yoga teacherBy Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Upon successful graduation from a Yoga teacher training course, many new teachers feel they still need some direction. After spending months, up to years, taking a Yoga certification course, the new Yoga teacher has left the nest, but where should he or she go from there?

Let’s look at an organized way for new teachers to expand their knowledge, while pursuing their passion. After all, Yoga instructors cannot share the same interests, all the time. With so many forms of Yogic methodology and a multitude of aspects to choose from, “the sky is the limit.” Are you interested in office Yoga, prenatal or postnatal Yoga, Yogic therapy, Yogic methodology for Stress Disorders, teaching children, or another teaching path? There are many directions to specialize in and it is best to keep the list small.

Which brings up the first step in finding your direction: Write a list of goals, interests, and objectives for teaching Yoga. There is something very powerful about “etching ideas into the subconscious mind,” with a pen and paper.  If you decide to enter deadline dates for short-term goals you might be shocked at the number of goals, which reach fruition. When you put ideas into writing, and take action, the success rate does go up.

Avoid procrastination and do not allow excuses to run your life. This is a pitfall on a goal setting path. I guarantee that you will run into obstacles. Nobody has a life without them, but look at each one as a stimulating challenge.  Do not waste time on blaming anybody, or anything; this will make you stronger as you journey to become a Yoga instructor. This will also guide you in the right direction to meet the needs of your students.

Organize your list of goals by priority. Which goals are more urgent? Decide by projected deadlines in measurements of days, weeks, months, and years. This will help you to avoid wasting time on long-term goals, when you have a serious deadline facing you this week.  It is human nature to try to avoid the tough projects. Yet, you are best off to tackle the difficult projects first. Once you have taken care of the toughest chores, a heavy burden has been lifted from your mind and you can think clearly.

Here’s a tip for successfully completing your Yoga teacher training course, but many interns find this to be a major challenge.  When studying, get rid of all distractions for optimum use of your time. For example: Cell or smart phones, television, time wasting chatter, and Email must wait if you are in the middle of an important project, or your studies. You do not have to live the lifestyle of a Spartan, but there are some times when the “technological toys” get in the way of real progress.  Lastly, reward yourself with quality time, when you have finished a project. Make sure that you take the time to enjoy your family, friends, and quality relationships. You are a Yoga teacher, who teaches the art of living, and you should also enjoy a balanced life.
How to Become a Yoga Teacher

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