Need a reason to leap out of bed in the morning? Read on...
If you’ve ever found yourself gazing out the office window, drained from your nine to five and dreaming of deep breaths and downward dogs, this might be the nudge in the direction you need. At Yoga Dublin, our teachers are so passionate about their classes that it's easy to forget it's their job, or that the studio is technically their office. As a yoga instructor, you don't really hear about the 3pm slump or the futile board meetings that go on and on and, well, you get the picture, that you'd normally associate with the corporate world. With yoga teaching, avid yogis have the rare opportunity to take something they love and turn it into a fulfilling and hugely rewarding career. They have to chance to carve out their own working week and tailor it in such a way that life and work are harmoniously balanced. And as for the stress and anxiety brought on by high-pressure careers? Well, yoga is the opposite of that. Whether you've been daring to take the plunge and embrace yoga as your ultimate way of life, or you simply want to upskill on the side, in the hopes that some day you could make the shift from the office to the yoga mat, here we're taking a break from looking at yoga in terms of poses and other technicalities, and instead, looking at it from a career change perspective. With our first 200hr yoga teacher training course on the horizon, we sat down with course director, Naomi Sturdy. From what's involved in the course to the questions you're probably asking yourself right now, we've got you covered.
First of all, for those of us who are currently reading this on the sly in the middle of yet another yawn-inducing meeting that we should really be paying attention to, what was it like turning your passion and way to unwind into a job?
Where do I even start; there is just no greater feeling than getting out of bed every morning and knowing that your work revolves around health and teaching a practice that we still truly enjoy.
How did your life change after qualifying as a yoga teacher?
We (Sibylle & Naomi) both feel that there is a huge sense of satisfaction in working in a field that we have great belief and passion in; The joy of seeing how students progress and benefit from Yoga is immense.
And, of course, the freedom of working for ourselves has great advantages.
Sold! Do you have to be an avid Yogi beforehand?
As you enter a training course to teach Yoga it is important that you have experience of attending classes yourself, that you enjoy the physical practice and are passionate about sharing this with others. What is most important for any training is that you have the right mindset, that you wish to commit to your training to your best ability and that you are open to learning and improving as a student and in becoming a teacher.
So how many years should we be practicing before considering this course?
Rather than years, think of it in terms of experience. What is important on venturing to train as a Yoga teacher is one’s attitude and readiness to commit to the training. We do encourage a sound foundation and experience in Level 2 Yoga classes and a genuine love for Yoga.
What do you walk away with in terms of a qualification?
Once you have completed the course and assessments, you will be a certified, fully recognised Yoga Teacher by Yoga Alliance (RYT 200) and can begin teaching as soon as you wish.
Lastly, let's talk nitty gritty: What are the elements of the course and when/where do we sign up?
During this training you will learn and refine your skills in teaching yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, bandhas, mudras and kriyas. We’ll work on the basics first, so you can develop your understanding of the core curriculum and teach in a safe way. Progressively we’ll integrate more and more precision and nuances so you can teach with more confidence and depth.
The Art of Teaching Yoga will provide you with a solid knowledge of yoga related anatomy & physiology training. Understanding the architecture and functions of the physical body as well as the subtle bodies and how they relate to asana, meditation and pranayama is what will give you confidence in your teachings as well as providing you with the ability to better align your classes to your student’s needs.
We have just announced of teacher training dates for 2017
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