The 8 easy steps of our trade
I became a yoga teacher out of necessity. The studio where I used to practice did not have enough teachers. The owner suggested I should go and become one. I was already a dedicated Practitioner, I knew I will keep practicing for the rest of my life. But teaching is a different can of worms.
I wanted to be taken seriously. I yearned to become a professional, in a professional world, like a physiotherapist or chiropractor. I knew from experience that Yoga offers similar benefits, since then I know it offers even more. But how can I put myself on the map beside these people who study for 4-6 years, when the most “complete” Yoga teacher training takes minimum 2 weeks, but the maximum of two months?
After a few months of research I started to feel more and more confused about the different teacher trainings. Which one is more complete? Which branch of this amazing tree is closer to the roots?
Since then I understand more about our trade. The different levels it offers, the ups and downs of the journey and I know that I have a lot more to learn. I still have many questions on my mind, some are slowly clarified. For example:
Wouldn’t that be amazing if Yoga teachers were also educated more? If we had some sort of professional forum? A University perhaps? Where senior teachers are able (and willing) to share their experience for the benefit of all?
I dream of a future where all of this comes true. Schools of Yoga blossom, we enter them at a certain age, and leave as completely confident and dedicated teachers.
I am now a director and owner of a Yoga School. Although in my school I choose not to certify teachers, I am mentoring many young enthusiasts, who are willing to learn.
This is where I’ve been recently faced with a serious dilemma:
This week I received three job applications and posted no position at all. Wow, what do I do now? How do other studio owners deal with the overflow? I wholeheartedly wish to tell you, dear new colleagues the whole truth. This article is my response to all who applied, I wish someone told me this 11 years ago.
I hope it is helpful and I truly hope it will start some discussion. It is timely and necessary I feel.
How to really become a Yoga teacher in 2017 in North America.
The 8 easy steps:
There is a good chance, that as a result of this hard work we might find a circle of people some day in the future who will choose us to be their teacher. I mean… in the long term. Not just for a course or two. Because it is true: this world needs Yoga more then ever.
In my imaginary, ideal future every school, every sport team, office building, retirement home and company hires their own professional Yoga teachers. There can never be enough of us, we are never too many.
If we wish to become professionals we shall start raising our own bar. The 200 hours of training is not enough. In the meantime I would like to ponder on this question just one more time: How much ( and why) do we want to become a Yoga teacher?
On this journey I am with you and therefore I am grateful.
“I believe in our ability to live an amazing life. Our choices shape our schedule, our body, our destiny. Choose well and enjoy the ride. "