Can I teach Yoga after 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training?

There has been a lot of arguments regarding the advantages and disadvantages of 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses. Can someone teach Yoga after 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training? Yoga is such a vast knowledge with a tradition of thousands of years and does four weeks training make someone a yoga teacher?

First of all, no Yoga Teacher Training School serious in creating refined Yoga Teachers claims that you can teach after one month of training.  It’s a beginning of a new life as a Yoga Teacher. Yoga Teacher Training is not a foundation for the practice. Instead, after a sufficient practice of Yoga, the one who wants to learn how to share the practice should undertake the teacher training.

A good Yoga Teacher Training will have the following aspects in the course.

Teaching Yoga after a Yoga Teacher Training


The students of Yoga Teacher Training should get the opportunities to teach in small groups every day. The lead teachers of the training should supervise and give feed back on the teaching aspects. The students should be trained on how to teach a particular asana, important factors involved in teaching a specific posture etc. should be dealt in detail.

As a teacher how to position yourself, how to use your voice for different types of postures, how to prioritize the instructions, how to begin the class and conclude the class are among the important factors to understand.


The training should emphasis on art of hands on adjustments. Art of Adjustments make the students understand the alignments of asanas, the differences in the body types, the abilities and limitations of an individual in the practice on the mat etc. Sessions on art of adjustments every day and opportunity for the students to implement the adjustments under the supervision of the lead teachers will help them understand the asanas in a deeper way.


Sessions on how to sequence a Yoga Class and allowing the students to design their own Yoga Class under the supervision of the lead teachers give students a proper understanding as to-be teachers. If they get the opportunities to teach longer classes in which the students understand how to modify, offer variations, balance the class design, adapt to different situations, the students will be better refined to teach Yoga.


One can not teach in a Yoga studio right after the Yoga Teacher Training Course unless they have been teaching Yoga already. Hence the students should find all the offers to teach the friends, families, donation-based classes and etc. to get a real time experience so that they can implement what they have learnt in the Yoga Teacher Training. As and when they are confident enough to teach the open classes, the students start transforming slowly and steadily as Yoga Teacher.


Teaching Yoga is not like any other profession. One can not compare Yoga Practice and teaching with medicine or any other profession. It should be driven by the passion. A student of Yoga with very good knowledge does not necessarily make a good yoga teacher.

Teaching Yoga is a skill, an art, an individual blossoming and an opportunity to learn through teaching. Teaching Yoga in the reality is learning through teaching. Your students offer to help you learn deeper by being as students. Every student is a gift in enhancing your knowledge. Your understanding of Yoga gets deeper with every class you teach.

Hence one might be a very good teacher after a Yoga Teacher Training or often one might not be able to teach even after years of practice. If you are passionate, driven by the ethics of Yoga, and able to create the positive ripples in the minds through your teaching, you are a good teacher having an opportunity to get better every passing day.

Sthiram and Sukham – Phases of Yoga Practice

Do you remember the first time you dropped into a Yoga Studio and wanted to practice something called “Yoga”? Might be it was a friend suggested, or had to find an alternative physical fitness process or just out of curiosity. Unlike the other fitness styles, the Yoga teacher was keep talking about the breathing and you didn’t understand!

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Stillness of the Mind – Sthiram

Phase 1: Sthiram and Sukham:

Sthiram: Most often, we all face the similar situation in the very first Yoga class. But there was something that made you happy and you wanted to go again. After a few days, might be the next day you went for another class. It took a few classes to understand the terms the teacher was using. Breathe, Inhale, tuck the tale-bone in, draw the shoulder blades back and so on. There were a few postures we weren’t able to do it. But the kindness of the teacher, the smile, the way of encouragement and the impact, though hard to explain, was something that made us to hit the studios again and again.

Slowly the body was able to practice many postures that the teacher was showing. We were one among those doing almost all the postures in the class. The downward dog, the shoulder stand, the fish etc. were getting better and better every day. We were no longer the beginners in terms of practicing the postures. There was stability in the physical body in terms of practicing asanas.

