Beginners should absolutely do a yoga teacher training course, because they don’t know what they don’t know. Wait! I mean this in the best possible way. Beginners are at a massive advantage, especially on a yoga teacher training course, and likely to improve the most and have the best experience. Anyone who has practiced long enough is agreeing because they know!
What do they know? Yes, let’s go down that rabbit hole...
If you take a random sample of students partaking in courses around the world, you will see that they come in all shapes and sizes, ages, physical abilities, and, most importantly, levels of experience.
What they all share in common is the willingness to learn, to practice, and to devote a month of their lives to spiritual development.
Does that sound like you? Then you are ready to sign up for the course.
We are all beginners
This may sound cliche, but we really are all beginners. Every class is an opportunity to learn about ourselves and see the world in a different way, which means that it doesn’t matter if you have taken 1 class, or 100, you will forever be a student of yoga.
What’s more is that it is very difficult to judge a person’s level of experience by looking at their practice. After all, is yoga about getting your leg over your head or quieting the mind? (Hint: it’s the latter!)
Get it right (the first time!)
Imagine if you were given a basket of unfamiliar ingredients and a YouTube video in a foreign language describing to you how to make a dish you’ve never heard of.
Sure, you might come up with semi-edible food, and next time you may improve, or, you might just make the same mistakes and never realize that your meal isn’t quite the way it’s supposed to be.
Now imagine the same scenario except instead of a YouTube video you have an experienced chef standing by your side and guiding you through the cooking process.
You might make mistakes here too, but your teacher will be able to quickly correct you so that you don’t form any bad habits and can achieve the greatest progress in the shortest amount of time.
As you can see, it is always better to learn something the right way first, otherwise, you might not even realize that you’ve been making the same mistakes for years!
Understand the ‘why’ We all know that there’s more to yoga than turning your body into a pretzel. It’s the mind, body, and soul connection that is felt which really elevates our practice. Suddenly we’re not just breathing, we’re taking in prana, lifeforce, we’re not just in an asana, we’re activating our chakras, we’re not just thinking about lunch, we’re meditating in some of the most difficult postures.
A yoga teacher training course will expose you to the secrets of yoga and how to make the most of even the basic practice. By learning the ‘why’ from the get go, you will be able to reap the benefits and truly appreciate your yoga practice, even if you’re new.
Develop teaching habits from good teachers
Every yoga class you take will influence you in some way or another. It may help you discover a new ‘trick’ to an asana, or you may fall in love with your teacher’s style of guiding the class. Unfortunately, unless you are very well versed in the science of yoga, it may be difficult to differentiate between a ‘good’ yoga teacher and one that you may just have a personal preference for.
By taking a yoga teacher training as a beginner, you will immediately be exposed to the most experienced teachers who have years of knowledge to back up their classes. These are the ones you should be learning from! You may even be lucky enough to have a teacher take you under their wing and help to mentor you on a more personal level during the course; something unlikely to happen in normal class circumstances.
Stick to your practice
Have you ever tried to go on a diet, or to the gym, or pick up a hobby, on your own? Did you succeed or were all plans dropped roughly 2.5 weeks later? The truth of the matter is that without proper support it is really difficult to do anything new, even if it's something that promises to be life-changing.
By taking a yoga teacher training course, you will not only be able to develop the habit of a good yoga practice (you’ll have a month to work it out), but you will also have a built-in support group to help you do so.
Your teachers and your fellow classmates will be there for you each step of the way, encouraging you to stay strong and continue on your path. Even after you complete your course, you can be sure that you now have life-long friends that will be there on your journey to becoming a yoga teacher.
Let’s dive in
Yoga is a spiritual practice. It’s not about being fit or flexible or having clocked X amount of hours at a yoga studio. You know you are ready to take the course when you stop counting the minutes you can stay in a posture, and start counting down the days to beginning a new life as a yogi.
See what we mean? Even experienced yogis know that if beginners are taught by a skilled teacher they might avoid a) injury b) harmful mindset c) incorrect method. And they will gain a) good teaching skills b) supportive community c) proper alignment the first time. That’s what we meant when we said “they know”!
The journey begins with the first step.
If you think you’re ready then get in touch with us today, and we’ll see you at our next yoga teacher training in Bali!