Before I started my yoga teacher training, there were some questions about my asana practice and whether it was enough to prepare for the course. I also worried that I would be the only one who could not get into certain poses. These thoughts were what gave me butterflies on my first day of YTT. But, as I practiced more and more, I realized that none of my concerns really mattered.
Although it is difficult, training was not that hard. At least, not for me. These are common misconceptions about yoga teacher training.
- You must be a super flexible, handstanding yogi
This is a common misconception. Many people I talk to believe that they would love to teach yoga, but are not strong or flexible enough. This is something I can understand. Before I attended my training, I was concerned that I would not be able to do all the poses correctly. (aka, I cannot do a handstand). I would hide behind the shala hoping no one notices. This is false and unnecessary. While asana (posture), is key to yoga, mediation is the most advanced form of yoga. It doesn’t matter if you are limited in certain asanas. As long as your desire to explore, learn and improve your practice, that is all that matters. Respect for all bodies is important in your training.
- You must have practiced for at least 365 days per year (i.e. You must have practiced for at least 5 years.
A strong practice is essential, but dedication is even more important. Some people find practicing every day unrealistic, and that’s okay. As a full-time worker, I practiced three to four times per week. Just before the training, I increased it to daily. If time is a problem, you can still practice weekly to mentally and physically prepare for your training.
- A six pack is a must if you want to look slim.
All bodies are beautiful and yoga teacher training is open to all. Yoga teacher training does not require you to be a particular size or to look good. You will find yoga teachers from all walks of life. This is a crucial step in your teaching journey. You want to be able to adjust and offer variations to a variety of people so you can teach them.
- Veganism is for everyone
Yoga is for everyone. Some practice non-violence to a higher level than others. Although the food you eat during your training might be vegetarian, I have also met vegetarians, meat-lovers, and pescatarians. Everyone is kind and respectful of our different lifestyles. You don’t have to eat meat, and no one will judge you! However, I recommend that you try YTT and eat vegetarian to experience the yogi lifestyle.
- Lululemon’s latest collection should be worn from head to toe
Nope! Nope! It means that everyone wears what’s comfortable for them back home, which makes for beautiful diversity.
- All will be young and all will be female
Instagram and other social media frequently portray the notion that yoga teachers are mostly female in their 20s. You’ll discover that men as well as women are drawn to yoga at different times in their lives. There is also a wide range of ages. These concerns may be preventing you from starting your YTT journey. If you have any additional concerns, don’t hesitate to email us at . We would be happy to help you start your YTT journey.