how to teach yogaBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Independence, from the daily grind, is total freedom to meditate, be your own boss, and live the dream of teaching Yoga to others. If you teach Hatha Yoga, you will be in the best possible physical shape, due to the physical aspects and living with a moderate diet. You can stop and visit your local bookstore at any time, while the world is in “9 to 5 mode.”

Having time to spend with your family, enjoying life, and having the “time to smell the flowers,” are newfound parts of a Yoga teacher’s life. What is more important than the quality time you have to spend with loved ones and friends? Yoga gives all of us time to reflect on the real priorities in life and could be compared to a brief vacation in your daily life.

Being able to reconnect your spiritual side is a part of Yoga practice. Regardless of your religion, you will gradually gravitate back toward “your roots.” You do not have to look outside your religion for answers. The answers to life, and the divine, are within the religion you were brought up with. Yoga is a tool to improve your spiritual health. Yoga does not discriminate and does not condone intolerance.

All Yoga teachers will pursue the path of self-improvement. It may start as pursuit of physical prowess at first, but will end up being much more. This is why Hatha Yoga is a gateway toward many other forms of Yoga that benefit the complete health of mind, body, and spirit.

Why do Yoga teachers love their job? With all that has been stated up to this point, Yoga teachers and their students are some of the happiest people in the world. This comes at a time when the vast majority of humankind is stressed out, having anxiety attacks, and feeling aggression. Words like tranquility, harmony, success, and gratification, seem like a myth to those who do not practice Yoga on a regular basis.

On another note, you have control over your job. Yoga teachers choose the age group they want to teach. You can teach Yoga to a particular age group or all ages.

The time and place are up to you. If you are a late riser, you can stay in bed. If you are an early riser, you can teach Yoga in the early morning and “close up shop” earlier in the evening.

What if you do not want to be a Yoga teacher? Will your Yoga training open up doors for your dream job? The fact is – Yoga practice gives all of us the power of self realization. We become aware of the real priorities in life. There is no better gratification than self-help and being able to help others.


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