Hello my friends,
It is already a couple of month ago but I wanted to share my yoga teacher training experince with you. Simply because I was always wondering how people become a yoga teacher.
A year ago I decided to do a yoga teacher training. I actually just did it because I got a job offer to work as a yoga teacher at my university. I am always up for new things and I truely enjoy learning. Especially when it comes to things that I love.
HOW EVERYTHING STARTED
I started practising yoga four years ago. Everything started with my grandmother. I was wondering what she was doing every morning. These weird movements after waking up. It doesn’t really made sense to me. After a couple of years I realised what she did and it was actually the sun salutation. Now I can just say my grandmother is my hero and I am grateful that she introduced this amazing practise to my life.
One day she asked me if I wanna join her weekly yoga class at her work. I didn’t know what yoga was but I went with her. I felt really uncomfortable in the room with everyone. They all knew what to do and my first downward dog was the worst thing I’ve ever done so far.
I went with her to a couple of other classes and at some point I started with a 30 days yoga journey with yoga with adrien on youtube. At that time I went to the gym every second day and after two weeks I already felt amazing. The combination of weights and yoga was everything I needed at that time.
LET’S GO TO INDIA
After finishing my exams in university I went to India for five weeks. I said to myself if you really wanna become a yoga teacher you do it in India. The school I went to was in Patnem Beach, Goa, South India and called Kranti Yoga. I did a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga.
The reason why I chose this school is because of my friend Yoli. She did a lot of research on yoga schools in India. I told her that I will do my yoga teacher training in the beginning of 2019 and asked her where she wanna go. She send me a link of Kranti and I just booked it without even knowing anything about it. I didn’t know the area I didn’t even know how to get there. I figured out that they had a pick up shuttle (no one was at the airport and I had to wait ages until they picked me up) and there also was an airport in Goa. I booked my flights and the whole journey started.
I had no idea what will happen and I never practiced Ashtanga before. Intuition is what lead me through this jorney. Ashtanga was made for me and I fell in love with it. I always knew that I wanted to teach yoga and it just felt so right to learn it in India.
06:15-06:45 am Chanting (optional)
07:00-09:00 am Ashtanga Yoga/ Vinasya flow
09:00-10:00 am Pranayama & Meditation/ Yoga Nidra
10:00-11:00 am Breakfast
11:00-01:00 pm Anatomie & Alignment
01:00-02:45 pm Lunch
02:45-04:15 pm Philosophy & Lifestyle
04:15-04:30 pm Snack
04:30-06:00 pm Teaching Methodology/ Yin Yoga/ Technical Workshop
06:00-07:00 pm Freetime
07:00-08:00 pm Dinner
08:00-10:00 pm Self-Study/ Meditation/ Activity
HOW DID IT GO?
It was really exhausting and I had to fight with myself. Sore muscles, tears, sweat and self-doubts. We experienced it all. I always had the feeling that I wasn’t good enough to be there and that I was the only person who can not do specific asanas but it all comes with practise. Thats the main thing I learned. Stick to it and everything will come.
Kranti was the place to be and I loved the time. The staff was super friendly, the food was incredible, we had fresh coconuts every day, my teachers were amazing, my group was really supportive, I learned to get used to cold showers, I swam in the ocean and enjoyed the sunset everyday.
I learned so much about myself, dealing with my emotions, appreciating the people around me and not acting selfish(I struggled with this one a lot). India was a great chance for me to explore myself and accept myself even more. I did the whole “I FIND MYSELF THING”.
Have you ever tried ecstatic dance? I haven’t before I went to India. It was one of the most intresting things I’ve ever done. I cried while dancing I felt the music even more and just followed the music. Give it a try I’m not gonna say more.
AFTER THE GRADUATION
You don’t need to be an advanced Yogi to become a yoga teacher. You’ll learn so much while you are on this journey and you’ll definitely be ready for teaching your own class afterwards. I felt the urge to share my knowledge immidiatly and I started teaching seven days after my graduation.
Peace plants namaste,