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Monday, July 14, 2014
How To Prepare For Your Yin Yoga Teacher Course
By Faye Martins
In the weeks leading up to your yin yoga teacher course, you might be feeling a wide array of emotions. Some students experience anxiety and worry over whether or not they'll be able to handle everything that comes with a teacher training program. You should attempt to clear your mind and rid yourself of worry before you begin training. While training can be intense, the programs are designed to help you ease into your journey of becoming an instructor. To help ensure that you're in the best physical and mental state in the weeks leading up to your training program, here are some tips on how to prepare for yoga instructor training.
Ensure That All of Your Paperwork Is In Order - Before you begin your yoga teacher training, make sure that you have all of your paperwork in order. If you are taking an online course, be sure that your computer is in working order and that all of your software is up to date. If you are moving away temporarily to take teacher training, double-check that your accommodations are in perfect order. It's best to be prepared ahead of time than to have to deal with hiccups when you're supposed to be focusing on your training.
Practice But Don't Overwhelm Yourself - Stick to your practice in the weeks leading up to your teacher training, ensuring that you are in great physical shape and flexible when you begin training. However, don't make the mistake of trying to overwhelm yourself before you head off to teacher training. Many students try to cram in too many hours on their mat before they begin training in an effort to be the best student in their program. However, your program will be intense enough. You should show up in good physical condition, but it's unnecessary to try to overexert yourself.
Keep A Healthy Diet - Many yogis strive to keep a healthy, mostly plant-based diet. Since teacher training might be intense, you'll feel a lot better and be better prepared if you keep a healthy, organic and plant-based diet in the weeks leading up to teacher training. Avoid excess amounts of caffeine as well, drinking primarily water to stay well-hydrated and energized.
Get Enough Sleep - Getting enough sleep each night is quintessential in feeling healthy, energized and prepared to take on long days on your yoga mat. If you find it difficult to get enough sleep each night, try winding down at the end of the day with a series of relaxing and non-intense poses. A glass of herbal tea and a peaceful sleep environment can be very helpful as well.
The road towards becoming a yoga instructor will be both enlightening and challenging. If you follow these tips in the weeks and days leading up to your training program, you'll be in a great physical and emotional place to undergo your program. Remember to breathe, focus and to take great care of yourself. Namaste.
Faye Martins, is a Yoga teacher and a graduate of the Yoga teacher training program at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA.