Many of us have been practicing yoga for months, sometimes even years. It is only natural to become curious to what the next step in our yoga journey might be. For some of us, that next step might include furthering your practice and becoming a yoga teacher.
A teacher is able to train their body and mind, work with other yogis, learn the yogic philosophy, and spread yogic wisdom.
The transition period from student to teacher can take anywhere from six months to a year. But once we begin to feel confident as a teacher, many other benefits begin to arise the more we practice.
The physical, spiritual, and mental benefits of yoga, can also transform the lives of all who practice. The benefits bestowed on us by the ancient art form are not only for students but for the yoga teacher as well.
First and foremost, one of the most positive outcomes of becoming a yoga teacher is that your personal practice will always improve with time.
The teacher’s ethic requires you to practice on a daily basis and continue to work on yourself as well as others. Reading books, anatomy related articles, case studies, and working with other instructors is what keeps the yoga teacher engaged.
Boosting these energy levels, concentration skills, and focus, can assist in performing all the poses you once thought were impossible.
Yoga allows the practitioner to become more attuned to his or her own personality, demands, and needs. Many yoga teachers find a healthier relationship begin to form between their body and mind the more they practice. The experiences they gain over the years of practicing yoga, meditation, and pranayama, come in handy when they begin conducting classes.
The statement, “practice what you preach” becomes very true when you become a yoga teacher. When you are instructing your students, the same is imprinted in them and again on your conscious.
The spiritual talks in meditation and the calming sensation in poses, will drift you deeper into being present in that particular moment. You will become grateful for things you once missed, and the mind will speak to you in a variety of ways.
When your passion becomes your profession, you are bound to excel in it. Everyday you will show up with new strength, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude! The hard work will pay off more swiftly in terms of financial gains, due to the committed attitude you will have.
Mental peace and tranquility is also one of the obvious perks of becoming a yoga teacher. The atmosphere we live in and the things we hear, say, or think, constitutes our reality.
As a yoga teacher, much of our time is spent counseling students about how to keep peace of mind even in tough times. The social and organizational skills we gain, also enhance as we help to solve problems and issues that others might be facing. When we are involved in the spiritual work, the feeling of peace and tranquility is generated.
Apart from this, the satisfaction received in helping others is also rejuvenating and joyful. A teacher’s role is not easy but the more you give, the more you will receive!