How to make the most out of your 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training – Advice from my 8 years’ experience
Chances are that you’ll only do your 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) once, so you really want to make the most out of it!
Take everything in, absorb all you can, and dive into the practice and lifestyle of yoga. You won’t regret it and you’ll be rewarded in wonderful ways.
Here’s my advice to you
To help you along the journey, I’ve come up with some advice I wish I had heard before I started my 200-hr program.
1. Commit to every part of the program
Yoga has many different facets; it is a complex and diverse web of information. You’ll likely be surprised by this.
There’s a good chance that you’ll be exposed to concepts and practices that are new and a bit weird to you. Be open-minded and dive right in. If something doesn’t speak to you right away, that’s totally fine, but at least give it a chance.
You might discover something new that brings you joy and creates some lasting, positive changes in your life and the ones you’ll teach.
2. Expect ups and downs
Just like life, you will have highs and lows during the program. There will be times when you are motivated and on top of your assignments, as well as times when you will be overwhelmed, maybe even discouraged. This is to be expected, especially when you are tired, sore, and you have a test to study for! We all experienced this at some point in our YTT.
When you do have a low day, when you are worried whether you’ll ever learn all the Sanskrit names for the poses, just take a deep breath and remember that you can do this.
Refocus your energy on being grateful for the opportunity to take the program. It is truly a beautiful gift to be able to do it.
3. Make friends
Yoga is all about connection, so don’t be afraid to reach out to your fellow yogis.
Practice teach with them, form study groups, enjoy this time with like-minded individuals that are working towards bettering themselves and their lives.
Some of the most valuable teachings come out of sharing the inner and outer journey and growing together. Use the group energy to your advantage and contribute to others with your own energy.
We’re in this together.
4. Don’t worry!
Ok, I know this one is easier said than done. Every student I get is so worried about if they will be able to teach, if people will like them, if they will understand the material… and so on.
These fears pull you out of the present moment and you won’t be able to fully absorb all of the information if you aren’t mentally present.
Trust me, every instructor has these fears in the beginning and we all end up doing just fine ☺. I’ve seen it over and over and over again. You can do this!
The Yoga Teacher Training is a life-changing experience. Watching you grow through the program is one of my favorite things in the world.
Make the most out of your YTT with open mind and heart. Embrace the smiles and the tears. You won’t regret it and you’ll look back to it as one of the most enriching experiences of your life.
I am excited for you and your journey as a Yoga teacher. Happy training!