How To Become A Yoga Instructor
So with demand at an all time high, is it high time you took that thought of how to become a Yoga instructor and did something about it? After all, there are a number of options when it comes to training as a Yoga instructor. When you consider that 74% of Yoga practitioners have been teaching for 5 years or less there is absolutely no reason why you couldn’t become one of those people who absolutely loves their job, teaching something they are passionate about and that brings joy and fulfilment to those that they teach.
Yoga is becoming an upward trend and although it reportedly dates back to 400-500 BCE, the ancient Indian spiritual practice is as popular as ever as we head towards the second quarter of 2016. In fact, a recent study by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance has found that there are now 36.7m practicing Yoga teachers, which is an increase of 16.3m in just 4 years! That may sound like a market that is full of supply, but like any growing market place – where there is supply there is usually demand and the same study found that over 80m Americans would try Yoga in 2016 and of those, 72% of them would be female.
You may have seen online Yoga courses and the 200 hour Yoga teacher training is one of the most popular online courses as it gives you Yoga certification online which you can easily fit around your current commitments.
How To Become A Yoga Instructor Online
A 200 hour online Yoga course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to start teaching Yoga. What’s more, it will also give you that all important accreditation with the Yoga Alliance (non-contact hours) which will give your clients confidence in you.
As we have already touched on, learning to teach any new skill is going to be difficult to fit around your current commitments which is why learning online is the easiest and most convenient way to study to become a Yoga teacher.
You can learn at your own pace and at the times that are suitable for you whilst still ensuring you are receiving top quality tuition that will enable you to be the most effective yoga teacher possible and reach your true potential.
It is worth noting that before you are able to gain full accreditation with the Yoga Alliance that you will also need to complete the contact time hours of the course in addition to the non-contact hours that you can complete online.
What To Expect When Training To Be A Yoga Teacher
Before you embark on any kind of online or offline Yoga teaching course you will want to know what the course involves and what you can expect to achieve from it. As a holistic practitioner you should expect to be taught in an ethical way, be guided to have an increased acceptance of self and also to be taught in a style that you are comfortable with. It is important to find a teacher or course that works in a similar style that you appreciate.
Like any new skill and something that is particularly true about any kind of teacher training programme is that you should be prepared to work hard. Whilst you will learn lots of enriching and enlightening things along the way, a course of this nature will be testing (yet enjoyable) and you should be prepared for that.
The Benefits Of Learning How To Become A Yoga Instructor
This may seem like a strange statement to make, but some people who learn to become a Yoga practitioner may not even want to end up becoming one. In fact, almost a third of people that complete an online yoga teaching course do it just for themselves and to further their own knowledge in the subject.
Some people want to develop their knowledge so they can self teach or just to re-energize themselves so they can find better opportunities to relax and eliminate stress in their lives.
The other benefits of teaching and practicing Yoga may seem more obvious. Practicing Yoga and the teaching of it is beneficial for:
Reducing back pain
Reducing stress levels
Increasing energy levels
Increasing emotional well-being
By learning to teach Yoga, not only are you going to benefit in all of these areas but you are also going to have the opportunity to help others grow and improve their lives to such an extent – to have this sense of fulfilment in your life will bring such exponential rewards it is almost impossible to calculate.
If you are still considering barriers that are going to stop you from partaking in such a life changing course then let’s close on this – the study we mentioned at the start of this article states the top 5 places that Americans practice Yoga are at home, the gym, in the yoga studio, at the community centre and at the park.
Now don’t tell me you don’t have a local park!