Six reasons it’s time for a Yoga teacher training

shadesofyoga-ryt200-bali-16Yoga teachers are no lesser than the warriors who never let you miss their classes, who travel the entire world hosting the convention sized classes as well as who spread love to the millions of yogis by the way of their amazing skills and of course, their social handles as well. Yoga teachers range from the famous celebrities to all the non-practicing individuals who together strive to share their respective experiences of yoga teacher training.

Thus, if you have thought about this training before, here are the six reasons as to why you must take the leap of faith.

  1. Deepen your idea of physical practice:

Yoga teacher training program brings all the students together so that they could learn from each-other’s various body types, flexibility, injuries and many other factors. Thus, you must deepen your physical practice by the way of learning about them and regularly studying the same.

  1.  Try to learn some more skills:

Learning skills about the yoga program never comes to an end. Thus, register yourself with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher and try accessing tips using which you can start your own studio. Find new students and earn additional training hours.

  1.  Search for your Yoga family:

The best advantage of the YTT programs is that it lets you stay connected with your yoga family for life. Thus, support the journey of all the individuals who surround you and create a support network full of yoga warriors.

  1.  Challenge yourself physically and mentally:

As you start the training program being a beginner, your mind comes in a million of pieces, but your body as a whole. As a master of the program, your body comes in a million of pieces, but your mind as a whole. Thus, it is very important to become flexible both physically as well as mentally. It is also important to explore all the different practices in order to develop a better well-rounded as well as a balanced lifestyle regarding your daily routine.

  1.  Try to explore your spirituality:

It is found that a number of people who tend to deepen their practice of yoga by the way of YTT leave their spiritual practice rooted in the particular understanding and thus get themselves connected to their spiritual self. Yoga helps to quiet the mind as well as attune the inner self. This awareness helps to provide the means which helps a person to live a better and a more conscious lifestyle. The same helps him to focus on what matters in his life the most.

  1.  Become a teacher:

Thus, once you are done completing your YTT, you shall be tagged as a teacher. You must, therefore, use the power to develop and grow your own teaching style which must be authentic, unique as well as mindful. This tag fetches upon you an opportunity to give back all you skills to your students. Seek out the opportunities of karma yoga in various places such as primary schools, prisons, senior centers as well as other community outlets.

 

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How to select a 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course?

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The new 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training course is considered to be an advanced course for all the RYT 200 or the students who finished their 200-hour course but didn’t register themselves and yet are looking forward to studying, practicing more as well as upgrading their qualifications in the same. It is very important for you to pick a right advanced training because this course of training is longer, steep and more intensive than all the previous ones.

How to choose?

You need to decide for yourself what exactly you wish to learn. Merely doing course after course and gathering certificates is not just a waste of time, but a waste of energy and money as well. Thus, you must firstly decide and set your goals right. If you are looking forward to learning about adjustments and alignments, you must go to the school which teaches the same. Likewise, if you have interest in Yoga therapy, you must select therapeutic programs. Also, if you like Ayurveda, you must apply for TTC.

The 300-hour yoga TTC has been designed by the Yoga Alliance that looks forward to bringing the teachers to the next level, thereby permitting them to develop and review their skills and knowledge in yoga.

Here are a few points that you shall help you to pick the right school that could eventually help you to grow and develop your skills of yoga.

  1.   Teaching Methodology:

The fresh teachers need more confidence in order to prepare themselves for good yoga class or retreat. Generally, the knowledge of RYT 200 on sequencing is restricted to the style experienced during the first TTC and the rules of traditions what they were guided during their basic course of 200 hours. The 300-hour program lets you learn new sequencing ideas, concepts and other important information. It also focuses on particular groups. Thus, this yoga training must develop your skills of teaching.

  1.   Anatomy:

During the course of 200-hour, you get 10-20 hours of physiology and anatomy while this advanced yoga teacher training course fetches you the chance to actually get into the human body and minds. It teaches you all the benefits as well as contraindications of the yoga practices.

  1.   Teaching practicum:

Practice makes the man perfect. Thus, the 300-hour teaching program doesn’t only offer theoretical knowledge, but practical also. The experienced E-RYT 500 and teaching team under this program makes sure that the trainees gain practical knowledge more than the theoretical one.

