As a yoga teacher, I get many questions about the benefits of yoga teacher training programs. Teacher training is a great holistic education for the body, mind and spirit. You do not need to have a desire to teach in order to benefit greatly from these educational programs in all areas of your life!
Here’s how yoga teacher training benefits the body, mind & spirit:
Body – Teacher trainings will give you the tools to practice more self-care and feel strong and healthy in your body. In trainings, you will learn about the physical body in great detail as you learn about the alignment and benefits of postures. You will be immersed in functional anatomy so you can understand how the poses affect your body and how to feel good in them. This learning will help you to limit future injuries, or recover from a current one. You will also learn how to modify and adjust poses for yourself and others so you can share this practice and teach if you want to. You will learn to challenge your limits through extensive physical practice. You will be more willing to break the boundaries that you placed on yourself and learning new and challenging poses.
Mind – Teacher Training is a great way to expand and still your mind! You will be reading the Yoga Sutras, the ancient philosophical texts of yoga that teach practitioners how to manage the workings of the mind through focus, discipline, practice and meditation. You will learn the obstacles that we all face and how the benefits of yoga can shift your awareness and create a more positive frame of mind. You will gain a broader understanding yoga which will deepen your practice and help you to apply yoga to other all aspects of your life. Teacher trainings can help you to move through life challenges and transitions with better ease and less stress.
Spirit: Teacher Training can help you to access the non-physical aspects of the self. Your energy, emotions, character, intuition and things that we can’t perceive with the physical eyes but that we understand are part of our human design. Understanding how to light up from the inside and create an empowered life will help you to open your voice, access your heart and deepen your compassion and love for yourself and those around you. In a teacher training you are always sharing parts of yourself with a safe and loving community. You will build life-long friendships and a great community that feeds your spirit.
Next read my article, Top 8 Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Yoga Teacher Training so that you can educate yourself on how to choose the training that’s right for you!
Nicole Doherty is a 500-RYT YogaWorks certified teacher, energy healer, life coach, nutritional wellness coach, singer and writer. Through the study of various healing arts and a disciplined yoga practice, Nicole spent most of her adult life on an extensive spiritual inquiry that empowered her to overcome multiple traumas in her life ultimately finding love, light and sustained joy. What she discovered on this path to wholeness fuels her passion to inspire others to heal and find their highest potential. Committed to embodying her truth in service, Nicole encourages others to do the same with her contagious laughter, endearing smile and lightness of being. To learn more, visit her website.