Like most things, our teacher training course had to adapt to meet the demands of Covid-19. Having cancelled both our May and November trainings this year, we decided to create an online version of our course so that our trainings can continue no matter what.
So, we have scheduled an online training for the start of 2021, February. We then have our original May 2021 in-person training, remaining optimistic that this will be possible in-person. We have also added a September in-person training for those who prefer term time courses, and finally we finish the year with a December online training, just incase the winter months force another lockdown (praying covid is a thing of the past by then).
I was reminded, whilst creating the online version of our course, how magic our training experience is. When creating a 200 Hour teacher training course, there are a certain amount of hours designated to specific subjects in order to meet the Yoga Alliance certification criteria. These subjects include anatomy, physiology, philosophy, ethics, methodology and practice to name a few. There are then remaining hours which can be put towards the style of training of that particular school. In our case, we focus on a specific form of psychology, using self-enquiry to promote self-development.
I am certain that the success of our studio is a direct result and correlation of the level of self-development that our teachers undergo in their training and beyond. We look for those who are teaching more than yoga, who have done the work and broken through their own ‘stuff’. We believe that Yoga teachers must be able and willing to speak from the heart in the hope to help others – that is what makes the difference between a yoga instructor and a yoga teacher.
You want students to come out of class having learned something about themselves, to be changed by your class, mentally, energetically and spiritually not just physically. As a teacher, you should make a difference with what you do.
Being able to share authentically, anchored with yogic philosophy, in layman’s terms, whilst instructing a coherent sequence, looking for alignment and more, is a skill. That particular skill can only be developed in an environment which feels safe enough to explore your own experiences, that safe space is what we provide, no matter what. A safe space is created through a set of conditions which include congruence (honesty), unconditional positive regard (acceptance) and empathy, the modality of presentation, online or in-person does not effect this.
Our training is much more than the usual yoga instruction qualification, it will be one of the most intense growth periods and rewarding experiences of your life.
“One of the best decisions I have ever made…An amazing fun filled, yet challenging process – in a very supportive environment. I learnt so much about yoga & myself, and continue to do so as I teach…’
Jung ‘knowing our own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of others’.