Discovering Your Inner Teacher

3 Ways Yoga Teacher Training Will Help You Discover Your Inner Teacher- By Alexandria Waycott

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Yoga teacher training is a journey of self-discovery that goes much deeper than simply learning postures and sequences. Often, yoga teacher training reminds us that the answers we seek are found by connecting more deeply to ourselves. Here are three ways it can help you discover your inner teacher:

  1. You'll Refine Your Communication Skills: Clear and concise communication is paramount for teachers who wish to share yoga effectively. YTT provides opportunities to develop your verbal cues, while learning to read body language and observe your classroom. As you practice teaching classes, you'll hone your ability to convey instructions clearly, offer variations, and use language that contributes to a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for your students. The best part is that you may notice that you become a better communicator in many other areas of your life, both on and off the yoga mat!*
  2. You'll Get to Know Yourself: Life is busy, and most of us don't get to spend as much time as we wish we could engaging in self-reflection. YTT provides a welcome reprieve from the day-to-day hustle where you'll have the chance to engage in various meditation practices, as well as journaling and group discussions. These practices invite us to take a closer look at ourselves and consider the types of deep-seated beliefs we're holding on to - and the ones we need to let go of. This process of self-inquiry can help illuminate your strengths and passions, which will guide you towards sharing the teachings of yoga from your heart in the most authentic way possible.
  3. You'll Connect to the Spiritual and Philosophical Aspects of the Practice: YTT typically includes teachings on yoga philosophy, and you may spend time studying universally beloved texts, such as Patanjali's Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita. The chance to carefully study these texts in a group environment, with the support of a knowledgeable teacher, can inspire profound shifts in perspective. When you deepen your understanding of yoga philosophy, you'll gain clarity about your role as a teacher.

Yoga teacher training is an opportunity for personal growth and transformation, enabling you to connect to the wisdom of your inner teacher while developing the skills necessary to share the power of yoga with your community, and beyond.

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Alexandria Waycott

Alexandria is an experienced yoga teacher based in British Columbia, Canada.