Yoga Is On The Rise...
The practice of yoga by Americans is increasing yearly with no signs of slowing down any time soon. A 2016 study by the Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance shows that today, there are over 36 million yoga practitioners in the US alone.
With this many people practicing, yoga studios are in great need for instructors. So we wanted to share the top signs you should start training to become a yoga teacher.
Let’s get started!
1. You're Ready To Know More About Yoga
I know, I know. This might seem simple and obvious, but the truth is that most people see yoga as a daily routine of poses, but it’s so much more than that!
Its basis is on what are called the 8 Limbs of Yoga:
Yamas (Restraints) Defined more modernly by The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Niyamas (Observances) How one treats themselves and develops their inner being.
Asanas (Postures) A set of poses that prepare the mind for meditation by challenging your physical self.
Pranayama (Breathing) The practice of measuring and controlling your breath.
Pratyahara (Withdrawal of Senses) The practice of drawing away from external stimuli in order to seize control of your senses.
Dharana (Concentration) Learning to control your focus and find peace within it.
Dhyana (Meditation) Where concentration turns into total devotion and awareness.
Samadhi (Absorption) The merging of everything that is mental and physical into oneness. A whole feeling of bliss.
Yoga is a lifestyle that was developed approximately 2,000 years ago, and teaches one how to live purposely and love wholly.
Isn’t that something we’d all like to achieve?
2. You Want To Learn More And Share It With Others
As the old saying goes, “The more you know, the less you know.” And the same applies in yoga.
When you open yourself to learning more, you open yourself to others as well.
With yoga, you can continue to perfect your practice, as well as help others progress in their journey, by sharing your experiences and learns. Both of these elements will aid you in search of nirvana - your most complete and happy state.
“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
~ T.K.V. Desikachar
3. You Want To Be Surrounded By Inspiring, Like-Minded People
Part of growing as an individual is finding others to go on that journey with you.
As a student, you’ll be surrounded by people who are also seeking truth and happiness. As an instructor, you'll be helping others find their truth and happiness.
The journey of experiencing both sides of this inspiration is absolutely priceless.
You’ll harvest relationships that’ll push you to be a better person each and every day.
4. You Don't Need To Have Mastered The Handstand
That’s right! You don’t need to know all the poses, nor do you need to have mastered them.
One of the most common misperceptions from people interested in becoming a yoga teacher is that they need to know and have mastered all of the poses.
But mastering yoga is just as much about calming the mind as it is about controlling your body in various angles and positions. It’s a practice that takes time. The same way an endurance runner trains to be able to take on a marathon, you’ll practice in order to lead the yoga lifestyle.
So don’t let your physical or mental state hinder you from becoming a yoga instructor. As long as you are committed to the practice, you’ll blossom.
5. You're Ready For A Change
Now I know this could be scary, but change is good. Change helps us experience and learn new things, allowing us to grow into a new version of ourselves.
“For me, yoga is not just a workout –
it’s about working on yourself.”
~ Mary Glover
As mentioned before, becoming a yoga teacher means dedicating yourself to the practice, and that could mean you’ll be making some big life changes.
You’ll know it when you feel it… That feeling of needing something new. Something refreshing. Something that’ll guide you to new life experiences.
So don’t be afraid of the change. Embrace it head on, with a big, beautiful smile!
Putting It All Together
Becoming a yoga teacher is a lifestyle that’ll help you open your heart and share your love of life with others. Only you can decide when that is best for you. Just know that you’ll have amazing support along the way.
If you feel these reasons resonate with you, then you just might be a yoga teacher in the making!
Share Your Thoughts
Are you a yoga instructor currently or ever considered becoming one before? What do you feel are the top tell-tale signs you should become a yoga teacher?
We’d love to hear your thoughts and learn from your experiences!
Please comment below.
Yoga 101: A Beginner's Guide to Practice, Meditation, and the Sutras, Yoga Journal
8 Limbs of Yoga, Eight Elements West
2016 Yoga In America Study, PR Newswire
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