With what mindset should you approach the yoga teacher training course in India? Constant interactions with people wanting to opt for an ideal yoga teacher course in India revealed that while some are fairly certain about what they want to do, others aren’t equally sure about whether they should, and how they should invest their money, time and interest in such endeavour.
Even if you’re unsure about teaching yoga, the idea of attending a yoga teacher training course can sometimes be more appealing. After all, you’d learn about a particular yoga style, travel, meet like-minded individuals and significantly improve your physical health. More than anything else, you’d get a chance to explore who you actually are and how to manifest the best version of yourself, by consistently challenging yourself through the spiritual and physical expression of yoga.
“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” – B.K.S Iyengar
Following are some things you must keep in mind before getting on a plane to attend a yoga teacher course in India:
Opt for a program that doesn’t stress you out
There’s normally plenty of information absorption, practice teaching, sharing of information and writing involved in such courses. It can be both exhausting (physically as well as mentally) and incredibly valuable at the same time. While you should be prepared to give 100% of yourself while attending such yoga teacher course, the institute must devise the program in a way that you don’t get overstressed! If that happens, the entire purpose of the program would be defeated!
You’d be most likely trained at an exotic location, eating tropical vegetables & fruits, and perhaps there would be an ocean/river within walking distance too. Please know, you shouldn’t opt for a program that stresses you out completely and packs your schedule in a manner way that you’d be left with no free time to relax and unwind.
AyurYoga Eco-Ashram is situated close to a flowing river and 18 acres of a lush green organic farm! Learning yoga here makes it a unique experience for everyone and helps mix leisure with training. Furthermore, they can even help students with tours to nearby tourist destinations such as Coorg, Kerala etc., before or after the course.
Pick your favourite yoga style
There’s no point learning a yoga style if you don’t like it all the way. The particular yoga style should speak to you and you should be able to speak truthfully about your experiences of it, both as a student as well as a (potential) teacher. As it would lay the foundation of your yoga teaching, it’s all the more important to be 100% sure about it.
Develop a regular yoga practice before attending such course
Please remember that such yoga training programs would usually have very strict agendas. The best way you can prepare yourself for such training is by developing a habit of regularly practising yoga back at home. Doing yoga on a daily basis or at least 3 days per week would be a good start. It would help you develop the right discipline and a strong body that would come to good use later.
Be comfortable with the training format
If you highly prefer personal attention, attending a yoga teacher training course wherein lots of people are taught in a group may not work for you. On the other hand, if you’re more inclined towards learning the conventional yoga philosophy and the sutras, attending a course that is more focused on alignment and sequencing may not be the right fit.
Carefully go through the training format of the yoga school, the course components and if the curriculum appeals to you or not.