How do you know if you want to be a yoga teacher? Here are our top questions to ask yourself before you embark on the journey.
If you’ve ever found yourself in conversation with a yoga teacher, you’ve probably discovered that we come from all walks of life! For some of us, the path to becoming a yoga teacher may be clear from the moment we step into a class. For others, the decision may take more time and introspection.
No matter where you are on your journey, there are some key questions and considerations to contemplate before taking the plunge.
#1 - Why do I want to become a yoga teacher?
This may seem like an obvious question, but it’s an important one to ask yourself. Are you drawn to teaching because of a deep passion for the practice and a desire to share it with others? Or are you seeking a new career path or a way to supplement your income? There’s no right or wrong answer – but being clear on your motivation can help you determine whether teaching is truly the right path for you.
#2 - Am I ready to be a student yoga teacher?
Becoming a yoga teacher requires a lot of learning and growth – both on and off the mat. There are so many skills involved in teaching yoga, and they’re often invisible as a student. You’ll need to deepen your understanding of anatomy, alignment, sequencing, public speaking, and holding space for others. It’s a lot. Are you ready to put on your beginner’s hat?
"Yoga does not change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees." B.K.S Iyengar
#3 - How will I integrate yoga teaching into my life and career?
Of course – lots of people embark on a yoga teacher training without ever intending on teaching. It can be a beautiful way to dive deep into the practices and philosophies of yoga and enhance your experience as a student. If you do intend to teach – make sure to consider your current work and lifestyle commitments. You’ll need to balance teaching with your own personal practice and other life responsibilities, often teaching classes when you’d normally be having down time. It’s important to be honest with yourself about what’s realistic for you.
#4 - Am I willing to be vulnerable?
As yoga teachers, we’re not just guiding our students through physical poses, but holding space to connect with themselves on a deeper level. This requires a willingness to be vulnerable, listen deeply, and to meet students where they are - without judgement or expectation. If you feel a deep calling to serve others in this way, then teaching yoga may be the perfect path for you.
#5 - What training program is right for me?
If you’re nodding your head and feel ready for the next step – it’s important to find a yoga teacher training that suits you, your needs and goals. Consider things like schedule, cost, and reputation. Look for a program that provides a comprehensive curriculum, who are experienced with knowledgeable teachers, and plenty of opportunities for practice and feedback.
There are a variety of different styles - some schools focus on power asana and headstands, some more on spirituality and some in-between. Try to get a sense of the school and choose a style that resonates with you.
If you do intend to teach it's important to understand the teaching requirements in your country. Many schools offer short 200 hour courses which doesn't meet the minimum requirement to become an accredited level 1 yoga teacher in Australia.
Where to from here?
Keep reading for more information on some upcoming teacher trainings.
Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training | Part-time in-person
This 350-hour training is open to all yoga practitioners, no pre-requisites required. Join our highly recognised training academy and set yourself up with the skills to teach yoga at studios, gyms, schools, corporate offices, wellbeing centres, and more. We have three intakes coming up:
Brisbane: Beginning 1st April (on Saturdays) and one in July (Wednesdays)
Gold Coast: Beginning 15th April (on Saturdays)
Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training | At your own pace online
Online: The online course is very user-friendly, fun, and offers all the opportunities as an in-person training but with a little more flexibility.
To learn more about this internationally recognised training click here.