These traits make for a good match:
There are lots of yoga teacher trainings in Denver. Each with its own approach and clientele. Here is a list of qualities that most resonate with us. And, in full disclosure, the qualities that don’t.
- You don’t see yoga as a fad, are hell bent on nailing handstand, ‘getting a workout’ or obsess about getting the best yoga pants.
- You want to teach yoga (formally or informally). You know that life can be impossibly overwhelming. People struggle to manage their emotions, feel trapped within their lives, and spiritually depleted. Yoga helped you to address all of that and it can help others as well.
- You are easy going, friendly, giving and supportive of one another. You can get on board with a culture of ‘service’ and ‘support’.
- You value being punctual, and starting class on time out of respect for your peers. You participate in classes and workshops by asking questions and even challenging some of the ideas presented.
- You have a home practice (in some capacity) and want the most of each class.
Other positive qualities…
- You are willing and able to complete assigned papers and readings.
- You crave to know yourself more fully and to be inwardly resourced when facing the challenges of life. You stretch into new territory and the discomfort that may go along with that
- You appreciate that there are many modern styles of postural yoga and have regard for the roots of the yoga tradition. You want classic teachings beyond common cliches such as “this practice is for you”.
- You have a genuine interest and curiosity about yoga beyond simple asana. Asana is a means to a much greater end that includes stability, equanimity, and spiritual development.
- You have been doing yoga for 2-10 years.
And we have a special place in our hearts for people who…
- You desire conversations and philosophies with depth. You value wonder and mystery more than “knowing things”.
- You can be open, honest and self-reflective and are willing to be vulnerable.
- You find them at Natural Grocers (Vitamin Cottage), at the Tattered Cover bookstore, outside, and at meditation and yoga classes.
- You are dubious of excessive technology and excessive materialism.
- You desire a richly supportive community of like-minded seekers
- You care about the welfare of the underserved and may want to bring yoga to those communities. You resonate with underground movements that do a lot of good although they don’t get much recognition.
- You appreciate that we are a good-hearted and small business. Some administrative details will feel more like a drive through a scenic country road than mainlining on the interstate.
- You continue to seek balance in your life between your own needs offering help to others.
The following kinds of people are not a good fit:
- People who are just in it for the certification and the cool clothing.
- Only interested in yoga postures and not the greater picture of the yoga tradition.
- Tend to isolate themselves from and not interact with their peer group.
- Have no interest in personal development.
- Are exceedingly dependent upon mobile devices. They could not see themselves getting through a lecture, or even a 10-minute break without logging in.