Pigeon Pose - YogaBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Where, and how, should a student start to consider becoming a Yoga instructor? When choosing to take any path, we should take notice of where we are, the assets we have, and what direction we are traveling in. To intentionally reach any destination, we must develop a plan that helps us make the best use of time.

If you are interested in a course to learn how to teach classes, you need a support system at home or in the place where you train. A teacher, mentor, or a loved one, who is willing to give you honest feedback, is extremely valuable. Let’s take a look at some of the other assets and steps that will be useful to you.

Make “sacred” time for thinking, planning, and reflecting. Many of us run from one destination to the next and never take time for ourselves. When a Yoga teacher asks students to be honest, most acknowledge that they spend most of their time working and taking care of their children.

This is understandable, because the average Yoga student is concerned with keeping a family together and holding down a job at the same time. To have the time to spend, practicing Yoga or meditating at home, requires one to be very creative with time management.

Make time for positive affirmations. It is so easy to find someone who tells you, “It can’t be done.” Too many people fall into the “well beaten path,” where creative ideas are tossed into the “scrap yard.” Any person, who became successful at anything, can tell you that pessimism is often the driving force behind failure.

We must count our blessings for what we have. If we have the ability to learn, we have the ability to teach. We create our self-image from within. What others say about us can become true if we enable them. If someone says, “You are a success,” choose to believe it.

If someone says, “You are a failure,” choose to prove them wrong. We only fail when we give up. When we make mistakes, it is time to adjust our plans. Very few inventors created, without making mistakes. The difference between a success and failure is the willingness to keep trying.

Therefore, value your abilities, your loved ones, and your natural talents. Listen to your inner voice. If you have decided to enhance your knowledge, by taking a Yoga teacher training course, what could you lose? Knowledge is power, and it opens many unforeseen gateways to a better quality life.

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