The number of yoga teachers and yoga teacher training courses continue to expand throughout the world as the practice of yoga continues to increase in popularity. If you’re thinking of embarking on a yoga teacher training course, here are a few things to know before you start your training for the first time…
Set an intention
Right from the beginning of the Tuscan Fitness course, be sure of your intention as to why you practice yoga and why you want to teach it. This intention and solid foundation, which starts from the beginning, can be useful to come back to when things get a little tougher or overwhelming at times.
Do it for yourself
Whether you want to teach afterwards or not, the most important thing you have to know is to study and learn for yourself. You gain maximum knowledge from your own personal practice and experiences.
Embrace the not-knowing
There may be some postures, words or subjects that you don’t understand. It’s okay… take this as an exploration; be curious, make mistakes and ask for help. If you feel confused, ask your teachers, or mentors for advice and you will end up learning a whole lot more instead of pretending to know it all from the beginning.
Take care of yourself
Listen to your body, remember that you are just at the beginning, and the best teacher is one who has learned for themselves first and then shared their wonderful experience with others. If any injuries occur during your time of practice, find the silver lining and learn all about it so that you can be able to help any injured yoga students later.
So, remember your intention, teach from your heart, share whatever you know, and continue to grow. Training and self-reflection are essential parts of teaching yoga; as soon as you graduate from your first yoga teacher training course, you’ll likely realise that this is only the beginning of a lifelong journey and there’s no limit to where it could take you. It’s all about practice….