The ancient practice of yoga covers a vast spectrum of styles that emerged from centuries-old teachings. In more recent decades they have been more or less refined into the popular Ashtanga yoga system. Ashtanga involves moving in pace with ones breath with the end goal of heating the body from within to expel what ails and limits it, making it more open to meditation thus improving the mind and result in a greater spiritual connection with the universe.
Yoga teacher trainers have a strong emphasis in the alignment and motion of assuming poses to build strength and prevent injury. While moving quickly can build up a lot of heat it can be challenging to explore poses. On the other hand, moving slowly can aid exploring poses in more depth.
Yoga is so much more than fitness, though many in the west take to it for that very purpose. For westerners, it’s easier to understand as a fitness ritual in that they get down to exercise on the mats. But alongside they learn how to control their breathe and through the breathing access other limbs and other aspects of yoga.
Yoga can be even a one-minute affair for corporate executives but with time and practice, they eventually resort to a gentle, longer restorative yoga class. Most feel overweight and lethargic in the midst of their hectic daily life. The see it as taking a break from the stressful job, while trying to get their health and body back in shape. Eventually they learn to be still and teach others to do the same.
Nowadays yoga classes borrow from several yoga stylings, with poses that range from gentle and vigorous to swift and lasting. Participants show up and try to breathe mindfully, and could really care less whether or not you can do the advanced poses. But eventually they do.
Most classes – all over the world – attract practitioners of every age and ability, from school-age students to those in their 70s and 80s; pregnant women and male laborers. With practice, they start to enjoy sweating during practice. It’s essentially cleansing and in a warmer environment, the poses are made a little more accessible.
Yoga is transforming, bolstering the nervous, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems. It provides peace of mind, relaxation, clarity. The body has the power to heal itself. Yoga gives you control of that power.
Throughout a yoga teacher training course, participants get to learn postures, meditation, breathing techniques, mindfulness, yoga philosophy, yoga types and styles as well as anatomy and physiology.
The benefits of yoga teacher training go far beyond learning a new skill, but also give you the resources to greatly improve your quality of life & health. Not only will you gain an invaluable deeper mental, physical, emotional and spiritual awareness but eventually master the development of yourself.
A quality program will have you learn how to set up and manage your own practice. You will also learn how to work with others for health and fitness goals. It will help you learn the anatomy of yoga – both at the physical and the emotional levels.