Becoming a Yoga Teacher: Preparing Physically

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Becoming a Yoga Teacher: Preparing Physically

yoga certificationBy Sangeetha Saran

The first point to mention is that there are many Yogic styles and practices that aren’t physical.  Bhakti is just one of many examples of a style that works on spiritual and mental health. That said, many people are currently pursuing the goal of teaching Yogic practices primarily for physical health and those are the people I’m addressing in this article. 

If you are considering becoming a certified Yoga teacher, it is important to assess your own level of health and fitness. Preparing to become a Yoga teacher is a great way to increase your own health and well being. The physical rigors of a good training program will help you to focus your attention on your physical strengths and the areas that may need some improvement. Your ability to lead a class through verbal instruction and demonstrating the postures accurately is a core aspect of teaching a class competently. 

Studying to become a certified Yoga instructor entails a deep familiarity with a set of postures and the optimal alignment in those postures. As a Yoga teacher, you will also be asked to demonstrate the postures that you teach to your students. Most teacher training programs begin at the customary 200-hour level for basic certification. Taking a basic Yoga teacher training course at the 200-hour level will allow you to teach in many studios, health spas and fitness clubs.

If you feel that an intermediate class is physically challenging for you, you may wish to embark on a training program that will strengthen any weak areas in your own practice before you take a Yoga instructor training course. In this way, you will feel more comfortable and physically able to demonstrate the postures during your student teaching. Starting to prepare physically prior to engaging in a teacher training program will also allow you to work on your own practice over time, so that you are comfortable demonstrating a series of asanas and their modifications with ease.

If you are considering becoming a Yoga instructor, there are also weight and dietary considerations to take into account. There are a variety of body shapes and sizes that are perfectly healthy. A few of the most important indicators of health are blood pressure, heart rate and body mass index. You may not be stick thin, but you may be very healthy in an overall balanced way for your body type.

Or you may be quite out of shape and overweight. Studying how to become a Yoga instructor is a great way to improve your overall health and dietary habits. Do remember that there are also many different types of students and classes. Students who are out of shape may benefit much more from the example of an instructor who has used Yoga to increase her own level of physical fitness than a teacher who has always been very thin, flexible and physically agile.

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  1. Mary Wilson October 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Starting to prepare physically prior to engaging in a teacher training program will also allow you to work on your own practice over time, Thank you very much for sharing this valuable article.

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