Yoga 101: Tips on How to Become a Certified Instructor

The popularity of yoga comes as no immediate surprise. After all, few exercises can build strength and flexibility while positively impacting spiritual and mental wellbeing than it can. For this reason, many continue to enjoy the practice intensely. And if you want to share your passion with others and make a profit out of it, you may want to consider becoming an instructor. With that said, we’ll talk about some essential tips that you need to know to ensure that your career as a yoga instructor becomes a rewarding one.

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Learn yoga first

Before you begin the journey of becoming a yoga instructor, you must first have a deep and meaningful understanding of it. After all, there are various styles available in this practice. By participating in all their classes, you’ll be able to determine which one suits your preferences the best, be it vinyasa, Hatha, Bikram, or ashtanga. But keep in mind that the experience will vary not only by style but also on the instructor and location. Because of this, you’ll want to have a capable mentor to serve as a guide throughout the process.

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What is yoga?

Yoga is a very old discipline that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. Like meditation, yoga allows us to reconnect with ourselves at a time when new technologies and the pressure to perform are constantly overwhelming us.

There are many different types of yoga, the most common in the West being Hatha Yoga, which encompasses all forms of yoga. Hatha yoga consists of postures accompanied by breathing exercises. Hatha yoga is primarily aimed at strengthening the muscles and relieving pressure on the joints.

Yoga is considered a form of alternative medicine. It can treat many of the ailments that many people suffer from today, such as:

    • Stress
    • Sleep disorders
    • Digestive problems
    • Circulatory problems
    • Joint pain
    • Back pain
    • Concentration problems

Who can do yoga?

If there is one discipline that everyone can practice, it is yoga. It can be practiced from a very young age (there are yoga classes for children) right up to old age. The elderly appreciate yoga even more at an age when regular sports can no longer be practiced. Of course, yoga for seniors should be ‘adapted’ yoga, because certain postures should be avoided after a certain age.

There is also yoga for pregnant women, as pregnancy is a particularly good time to practice yoga. Prenatal yoga consists of postures that are suitable for pregnancy and there are no contraindications for pregnant women.

One of the many benefits of yoga is that it is both very gentle and very diverse: there is something for everyone.

How do you practice yoga?

Yoga can be practiced individually or in a group.

With new technology, it is very easy to start practicing yoga by watching videos on the internet.

However, group or individual yoga classes are also very useful because it is difficult to determine if a posture is good on your own. Yoga is also a good way to meet people.

Like most sports, yoga needs to be practiced regularly to really benefit from it. The sessions don’t have to be very long if they are regular: you can start with as little as 10 minutes a day.

What are the benefits of Hatha Yoga?

The benefits of Hatha yoga are many. There are psychological and physiological benefits.
The long-term physiological benefits of Hatha Yoga include:

    • Less fatigue and more energy
    • A stronger immune system
    • Improved blood circulation and skin tone
    • Improved joint flexibility
    • Revitalization of the internal organs
    • Stronger muscles
    • Better breathing
    • Alleviation of certain chronic pains and problems (premenstrual syndrome, headaches, intestinal pain, ear infections, and asthma).

The psychological benefits of Hatha Yoga include:

    • Stress reduction
    • Improved concentration and mental clarity
    • Improved sleep quality
    • Reduction of anxiety
    • Improved mood
    • Increased self-confidence
    • Greater openness towards others
    • A better ability to be more present, fully aware, here and now.

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Complete the necessary training programs

Once you’ve learned enough about yoga, the next thing you should do is enroll at an accredited school. Most training programs for yoga teachers come at two levels. The first one is a certification course that lasts for two hundred hours, and the next level is for five hundred hours; both are requirements for those who want to become registered teachers. Additionally, you can choose to pursue one that can help you specialize in a specific area of yoga. For example, you can become a teacher for children’s yoga or in the prenatal stage.

Get insurance

In any line of business or work, insurance is crucial. You’ll need to protect yourself financially from legal fees, medical costs, accidents, and injuries if you want to succeed as a yoga instructor. The good news is that many reputable insurance providers offer insurance for yoga instructors. Apart from being reasonably priced, they’re also relatively easy to find and should take you no more than a few minutes online to get.

Market yourself

Yoga teachers might be in demand, but you’re not getting any students if people don’t know that you exist. Therefore, you must market yourself across all digital channels. It isn’t enough to have a website for your services – you must also establish an online presence on social media. Adopting search engine optimization practices can considerably elevate your internet visibility, making sure that you step your efforts up when advertising your services. It may sound like a lot of work – and truthfully, it is. But doing so will pay dividends in the long run.

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Final thoughts

Becoming a yoga teacher can be as financially rewarding as it is spiritually fulfilling. However, if you want to take advantage of its benefits, you’ll need to do it correctly. By taking a mental note of these tips, you’ll help yourself edge out your competitors and make the most out of your career.

References

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/yoga-what-you-need-to-know

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/9-benefits-of-yoga

https://www.yogaalliance.org/credentialing/credentials_for_teachers

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