. Learning is like mental yoga for the brain and an active brain is a healthy brain.
- Learn how to communicate- Trainings teach people to communicate clearly. Regardless if you want to apply that knowledge to leading a class, running a business meeting, or talking to your husband, you will learn to speak effectively and with precision.
- Accomplishment- Projects provide a sense of purpose, especially when you finish them. Setting a goal and reaching it is good for self worth as it facilitates spiritual fulfillment.
- Doing something for yourself- When was the last time you did something special for yourself? Many of us are so busy taking care of other people that we do not take the time to care for ourselves. Unless our tank is full, we have nothing to give.
- You May Want to Teach After All– Teaching is fun and rewarding! It is not unusual for people to set out not intending to teach and then catching the bug while in training. Being a yoga teacher is a marketable skill and while you may not end up teaching full time, perhaps you will continue to teach friends and family.
- Do what you love- Clearly you love yoga or you wouldn’t be reading this article! Why not spend 200 hours fully immersed in what you love!
Sarah Ezrin, E-RYT-500, is an energetic and humorous yoga teacher, writer, and YogaWorks teacher trainer based in Los Angeles. With a profound love of travel, Sarah runs around the globe leading trainings, workshops and retreats. For Sarah, yoga is not about the tricks or the postures; it is about finding one’s center amidst the challenges and chaos of the world. She believes that life is short and that it should be spent laughing, with the people and animals we love, and doing the things we most enjoy, like yoga! For more information on Sarah please visit her website or connect with her on Facebook.