It’s been about three months since I finished my teacher training.
I’ve already learned a ton, check it:
- I love teaching yoga. I’m excited before I go to sleep and smiling when I wake up in the morning.
- Can’t stop learning. ‘Required’ reading may longer be asked of me, but staying inspired is key. I’m reading a few things right now starting with The Bhagavad Gita and Pema Chödrön’s Start Where You Are. I love the practicality of Buddhism and Pema’s words consistently influence how I see the world and this in turn I think shows up in how I teach (at least I hope so).
- This learning has extended itself to taking as many classes as I can manage. It’s incredible how you can glean some insight from every teacher.
- I’m teaching as much as I can. This is for the obvious financial reasons, but you really need to sink your teeth in right away. The more you teach the better you get. This sounds fairly obvious, but if you are looking to become a teacher full-time (or even part-time) confidence is critical.
- Planning my classes has been helpful. I think no matter how experienced I get, I’ll always have an outline of what the class will look like. Now to talk out of the other side of my mouth, remaining flexible is just as important. If a class is more or less experienced, you’ve gotta modify your plans. As a teacher, I’m there to guide and inspire, not jam my ideas of yoga down their throats.
- Getting on sub lists gets you exposed to new students and potential clients if you teach privately! My sister said compared subbing to open houses for real estate agents. Sure you’re selling a house but you are also meeting more potential buyers for your business. (She’s so smart).
- Be authentic.
This journey has been pretty amazing so far. I’m not sure what’s down the road or around the corner. But boy I sure love the present.
This is yoga. And it is teaching me something every minute.