5 Pieces of Advice for Yoga Teacher Training
I am fresh out of yoga school and here are 5 pieces of advice I’d like to share with others based on my experience.
1. Go with a beginner mind
I was under the mistaken impression that I would leave my YTT having perfected numerous arm balances and fancy inversions. However, the yoga practice was really basic. Bear in mind, there is such a range of abilities, some seasoned practitioners and other beginners on the training. A very basic yoga practice took me a while to get used to, but it humbled me and allowed me to really perfect my technique and alignment in the core, foundational poses.
2. Prepare to feel all kinds of emotions
I’m normally a pretty happy go lucky kind of person. But on the training all my emotions were heightened. I felt frustrated and was incredible irritated at times. But at others I was bursting with happiness. The increased self observation, meditation and silence really starts to bring up a variety of emotions even if you cannot pin them down to a certain trigger. Just observe and let go. Remember, we are not our feelings!
3. Rest when you can
I find it difficult to really relax during the day and during our self-study breaks I would go on walks, maybe squeeze in some self-practice in the couple of hours. However, in the final week, this really took its toll. I was exhausted. Take power naps to restore your energy. When you have a quiet hour or so really use it for yourself. You’ll need it!
4. Support your peers
Sometimes yoga can be competitive, with everyone comparing and assessing others. However, it’s important to create a support system and a community on your training. It makes the experience so much more fun and pleasant when you let go of comparisons. Everyone has been doing yoga for different periods of times and ultimately we all have different body types. I’ve made some incredible friends.
5. Enjoy it!
While the YTT is really intense and tiring, it is also so much fun. Smile, Laugh and Let go! When else are you going to be surrounded by like-minded yogi’s doing so much yoga every single day