Have you ever gone to a yoga class or thought of attending one? I went to my first ever yoga class a couple of years ago and was totally shocked to find out that there was more than one form of yoga. Being curious to learn more outside of the classroom, I decided to interview a yoga instructor that I know. Enjoy!
What made you decide to start yoga?
“I always enjoyed yoga but never took a full yoga class until this past January. I started at core power, and I ended up getting a yoga scholarship because I was working there as a part of their work for trade program. ”
What parts of yoga do you enjoy most?
“I like what I learn in yoga. The skills that you learn on the mat can transfer off the mat like self confidence, resilience, and working through challenges.”
So why teach instead of just attending class?
“I wanted to deepen my practice and I know you learn more about yoga philosophy and alignment through becoming a teacher. I wasn’t sure at first about teaching. I was a bit hesitant. But I’m glad I did because now having gone through the training, I know its something I really enjoy doing.”
What was the training program like?
“I did the 200 hour training. We met for 8 weeks 3 times a week in the evenings. On top of that, we had to take 60 yoga classes as part of the certification.”
What was the biggest challenge you faced?
“Public speaking! Learning to speak in front of a room full of strangers for a full hour.”
What advice would you give someone who is going to their first yoga class?
“Know that no one else is looking at you and that any amount of the pose that you’re doing is still the pose. Even if you don’t look like the person next to you, you’re still doing it. Know that everything is optional. As long as you’re breathing, you’re doing it right. Take a break when you need to and listen to your body!”
….advice to someone who wants to become a teacher?
“DO IT! TAKE THE TRAINING! It’s fun- it’s a financial investment so make sure it’s a hobby you want to invest in and know you probably won’t pay off the amount you paid for the training from teaching alone.”