Many students who have been practicing for a while might be wondering to themselves “Am I ready to become a yoga teacher?” While there is no right or wrong answer per se, there are definitely signs to look for that might lead you to believe its time to dive in and take a yoga certification program.
If you have been wondering whether you are ready to become a yoga instructor, here are five signs to look for that will help guide you along your path:
This one is pretty straightforward. If you find that other people in class are coming to you for advice or seeking your help, then this means you have at least reached a point where you have absorbed enough of the practice that it has become a part of who you are. When people start to come to you, it is because it is now part of your essence and it just oozes from you that you know what you are doing. Not just by your physical asana practice, but by your energy as a human being and the vitality that radiates from you due to optimal health and well-being.
If you find that now your teachers are using you as an example for other students to gauge their practice on, then this is another sign that you have now elevated your practice to a point where you can be an example to others. This is definitely a strong sign because imitation is the greatest form of flattery and your teacher is basically telling other students to emulate what you are doing. Just don’t let it get to your head.
Getting unsolicited advice is the easiest way to end a relationship. Nobody likes to be told what to do or how to do it. Yet for many teachers, because we just want to share with others what we have learned and our own experiences, we can sometimes cross that line. If you find yourself wanting to help others with their health, meditation, food intake, asana, etc…then don’t just tell people what to do without them asking for it. As a recognized teacher, this will create clear boundaries with people so they understand who you are and what you do.
You have been going to yoga for some time, can do many of the hard poses, and your sense of being challenged seems to be dissipating. If you find yourself in this position, then it might be time to sign up for a yoga teacher training.
Many will tell you that if you are truly meant to become a yoga teacher, it will just be a burning feeling inside you. Unfortunately since we were children we have been “untaught” to be our natural selves. When we were kids we knew instantaneously what excited us in every moment. Then came every Tom Dick and Harry telling us who and how to be and next thing you know, we are lost and spending hundreds of dollars on self-help books telling us to follow our passion (which is what we knew to do when we were kids)
So if you find that it is just burning inside you and you cannot think of anything else that would excite you more then to learn to teach yoga to other people, this would be the most important deciding factor to your question: am I ready to become a yoga teacher?
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