Saturday, April 15, 2006

Yoga Instructor Training: Why is Teaching so Rewarding?

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By Paul Jerard

Can teaching Yoga really be that rewarding?

Why do Yoga teachers love their job? Will your Yoga teacher training open up doors for your dream job? Let’s look at some of these questions and see how you can make your dream job become a reality. Even if you have no desire to teach, the practice of Yoga can be your gateway to satisfaction, fulfillment, achievement, and a successful life.

Is teaching classes really a rewarding occupation? After the first student comes up and thanks you for class - that is only the beginning. Some Yoga students have pre-existing ailments and pain. Yoga cannot promise a cure for any ailment, but it can offer less pain, pain management, and sometimes, pain goes away altogether. Your students will definitely tell you what Yogic methodology does for them.

The gratification of helping others, on a daily basis, is spontaneous. This cultivates positive energy from within the core of your inner being. You give the gift of Yoga, but you share positive energy, and usually walk away with more energy than you had before you taught a class.

Being able to make your own hours is a priceless benefit for teachers. You do not have to be in traffic during peak times. You choose the time and place you want to work. If you want to teach Yoga in the morning at a corporate fitness center, senior center, health club, or teach a private session, you can choose the best option for your schedule and “pocket book.”

As a Yoga teacher, you are a perennial student for life. You must pursue knowledge every day, for the safety of your students, to enhance your Yoga teaching practice, and to improve the lives of all those who learn from you.

Teaching any style of Yoga is akin to practicing Jnana, (Union through knowledge), even if you are a Hatha style teacher. How can I state this? Yogic knowledge is infinite and the pursuit of Yogic knowledge is a daily task. Continuing education is an integral part of every teacher’s life.

Otherwise, Yoga instructors will become stale and unsafe in our teaching methods. You see, Yogic methodology is an evolving system of health maintenance, where “nothing is carved in stone.” Therefore, we must learn and share the latest methods for a safe class.

Independence, from the daily grind, is total freedom to meditate, be your own boss, and live the dream of teaching Yoga to others. If you teach Hatha, you will be in the best possible physical shape, due to the physical aspects and living with a moderate diet. You can stop and visit your local bookstore at any time, while the world is in “9 to 5 mode.”

Having time to spend with your family, enjoying life, and having the “time to smell the flowers,” are newfound parts of a Yoga teacher’s life. What is more important than the quality time you have to spend with loved ones and friends? Yogic methodology gives all of us time to reflect on the real priorities in life and could be compared to a brief vacation in your daily life.

Being able to reconnect your spiritual side is a part of Yoga training. Regardless of your religion, you will gradually gravitate back toward “your roots.” You do not have to look outside your religion for answers. The answers to life, and the divine, are within the religion you were brought up with. Yogic methodology is a tool to improve your spiritual health. Yogic philosophy does not discriminate and does not condone intolerance.

All Yoga teachers will pursue the path of self-improvement. It may start as pursuit of physical prowess at first, but will end up being much more. This is why Hatha Yoga is a gateway toward many other forms of Yogic philosophy that benefit the complete health of mind, body, and spirit.

Why do Yoga teachers love their job?

With all that has been stated up to this point, Yoga teachers and their students are some of the happiest people in the world. This comes at a time when the vast majority of humankind is stressed out, having anxiety attacks, and feeling aggression. Words like tranquility, harmony, success, and gratification, seem like a myth to those who do not practice Yoga on a regular basis.

On another note, you have control over your job. Yoga teachers choose the age group they want to teach. You can teach a particular age group or all ages.

The time and place are up to you. If you are a late riser, you can stay in bed. If you are an early riser, you can teach in the early morning and “close up shop” earlier in the evening.

What if you do not want to become a Yoga teacher?

Will your Yoga training open up doors for your dream job? The fact is - Yogic methodology gives all of us the power of self realization. We become aware of the real priorities in life. There is no better gratification than self-help and being able to help others.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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