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Yoga is definitely one of my favorite forms of exercise.
It honestly doesn’t even feel right calling it exercise, because it’s so much more! Of course, you’ll find that yoga focuses a lot on physical postures and good form, but not many other exercise regimens emphasize that a lot of our emotional being stems from our breath. It’s a beautiful “practice,” that weaves together mind body and soul. Because of my love for yoga, pursuing yoga teacher training, and getting an official yogi certification is one of my top priorities on my personal bucket list.
I realized that I wanted to get yoga certified several years ago– just as I was finishing up college. My roommate Courtney (who gets ALL the creds since she introduced me to yoga), and I had class credits to spare, so we signed up for a miscellaneous “Dance” class, which happen to be a Vinyasa style class on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. While I did show up hungover a good amount, I was always excited to get on my mat each and every practice. Unlike snoozer classes that were required to graduate, my yoga class was a class I would always show up for…mentally and physically.
Here I am three years later, with pursuing yoga certification on the top of my to-do list. However, this dream of mine is temporarily on hold. The following are reasons why I have not signed up for yoga teacher training…yet.
Why I Have Not Pursued Yoga Teacher Training, and What to Consider Before Signing Up:
I’m a broke college grad
I want to start off with the obvious reasoning being that I am a BROKE college graduate. “Broke” may be pushing it, but in bank account depth standards, I would definitely consider myself on the poorer side.
The truth is that it can get expensive. It is a valuable, sought-after, training that requires some moolah to dedicate to resources and material needed for classwork.
The cheapest I’ve seen it is at least $1,500—and as a 24-year-old with student loan payments coming in hot, I want to be sure I’ve got everything I need for those “higher priority” payments. Luckily, some places or even large yoga organizations offer scholarships for yogis interested in making yoga certification moves, or for those yogis who want to continue learning.
I’m well aware that the cost fits the training, I just know that my bank account needs a little cushion before I take the plunge and sign up for a yoga teacher training course near me.
It consumes a lot of time.
Yoga teacher training programs admittedly take up a lot of your time. It’s not a course that can be done in one Saturday a month, but rather a program that meets several times a week with larger 5 or 6-hour sessions on Saturdays or Sundays.
For me, now would be the “best” times to get yoga certified. I recently moved to the Southern California area, and in desperate need to make some yogi friends. However, my schedule at the moment doesn’t allow it.
After doing some math, from the moment I leave my door to go to work, to the moment I get home, I spend 5 hours a day commuting. FIVE HOURS. 21% of my day is spent getting to and from work.
**And just so y’all don’t think I’m totally psycho, I’m toughing out the commute at the moment, because my internship is temporary and I only pay 1/3 of the rent 😉.**
I haven’t found my “yoga niche.”
There are 8? Different types of core yoga practices. EIGHT.
They have high-intensity practices such as Bikram or power yoga, or slower foundational based yoga practice types like Hatha.
One thing I want to make sure before I dive into yoga training is making sure I know what yoga type I want to earn certification in. Doing things like taking more classes or trying new studios will help expand my yoga class variety, and find what fits my yoga style and vibe.
At the present moment, I’m definitely about vinyasa style yoga, but that could always change when I try new things.
I haven’t found my yoga teacher.
Do you remember in high school or college when you got stuck with a terrible teacher? And because of your shitty experience, the whole course experience was a nightmare at best? The same situation applies to yoga teacher training.
I would imagine that you can’t really go WRONG is yoga teacher training, but you can definitely scout out a yoga teacher whose teaching style and attitude mesh with your own vibes. To do this, I plan on taking multiple classes under a variety of teachers. Yoga studios are pretty transparent, informing customers who the teacher is for the scheduled class is ahead of time.
Yoga teacher training is a huge investment. For $1500+, I want to feel 100% confident in every decision I make.
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I want to immerse myself in more self-study.
There’s nothing like a good yoga teacher who is passionate about what they teach and strives to make a positive impact on the lives of those in their practice. I am beyond excited to [hopefully] one day soon get involved in yoga teacher training and certification. But for now, I want to do my own personal studying and research.
I consider myself an intellectually curious person who never gets tired of learning. Whether the subject is horticulture based, or something totally different from yoga, I think it’s important to remain grounded and form your own opinions before being influenced by another. Rather than going into yoga teacher training blindly, I want to research and seek more knowledge of varying yoga perspectives.
Yoga teacher training is considered the groundwork for incorporating yoga into our daily lives, and teachers assist with laying down that beginning foundation. However, I think it’s important to learn more about your build site before you even begin thinking about laying down our yoga foundations.
Yoga certification is a fantastic investment in ourselves and our personal growth. However, there are many things to consider and ask oneself before enrolling in a yoga teacher training program.
- Can you afford it?
- Will you have enough time to invest?
- What type of yoga do you want to learn further about?
- Is this studio/teacher right for me?
- Have I already begun learning about yoga, and forming my own beliefs/opinions?
Yoga Teacher Training is an awesome accomplishment, so it’s crucial to consider these questions before signing up for just any random program. When the time is right, I will 100% be signing up to get yoga certified, and I cannot wait!
Have any of you pursued yoga certification? What made you decide to go for it? I would love to hear your story in the comment section below 😊