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Practicing yoga provides ample benefits. From making you physically fit to bringing mental peace, there is a lot that this age-old art form provides. If done properly, it can bring a real transformation in your day-to-day life, helping you lead a more satisfying life. Additionally, if you are passionate about yoga, becoming a certified yoga teacher can be a rewarding career option too where you can not only improve your own yoga practice but also help others reap all its benefits.
However, If you are curious about the path to becoming a certified yoga teacher, this article will guide you through the process step by step. Continue reading to embark on a journey toward becoming a certified yoga teacher and embracing a meaningful career in the world of yoga. Read on:
How To Become A Certified Yoga Trainer
To become a professional yoga teacher, you must go through a series of steps. The first step of this enormously satisfying journey is enrolling yourself in a yoga training course offered by a reputed and recognized yoga institute. You must ensure that you choose an institute that has a strong reputation in this field. Once you have got the admission done, you must sincerely finish the course that would typically offer lessons on yoga poses, pranayama, meditation, the anatomy of our body, different teaching methodologies, yoga philosophy and more.
To become a complete yoga trainer, you must learn the techniques of giving CPR and take a certificate in CPR and first aid administration to ensure that you are equipped to handle an emergency if it happens to occur during your class. You must also try to develop strong organizational and people skills that will help you manage your classes well and create a positive learning environment. You will also be able to handle multiple students better and tailor your teaching skills according to individual learners. As a yoga trainer, it would make a lot of difference if you are motivational, inspiring your students to learn this art form and make the most out of it. Following these guidelines will take you further in your quest to become a professional yoga trainer who possesses the right knowledge, has the necessary skills and is capable of making a positive impact on the lives of people.
Let’s look at the step-by-step process of becoming a professional yoga teacher:
Learn Yoga Yourself
Before you think of becoming a trainer, you must thoroughly learn yoga yourself and get a deep understanding of its practices, benefits, origins, philosophies, history, etc. This will help you impart your knowledge better to your students. There are different types and styles of yoga, and you must learn about them all. This will allow you to know which one of them fits the best to your preference, style and requirements. Different institutes, at different locations and under different guides teach different forms of yoga and you must learn about all of them to gain comprehensive knowledge. Once you have undergone this exhaustive method, you will be clear in your mind what form or style you want to follow and which one you wish to teach.
Additionally, different institutes, at different locations and under different guides teach different forms of yoga and you must learn about all of them to gain comprehensive knowledge. Once you have undergone this exhaustive method, you will be clear in your mind what form or style you want to follow and which one you wish to teach.
Take A Training CourseYour next step should be undergoing a training course. There are different types of yoga teacher training courses like 200 hours yoga certification course and 300 hours certification programs. Choose the one that suits your requirements. Both these courses involve learning about the philosophy of yoga, anatomy, techniques, etc. Additionally, you can also choose to do specialty yoga certificates to gain more in-depth knowledge of a particular form or style of yoga you wish to teach. Taking a specialty yoga certificate will help you become a specialist in your field. Again, the choice of the course will depend on what your goal is – whether you want to become a specialist trainer or wish to provide generic training.
Get Yourself Registered
Getting registered as a professional yoga trainer is the next requisite in your journey as a yoga coach. It is an internally recognized credential that certifies that you met the basic requirements to teach yoga professionally charted out by Yoga Alliance. To get this registration you need to at least complete the 200 hour yoga certification course. Once you have done that, you can pay the registration fee and obtain the certificate.
Become A CPR Expert
If you have CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) experience, it can be helpful in several ways. The first and most important aspect of this experience is the safety of your students. Even though yoga is such a form of exercise that there is limited stress on the body, there is always a chance of an emergency occurring as you take the class. Having CPR knowledge and skills allows the yoga trainer to respond quickly and appropriately in case of cardiac arrest or other life-threatening situations.
It will also help you get a place in a fitness center as most of these establishments expect their trainers to know this skill to help learners in case of an emergency.
Decide How You Wish To Teach
In recent years, the options for aspiring yoga teachers have increased a lot. One option is to work in a dedicated yoga training institute, where you can train other aspiring yoga trainers and contribute in create a line of professionals. Alternatively, you can also become a part of a health and fitness center, where you can integrate yoga into their existing programs and cater to a diverse clientele seeking overall wellness. Even spas and yoga retreat resorts offer a great opportunity to trainers to become part of them and provide specialized classes and retreat experiences by combining rejuvenation, relaxation and yoga for a wholesome package.
You can also become an independent yoga teacher and teach others in your individual capacity. You can offer your services through personalized sessions, or a group of students at different locations like studios, community halls, or private residents. Being an independent yoga trainer gives you immense freedom of doing things the way you want and the flexibility to design your own curriculum, choosing your geographical area and niches and demographics. You can either cater to a niche audience or become part of a larger organization that provides training to a group of people.
Ultimately, it all depends on what career path you wish to take when you start your journey of becoming a yoga trainer. Everything will depend on your passion, goals, and preferred work environment, with options ranging from niche-focused instruction to collaboration with established institutions, you can carve your own niche.
Get On With It
Once all the above-mentioned steps are accomplished, it is time to begin your practice. Start small and start slow. You can start by teaching to a small group of people from within your community, friends or family members. This will provide hands-on experience in conducting training classes. You can then move on to teach at small establishments like local gyms or training centers before moving to bigger brands. Work your way up. This way you will gain the necessary experience required to become a proficient and expert trainer.
Maintaining your status as a professional yoga teacher would require you to annually renew your registration fee, and certifications and update your training in yoga and CPR. This ensures that you are equipped with the latest developments in the teaching techniques.
Continuing You Education
For a professional yoga trainer, it is important to keep learning and upgrading your skills. So, attend workshops, seminars, and advanced training programs to deepen your knowledge and refine your teaching skills. Additionally, maintaining an ongoing personal yoga practice will help you grow as a teacher. The more you invest in yourself, the higher your chances of becoming better at your craft. Yoga is such a vast subject that you can continue learning for years and still, there will be something left to explore and experience.
Your Journey To Being A Yoga Trainer Starts Now
Now that you know what you need to become a trained yoga teacher, you must begin your journey as a professional trainer. The amount of time for you to become may vary depending on the kind of prior experience you have. Usually, anyone vying to become a yoga trainer must already have years of personal experience and a certain level of expertise in yoga. You can then choose to undergo a 200 hours yoga training course (takes about 3-5 months to complete) or 500 hours of yoga training course (takes about 6-8 months to complete), depending on your preference.
So, wait no further. Begin your journey of pursuing a professional that you are passionate about and enjoy helping others lead a healthy and satisfying life.