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"How Do I Know If I Am Ready For Teacher Training?"
A student told me today that they are interested in the yoga teacher training but wondered how to tell if they were "ready." I think this is an important question to ask and I would like to share a few of my thoughts on the matter.
Trust yourself, first and foremost. Only each person knows whether he or she is up for this life-changing journey--the good news is that if you have found yourself being drawn to yoga and if you have noticed a desire to practice and learn more--you are already on the path! As the saying goes, "You have to walk, and create the way by your walking." With your practice, you have already taken the first steps on the path. The training is a way to infuse more intention into and to be more present to the path you are already on.
As important as having a regular asana (physical) practice is one's openness and willingness to learn more. Know that the teacher training will explore many aspects of the yogic path, including pranayama (breathework), philosophy, anatomy, meditation and more. All the while, you will continue to develop your physical practice while challenging yourself mentally and spiritually. If the last two sentences stir a sense of excitement in your belly and passion in your heart, that is a good indicator that you are ready.
The teacher training, like one's practice, is an adventure of self-discovery. If you are willing to dedicate yourself to the curriculum and practice, and if you are interested in knowing yourself on a deeper level, if you would like to find a way to be of service to others and if you are wanting to live a more conscious lifestyle, consider that you are ready.
Dedicate yourself to your practice, be open to your path unfolding. Let your love for the practice be your guide and, above all, trust yourself.
I hope this helps.
~Ashley, Lead Instructor