I was very lucky to chat this week with not just one but two local yoga teachers. The burning question has always been, "where do I take my teacher training?" It has been in my realm of consciousness lately as September always is the start of school and fitting, l've been seeing many advertisements and posters of local studios offering their training.
My inquiring mind dove in deep with the two teachers. Where do you recommend? Where did you do your training? How is the training at this (read: where I went to class...you could maybe guess where) studio? How do you know what type of yoga to get training in?
I literally peppered them with question, after question, after question (note: this is not the first time I've done this to a yoga teacher!).
As it is becoming clear, I really struggle with how to become a teacher. It honestly stems from my real job as an exercise physiologist/group exercise leader. It's not a profession that is regulated (less so than yoga, I think). And I've prided myself (for better or worse) in having the highest standard of education. And with time, I have acknowledged that education is not the only way to be something or someone. Experience counts too (hence the blog!!!) So with this lens and perspective I have, I really want to make a sound decision when choosing how I get certified.
Amazingly, I think I got the best advice that day on teacher training. One of the teachers flatly said, just go out and try a class at as many studios as you can. Expose yourself to many teachers and find where and who speaks to you.
Kazaam! There we have it! Why haven't I thought about doing that!!!
Interestingly, the exercise world, is probably no different. One of my many hats is to train new group exercise leaders, primarily in indoor cycling by choice. And how many of these newbies have either hung out in my classes for many years and/or were directed to me by other leaders I've trained or worked with. I am blessed to have such a supportive network!
So, what does this all mean? Well, as time and space allow for it, I'm going to try as many different studios, styles of yoga and teachers.
I'm not convinced I've found my match just yet. Some ideas and thoughts but I still need more time to "shop around". And since I love shopping, it doesn't seem like a huge feat! Plus, I'll keep plugging along at the blog and keep my study of yoga alive and well.
Can't wait to keep going with this yoga adventure,
Aspiring Yoga Teacher
I've practiced yoga since I was a pre-teen and have always found it to keep me centered. I will be a teacher one day and this is my journey to discover teaching and practice.