We’re going to let you in on a little yogi secret here at Metropolist. If you’ve been practicing yoga for a while, you may be in on it already. But, if you’re relatively new to yoga, here’s the deal.
There’s so much more to yoga than the images pasted across Instagram of bangin’ bods, sweaty shapes, and pretzel poses. Physically, mentally, and spiritually, the benefits reaped from this ancient practice, can be life-changing. We kid you not.
If you’ve been hitting the mat for a while now and want to take the next step, here’s six reasons why yoga teacher training should be your next move.
Strengthen your physical practice
Yoga teacher training gets into the nitty gritty of alignment and the anatomy behind the physical practice of yoga, known as asanas (postures). We’ve all attempted “the crow” in the privacy of our own homes (ouch!), but learning to do this pose in the technically correct way will put a whole new feather in your cap. There’s more to the posture than meets the (third) eye, like modifications, counterposes, and the benefits each pose offers.
Deepen your mental and spiritual connection
As you deepen your physical practice, you’ll learn it’s not just about becoming flexi on the mat, but also how this leads to overall mind and body connectedness. Asanas only comprise one of the eight limbs of yoga. There’s so much more to be gained from the practice. By incorporating aspects such as meditation and pranayama, yoga can help to quieten the mind and develop mindfulness too. For some yogis, enrolling in teacher training might be more about self-enquiry, personal reflection, and unleashing creativity, than getting physical on their mat. Or, finally understanding what the hell “half lord of the fishes” pose is.
Do what you love
Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. We hear this one a lot, but that’s ‘cause it totally rings true. Perhaps yoga is the career change you’ve been searching for, offering an escape from the corporate grind and an opportunity to turn your passion for practising into a passion for sharing and teaching others. Did we mention you can teach almost anywhere in the world? Hello, beach yoga in Bali.
Incorporate yoga into your current career
You don’t need to rush out and quit work following teacher training. You can incorporate what you’ve learnt into your day job. There’s a lot of professions out there—physiotherapists, chiropractors, psychologists—who’ve cottoned onto the benefits of yoga and use the teachings in their work. Don’t work in any of the above fields? Beat stress by taking a yoga break at lunch. With so many parks around the Coast, there’s no excuse not to salute the sun at any time of the day.
Sense of community
Teaching opens you up to a like-minded community of fellow yogis. Even if you’re not looking for it, while you’re learning to deepen your own practice and understanding of yoga, you’ll be supported by teachers and fellow students who can relate to that deep epiphany you just had or the tingling of energy you suddenly felt in your fingertips. By spending a concentrated amount of time with others, you’re bound to make some new buddies too!
It’ll change your life
People often say teacher training changes their life and it’s not hard to see why. For some people, enrolling in teacher training also provides the structure and discipline they are seeking from their regular practice. Once you have completed your training, you will have an opportunity to develop your own unique teaching style, feel confident in your practice, and share your knowledge, skills, and passion with others. C’mon, it’s fun to be a master of something!
Want to know more?
Have we convinced you to give yoga teacher training a go? The good news is the Coast is home to an abundance of studios offering a variety of courses, like YIMI’s 200-hour teacher training retreat. Which means you can get all eat, pray, love without even leaving your Sunshine Coast backyard. Winning!