Mind Body Green published an article on April 14 titled: “Want to Teach Yoga? Here’s How to Build a Standout Resume.” The author, (a former yoga teacher recruiter for a big name company), claims that the number one defining criteria on a yoga teacher’s resume is the teacher training. As a 15-year veteran of the NYC yoga community, I couldn’t agree more. Enrolling in a teacher training is not only important if pursuing a teaching career, but also if you’re looking for notable changes in your self-esteem, relationships, coping skills, community and ability to find peace within.
17 years ago, I was the definition of someone who had lost perspective. Although I was a runner, had a B.S. in Nutrition and was an avid yoga practitioner at the city’s most well-known studio, Jivamukti Yoga, I was ridden with internal chaos, anxiety and self-destruction. I was devoted to the exercise of yoga asana, but the type of practice I was dedicated to failed to penetrate the veil of self-defeating thoughts in my mind. I was a grim 103 pounds and each day I castigated myself for not being able to lose more weight. It was a morbid trance of not seeing clearly, with an addictive thought line of “when can I exercise and what will I eat?” I was anorexic and losing the battle.
During this time I became the Director of Nutrition and Wellness at one of New York’s largest HIV/AIDS non-profits. This work with immunocompromised individuals exposed me to the power of continued application of alternative modalities such as acupuncture, macrobiotics, herbs, meditation and yoga asana. With amazement, I witnessed my client’s immune systems become fortified and consistently more stable through these modalities’ manipulation of energies and mentality. My curiosity piqued and I passionately wanted to learn more about these methods of creating inner peace. After all, I too was sick – I still sat paralyzed at each meal with an all-consuming fear cemented inside.
In my quest to seek some sort of salvation, I scouted several NYC yoga teacher training programs, and in the process took a class at YogaWorks. From the moment I entered the Union Square studio, I felt a warm welcome that was missing at other yoga studios, and after one class I was amazed! I experienced something I had not experienced in several years – boundless moments of freedom. It was a total breakthrough – a liberation from my addictive thoughts about weight, food, and exercise. The YogaWorks method encouraged curiosity about the safe alignment of each posture, while connecting breath to each movement or action. This method swiftly began to shift larger portions of my thoughts from shame and darkness to curiosity and possibility. I started to feel ‘ok.’ I started to relax into myself, regain the natural ability to feed myself, and build the courage to resist the urge to self-inflict harm.
Fast-forward to the present where I’ve taught over 15 YogaWorks Teacher Trainings of both the 200-hour and 300-hour level. There’s a reason for this: the power of a YogaWorks training is incomparable. I’ve been a consumer of the yoga market for 15 years, all over the country and even the world, and the quality of teaching and self-assurance that a graduate from a YogaWorks Teacher Training gains is unmatched.
Each of us has the potential to be our best self for more moments of our lives. A YogaWorks Teacher Training proves to not only teach individuals how to create balance in a world getting more imbalanced, but how to truly stay more peacefully afloat by learning of the ever-present tools within.
If you are curious to learn more about how to balance your life and give the gift of yoga, check out my upcoming YogaWorks Teacher Training schedule in New York City. I would love to see you there!
Julie Mellk is a 500hr E-RYT YogaWorks Certified Teacher Trainer based out of New York City. Her inspiration comes from leading students to the recognition and firm belief that they are capable of living more moments of feeling at ease and at home in their bodies and hearts. Through fun, uplifting and nurturing classes, Julie is dedicated to loosening the grasp of what is found to be right and wrong, beautiful and unsightly, accepted and denied to help people believe that anything is possible. Find out more at juliemarxyoga.com or practice with her at YogaWorks NYC.