Article by Ellie Garwood
So you’ve been practising yoga for many years now. Perhaps you have gone further and understand the history of the practise, and have mastered different versions, from Bikram (hot) yoga, to Kundalini, to Viniyoga. You might have even taken on other aspects of the yoga umbrella such as meditation, the yoga philosophy or breathing techniques. Or perhaps you just enjoy the physical benefits of health and fitness brought about by an increased focus on the body, maybe your breathing is better, and your muscles are toned. So where to go from here? Well if you are truly passionate about yoga, and you enjoy working with people, teaching might just be for you.
There are numerous different teaching programmes available depending on who, and what, you want to teach, from baby yoga, to toddler yoga, yoga for the elderly, or for those with disabilities, you can even choose to train in many of the different variations of yoga, as outlined in the above introduction. Whether you are looking to train in the States, Europe or Australasia, or perhaps further afield in the practice’s place of origin such as India, the courses will vary slightly, although guaranteed all will make you see yoga in a completely new light. Courses range in length but most are approximately four weeks (200 hours) in length; at the end of the course students will receive a certificate. Longer courses are also available, however, depending on how much depth you are willing to go into, or whether you are looking to study part-time or full time.
Areas of study in a ‘standard’ course include: technique (such as spotting common postural problems, safe practice and avoiding injury) anatomy (knowing which muscles are working during which yoga poses, and how building muscles in certain areas protects certain areas, such as the back for example a set of good anatomy books is a must), philosophy (the such as karma and hatha yoga), history (documenting yoga’s early origins in India), pranayama (control of breath), meditation, ch anting, asana (seated pose) and the ethics of yoga. Classes will range from students partaking in yoga, to listening to the teachers talk about yoga philosophy, but both styles are two-way, with students encouraged to question and engage with the teachers, as well as pupils, on the course.
Teaching environments, and the tutors, due to the nature of yoga, are very calming, practiced peacefully, are non-dogmatic; they are caring, nurturing, encouraging environments, where individuals are encouraged to be themselves, and to be inquisitive. One particular yoga school in the States, says the best teachers are those who remain student like themselves, ever questioning, ever searching, and always open to learning new interpretations, new philosophies and new ideas.
Some courses will also offer information about how to go about starting their own classes, how to promote yourself correctly, where you might like to practice, and further professional training you might like to go onto.
About the Author
Ellie Garwood is a freelance writer interested in a diverse range of topics. For numerous yoga related health and fitness books she recommends the range available at Lotus Publishing.
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