500 hour yoga instructor training courseBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

How important is it to follow your passion?  How can you do your best when you are not doing what you love?  These are questions humans have struggled with since communication began.  Most of us realize we have a limited time during our working years.  Who wants to spend years working at a job without rewards?

There are signs that people do not believe in the work they do or the products they sell.  I knew a Ford salesman, who seemed happy enough, but he drove a Mercedes Benz to work.  His father owned the Ford dealership, but he did not believe in the product.  Yet, he sold a product he would not drive.

Maybe he loved what he was doing, but there is an indication here that he would have loved to sell for a Mercedes Benz dealership.  He was very excited about the craftsmanship and the features of his own car.  This same passion was not apparent when he was selling on his father’s car lot.

Many people would love to make a change, but there is always some risk.  Change in itself is risk.  The older we get, the more set we become in our ways.  At a certain age, many of us refuse to change.  Before you know it, and if you live long enough, you may be retired.

Yet, there is the ability to do what we love at any age.  If we can think clearly, there is time to do what we love.  When my wife, Marie, graduated from college, one of her classmates was nearly 80 years of age.  She explained, “I always wanted to go back to school and never had the opportunity, until now!”

Most of us do not have to wait until retirement to follow our passions.  It is true that family obligations, a career, and financial limitations can hold us back from following our dreams.  However, there are steps we can take that are progressive, and might be considered unconventional, at the same time.

Going to college, in the evenings, has been one step toward progress.  College courses can also be taken on the Internet and through some public television stations.  Yoga teacher certification courses can be taken by correspondence, Internet, or a combination of the two.

Granted, you can take a conventional training too.  Yet, the conventional form of Yoga teacher training tends to be a strain on those with family obligations, a career, and financial limitations.  If children are living at home, leaving them can create complications. 

One has to “weigh up” the pros and cons of each type of Yoga certification course before making a decision.  Either way, a progressive step, in doing what you love, is a giant leap forward for your emotional and mental well being. 

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