Sukham: Then, it was the time to find the space! Strangely, we were able to find the rhythm of breathing during the practice now. We were able to understand “inhale and exhale” the co-ordination between the movement which made no sense in the beginning of Asana practice. If you were fortunate to attend good yoga classes then definitely you will be able to differentiate and appreciate the breath-focused yoga classes and their impact.

Patanjali calls it “shiram sukham Asanam” the steady and comfortable posture is Asana.

Phases of Yoga Practice - Sthiram and Sukham

Re-defining Life – Sukham


Phase 2: Sthiram and Sukham

Sthiram and Sukham at phase 2 will be transformed into more subtle and deeper.

Sthiram: If you have been able to find the roots, philosophy and larger frame of yoga practice, you would get the techniques to bring out the stability in the mind. Yoga practice no more makes a physical, but through physical towards the mind. It transforms as a way to keep the mind still, sthiram, focused.

Sukham: Happiness gets a new definition by now. The stillness of the mind makes you inward and your definition of life, happiness and expectations differ from that of others. Though your perceptions do not make any sense to others, you experience something called “contentment”. This is the new Sukham, contentment you experience as a result of Yoga practice.

This leads to the third phase of Sthiram and Sukham rooted in spirituality which we will see in the next segment.

Importance of 108 in Yoga – why it is so sacred?

108 is considered to be the most sacred number in the practice of Yoga. You must have seen or practiced 108 Sun Salutations or chanted a mantra for 108 times using a mala. What is so sacred about the number 108 in Yoga Practice? Is it a superstitious practice or is there something worth, meaningful behind this number?

108 Sun Salutations in Yoga

108 times Surya Namaskara Practice

  • In Vedic astronomy, it states, the diameter of Sun is 108 times of the that of Earth. The distance between the Earth and the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. The distance between the Earth and Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
  • According to the Vedic astrology, there are 27 constellations and each constellation has four directions covering the entire galaxy (27×4 =108).
  • Hatha Yoga is defined as the union of two different energies; the Sun and the Moon or the Masculine and Feminine. You can find the two dimensions of the same existence too in the following.
  1. There are 54 letters in Sanskrit and each letter has a feminine (Shakti) and Masculine (Shiva) energies (54×2 = 108).
  2. In Yantras, the most famous and powerful Yantra is called as Sri Chakra which has 54 intersections. Each Intersection has a masculine and Feminine energies leading to 108.
  • In Ayurveda, there are 108 Marma points similar to Acupuncture points understanding of which one would probably be able to heal most of the diseases.
  • In Sanskrit Classic Literature, we do have 108 Upanishads and 108 Puranas.
  • Tantra states that we breathe 21,600 times approx in a day out of which 10800 times is solar energy and 10800 times is lunar energy (108 x100 =10800).
  • There are 108 Nadis, the energy channels intersecting the Anahata Chakra, the heart chakra and Sushumna is one among them.
  • There are according to the Indian culture, 108 desires, 108 evils while most of the Gods are having 108 names.
  • Even in Sun Salutations 108 is the twelve times of 9 which is the number of Vinyasa in Sun Salutation.

There are a lot of reasons not only in Yoga but in most of the ancient religions, cultures such as Jainism, Sikkhism, Islam, Buddhism and so on. You can check wikipedia too which explores the various dimensions of 108 in different other fields of knowledge.

So, can we take up the mat and practice 108 Sun Salutations?

The Mantra that can transform your life!

The Mantra is the energy vibration, nature’s revelation of reality through the Yogis. But often Mantra is also defined as a motto, or a foundation which his or her life stands upon. There is a Shloka, a Sanskrit poem written by an anonymous writer which with a simple words puts the life’s message.

This Shloka (a Sanskrit poem) a can be the mantra of every human being and if so, the heaven is brought to the planet earth. Life on earth can be simple, beautiful and divine.

Here is the Shloka:

jeevane yaavat

Let us be able to give more than what we receive in the life. This is the only prayer I offer each and every second and hope the divine fulfills it. 

There have been so many people working for us and supporting our existence. Even if I am eating an apple fruit. There are farmers who grow the apples, people who transport, people who supply the fuel and vehicles for transportation, people who made the shops to sell the apples, people who taught me how to earn money to buy an apple and so on. These chains of events are behind every small or big thing happening in our life. Life is full of gratefulness. There are countless blessings leading to the life often we think crafted on our own.

Let the ego be away from me and allow the prayer to be in the heart. The prayer of remembering all the blessings and working on giving back to countless people so that this privilege of so much blessings be passed on to people around and to the next generation. Giving back is beautiful and this is the only way to fulfill the life’s purpose.

Yoga Practice – I don’t know anything. Can I start?

Yoga Practice is for whom? I am a beginner, recently started practicing in a Yoga Studio. I am neither flexible not strong. Can I start Yoga Practice? I know Yoga is for every one and every Indian Yoga Teacher says this. But in the studios where in I practice, its not the same. Its competitive and the Yoga Teacher wants the students to be super-flexible. But I am not. Often I feel I am not capable, at least not ready to practice with others in a Yoga studio. When can I start my Yoga Practice?

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Can I practice Yoga?

You have always been practicing Yoga. You can increase the quality of your practice if you would like to do so. Since you are born you started practicing Yoga. Every day is filled with Yoga practice. Leslie Kaminoff, one of the beautiful Yoga Anatomy Teacher puts this concept of the first day of your Yoga practice.

The First Day of your Yoga Practice

In Utero, oxygen is supplied through the umbilical chord where in the mother does the breathing. There is no air and very little amount of blood is in the lungs as they are non-functional. The respiratory system is reversed as the oxygen-rich blood flows through the veins where as oxygen depleted blood flows throws the arteries. Being born is nothing but the death of the connection of the life with the umbilical cord – the lifeline that sustained you for nine months to start a new life.

The First Breath

When you are out in the world, you need certain actions for the first time in your life. You had no idea of the challenges that you were supposed to face at the very first second of your life. You had no idea of breathing as it was taken care by the mother. The very first inhalation was so significant that it inflates the lungs to cause the essential changes in the circulatory system. The first breath causes blood to surge into the lungs, the right and left sides of the heart to separate into two pumps, and the specialized vessels of fetal circulation to shut down and seal off. That first inhalation is the most forceful one you will ever take because it needs to overcome the initial surface tension of your previously collapsed and amniotic-fluid-filled lung tissue. The force required is three to four times greater than that of a normal inhalation.

The First Asana

Another first-time experience at the moment of birth is the weight of your body. Inside the womb, you’re in a weightless, fluid-filled environment. Then, suddenly, your entire universe expands as you are free and out of the secured space of nine months. As the parts of the body you need to co-ordinate these movements with gravity.

As a part of survival factor, you need to find nourishment, which involves the complex action of breathing, sucking, and swallowing. All of the muscles involved in this intricate act of survival also create your first postural skill—supporting the weight of the head. This is the beginning of finding the coordination between the mobility and stability. The very first second you are born you will have to face the most difficult challenges of life.

Thereafter, you will continue to find the coordination, balance between the breath and gravity, tuning the physical movements according to the breathing so that the physical actions would be easier to perform.

Yoga on the mat is nothing but the same. It’s a body-breath coordination training to the mind. When you start training the mind, you are bringing the awareness. You are instilling the concept of coordination mindfully. To expand the physical body during the inhalation and to shrink it while exhalation and so on. Once the whole practice of body-breath coordination becomes natural, it brings a lot of changes in the mental patterns, in the intellectual domain and even in the root of your existence. This is where Yoga becomes a lifestyle.

Yoga Practice has started in you right in the beginning when you are born. Whether you want to bring the quality into the existing Yoga practice or not is a choice that you can make. And you need awareness and awareness only to do so.

Yoga Ashrams India – What’s it? Why Do we need it?

Most of the Yoga practitioners and Yoga teachers have heard of “Yoga Ashram”. And Many of us have wondered, got curious about Ashram. Some of us have already been to “many Yoga Ashrams” which are everywhere in the world now. What is the meaning and concept of Yoga Ashram? How typically a Yoga Ashram looks like? Is there any symbolic meaning behind the creation of Yoga Ashrams? What are the main goals of Yoga Ashrams in India?

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Teachings in Yoga Ashram

Yoga Ashram – Sanskrit Meaning

Ashram or Ashrama comes from Shrama and means “making a meaningful effort in the path of Self-realization”. Often it is the place or group of people who are together making an inner research towards liberation are considered as “Ashram”.

How typically an Ashram looks like?

Ashram generally is set up away from the crowd, from the worldly affairs so that the research inwards will be easier. Generally headed by a Guru, a tradition of Gurus Ashram will have a community of people working together in the path of spirituality.

Does a Yoga Ashram have a symbolic spiritual meaning?

Yes! Yoga Ashram is a space where in the inner research takes place which is heart. Every aspirant in the path of spirituality has to create and reside in a Yoga Ashram which is inside. Your physical body should be considered as a Yoga Ashram and the Heart is the core, the center, the Guru of the Ashram. The Heart has to be kept pure, serene and holy so that it can lead the entire Ashram (Body) in the right path of spirituality.

What is the goal of Yoga Ashrams in India?

Though every Ashram can have its own way of life style, customs and goals, the foundation was to help each aspirant to find the light within, the Guru within. The Guru in the Ashram won’t ask the disciples to follow him but to follow their heart. He won’t ask them to keep himself as the Guru, but will guide them to find their Guru inside.

You need a spiritual, eastern or mystical insight to understand the concept of the Master. A Master is one who does not teach, but guide. He does not even create disciples but shows the master inside you. He clears the way for you to become a master!

Yoga Ashram is a place or should be a place where in the seekers are guided, not asked to follow to seek the master inside and find the union with that Guru who is nothing but the “Light”.

Best Yoga Ashram

Samyak Yoga Ashram, India

It does not necessarily be a physical place too. A place, space wherein you find the unity with your own Light, the real master. You can also create a Yoga Ashram in your heart. A serene place, undisturbed, calm and a lab for inner research with balance in all actions.

Samyak Yoga Ashram in this perspective is an effort to find the union with light, guide the seekers to find their own masters and be the Guru. Let all Yoga Ashrams, Yoga Ashrams with physical existence too find the union with the master in the hearts and minds of seekers, the light inside and spread the message of union, Light and awareness through actions.

Some Popular Yoga Ashrams in India can be as follow:

1. Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, Tamilnadu

Courses offered: Collective Meditations are held. But there are no mandatory meditation practices.

2. Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram (Amma Ashram), Kollam, Kerala

Courses offered: Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique, Meditation and prayer sessions and Karma Yoga.

3. Art of Living Ashram of Sri Sri Ravishankar, Bangalore, Karnataka

Courses offered: Art of Living technique, Meditation techniques, Vedic Maths etc.

4. Sri Ramanashram – in the name of Yogi Ramana – Tiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu

Courses offered: Vedic Chanting and Puja (worship) in the temple.

5. Shanti Kunj Ashram (also called as Gayatri Parivar) – Haridwar

Courses offered: Spiritual development, Music and advance Yoga Courses

6. Samyak Yoga Ashram – Mysore, India

Courses offered: Professional Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga

7. Shivananda Ashram – Neyyar Dham, Kerala and Madhurai, Tamilnadu

Courses offered: Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Shivananda Yoga

8. Paramartha Niketan, Rishikesh

Courses offered: Yoga Teacher Training Courses, Meditation techniques

9. Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu

Courses offered: Tours to pilgrimage centers and trekking to places of Yogic Significance, Meditation classes

10. Vipassana Meditation – Many Locations

Courses Offered: Vipassana Meditation Courses are 10 days and held for general practitioners, children, Executives and Old students of Vipassana Practice.

Voice of a Yoga Teacher – Can my voice influence the outcome of my Yoga Class?

Have you ever heard yourself after speaking or recording your voice? Many feel that their voice is totally different than what they hear normally or what they feel their sound would hear like. Does this happen to you too? Then for sure as Yoga Teacher you might wonder how your voice would be heard when you teach. Is it good or bad; audible or not; rough or soft; base pitch or high pitch …? These are few simple questions that that might arise as a Yoga Teacher or ‘to-be-yoga teacher’ because, YES, THE VOICE OF A YOGA TEACHER WILL HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON THE OUTCOME OF EVERY YOGA CLASS THAT YOU CONDUCT.

As a yoga teacher I always wonder how we can use our voice as a tool to enhance the results of our yoga session to make our students happy and feel that yes they heard what they expected. I personally found five major factors that were helping my voice in a better way to give a positive outcome. We should know how to use our voice properly during a yoga session and also during other times to have a best communication to happen. Without lengthening my blog I right away mention the five aspects to remember when we speak during our yoga sessions.

Voice of a Yoga Teacher

The Voice of a Yoga Teacher


Communication is possible only if breathing happens. Breath or the Prana in yogic terminology is considered to be the advocate of our communicative words. Anatomically, our voice depends upon the efficiency of our breathing. Our breathing in turn depends upon the efficiency of our lungs. We should first of all know how to breathe during a yoga session. As a Yoga Teacher, we might have to speak a lot so we need a lot of energy for that which we might have to channelize through our breathing to all our cells. So complete ‘yogic breathing’ is a good technique to practice to improve the lung capacity. While teaching, use all your lungs to fill in the air and let the diaphragm be moved as you fill the lower lungs. Short breath means only the upper lungs are filled which is otherwise known as clavicular breathing which might cause the squeezing of the throat and voice might not come our properly. Young naive Yoga Teachers find it very difficult to breathe completely due to stress or tension or anxiety about the success of their teaching session.


Every word spoken might help the students guess your pose or posture that you are in. If you are not comfortable in any posture that you demonstrate, that for sure, will result in giving a major impact on your voice. For example if you have not warmed up for the morning session and try demonstrating sun-salutations for three rounds with explanations, then the flow of Asanas will impact your breathe and in turn your voice. The impact of Sun-Salutations on your breathe will speak a lot about your practice than what you say to students about it. Every movement that we make has an impact on our voice. We cannot speak normally when we stretch our neck back for Ushtrasana (Camel Pose) or Purvottanasana (Upward Plank Pose). So know and understand the impact of the postures on your voice and speak accordingly.


Physical consciousness of your students in each asana depends upon the voice that leads them and keeps them focused on their practice. If your volume is low and not audible, that certainly lets your student withdraw from their focus. Using your voice at its suitable volume is a very important tool to command the attention of your students on what you speak and convey. Every word that we speak should have an exact volume that is audible to each and every student present in your class.


Communication happen at its best when every thought is expressed with exact wordings phrased with best choice of words and delivered with the best style possible. So it is very much important to be choosy with the words that you use to guide your students in every posture. For example, in Adhomukha Shvanasana (Downward Dog), you expect your students to have a straight spine and shoulders not tight. When they are in downward dog pose you can deliver the same as a command that follows – “inhale: come up on your toes | pressurize your palm | roll the deltoids out | lengthen your spine | push your seat muscles up towards the ceiling |exhale: bring the heals down on the mat | use your core… etc.


