How I became a Yoga Teacher 🧘♀️ & I'm not skinny or able to do a one armed handstand!
My first experiences with yoga
My first real connection to yoga occurred during University. In the whirlwind of juggling the excitement of new friends, the overwhelming emotional roller-coaster of being a young adult, and learning to connect to my body, I found the meditation and relaxation that came with a yoga practice extremely grounding.
My love for yoga grew and grew
My 20's were spent moving from country to country, teaching English and finding ways to squeeze in my yoga practice. From convincing my colleagues to turn a classroom into a yoga studio to practice along side a DVD in China; to learning to practice in two pairs of socks, a hat, scarf and blanket in the 0c that was my mountain hut bedroom in Pakistan; to beginning to teach my friends on the beach in Malaysia; to finally setting myself up for a weekly class to teach my friends with the fireflies and bats in my Sri Lankan garden.
I adored the physical relationship I was creating with my body and mind, and found that I was growing stronger, more flexible and more balanced as the years went on. I fantasised about the idea of one day becoming a yoga teacher, but I thought I would never be good enough. Whatever that meant!
My journey to becoming a yoga teacher
Fast forward a little, I got married and said "hey, I think I might quit my job and become a yoga teacher!" By this point in my life, I suddenly had a belief in myself that I could do it. That I was already living in Asia, made the journey to Thailand to study affordable and relatively easy.
My experience at the WYLA was more than I could ever have imagined. Fully immersed in my new life, I spent 4 weeks (from 5.30am - 9.30pm every day) practicing, studying and marinating in this new world in which I found myself. I found the study of Yoga Philosophy totally enriching, and everything I learnt about leading a Yogic Life all began to make incredible sense to me. It was fundamentally one of the most life changing experiences of my life.
Can a beginner become a yoga teacher?
There are no rules to how much experience you need to have to embark on the journey of becoming a yoga teacher. Everybody's experience with yoga is different, and whether you have studied or practiced formally or informally doesn't determine your experience of a YTT or how you will be as a teacher to follow.
A 200 hour YTT is just the beginning of a yoga teacher's journey. On a 200 hour teacher training course you will dip your toe into the world and depths of Yoga. So, if you consider yourself a beginner, but you have the desire and drive to learn, study and live a yogic lifestyle, for sure you will benefit from studying a 200 hour YTT course.
How long does it take to become a yoga teacher?
Becoming a yoga teacher is a lifelong journey. However the Yoga Alliance has outlined that a 200 hour course is the minimum length of study to get you started on your journey. There are many ways that you can study for your 200 hour certificate, including a 4-week total immersion course, part-time over a few years, and now, online!
The world of live online education is becoming increasingly popular and if it's done well, it can be an extremely powerful, enriching and totally immersive experience. Here at The Frog Project we are collaborating with the Wise Yoga Living Academy (where I began my studies!) to deliver a Live and Online 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. More more info, the course outline, dates and prices, click here now.
Do you have to be skinny to be a yoga teacher (and other myths debunked)?
you do not have to be skinny
you do not have to be able to do a one armed handstand
you do not have to own fancy yoga clothes
you do not have to be a woman
you do not have to be young
Be who you are. Be dedicated. Be driven. Be passionate. Learn, grow and have a desire to contribute. You'll be an amazing yoga teacher. And it'll change your life.
GET READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Are you ready to take your yoga practice to the next level? Do you dream of becoming a yoga teacher? Or are you ready to ground your practice with a solid and wonderfully comprehensive dive into Yoga Philosophy, Life Style & a deeper understanding of Asana? Join our Live Online 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, a totally immersive experience that will change your life.
Carrie is a co-founder of The Frog Project, yoga teacher, and full time stay at home mum to two smalls. When she's not playing with the kids or practicing yoga, you'll likely find her in the middle of her veg patch, trowel in hand and covered in mud. She loves the outdoors, and would camp every night given the chance. She and her partner in crime, Martin, set up The Frog Project with the aim of bringing classical yoga to all, and deliver live online classes with a group of dedicated teachers, to students of all experiences, ages, shapes, sizes, jobs, lives, you name it, from all around the world. Join them now and get 15 days of free unlimited classes. It's just yoga.