  1.   Vision of the School as well as Yogic Values:

Your vision of yoga and training must be in tandem with the vision of the school that you are selecting for the training. There are a number of good technical yoga schools that are famous for their knowledge, but they may compromise in context with their training program. Thus, it is important for you to choose a program which doesn’t compromise on its training, but gives you the best. The qualities and values that the teacher represents are considered to be important factors for a successful training.

Once you are done finding the program, the most essential part of the job comes to an end here.

38 Amazing Health Benefits That You Get From Yoga

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If you have undergone a yoga teacher training, you might know what marvel yoga is? If not, we have many reasons to make you realize that yoga is the best practice for your health.

We are not saying anything just like that, the researchers have found out how yoga helps in improving health, decreasing sickness and healing aches and pains.
Here, we give you 38 reasons why you should practice yoga. Read the 38 health benefits of practicing yoga.

1. Yoga makes you flexible
Yoga helps in increasing the flexibility by leaps and bounds. This will also cause a great relief in aches and pains in the body.
There are many painful conditions that tight muscle scan lead to. Yoga loosens the muscles and helps you to deal with these conditions. Also, tight muscles lead to poor posture. Yoga helps in improving the posture by improving flexibility.

2. Boosts muscle strength
Yoga helps in boosting strength of the muscles. Weak muscles contribute to conditions like back pain, arthritis, et al. Yoga helps in keeping them at bay.

3. Improves your posture
Poor posture is responsible to certain conditions like joint problems and problems in neck, back and other muscles. All these things lead to fatigue.
By practicing yoga, you can improve your posture and hence, get rid of these muscle aches and pains and joint problems.

4. Prevents breakdown of cartilage and joints
Yoga helps in keeping mitigate disability and degenerative arthritis at bay by offering the joints a full range of motion.

5. Protects the spine
Yoga subjects you to twists and bends (forward and backward), thus, keeping your spinal disk supple.

6. Improves bone health
Certain yoga asanas contribute to bone health. By enhancing the bone health, they also keep osteoporosis at bay.

7. Enhances blood flow
While practicing yoga, you will learn many relaxation exercises that boost blood circulation to every organ especially hands and feet.

8. Boosts lymphatic drainage and immunity
Stretching and contracting muscles and organ movements enhance lymphatic drainage and in turn, immunity.

9. Increases heart rate
Regular yoga practice increases the heart rate and this keeps heart attack susceptibility and depression at bay.

10. Lowers blood pressure
Corpse pose helps in dropping blood pressure.

11. Regulates adrenal glands
Yoga lowers the level of cortisol. Excessive level of cortisol cause many health issues like osteoporosis, depression, compromised immunity, et al.

12. Makes you happy
Yoga elevates your mood and makes you happy by increasing serotonin level.

13. Provides healthy lifestyle
Yoga offers a great poise to your life. It improves the quality of your life.

14. Lowers your blood pressure
Yoga lowers the level of blood sugar and bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.

15. Improves focus
Regular yoga helps you focus.

16. Relaxes the body systems
Yoga relaxes you from inside out.

17. Improves balance
Yoga helps in increasing proprioception benefitting people with dysfunctional movement patterns and bad posture.

18. Maintain nervous system
Many yoga postures help in maintaining healthy nervous systems.

19. Release limb tension
Tension and muscle fatigue in wrists, arms, neck, shoulders and face can be tackled by yoga.

20. Improves sleep
Yoga helps you to give a deep sleep.

21. Improves immune system functions
Yoga is known to improve the functions of immune system.

22. Improves lung function
Yoga practice teaches you breathe control. This helps people with lung issues. It boosts lung health.

23. Keeps IBS and other issues at bay
Yoga helps in keeping all the digestive problems at bay including IBS, constipation, ulcers, et al.

24. Gives mental peace
Yoga not just helps in giving you physical fitness but, also offers mental peace. It removes all the issues like fear, regret, anger, frustration, etc.

25. Increases self- esteem
Yoga boosts physical, metal as well as spiritual health and with this it offers a lot of positivity in your life. It helps to increase self- esteem.

26. Relieves pain
Yoga asanas and meditation helps in relieving back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, et al.

27. Offers inner strength
Practicing yoga regularly offers inner strength.

28. Offers you guidance
Practising yoga with your teacher will help to promote your health. During the yoga teacher training teachers are taught not just to teach their students yoga asanas but, to improve the quality of their life.

