Many students always wonder if they are ready to become a yoga instructor. For most of us, there is a constant struggle in our minds and we ask ourselves “Am I ready to teach?” “Do I deserve to be up there teaching?” More so, there is a debate on whether a 200-hour yoga teacher training is enough? Or is a 500-hour program enough? How many courses and how many books do I really need to read to become a yoga teacher?
The truth is, you will always be a student and teacher. All of us are teachers every time we share something new with someone else. What a yoga teacher really needs to focus on is not whether this or that is enough to be a teacher. Rather, it is more important that you embrace the idea that you will always be a student for the rest of your life.
The path of becoming a yoga teacher (or any teacher for that matter) is one where you are actually making a conscious choice of being a student of everything. When you take that step towards acknowledging the teacher in you, its important to realize that what you are actually saying is:
When someone demonstrates anything to another person, what is really happening is that you are practicing and perfecting your own lessons by using your student as a reflection. Your student provides you the opportunity to really gauge and see if you really know what it is you are teaching. And if you don’t, they will instantly reflect this back to you.
Every time you delve deeper into yourself, discover a new morsel of knowledge, have a new experience, and share this with at least one person, this is teaching. Yoga is the path that never ends. It is one where we constantly discover something new about ourselves, the world around us, and how this all integrates and fits into the bigger picture.
When we understand the mind and how it integrates with our breath, this is a new lesson. When we are able to respond from love rather than fear, this is a new lesson. Every time we come to a new point in our “practice”, we now have something new to offer the world as a teacher.
So you see, it is a cyclical life in where we are always learning and teaching. In fact, this is how all of life is. The difference is that with yoga, it becomes a conscious choice where you take full responsibility of who you are and what you do because you are now responsible for passing on what you know to someone else as a “teacher” The practice of yoga is learning how to balance this all through mind, body, and soul. Our asanas are the pure physical expression of our mind and heart. When we find that we are tight in an area and not as “flexible”, this is a symbol of how tight we must be in our mind or heart.
As a yoga teacher, you are a student of life always exploring your balance and power and then passing along what you learn to someone else. In your road to discovery, every time you finish a new program (whether it be an immersion, 200-hour, 500-hour, workshop, read a book, etc…) while its fantastic to take it all in and absorb what you have learned and then share it with others through teaching, remember that this path to self-discovery and exploration never ends. If it did, you would be doing a disservice to yourself as a student, and your students as a teacher.
So don’t get too hung up on whether you are “ready” because whether you realize it or not, you are already a teacher. And don’t get caught up on whether this program or that program is “enough” Your path of learning never ends. So dive in to your yoga instructor certification program, have fun, and don’t get caught up on whether it is enough. Your lessons will always continue so that you have more to share with your students.
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