In many respects, yoga teacher training is a journey into the unknown. People may anticipate a training for years and contemplate what it will be like. They consider how it will enrich their practice and what it would be like to teach yoga. Students anticipate how their body will become more open, or the benefit of added mental serenity. These are the easy and obvious things to imagine. People are less likely to consider the additional yoga teacher training assignments that accompany a program. And how it will impact their life outside of the studio space.
Outside study often looks like: reading assignments, written reflections (papers), lifestyle changes, student teaching exercises, or to develop a daily meditation practice. This list of activities may simultaneously look inviting and intimidating.
One one level, we appreciate that each of these activities will help us to embody yoga. On another level, it might bring up insecurity about how or when you will be able to complete the exercises. In part, this is why people sign up for more advanced yoga training, they want to overcome resistance, be accountable, receive guidance and forge a new destiny.
“They want to overcome resistance, be accountable, receive guidance and forge a new destiny.”
Additional yoga teacher training assignments bridge the gap between formal study in the studio space and daily life. Yoga is a universal method to cultivate inner peace and to achieve greater outer harmony. All life circumstances provide an opportunity to practice yoga, not just formal time on the mat.
Yoga teacher training comes in a variety of formats. Some are presented as concentrated, residential, month long formats. It will be easier to complete assignments in this format, there will be fewer distractions. Others (like DYU’s program) are engineered for a typical working person with a couple of kids.Yoga training often generates a natural passion to live a more conscious life and people embrace additional yoga teacher training assignments as part of that process. I invite you to embrace all that a program has to offer and also recognize that there will be additional demands on your time beyond formal classroom content. Ultimately, this is a core reason to sign up for yoga training.