Once you understand the pose, have proper breath timing and are using exact words while delivering the command with a proper voice, another important ingredient to add is the ‘voice modulation’. Modulation of the voice and its tone while delivering your commands will make your guidance perfection-packed. Chosen words can be elongated, stressed, sharpened with our voice and beautify your commands which will in turn keep all your students focused on what they listen, see and practice.


Logic, Experience and Beyond – A Story

Yoga is about the explorations of experiences which can’t be explored. The Yogic Journey is about refining the lens, the perspective so that the world inside can be better experienced.

Here is a small yet beautiful story exploring the world that is unexplored in “Your Sacred Self” by Dr. Wayne Dyer

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In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

Love and Light

Samyak Yoga

Yoga Practice – How to be regular on the mat?

When you are in an intensive Yoga Teacher Training working on and working in every day for a month, you will explore a lot of things about the alignment of the postures, adjustments, teaching techniques, how to sequence the Yoga Class, beautiful Yoga Philosophy and of course some chanting of Asanas and Mantras. You feel alive, happy and seems like you can do a lot more than you thought you could.

Teach Yoga and Practice Yoga

Beautiful. Yet, once you are back home and start your job or even start teaching Yoga, the real world expects you to do a lot more things apart from teaching and practicing Yoga. If you are working in front of the computers, you feel just to get up and practice but you can’t. Even if you take a Yoga Teacher’s job assuming that the life will be all about teaching and practicing Yoga, it might not be the same.

Most of the Yoga teachers and practitioners have been facing often this hurdle on how to keep our Yoga practice regular. The students would think that you can do a lot of postures, super fit and have a regular practice. But in the reality you might have been juggling and trying to find the right balance of teaching and practicing.

This was also a question of a few students from Samyak Yoga Family and here are the key things you might like to implement in your practice.


This is the golden Key. There is no other alternative. Once you get into the daily life of the day, it will be a hard job to come back on the mat and practice. this is applicable even for Yoga teachers. You might have to take classes after classes or sometimes you will have some meetings or other things to do in the evenings. Make sure that you get up early in the morning.


I know its easy to say and hard to do. But stick yourself to a time early in the morning and make sure that you won’t compromise anything for that time. Treat that time as a gift to yourself which can’t be taken by anyone for anything. A specific time for the practice every day has the ability to bring a lot into the practice on and off the mat in the life.


If you have been an Ashtanga Yoga practitioner, you can keep the Ashtanga Primary Series practice for six days or Five days while focusing Sunday for Sun-Salutations! But you can also keep three days of Ashtanga Primary Series, two days for other postures (preparation for the Primary Series Practice, such as Back-bends, Balancing, and Hip-opening) while Sunday can be dedicated for Sun-Salutations. As usual, Saturday can be treated as Meditation day!

If you are a Hatha Yoga practitioner, you can create a sequence of the month. Make sure that you have a good set of easy, intermediate and advance poses and this sequence in general can be a foundation for next month sequence too. You can also make two sequences which you will practice each three-times a week.

The same can can be applied for Pranayama and Meditation. Keep a dairy of your practice and try to put the progress into the words. I know all these need again more time to work on, but that’s how the life is.


Go to nearest Yoga studios to take classes from other teachers. It gives an opportunity to understand and progress in the teaching and can also make you humble. It helps you as a teacher and as a practitioner too. You can also take the classes from other teachers in the same studio in which you work as a Yoga Teacher.


Once in a while, invite your students, or teachers, practitioners for the self practice. It can also be Mysore style of Ashtanga practice or a set of postures crafted by each one of you. All can sit together to prepare a class module and practice together like a Mysore style. It brings more creativity into the class sequencing and you will be able to get more inspiration, practice at the same time.

Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Mysore

Regular Practice can definitely do the wonders. Be patient and work in every day no matter what.

with love and light

Samyak Yoga

Can I teach Yoga after Teacher Training?

