By Kim Bassan, Pretzel Kids content writer
Many people consider becoming a yoga teacher and to be honest, teaching yoga is one of the most fulfilling jobs out there.
Aside from the diverse income possibilities and flexible schedule, there are many mental and spiritual benefits to teaching yoga. Even the most experienced yogi cannot escape these effects. Once you go yoga – you never go back!
If you are wondering how to become a yoga instructor, then this story will reveal the benefits and secrets to teaching yoga, and let us tell you – there are plenty of them! But before you become a yoga teacher, we should probably first tell you about the benefits of doing yoga!
What are the Benefits of Yoga?
If you’ve been reading our blog, you already know that yoga has benefits that extend the physical body. Of course, yoga can help you become flexible and strong but yoga can also:
- Reduce stress
- Elevating mental health and create a positive mood
- Help improve memory and concentration
- Boost self-esteem
- Improve sleep
Yoga has so many benefits that it only makes sense for us to spread the message with the world! And, if you want to do something good for your community, then learning to teach yoga may be a great choice. But before you jump into yoga teacher training, let us tell you a bit more about what yoga teacher training is like.
What is Yoga Teacher Training Like?
Yoga certification is the process where you’ll learn how to teach yoga. During this time, you will learn a lot about teaching strategies, yoga asanas, anatomy, breathing exercises and the ancient philosophy of yoga. But…and this is a big but…Yoga teacher training is so much more than this!
How yoga teacher training changes you
Getting your yoga instructor certification is a life-changing experience. Becoming a yoga teacher will benefit you in so many ways! Read on to learn more.
How to Become a Yoga Instructor
Not only is the yoga industry gaining popularity, but also it is the best job ever (we think)! And there are so many ways to get certified to teach.
But first things first: How do you become a yoga instructor? To start, you can take an online specialty yoga teacher training course! You can also enroll in a full 200-hr program. Remember to do your research and ask yourself important questions to find a teacher training program that aligns with your needs and interests.
Now it’s time for the moment you’ve been waiting for. Are you ready for the juicy part? Better than orange juice, apple juice, and even better than Kool-Aid!
It’s the stuff that almost every yoga teacher experiences, it’s all the things that you’ll feel after yoga teacher training.
Here are the 6 unexpected benefits that yoga instructors experience after yoga teacher training.
1. Teaching yoga might make you happier
One of the best things about teaching yoga is that you may become happier. Yes, you’ve heard that right. Not only does yoga improve mental health but yoga teachers can experience an elevated mood.
Can yoga help with depression?
The long and short of it is yes. Stress is an inevitable part of life, but it doesn’t have to dictate your life. Mental health is a crucial element of your health and wellness and it’s important to prioritize your mental health. And a good way to start is by doing yoga!
2. Teaching yoga will help you make healthier decisions
This one is inevitable. But this doesn’t mean you need to start eating a vegetarian diet and matcha tea. Yoga promotes balance and that’s what healthy living is about. It’s more important to find a sustainable healthy routine for your body, mind and soul, and this is what you should preach in your yoga classes!
How to develop healthier habits?
Who doesn’t want to feel happier and healthier? Yes, it does take energy to keep up with healthy habits. However, just because something isn’t easy doesn’t mean you should give up. Yoga teaches you to stay consistent and dedicated, and that’s the skill you need to have to keep up with your healthy habits. Yoga also helps you develop self-control, which will ensure you stay committed to your goals!
3. You’ll have a stronger, more flexible body
Yes, we know, yoga is so much more than just the body. But come on! We’re all familiar with the yogi pretzel stigma and besides, who doesn’t want to feel more fit and be more active?
But hold on: Does that mean that you can’t do yoga unless you’re flexible? Absolutely not!
Yoga is for every-body.
Can I do yoga if I’m not flexible or strong?
As we stated above, being flexible isn’t a prerequisite to do yoga. In fact, yoga has no prerequisite. Yoga is for everyone and everyone should do yoga! No matter your size, age or gender, yoga will help improve your balance, focus, and fitness levels, according to WebMD. So if your excuse for not doing yoga is because you’re not flexible enough, it’s time to come up with a new excuse!
4. You might sleep better
Are you experiencing sleepless nights tossing and turning? Feeling fatigued and exhausted during the day?
5. Yoga helps with social skills, building networks and creating community
People who do yoga – and teach yoga – stick together!?
It’s easier to make friends with people who share a similar mindset or common interests. But furthermore, yoga teaches you how to be more compassionate. When you start teaching yoga classes, you’ll also encounter inspiring people. With your new yoga community, you also may expand your social and professional network!
How to expand your yoga social circle after yoga teacher training
Covid-19 has forced all of us to practice social distancing but humans are social creatures, and connection is something that is essential to our survival.
The best thing about yoga classes is that it allows you to meet like-minded people that can turn into friends. Besides allowing you to meet new people, yoga also encourages you to be more confident to open a conversation with other yogis. So, next time you go to a yoga class or teach a session, smile at your mat neighbor, and get to know the students!
6. You may get curious about journaling, meditation, EFT tapping and other modalities
Once you start walking down the yoga road, you will discover many other different paths.. While we believe in the power of yoga, you may want to also explore journaling, meditation, mindfulness, EFT Tapping and other holistic practices.
What are good alternative certifications to add to your resume?
So why not take your yoga teaching platform and expand your market outreach? Having a yoga instructor certification is an amazing beginning but if you want to increase your chances of getting hired or just increase your salary, you should consider taking some continuing education workshops.
Investing in your knowledge will enable you to offer more services and perhaps charge higher rates since you’ll be seen as an expert in the field. Some of the most popular alternative practices that can compliment a yoga teacher certification include:
Benefits of Teaching Yoga to Kids
Do you remember the days where you were as happy as a little kid? As a children’s yoga instructor, you can relive those days and feel like a kid again.
For starters, you’ll be less judgmental and learn to embrace your imperfections. You’ll embrace a beginner’s mind and be more playful with yourself and life. But psst, we have another secret for you: You can take this one simple step!
Become a Kids Yoga Teacher
Are you wondering about your options after graduating from yoga teacher training? Well, you’re in luck! We have the answer for you. You can expand your business and find your yoga niche by becoming a youth yoga teacher!
Can I teach yoga without certification?
Did you know you can teach yoga without being certified (you don’t have to take a 200-hour certification course)? Wait, what? Yes, you heard that correctly!
About Kim: Kim Bassan is a content writer at Pretzel Kids. She’s also a yoga teacher and a communication and publishing student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Kim is originally from Israel but moved to Canada with her family and little puppy Moana. In her free time, she’s busy hiking or doing downward-facing dog with Moana!