When we have been practicing yoga for a long time, it often holds a special place in our lives... So it's quite natural that one fine day, a little voice suddenly whispers to us: "What if you became a yoga teacher? But our fears often quickly join this idea, telling us: "Is this really the right time? "Are you good enough/young/old/experienced/flexible/strong enough? And with it, the famous $3,000 question: "When can we start thinking about becoming a yoga teacher? In addition, wanting to become a yoga teacher also raises other questions: "Why train as a yoga teacher? And where should you go for training? ». This project usually sets off a little hamster that starts spinning in our heads. "What if? What if? "... Then, stop! Just relax. You've come to the right place to discuss this topic. Let's see together how to answer your questions.
When to become a yoga teacher?
Remember your first yoga class? The feeling you had when you walked into that room? Feelings you took home with you when you left? Maybe yoga was love at first sight for you, or maybe not. Maybe even that first class was not too long ago for you. But in any case, in that encounter with yoga, there was someone. A teacher, who passed on his or her passion for yoga to you.
Was this person knowledgeable about the history of yoga? Was she the best in all postures? Maybe not. But she had her love of yoga to pass on and her own knowledge. She was your reference! You trusted her to take care of your body and accompany you in your practice.
Do you know exactly what her training was? Do you know the feeling of legitimacy she had when she gave her classes? Probably not. You have certainly retained the positive that she passed on to you... So much so that you continued yoga in part thanks to this meeting.
Become yoga teacher
So let's get back to that big question you've been asking yourself: when is the best time to become a yoga teacher? When will you be ready to start a yoga teacher training program?
It's time to tell you: there is no general answer to this question. What is certain is that it doesn't depend on your age or years of practice.
You will read everywhere that this is impossible, that this is not right... But in reality, these principles don't matter. There are excellent yoga teachers who have done their first training after a few months of practice, others have had the desire to do so after 10 years. Some were 20 years old while others were over 50.
In the end, the answer to this question, you can't find it on the internet. You will find it deep inside you: in your heart. If your heart is whispering a big "yes" to you, then go for it. It's made for you!
Now or later?
Of course, this may be a project you plan to do in a few years. Either because you like to plan things for the long term, or because you don't feel legitimate yet. You're waiting for the moment when you feel ready. When the stars are aligned, when you can perform your Ashtanga A-series perfectly or whatever... But the truth is that you will never really be ready to become a yoga teacher. That's why you're doing a training course...
What matters, therefore, is above all this click. That moment when you feel that something is happening, that your practice plays an essential role in your life and that you want to transmit yoga around you to share its benefits.
You don't feel legitimate and that's normal. You will learn this over time. Chances are that you may even still have doubts about yourself at the end of your training. So if your heart says yes, but your mind suggests that it's too soon or that you're not yet able to do it, don't worry. Don't put too much pressure on yourself with this project, do your best and everything will be fine.
Basically, you can undertake a yoga teacher training course primarily to experiment. Think of it as a way to move forward on your path with yoga. And one day, you'll certainly gain confidence in the idea that you're going to be a yoga teacher.
Why become a yoga teacher?
Why become a yoga teacher? Again, there is no exact answer. But in general, teachers in the making have at heart to make their personal practice evolve and why not, to transmit the magic of yoga around them.
Indeed, students who have several months or years of practice notice all the benefits of their practice over time. Yoga brings them a better awareness of their body, a psychological well-being or a personal and spiritual fulfillment. Often, they come to ask themselves, "How is this possible? "Why does yoga do so much good? ». Thus, through retreats, books and workshops, they will seek to learn more about the philosophy of yoga, alignment and pranayama. When one asks why one wants to be a yoga teacher, the answer is often found here: a need to deepen one's knowledge.
It is then quite naturally that these aspiring yoga teachers come to say to themselves: "I must share this with as many people as possible". A desire to pass it on is born in them. However, this can come long after the training and even never for some...
If you feel like bathing in yoga day and night. If you want to specialize in something that inspires you, then this is definitely the time for you. It is this motivation that will allow you to start taking this intensive training, and then, to pass on your knowledge and accompany your first students.
Finally, keep in mind that all this can be done while continuing on your personal path. And I would even say that all this "must" be done with this goal in mind. Indeed, your practice will continue to evolve over the years and you will develop your teaching.
What does it really mean to become a yoga teacher?
If you are interested in becoming a yoga teacher, it's probably because you want to share your passion for yoga with others. However, teaching yoga classes is something quite different than practicing for yourself. It involves dealing with strangers, being open enough to make others feel comfortable or simply make them want to participate in your class.
It also requires knowing the human body, the proper postures and the right adjustments to avoid injury. In addition, you should not be reluctant to come into contact with other people's bodies. This is not natural for everyone and is worked on over time.
You also need to be creative in order to prepare your classes in advance. You will have to build them in relation to the level of your students, their individuality and different themes.
Finally, being a yoga teacher is not limited to giving classes. You will often practice as an independent and therefore know the need to make yourself known, to look for clients. You will have to pay a minimum attention to the "marketing" dimension of this profession. This is an area that is often difficult to do as a yoga teacher. It will therefore require commitment and perseverance in order to live from your passion.
To sum up, becoming a yoga teacher will of course be an opportunity to practice a "profession of passion", but it is also a demanding profession, whose negative aspects will have to be studied as well.
Motivated? So, how do you become a yoga teacher?
Today, there are hundreds of ways to become a yoga teacher. Many yoga training courses are available all over the world. Some are certified by the Yoga Alliance, others are not. You will find courses of 200 hours, 500 hours, others over several years ... Difficult to find your way around!
So, I believe that here again, there is no perfect answer to give you. In any case, your training as a yoga teacher will have to be chosen according to what makes you tick. A teacher or a program that inspires you for example. Indeed, this is certainly where you will feel most comfortable to evolve and to learn.
But as you probably already know, your training as a yoga teacher doesn't stop once you have your diploma in your hands. Being a yoga teacher is a life-long process. It is the beginning of a long adventure, not the end.
Become a yoga teacher after a 200-hour training course?
I know that many of you are asking yourselves, "But is 200 hours of training enough? ». Indeed, you may feel unsuitable to teach at the end of your first training, and this is quite normal. In comparison, some teachers have been teaching and training for decades... But keep in mind that with your first degree, your knowledge will already be very useful in helping many people discover yoga.
Even if you won't be "a perfect yoga teacher" when you graduate (but is there such a thing as a perfect yoga teacher?), you will be able to accompany and transmit according to what you already know. As your classes, your personal practice and the evolution of your knowledge progress, you will gradually progress as a yoga teacher. This is normal. Accept this path because, as with your practice, improving takes time and maturity.
The most important thing is certainly to question yourself regularly and to continue to learn, while transmitting what you like.
I didn't make a miracle, it's true. I am unable to give you the answers that will make your mind say, "Well, see, I told you you weren't ready? ». Because that's what it's all about, isn't it? And yet, I hope this article has helped you move forward with your project. If you've stumbled upon it, it's certainly time for you to take the plunge, despite all the negative points that swarm in your head.
Personally, I'm used to making decisions based on what my heart has been whispering to me for more than 5 years. And you know what? I have never regretted any of those choices. Yet they were often crazy for my mind or "not very careful". I was often "not capable enough" or "too young" for him. And yet...