So many people throughout the world have found fitness, inner peace, athleticism and happiness from doing yoga. Yoga is one of the best exercises for connecting the physical, spiritual and emotional parts of yourself and can be a huge help to people who are stressed, enduring trauma, recovering from injury, or even just looking to find a new level of fitness for themselves. Because of how transformative yoga can be in people’s lives, many people, especially those who have been transformed by the yogi lifestyle, have started to pursue yoga teacher training so that they, too can help others achieve that kind of peace and happiness. If you are thinking about committing to yoga teacher training, here are a few qualities that are helpful to have.
- A general understanding of yoga and it’s history- A big part of yoga training is understanding the rich history of yoga from the people who shaped it to the lore that accompanies it. This includes the names of poses in both English and Sanskrit as well as the reasons poses are called what they are. If you already have a bit of this knowledge, it will be especially helpful to you as you move forward in your training.
- An appreciation for the human body- Yoga is truly a celebration of the human body and yoga classes are a way to celebrate their power in a group. Both an understanding of how the human body works as well as a true appreciation for the amazing things it can do will serve you well throughout your training.
- A desire to be active- Yoga teacher training requires you to attend and eventually teach multiple Denver yoga classes a day. While your body will get used to it, it will initially be strenuous and tiring. You have to make sure you are in a mindset where you know you want to be active and that the activity makes you happy. If your mindset is positive, it will make the transition to a non-sedentary life much easier.
- A positive outlook- Similar to the above, attitude is everything. In order to help guide people through the intense and often emotional practice of yoga, you need to also be comfortable guiding yourself through that process as well. This requires a lot of positive thinking, especially through the difficult times.
- A bit of an outgoing personality- You by know means need to be an extrovert to be a yoga teacher, however you will be leading a room of sometimes dozens of people who are hanging on your every word and only listening to your voice for the better part of an hour. This can be a little scary for anyone, but it is especially helpful if you are the kind of person who does well talking in front of a room full of people.
If you possess some or all of the above qualities, you are well on your way to a long and successful career as a yoga teacher, helping others to find fitness and enlightenment.