5 Top Reasons to Take a Yoga Teacher Training

02/25/2015 03:10 pm ET | Updated Apr 27, 2015
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1. You will learn about correct and healthy yoga alignment for your body!
There is really no better way to learn about your own yoga practice. The yoga teacher training will teach you techniques that are hard to understand simply from taking classes. Not only will your body become stronger but your mind-body connection will grow. When this happens your practice completely shifts.

2. You will become more confident in life!
When learning something new we are challenged in a good way. This is because in order to grow we must be challenged otherwise we would stay exactly the same. Often when we feel challenged, our good old friend fear can show up and try to take us out of experiencing what exists just beyond the fear. The yoga teacher training environment is designed to help you see that you can instead dance with your fear. Fear can often keep us from taking action. By learning to feel fear as a normal sensation that arises you can begin to tame it so that the fear doesn't take over and stop you from realizing your goals and dreams.

3. You will make new friends and strengthen your current relationships!
Yoga teacher training lets you be part of a group of like-minded people. Because you are all together experiencing the same things, you are reminded that we are much more alike than we are different. Also as you go through the training you learn to have more compassion with yourself and others. As you practice having more intimacy and honesty with yourself and the group, you are able to bring those skills to current relationships.

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4. You will learn new things about yourself!
So much of yoga is about learning about what makes your tick. A yoga teacher training provides opportunity for self-reflection and to deepen your own awareness. Awareness is power. Through having more knowledge about yourself and your body you can take right action for change.

5. You will learn how to express your true self!
Unless you were on the debate team, learning to communicate effectively, meaningfully, and truthfully may not be natural to you. Yoga teacher training is an opportunity to shed the limiting beliefs and values we have about ourselves. Teacher Training can be the first time we begin to evaluate our belief and behaviors. As you go through training, you can begin to shed the patterns that no longer work and more accurately tune into you, who you truly are!

6. And one more for good luck! Add more meaning to your professional life!
Whether you pursue yoga teaching as a career or add to your current professional life, teaching yoga enriches your life. You get to share what you love to do with others. You continue to learn about yoga and yourself through teaching. Of course, the skills you learn in teacher training will help you get started as a yoga teacher, but they can also enhance your current professional skill set allowing you to meet with long-term career success and satisfaction.