What I need to know about taking a Yoga Teacher Training...
You will grow, you will change, you will transform, you will be inspired, you will inspire, you will struggle, you will flourish, you will learn more about yourself, than you could have ever imagined... This is what Yoga Teacher Training does, it opens us up to new possibilities, it changes our perspective and it helps us discover another layer of who we are and what we can be. I cannot say this enough...it will likely be one of the most beautifully, unexpected experiences of your life. We try and prepare ourselves for what to expect, but we really have no idea, we just have to dive in and trust that we were lead to yoga for a reason.
Ok, so now we know it is hard for the normal working person to be focused and attentive without regular breaks and shifts in work or work topics. YTTs can be difficult because they are built on the idea that you are PRESENT and FOCUSED. It is an investment, and for some an investment that they had to save money for months, if not for years so that they could attend. Commitment, focus, determination, dedication and a true desire to learn are all necessary qualities for someone who wants to take a YTT and become a yoga teacher. Essentially you are cramming 10-12 years of dedicated learning into about 3 weeks...the ancient system was one where the student lived with or close to your guru (teacher) for an extended period of time and learned the theories and lessons slowly. But that is not the type of society or culture we are accustomed to.
The YTT days are 9 - 10 hours long and because you are learning so many new ideas and philosophies the mind can be difficult to turn off, sometimes you have so much energy at the end of the day, sleeping is nearly impossible...which causes you to nod off the next day during class. I have been there, I have seen my classmates, and students go through this, time and time again. It is very important to be patient with yourself, have faith in yourself, forgive yourself and celebrate yourself throughout this experience. One of my teacher's, Shana Meyerson, has some amazing videos and one of them specifically touches on the reason (or excuse) for why people put off taking a YTT. Watch her instagram video here: https://www.instagram.com/tv/B0R5Y3enEW6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link . Her main point is, if you REALLY want to make something happen you will make the time, create the space in your life, you will find the money, you will make it work so that you can take a YTT (IF you REALLY want to). I know people with 40 hour/week jobs at Cleveland Clinic that were able to take off an entire month for a 30 day intensive training. By sheer divine intervention I was referred to a nanny job 4 weeks before my YTT started (without the nanny opportunity for a family where the parents went to Greece for 10 days, while I stayed with their 3 children, I would not have been able to afford YTT). You will make it happen, because like Shana says, "there is no better time than NOW!"
You will grow to love and admire yourself and the people around you. You will find friendship and community. Personalities with your classmates might clash...if this happens, it is an opportune time to draw boundaries, practice patience and chill out while feeling uncomfortable. It is OK if you don't get along with everyone, this is as much a personal journey as it is a group experience and training. You will absolutely be humbled, tears will be shed, laughter will be had and you will get to spend a good amount of time trying to figure out what your comfort-zone is. One of the greatest parts of all these experiences are, while you are processing and experiencing these, EVERYONE in the training will be processing and experiencing, just at different times. You will create life-long friendships, and you might even get a glimpse into your true self.
It is really hard work, and honestly, that is why I reformatted the program from several weekends spread out over a course of 9+ months to only 2 modules (9 Sundays to Deepen Your Practice from April - July and the 9 consecutive day intensive for you to dive into Becoming a Teacher). Life will get in the way and everyone will have difficult decisions to make, but dedicating this time is much easier than dedicating several weekends over 9 months. Look at the big picture, jobs change, relationships change, family vacations, graduations, weddings, funerals, people move, people become pregnant and have babies...I have seen all of these things happen during YTTs and it is easier to navigate around this format than it is planning for months and months in advance.
You will change, the change may or may not be immediate...but it will be there. Your perspective on life and other things will adjust and you will see what balance and harmony is. You will begin to embrace and embody awareness and connect with yourself on a deeper level...it will then continue to grow exponentially.
Is Yoga Teacher Training worth all of this? YES!!! x 1000 -Julie