Are you looking to transform your life? Transform who you are as a person? It might sound a tad on the dramatic side but that’s exactly what a yoga teacher training (YTT) will do for you.
People often come to me with doubt. They worry about how long they’ve been practicing for or are concerned that they can’t get into an asana they’ve seen on social media. These concerns fall away when you understand exactly what my teacher training is about.
Teacher trainings are for everyone. Beginner yogi’s, as well as long time practitioners, can all benefit from them. A new teacher, a new style of yoga, just being in a different place in your life, can allow you to take something new, something different from the teachings that are presented to you.
If you are new to yoga and are wondering what teacher training is about then keep reading. We’re going to be diving into the different aspects of teacher training and how they can deepen your practice. Yoga is about unity and when you spend this time understanding yoga you begin to understand yourself and the world around you.
My teacher training is a part of the Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community globally.
In order for your YTT school to be included as in the registered yoga school directory, your training has to meet high prerequisites. The pre-defined curriculum has to be of a high standard and taught by trained teachers.
Be Yoga complies with all standards and offers a consistent approach that is conducive to depth, rather than a survey of different approaches.
Yoga Teacher Training Highlights
There are so many topics that are covered and learned in Be Yoga YTT. All of them help build your confidence, deepen your understanding, and grow your knowledge around yoga.
Yoga Philosophy And Psychology
In order to deepen your understanding of the practice, your foundation will be set in yoga philosophy and psychology. Learning the history of this practice and the teachings of ancient text and gurus allows us to look at yoga as a whole.
Yoga isn’t just about getting into a headstand, it’s about how we can live more consciously on this earth. Learning the philosophy and psychology of the practice allows you to put a mirror in front of yourself and see things you may not have seen before.
Asanas are just one of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga. Looking after the body is important for well-being and in yoga we do that through our physical practice. It also teaches us to focus and concentrate which is necessary for meditation.
Another rung on Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga is pranayama or breathwork. We look at how to do breathwork as an isolated practice as well as how to integrate it into your physical practice and throughout your daily life.
There is a connection between breath, mind, and emotions. Practicing pranayama teaches us to be present and can alleviate stress and anxiety if you allow it to.
Yoga and meditation work closely together in a symbiotic relationship. Working on a strong meditation practice allows you to bring your awareness internally.
By removing the noise and distraction of the outside world, we are able to find peace and observe ourselves objectively. It is another great yoga tool to combat anxiety and remain present.
Chakras are a complex and ancient energy system found in the body. They were first mentioned in the Vedas, an ancient text dating back to 1500-1200 BCE. The Sanskrit word chakra refers to the different energy points, or ‘wheels’, in the body.
In my teacher training, we’ll learn more about the energetic body and how you can balance it. Various chanting exercises, asanas, breathing techniques, and gaining more knowledge on the subject allows a better understanding of parts of our existence we feel rather than see.
It is important to know the body’s anatomy, not only for yourself but for your students too. Understanding the body’s muscle and bone structure gives you more understanding of your asana yoga practice. It also makes teachers more aware of injuries and the best approach to them.
Hands-on adjustments in yoga hold a huge amount of responsibility and confidence. We learn to do adjustments in a safe way that will benefit your students. In turn, you learn about your own alignment.
Adjustments can be fairly daunting. We create a safe space to learn how to be confident when adjusting students and how to do it well.
We explore ways to ensure that you are the best yoga teacher you can be. Yoga methodology can adapt and change over time but setting some tips and tricks as a foundation, in the beginning, is important.
Together we learn how to sequence a class and what is important to include in a yoga class and why. We look at which asanas go well together to open up and stretch into different parts of the body. You will also learn how to lead these sequences in a class in a confident way.
The Business of Yoga
While yoga is inspiring and fulfilling it is important to know how to successfully take it out into the world if you choose to. Together we look at the business side of yoga with helpful tools that you’re able to use.
Final Thoughts on Yoga Teacher Training
I truly do believe you never stop being a student. Learning can be scary because it means growth and growth means change. In my yoga teacher training we learn, grow, and change in a safe space with encouragement and support.
I appreciate every one of my students. Not only do you leave with a deeper understanding of yourself and yoga, but you leave with a community of yogi’s who will be friends for life.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We’re all growing together and my intention will always be for you to meet the best version of yourself through this practice!
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