What can I expect from my yoga teacher training?

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What can I expect from my yoga teacher training?

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Despite the wide range of yoga teacher training programs, you can and should, expect the following takeaways from your training.

Yogic Philosophy

Most teacher training programs will touch on traditional yogic texts like the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita as these provide the foundations of yogic philosophy. You may also learn about the body's subtle energy systems, covering topics such as prana, nadis, and chakras, or the ayurvedic system of the doshas. (Read about What to Expect from a Reputable Yoga Teacher Training.)

Yoga Asanas and Anatomy

You will deepen your knowledge of how to do a range of asanas, learn how to guide students into poses, give asana cues and how to give proper adjustments and assists. The anatomy of yoga section of your teacher training will include learning about the different muscles, bones, and types of joints that are relevant to yoga asana practice and alignment. (Learn more in Why is Alignment Important to Your Yoga Practice?)

Class Planning and Sequencing

Different yoga styles have their own methods of sequencing a class. This is to ensure that students have a positive, consistent, and cohesive experience. During this segment of your teacher training, you will learn how to structure the flow of your class sequence so that each asana builds on the next and the sequencing adheres to the specifics of the style of yoga you are studying. You may also learn how to weave yogic philosophy, spiritual teachings, and seasonal themes into your classes.

Facilitation and Delivery

A good yoga teacher training will discuss challenging topics like establishing appropriate teacher-student relationships, how to use positive and professional language when leading a class, and what it means to hold a safe space for the students in your class. (Read more in 5 Qualities of a Good Yoga Teacher.)

Personal Growth

Most programs will encourage and even challenge you to deepen your own asana and meditation practice. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about yourself and to grow as a yoga student. (Learn more in Svadhyaya: A Lifetime of Self-Study.)

There's Always More to Learn

While it’s reassuring to have some idea of what to expect from a yoga teacher training, they do vary. Many are genuinely transformative experiences and by signing up you're taking a big step. Be open to learning everything your teachers and fellow yogis have to offer. No teacher training is going to cover absolutely everything you could possibly want to learn about yoga. That's OK, there's always more to learn. Remember, this is just the first step on your personal yoga journey. Good luck!

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