why become a yoga teacher?

april-intensive-2There are many different reasons for undertaking a yoga teacher training course and everyone has their own drive toward the study of yoga. A small curiosity can be the first step toward a life changing journey.

Of course we live in the real world where anxieties creep in and our rational may steer us away from doing something we love. Some concerns may be am I advanced enough in my own practice? am I too old? I am not sure if I want to teach at the end of it, I have young children at home, will I be able to juggle teacher training too? These are all legitimate thoughts but we are delighted to have amongst our graduates some amazing single parents, people of all ages from 17 to 70 and beyond, those who have gone on to teach and open studios of their own, those who never plan to teach and continue to study with inspiring ardour, and many more.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras say “For those who have an intense urge for Spirit and wisdom, it sits near them, waiting.”

So why do people decide to do their yoga teacher training?

Structure

The discipline and structure that a teacher training course brings is a great way of  committing time to your passion for yoga. Allocating time ahead can be particularly useful if you have a busy work schedule or home life.

Deepen your personal practice

We hear this often ‘deepen your practice’, but what does it actually mean? We all know there is more to yoga than asana, but many of us are unaware of the vast history and philosophy that is yoga and quite often yoga classes barely scratch the surface of what yoga really is. Historically, many western students think that Yoga began in the second century A.D. with Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutras. However, the Yoga tradition is at least seven centuries older, with its origins in the Vedas and the Aryan tribes of the Indus Valley.

Yoga is a philosophy and science of the mind. If you have been practicing for a while, you may inadvertently notice the positive effects the practice has on the mind and how it might translate into other parts of your daily life. It is this that sparks a desire to find out more and to dedicate time to deepen your practice.

For the love of Yoga!

Akin to deepening your practice, you may simply love Yoga and want to do more of it! Yoga teacher training is definitely the next step in exploring your passion for yoga.

Add to your professional skills

Psychologists, nurses, midwives, fitness instructors and many more have taken our teacher training courses to add to their professional skill set. The science behind yoga, meditation and mindfulness is ever increasing and we are beginning to see the therapeutics of yoga being implemented in health sectors across the globe.

Become a yoga teacher!

This one sounds obvious but you may already know you would like to teach yoga one day. Many of us have had positive experiences with our own teachers and know the positive effects yoga has had on our own lives so having the opportunity to share that with others is all the incentive we need.

Community 

Yoga teacher training is a personal journey but many people find a sense of community amongst their peers in a supportive environment. Yogis tend to be like-minded people with common goals of shaping a better life for themselves and their loved ones.

 

There are endless reasons to begin a teacher training course. If you have felt that gentle urge to discover more about yoga, contact us for a chat.

Our next courses are coming up soon. Find out more by clicking here

 

We hope to see you soon at YIMI 🙂