Considering yoga teacher training? Association for Yoga and Meditation founder Yogi Chetan Mahesh suggests you start by asking yourself some tough questions.
Google “yoga teacher training” and pages upon pages of results will leave you not only scrolling for hours but likely overwhelmed and confused. It seems every studio and experienced teacher out there is offering an YTT now.
Passionate about the professional development of yoga teachers, Yogi Chetan Mahesh, Founder of Association for Yoga and Meditation, a Yoga school and resource center for teachers, believes you should begin exploring YTT opportunities by asking yourself two questions:
- Am I ready to learn to teach yoga?
- Will I be a natural at teaching well?
Tough questions. To help you answer them, Amy compiled the following list of qualities she believes are key to teaching yoga well.
Do You Have These 8 Qualities of Excellent Yoga Teachers?
Be honest with yourself as you ask whether these are qualities you possess. Then go back to carefully consider the questions above.
- Identify as a student of yoga in all areas of your life—not just on the mat?
- Embrace an attitude of being continually open to learning and being able to admit when you don’t know something?
- Possess a fundamental understanding of your own energy and a sensitivity to other people’s boundaries?
- Have a daily practice?
- Work to cultivate a vibrant body, sharp mind, and soft heart?
- Consider yourself psychologically minded with a certain level of emotional stability?
- Have a spiritual practice, even if that’s simply an appreciation of nature, art, or anything beautiful?
- Not worry about being too physically adept at the practice?