I have been practicing yoga for the past ten years and recently finished a yoga teacher training and I must say that I am so glad I did! Because I have been practicing yoga for so long, I thought that there was really no point in taking a yoga certification program because I am not looking to teach yoga professionally. But did you know there are such things as yoga immersion programs?
I first discovered yoga when I was eighteen years old when I was in a really bad place in my life. I was depressed, overweight, having a terrible time in school, my boyfriend just broke up with me, and well….you can hear the violin strings playing in the background. Yes, my life was on a downhill slope to loser land and a friend of mine introduced me to yoga. Honestly, I saw yoga as some hippie dippy thing where we were all going to chant and I thought I was going to have to do some weird ritual.
Suffice it to say I took my first yoga class and have been addicted ever since. After my first practice I decided to completely immerse myself in yoga and try every style out there. I tried hatha, ashtanga, Bikram, kundalini,anusara, you name it and I tried it. So after ten years of doing yoga, I really thought that I was at the peak of my game. I can hold any pose imaginable with grace and integrity and I even help some of my friends with their yoga practice.
But honestly I have no intention of becoming a yoga teacher professionally. I mean, I love yoga and all but I also enjoy the amount of money I make at my job. Teaching yoga does not afford me the lifestyle I want but it does afford me the health I want. Sort of ironic huh?
Well, I have seen lots of these yoga teacher training programs advertised in the studios I practice in and paid no attention since I am not looking to build a yoga career. However after speaking with a friend of mine who finished her yoga teacher training, she had told me how the program really took her practice to a whole other level. She was telling me how that by doing one of these programs it really helped her see yoga from a whole other perspective.
Well, I signed up and took my first teacher training program and am so glad I did. It really did teach me things about yoga I would have never learned from a yoga class. A yoga class is great for a consistent health regimen. But a yoga teacher training program really kicked my butt and took my practice to newer heights and I am so glad I did!