Article by Alicia Lee
Yoga has been one of the most popular form of exercises and relation techniques today. It may surprise some people to know that most yoga teachers are self-taught. You see, I was interested in taking up a yoga training class a few years ago and asked my the instructor for some recommendations. To my surprise, she told me that most yoga teachers do not need formal training. This does not mean that the person is not qualified, rather the passion and the willingness to learn the different yoga styles are more important.
Although people do occasionally make the mistake of going into yoga teacher training thinking it will be an easy way to a career, the fact is that the ability to teach yoga only comes about after intense study. I have known many great yoga teachers, and not a single one set out to be one. What they did do is what all great teachers do, no matter what the field. They fell in love with the subject matter that they were studying, and proceeded as far as it would take them. Although this does often involve taking a program and yoga teacher training, this is only done as a way to advance the study of yoga. You do not learn yoga as a way to complete a class in yoga teacher training. You complete yoga teacher training as way to learn yoga.
If you are thinking about teaching, and making a living out of it, I would encourage you to go for it. In the beginning, you should have a full time job in any other field that will also give you some time to practice and learn yoga. Then, you should study under a teacher you know and respect. If your teacher offers a course in yoga training, that would be ideal. If the teacher does not, this does not mean that you should go find another teacher. Study with the teacher until you can learn no more from them, and then find someone else to teach you yoga. Yoga teacher training, after all, should only be a step in your quest to master the study of yoga as fully as possible. You should never leave a good teacher just because they cannot give you th e certif ication that you desire. It is easy to get yoga teacher training. There are many courses that will give you a piece of paper. But what people want to know is if you have studied with good teachers, and if you understand the yoga yourself. Remember that in the end, you really need to have the passion and drive in order to make yoga teaching a full time career.
About the Author
Alicia Lee is a mother of 3 young kids with a super patient husband. She has a website which offers tips for new mother on how to find the best baby heartbeat monitor.