I had an old friend of mine ask me what I did to get certified and if I had any advice for her, a yogi interested in teaching. So for all of you yogis out there who may be interested in teaching, here is my advice:
1. Practice on your own and try different styles-- Practice at home, take classes from multiple studios, follow a DVD... You won't be a good teacher if you don't have a solid practice of your own. There are so many styles of yoga (Hatha, Vinyasa, Forrest, Anasura, Bikram, Flow, Power, Ashtanga, etc.). Find one that you love-- I mean, really love. One that makes you look forward to class. If people see the love you've grown for your own practice, they'll want the same for themselves. They will be inspired by you.
2. Save up some money-- Yoga Teacher Trainings are pretty expensive. A typical 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification costs $2,000-$4,000. Advanced trainings can cost more than that. The tuition fee doesn't typically cover travel expenses, so if your training is out of town or at a retreat center, you need to account for airfare/gas and lodging too. If you're like me, you can't just drop that kind of money without having planned for it.
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