Signing up for a yoga teacher training course is a big step. If you are ready for a career change, can handle the financial investment, and the physical challenges that happen during the training, then it may all be worth it.
But what if you don’t? What if you have no intention of being a yoga teacher? Should you still do a yoga teacher training course?
The answer is yes, because a yoga teacher training course is so much more than certification for a career change - it’s a life-changing experience.
What is a yoga teacher training course?
In short, it’s 24 days of pure bliss. Yes, it’s difficult to wake-up in the wee morning hours, and your body, mind, and spirit will be challenged every day. For many yoga students, even as they research, one question that comes up repeatedly is if they are ready for a yoga teacher training course. Yet for most people, graduation day is bittersweet - they realize that one journey is ending and another is beginning. And that’s what the training is all about; a transformation, not timetables and certificates.
With that out of the way, let’s have a look at some of the reasons for doing a yoga teacher training course, even if you don’t want to be a yoga teacher.
You’re not the only one
There are probably hundreds of yoga teacher trainings happening around the world as we speak, some are standard, some a bit more unique. Each course can have as little as 20 students and as many as several hundred. With so many teachers graduating on a daily basis, you’re probably wondering, where are they all hiding?!
The truth is that most people don’t take the course because they want to become yoga teachers. Becoming a teacher is only one reason to sign up for a course. Sometimes it happens that people take the course for all the other reasons, and, upon completing the course, they realize that teaching is what they wanted to do all along.
What you might love
Most people see yoga as a small tree, when in fact it is a huge and flourishing forest. There are many branches: asanas, mudras, Ayurveda, philosophy, meditation, yoga for children, yoga for pregnant women, yoga for stress, yoga for back injuries, yoga for… seriously the list is long.
If you have just stumbled upon this forest, or even if you’ve been wandering in it for a while, a yoga teacher training will give you a taste of many of these disciplines. You will spend 24 days discovering new and exciting aspects of yoga. Even if you don’t want to be a yoga teacher, you are sure to find a new way of looking at life by the end of the course.
Experience more than just a class
There’s a big difference between taking a yoga class and doing a training. In a regular yoga class, your teacher has 1-2 hours to get through a sequence, sometimes with as many as 40 students in the class. These students may be there after a long day at work, or because they are escaping a dinner engagement. Some may have injuries impacting on their practice, while others may be stepping on a yoga mat for the very first time. The point is that in most yoga classes you will find a mixed bag of students, with varying backgrounds and intentions.
On the other hand, on a yoga teacher training course, everyone will have at least one thing in common, they all want to complete the course. This single intention allows the asana teachers to carefully craft their classes to suit the student’s needs, and guide them through the course in a coherent manner. The students will grow together and the teacher(s) will be able to give more personalized attention to everyone, as they learn each student’s strengths and weaknesses.
Get it right the first time
You may think that the people who sign up for a yoga teacher training have been hardcore practitioners for the past decade, and a headstand is in their daily practice. While this may be true for some people, you may be surprised to learn that others take the yoga teacher training as the first step in their yoga journey.
Why? Because this way they will learn how to practice safely, correctly, and with guidance from highly experienced yoga teachers.
So if you’ve only ever seen a yoga class in movies, at the local gym (while you were on the treadmill, of course), or on a YouTube ‘fail’ video collection, then taking a course might be a good place to start. Maximum improvement in minimal time, guaranteed!
Make the most of your vacation time
If you are lucky enough to have stumbled upon a month away from work, family, life, then trust us: sipping on cocktails gets boring around day 5, especially if you know you have another 25 to go. Doing a yoga teacher training course is a perfect way to bring more meaning into your time off and make the most of your holiday. If your training happens to take place on a tropical island like Bali , that’s a win-win all around!