yoga certificationBy Kimaya Singh

There are several questions to contemplate if, or when, you are considering participation in a Yoga teacher training program. One area to consider is your external level of commitment to the certification process itself. This commitment is most evident in the form of attendance, studying, and practicing, as well as the financial commitment necessary to attend the training program.

Additionally, there is the aspect of your level of inner commitment to the classic Yogic principles and teachings that you will learn during your teacher course. You will also want to evaluate your readiness to align your thoughts and behaviors with Yogic principles as enumerated within Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

Teacher training programs take time and money. Different training programs will require varying levels of tuition fees and dates of attendance. It is critical that you are able to attend very close to 100% of the classes given during the training program. This level of attendance will ensure that you receive a thorough background in the philosophy of Yogic practices, pranayama techniques, asana demonstrations and corrections, as well as modification ideas for working with special populations.

There are a wide variety of instructor training programs available to students today. Some Yoga instructor training programs are even offered online or in sequential module formats. You must evaluate your lifestyle and decide which kind of program would fit most easily into your lifestyle. A month-long teacher training program may work best for you at this time, or possibly an online teacher certification course, or even a series of multi-day modules may mesh more easily with your current work, family and school obligations. Ultimately, you must evaluate if you currently have the time and money necessary to comfortably and successfully attend the instructor training course of your choice.

Another aspect to consider when you are about to embark on the journey to become a Yoga teacher is your level of readiness to live by the Yogic guidelines you will learn during the teacher training program. The guidelines are most succinctly outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. These explicit Yogic guidelines are known as the Yamas and Niyamas. The adherence to the Yamas and Niyamas govern a dedicated student’s external and internal thoughts and behaviors. For example, one of the Yamas is the practice of non-violence. This practice is both an external restraint of acting in a violent manner and also an internal restraint of not luxuriating in violent thoughts about oneself or others. A prospective Yoga teacher intern must consider whether or not her or she is ready to live by these ancient Yogic guidelines of dharmic behavior.

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