Following a yoga teacher training is a decision that can change your life in many ways. Many people choose to do a teacher training after realizing they want to change their career or dive deeper into yoga. Most of the times a yoga teacher training will impact your life far beyond your expectations as it will spark an ongoing process of personal growth.
Here are the top 10 ways that a yoga teacher training can change your life and has changed many of our graduates lives:
Whether it is starting a career as a yoga teacher or something else that comes from your heart. A teacher training gives you time to reflect on what you have done with your life so far and what truly matters to you. Looking at your life from a distance allows you to make mindful choices about your lifestyle and career. Most people spend a great amount of their time at work. Therefore it is incredibly important for you to think about and realize what kind of work makes you happy. The fact that you decided to do the teacher training means you already have the courage to make profound changes.
As a result of the highly structured program at the ashram, you are trained to stick to a daily routine. You get up at fixed times and go to bed early. The food you eat is healthy and nutritious. And of course, you practice yoga asanas every day. Sticking to this lifestyle for a whole month is very powerful to develop new habits. In addition, there is little room for distraction. So eventually, this also helps you to break old and unnecessary habits. You simply cannot drink coffee every day, grab your phone all the time, or sleep too late or too long. And that is such a liberating experience, that you will likely stick with it back home (or at least try).
Another positive effect of living the ashram life is that you’re going back to basics. Life at the ashram is simple and disciplined. Sleeping in a simple room, eating the food that is provided, no internet connection. In other words: there is nothing more than you need. Simplifying your daily life is a powerful way to practice contentment – being happy with what you have, without desiring more all the time. This can be a major shift in your experience of life after the teacher training. Even if there’s not a big difference in what you do, there will be a pivotal change your way of experiencing, thinking and acting.
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Before attending a yoga teacher training, many people think of yoga as a way to strengthen their body and to empty or relax their mind. All of this is true to some extent, but it’s not the complete picture of yoga. A yoga teacher training provides you with an in-depth understanding of yoga philosophy. Furthermore, specific concepts such as karma yoga help you to understand human existence from a different perspective. It gives you a new frame of reference for your life experiences. This broadens your mind and provides you with new insights that you can transfer to others.
When you practice yoga asanas at least twice a day, you will see quite amazing physical results. Yoga practice promotes muscle strength, flexibility, stamina, as well as improved functioning of the inner organs. Not only will you learn about the positive effects of each asana in more detail during the training, but you will experience these effects yourself.
Through the challenges of living at the ashram, disconnected from your familiar surroundings, it is not surprising that many people experience tremendous personal and mental growth. The teachers at the ashram can help you to gently expand your boundaries and to believe in yourself. For example, who could have believed that every single person could do and hold a headstand for a few minutes by the end of four weeks? These experiences make you realize you are often stronger than you think, and that is a lesson you will take with you for the rest of your life.
In addition to everything above, practicing yoga intensively throughout your teacher training allows you to get more in touch with yourself. Practicing meditation, pranayama and yoga asana every day increases awareness as well as inner balance. Starting with meditation each morning promotes focus and clarity in the mind, going beyond automatic thinking patterns. Combined with more spiritual practices and self-study, this helps you to reconnect with who you really are. Maybe this is not surprising, as the central question in yoga is: ‘Who am I?’
The program of the Arhanta Yoga teacher training course gives you the opportunity to grow gradually and naturally into the role of a yoga teacher. The daily classes on teaching techniques and teaching practices from the first week onward, allow you to improve your teaching skills. Moreover, the theoretical classes provide you with a firm understanding of the aim of yoga. The whole course is designed to prepare you for teaching yoga professionally with confidence and skill.
As there is so much to learn, a yoga teacher training is a very humbling experience. You realize how much more you have to learn and that you are just at the beginning of a lifelong process. Although you will have a lot more knowledge and insights by the end of the teacher training, you will understand that this was just the first step. Extensive as the teachings of yoga are, you will keep on learning your whole life. It will teach you to always remain a humble student and actually learn a lot more of the people coming to your classes.
Last but not least, the one thing that many people say after their teacher training is that they have built friendships for life. As you spend such an intense and transformative period together, you share your deepest thoughts and feelings with each other. This creates a special bond that will last for the rest of your life.
These are a number of important ways how a yoga teacher training can change your life. If you would like to know more about the experiences of graduates at Arhanta Yoga Ashram, you can have a look at the testimonials. A yoga teacher training is a very personal process and has different effects on each of us. Some of these changes might be expected, others might not – and it’s mostly the unexpected changes that will make the biggest impact on your life.
Kalyani Hauswirth-Jain is a senior teacher & the Creative Director at the Arhanta Yoga Ashrams since 2013. She is a lead trainer for the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training as well as a variety of 50 hour courses like Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga, for more than eight years now.
She has also co-authored the internationally acclaimed book Hatha Yoga for Teachers & Practitioners: A Comprehensive Guide to Holistic Sequencing.