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Becoming a Yoga Instructor for the Right Reasons

Receiving a yoga certification is one of the most rewarding undertakings in life, but not for the reasons you might think. If you are considering yoga teacher training, you need to make the decision based on two factors: your love for the practice and your ability to teach others to love it.

There is no doubt that you love the practice of yoga if you’re reading this. It is an incredibly rewarding, challenging, and spiritual practice. Teaching yoga will be one of the most selfless acts you ever accomplish.

Providing the Effort

Yoga is an incredible practice, as it has been passed down for thousands of years from teacher to student. Every yoga guru has had their own guru, and so on. As you become a yoga instructor, you become someone’s guru.

The teacher can really make or break the student. It’s important to make sure students have what they need to learn the practice. Treat them as future gurus. As a teacher, you need to view yourself as the student, learning the needs of your clients.

Yoga Livelihood

The love of yoga alone does not mean that you should receive your yoga certification. There are some people out there with wonderfully developed yoga practices who are not a good fit for instructing. If you are contemplating teaching yoga for the money or ability to perform your practice each day, you will be in it for the wrong reasons.

Choosing the right path as a yoga instructor means that you are in it to teach the practice to others and continue the ancient cycle of teacher to student learning. It’s not just about having the best posture or timing; it’s about being an empathetic soul who is present for the students, not yourself.

Right Mindfulness

Choosing your path as a yoga instructor is a personal choice and should not be taken lightly. Be sure that you are in it for the right reasons. If you are thinking about joining the yoga instructor community, find a current teacher to speak with. They will be your best source of information for deciding whether it’s a good fit for you.

If you feel that becoming a yoga instructor is the right path for you, The Yoga Connection has an excellent 200 hour training program. We also offer scholarships to Active Duty Military and Veterans. To read the requirements, please browse our site and contact us today!

Though introduced to yoga over 30 years ago, Martha has been teaching yoga since 2001. She received her 200 hour yoga training in 2003 and is now an E-RYT 500. Additional education: M.S. in Health Psychology, Integrative Health Coach and Mindful Awareness Meditation instructor (Duke Integrative Medicine), and over 800 hours of Yoga Therapy training. She has a school for 200 hour and beginning in the winter of 2014, a 300 hour advanced yoga certification which will award a cumulative 500 hour teacher training in compliance with Yoga Alliance. Martha's envisions yoga as a form of health, healing and well being for all people. Her students range from health professionals to yoga practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of the benefits of yoga. See all of our yoga classes.

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