I’m thinking about becoming a yoga teacher, where do I start?
The individual Yogic path is as diverse and varied as the practitioners themselves. For this reason, it’s impossible to give you a one-size fits all answer on “how to become a certified yoga teacher”. That said, I hope to answer some common questions about how to choose a yoga teacher training school to become certified with, and how to dive in and begin teaching. All of the following information has grown out of my individual path. I attended Trinity Yoga Teacher Training, not with the hopes of becoming a yoga teacher, but simply because I wanted to learn more than my local studio offered at the time. After several years of teaching full time in Calgary, facilitating teacher training programs across Western Canada with Trinity, and now as a facilitator for Gaiatri Yoga, I can share my informed perspective of evaluating the path and choosing a program that suits your desire to deepen and grow your practice.
How do I know when my practice is developed enough to take a Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program?
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This leg of the journey is drawing to a close as I prepare today to embark on my 36 hour journey to another spiritual center: Peru and the Amazon. Out of the caress of Mother India, in to the loving arms of ‘Pacha Mama’. I’ve really enjoyed my time here in Goa, with all the smooth and rough patches, the highs and lows that come with such a transformational experience that comes with the study of self through yoga. I’ve witnessed growth and maturity, not only in the students but definitely within myself and my fellow teachers as well. I feel as though I’ve been through some sort of ritual or initiation…a coming of age of sorts….
Today’s class, my final class with the Yoga Teacher Training students, was all about savouring the moment. The sweetness of life and about enjoying time.
AKA - chocolate meditations!
I have been deeply touched by this experience. Though I’m not sure of the scope of it yet, I feel I’ve been changed. The students organized a bit of a dinner last night, where the energy was fantastic and light. What a shift has happened! And this morning, I was gifted with their chanting of the traditional ‘Triumbakum’ mantra, for wellbeing and safety especially in journeys/travelling. The glow on their faces and love in their eyes blew me away.
It reminded me of my thankfulness and my awe at the small ‘coincidences’ that occured to enable this training to take place…. How last November Eveanna and her mum bumped to a guy ramdomly who knew two brothers ‘Pappi and Guru’ who owned a small guest house in rarely visited Mandrem Beach. How they found them after seaching almost all of Mandrem town (not realizing Mandrem Beach is separate). Behind their guesthouse was Lalit’s yoga studio, where Maeve went for a class. After meeting Lalit, Eveanna, who had intended to be in Goa only 3 days, stayed…and stayed…and they got married! And how they ended up in McLeod Ganj the following spring where I found their little studio at the bottom of many many stairs thanks to 2 Canadians I had bumped in to who . Then I decided to stay longer in the Ganj and ended up teaching for Lalit on an emergency and…..then the teacher he had arranged to work with him originally didn’t work out so…here I am.
I guess there are no coincidences.
Its about opening to the experiences as they unfold.
The general consensus with the students, as they complete their practicums/exams, is a feeling of surprise that they know as much as they do. I can agree with that feeling, though for me on this trip its become more of a sense that I trust that I know that I don’t know…!
I’ll miss India but I will be back. Sometime.
Off to Peru.
Peeling back the layers of the onion.
More adventures to come.
Its Sunday and very ‘chill-laxed’ here in Goa, especially in Mandrem where I am. Many stores are closed, the Yoga Teacher Training students are ‘off’ and the beach is lovely. The beautiful sari-clad Indian ladies who walk the beach selling their wares have had a hayday as there were a dozen of us out there today, many buying sarongs for the beach and anklets.
This week has been more of a settled time. The local Hindu “Diwali” festival of lights was this week. There are lamp making competitions and lots of candles and lights lit, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness within. As with most holidays, celebrations, food, family and firecrackers are the name of the game.
We had a big celebration with the students here with a lovely Indian outdoor buffet and bonfire on the beach. The boys at ‘Osaiba’ one of the favourite restaurants are so cute and very kind to us foreigners, putting up will all our foreign behaviours and questions. I know it is their job to look after us but, really, considering how little they are paid (less than 2000Rs a month…which is roughly 50.00), they definitely go above and beyond in the respect and service they give. Ever since then, there’s been a deeper sense of connection between the students. And between myself.
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At long last, an intrepid Huffington Post blogger has merged Yoga with Social Networking…In her posting, Tara Stiles applies the ethical precepts from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the “yamas” & “niyamas”, to Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.
Are you ready to take a deeper look at your Social Network habits? Read on: Zen And The Art Of Social Networking