I think of yoga teachers as a secret society of warriors. Warrior 1 is your local yoga teacher whose class you cannot miss (i.e you may have changed your wedding date to attend her retreat in Tulum). Warrior 2 is the yoga teacher who travels the world hosting convention sized classes and spreads the love to millions of yogis through her instagram. Warrior 3 might be the person in the cubicle across from you. At work she blends in just like you, in class she bends just like you, at the mall she probably spends just like you, and she also happens to be a yoga teacher. Yoga teachers range from the celebrity to the non-practicing, and all share the experience of yoga teacher training (YTT). If you have thought about a yoga teacher training before, here are six reasons it’s time to take the leap:
I have had a huge transformation over the years through the practices of yoga and meditation, which can be very exciting. I understand that this is not an easy process and going inside to those darker places can be rattling. It takes courage to dive deep into these unsettling places and endure the pain that can come up. Cultivating a sense of patience is key and knowing that the “pain” we are feeling now won’t last forever.
In the spirit of preparing for the New Year, I have been spending more time in my practice dedicated to self-study (svadyaya). I have heard this process of deepening self-awareness described as a process of making the invisible visible. In other words: “What are my patterns (samskaras)? Which ones are serving me? Which ones do I need to change?” Essentially, I am getting ready to make my New Year’s resolution, or in yoga-speak, I’m looking for my sankalpa for the new year.