Passion for Yoga Teaching

Can I Teach after my Yoga Teacher Training

Passion is the key to teach Yoga. This might sound philosophical, but if you don’t have the passion to teach and share this knowledge, you will end up feeling another fitness trainer. You might feel out of the place after few months or years of teaching. It has to come from your heart. Though it will be commercially viable, the goal of teaching yoga shouldn’t be the commercial gains. Your goal is to share what you love and name, money come along. this is the key of success in all fields as a matter of fact.

Preparation for Yoga Teacher Training

Practice well before you decide to take a yoga teacher training. Go to different studios and take different Yoga classes with teachers. Find out the best style suitable for you. If you have a good yoga teacher, you feel connected to his/her teaching, keep practicing with the same teacher. Try to observe the alignments, breathing and be aware of the results of proper, regular practice.

Make a research for best Yoga Teacher Training

Once you have a proper practice, make a research of a proper Yoga School for your training. There are different standards followed by different schools. The goal of some teacher training schools to give you proper understanding of the postures and practice of different classes. Some might focus on philosophy of Yoga, Meditation or often singing and Bhakti Yoga. If you want to deepen your understanding of the practice of postures and Yoga anatomy, take the teacher training which focuses on Yoga Anatomy and Alignment. Look at the syllabus of the Yoga Schools carefully and choose the best that is available.

Teach after Yoga Training

When you are thinking to become a Yoga Teacher, you should get the opportunities to teach Yoga during the training and get the feed-back from the lead yoga teachers. Practice of teaching Yoga is the key in order to become a Yoga Teacher.

Often Yoga schools claim to provide all information such as Ayurveda, Buddhism, Shamanism, Tantra, Bhakti Yoga, Gita, Upanishads etc and unable to focus on training the participants on how to teach Yoga. Hence a thorough research as well as discussion with the teachers of the school would be beneficial.

You also have to keep in the mind that the Yoga School is registered with Yoga Alliance as most often you need the registration as RYT 200. But just because a Yoga School is registered with Yoga Alliance, the school does not have to be the best one. Yoga Alliance does not look into their Teacher Training Structure. Therefore, spend some time to understand the teacher training structure of the school.

“Be present” in Teacher Training

Try to shed all your ego when you arrive into Yoga Teacher Training. Keep your intellect fresh to observe, absorb and analyse the teaching every day. There will be days your body or mind says “I can’t” and often leading to “can I really do this!” Yes! There will also be days the philosophical sessions asking you to analyse your own understanding about you and the world outside. Keep a dairy and write down the thoughts arising in the mind every day. Be committed and try not to get distracted by anything apart from the goal of learning how to teach.

 Take an Extra step to get more in the training

Often your approach to the practice and teaching of Yoga during the training leads the teacher to give you the feed-back. Take an extra step to talk to the teachers, ask questions, get the real feedback of your classes. Give an impression to the teacher that you are focused and very much interested in learning how to teach Yoga.

After your Yoga Teacher Training

Teaching Yoga is different from practicing. You might have seen wonderful practitioners and their teaching might not be the same. Do not wait thinking that you are not ready.  Teach Yoga in Dance Schools, Parks, Nursing Schools, Country Clubs, Hospitals etc to keep your teaching going. Teach wherever it is possible. Teach free classes, donation based classes and grab all opportunities to keep your Yoga teaching regular.

Make an online presence

Create a website. Often you can get a free, simple website for time being. There are lot of websites offering free websites. You can also create a simple blog using Google blogger or word press. Your online presence would help the Yoga community to notice you.

Approach the nearest Yoga Studios

Approach Yoga Studios the location you live in. Do not make a telephone call. It is better to approach them directly and Talk to them. Most often it works!  They might ask you to take a few classes in the studios before hiring you.

Keep practicing and preparing Yoga Class Modules

Even after your official beginning of Yoga teaching, do not stop practicing. Keep a regular practice of Asanas and Pranayama. Always spend some time to prepare creative class sequences. Be passionate to practice and teach every time on the mat.

Finally, teach from the heart and spread the Love and Light. After all, its the Love and Light you want to share though your yoga classes.