Total Yoga Teacher Training is about to kick-start next week! YTTC has become the fashionable acronym for a life-changing decision that every serious practitioner of Yoga must consider sooner rather than later. Teacher Training in Yoga is of course not a compulsory part of your growth as a Yogi; but given the amount of learning that is imparted through a Teacher Training course as against the usual – visit studio for yoga classes routine – there is much to be gained from this advanced training. It’s also a commitment from the student that this is a serious priority in their life and that they are willing to spend time and effort to discipline themselves to learn the Art of Yoga.
Total Yoga Teacher Training is unique in that it’s by invitation only! As Teachers we observe and invite students to undergo Training if we feel that they have what it takes to flower into fantastic Yoga teachers in the years to come. So, that doesn’t only mean that their yoga postures are good – but that they have the qualities to become a good yoga teacher. I’ve listed my 3 most important qualities that make a good Yoga Teacher below.
What will you learn?
As part of the Total Yoga Teacher Training, you will learn:
> Yogasanas, Pranayam, cleansing Shatkarmas & Meditation – a complete daily yoga practice
> Philosophy behind Yoga – Theory & Discussion classes
> Human Anatomy & Physiology
> Yogic Physiology (it’s one thing to know how the lungs function; but quite another to understand what happens in Pranayam)
> Classic Yogic scriptures like Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
> Teaching Skillls: Class Structuring
: Voice Modulation and Correction of postures
> Basic Therapeutic Yoga implementation
Total Yoga Teacher Training is an intensive 1-month immersion into Yoga. Students will attend 1 yoga class daily as well as have to learn daily. The Teacher Training sessions and theory classes are on Tues, Thurs, Sat (10am-1pm). This starts from Mon, May 12; lasting 4 weeks. After this, the next 2 months are an internship where the new Teachers will be leading a class to fine-tune teaching skills learnt. To know more please write in to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Qualities that make a good Yoga Teacher
As I prepare myself to teach students the finer aspects and philosophy behind Yoga; as well as try to impart some of my experience over the years, I find myself mulling over the idea of what makes a good Yoga Teacher? Of course, there are too many good and great Yoga teachers in the world to find any definite set of qualities they all possess. And, there are so many styles of Yoga – each demanding a different set of qualities and motivating capabilities from the teacher. Having said that, it’ still interesting to note what could be a good factor in making a good teacher. I’ve developed an idea that 3 qualities are very important – of which 2 are fixed for me and the 3rd keeps changing as I keep learning and teaching more and more.
1) RESPECT for Yoga:
This should be obvious for any Teacher and perhaps one of the most important reasons that we chose to become Teachers in the first place. However, I would like to elucidate mainly for those who may be starting of their journey into becoming Yoga teachers.
As a Yoga Teacher; every time that I teach a class, I honour my own Teacher and the vast numbers of great Yogis who have discovered, developed and passed on the science of Yoga over the millennia! If I’m teaching a class; it’s never Manish is teaching a class – but I always try to remind myself that I am standing there because thousands of Yogis before me have spent lifetimes devoted to understanding themselves and thereby creating Yogic practices. So, I represent a very rich tradition that is kept alive through all our efforts as teachers and students.
We should try not to take our Class; the Yoga we teach, our Students and importantly Ourselves for granted! It is our privilege and duty to introduce our students to the best of what Yoga has to teach. Their own journeys will take them further – but we play an important role in introducing the Science to them.
Enough said about Respect!
2) SERVICE, SERVICE, SERVICE
As a Yoga Teacher, I’m there in a class to Serve my students. My Life has been blessed by the practice of Yoga; and it is then my priority to teach my students in the best manner possible so that they may experience some of the Peace that Yoga gives. Yes, I’m a Teacher and Yes, I’m supposed to Serve my students.
When students are new, we have to introduce them to Yoga. When students are doing well, they need to be guided further and when they stop their practice then we need to go out of our way to invite them back into class.
Service does not mean pleasing our students. Definitely, not! It means teaching them what they NEED.
I strongly believe that between RESPECT for Yoga and SERVICE; we will be able to strike the right chord with each of our students. The 3rd Quality keeps changing for me – from Compassion to Knowledge to Motivation and so on. Right now, my 3rd Quality that I seek to have to make a good teacher is actually, HUMOUR!