hey, hey! happy weekend!
when i meet new people and they find out i’m a yoga instructor i’m often asked the question “how did you get into that?”
to be honest, the universe pointing me in the right direction helped a lot. i was working in PR and dealing with an anxiety disorder that was slowly becoming too overwhelming to deal with. i was googling ‘holistic healing for anxiety’ and other variations of that topic and a website for a local yoga studio offering teacher trainings popped up on my screen. the hours of training fit into my already full-time schedule and i figured going through a training would really help me create a practice that i needed during times of high anxiety when classes aren’t always available to me. so after visiting the studio, numerous hours of practice and 4 months of balancing this training on top of my regular job, i was proudly a certified yoga instructor.
i started out slowly… teaching classes at the studio i graduated from and practicing on friends and family. and then i realized i loved sharing yoga so much that after a few weeks i made the leap into full-time teaching. since then i also got certified in spin and kickboxing. i totally dig the fitness and yoga community and have never regretted my choice to immerse myself in it completely.
so where do you start when you know you want to take a training, but don’t know which one would work best for you? here’s some tips to help you out:
1) know what kind of training you want to get
are you interested in a comprehensive 200 hour or 500 hour certification? would you prefer to get certified under a specific style of yoga such as Anusara or Bikram? each training offers something unique so take some time to think about what would fulfill you the most.
2) what studio/school feels good to you?
if you’re taking your training at a studio, get to know the person conducting the training so you know you feel comfortable. if you’re going away for the training make sure to visit the location and get a feel for the place. take some classes with the teachers at the studio or school and see if you jive with the atmosphere.
3) what kind of committment can you offer?
do you need to stay local or can you take some time to travel to kripalu? maybe you need a condensed version (some studios offer summer schedules that allow you to cover the 200 hours in a matter of months) or perhaps you can fly off to an exotic place like Thailand for an immersion training/retreat.
this is definitely something to think about. depending on how much you’d like to spend on your training (whether you travel to a far off place, stay local or stick to 200 hours instead of 500) plays a part on which training will fit best into your life. some places may offer scholarships or early sign up specials.
5) pick your teachers’ brains
you practice with them every week, are inspired by their class themes and philosophies and trust in their adjustments. ask them where they went. find out what their experiences were and get their advice on how you can approach this new journey in your life.
6) make sure the school is recognized by yoga alliance
this helps ensure proper training curriculum standards.
if you find yourself interested in taking a training, go for it! it can be a life-changing experience. i hope you find these tips helpful! and if you’re already an instructor, please feel free to add some of your tips and experiences too🙂