It is not unusual for people who have been doing yoga and loving it and who have felt its transformative qualities to begin to think that they might like to be the one up the front leading others in the practice. As a studio that offers teacher training, you might think we would want to say to you, great, go ahead and do it, it is all rosy ahead. But we want you to be sure before you take that leap.
Before you embark on the teacher training path really investigate your motivation and your heart’s calling. It may look as though you are finding a great way out of the daily grind, into the idyllic lifestyle of doing yoga all the time and wearing comfortable clothes for your job, but the truth is a little bit different.
It is a crowded marketplace and becoming more so. This means that it is becoming harder and harder to make a living teaching yoga. Do not do this if your motivation is to give up the day job and replace your income teaching yoga.
It can seriously alter your relationship with your own practice. Just imagine, when you are on the mat you are working out what to teach today and tomorrow. And after all that teaching the last thing you want to do is to go to a class or simply find solace in your own practice on the mat.
If your heart is still calling you to the vocation of yoga teacher you will then have to consider trainings. They are not all created equal. You will get what you pay for. If it is cheap and quick, you may finish the training not feeling confident as a teacher and unable to register with our national peek body, Yoga Australia, unable to obtain insurance and your students unable to claim a rebate from their healthcare funds for classes they attend with you.
Of course, teacher trainings, even they are so called, also attract a lot of people who do not want to teach, but this is the only pathway to more yoga knowledge than you can get at the local regular classes. Perfectly valid.