29. Keep you away from drug
Yoga helps you to get rid of all the medications that you have been taking.

30. Makes you aware
Yoga keeps you aware regarding every single thing related to you. You feel compassionate and relaxed by practicing yoga.

31. Improves relationships
Yoga helps in inculcating friendliness, equanimity and compassion and hence, relationships.

32. Yoga chanting sooths the sinuses
Chanting (humming sounds) while performing yoga open sinuses and also facilitate drainage.

33. Healing by mind’s eye
Yoga directs the healing of your body in the mind’s eye. This helps in reducing headache episodes, decreased postoperative pain, etc.

34. Prevents from viruses and allergies
Cleansing practices performed as a part of yoga help in virus and allergies out.

35. Inspired you to serve others
Yoga (karma yoga) teaches you to serve others.

36. Helps in encouraging self- care
Yoga teaches you to be closer to your body and think of its betterment. It makes you more committed towards self- care.

37. Supports connective tissue
Yoga helps in improving the connective tissues and hence, offering optimal health as every system is interconnected.

38. Uses placebo effect in order to affect change
Believe better and better follows. Yoga and meditation betters your health and your life.

 

Yoga Teacher Training

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The love of yoga automatically inculcates the decision of training for yoga in people. Thus, if you are on a junction where you feel you are all set to explore this field and to share all your knowledge and passion with the interested people, you must consider Santosha’s Yoga Teacher Training certification program.

Mission statement:

Santosh Yoga tends to honor every person as a unique identity. Thus, it provides you the best quality experience that you have been searching for. The yoga teacher trainings connecting with us are devoted and committed to creating an ambit of safety and indulgence. This is a process of learning with truth, empathy, equanimity, joy and much more. All those people who pass the courses offered by us feel enthusiastic, convenient and vital for all their lives.

About the training programmer:

Santosha Yoga is a registered yoga institute with an alliance of Yoga at both respective levels of 200 and 500 hours. It teaches you one of the excellent yoga trainings of the world along with the 200, 300 as well as 500 hour teacher trainings. This institute also provides you all kinds of prenatal, postnatal, teens’ and children’s yoga teacher trainings along with a standup paddleboard training. Not only do you learn a good yoga teacher training, but also enhance your knowledge about

  •         Asana
  •         Pranayama
  •         Meditation and Yoga Nidra
  •         Yoga history and philosophy
  •         Anatomy and Physiology
  •         Yoga Postures and sequences
  •         The art of teaching yoga
  •         Yoga therapy
  •         Business and marketing skills
  •         Kirtan and chanting
  •         Ayurveda
  •         Eight limbs of Yoga
  •         The chakra system
  •         The sutras and much more.

The courses offered as Santosha’s are more than just trainings, they are life-changing personal journeys. Our courses are held at some of the most stunning locations that tend to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. There are scenic views, healthy meals prepared out of love, discounted therapies of massage and a number of fun filling activities including surfing as well as diving. (Treatments, accommodations as well as meals are not included in the course fee).

Why are the courses offered by us unique?

  1.      All our instructors are E-RYT teachers who are passionate about providing the needed hours of instruction along with advanced knowledge about the subject.
  2.      Our modules are unique and include the principles of Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga Massage, Post/Prenatal Yoga, Women’s issues as well as Yoga therapy.
  3.      We fetch excellent opportunities to train with some of the most expert hands of the entire yoga community.
  4.      Graduates can avail an opportunity to become registered yoga teachers (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance.
  5.      We prefer quality over quantity and therefore we keep the strength of our class up to an average of 18 students and maximum of 35 students per training.
  6.      We arrange convenient and amazing accommodation for all our students at discounted rates if required.
  7.      All the graduates associated with us receive post-graduation support via our new mentor system, newsletters as well as blogs. We are only a mail away to resolve all kinds of queries.Yoga Teacher Training

Meditation – one of the shades of yoga

There is an increasing demand for training in meditation and mental wellness, especially across the corporate sector. In response to this demand, several Yoga training centers have interspersed their training with meditation and other mindfulness training regime. According to the recent research by IBISWorld, the corporate sector contributes highly to the boom in the number of Yoga classes which has further fueled the need for Yoga teacher training facilities.

The increasing demand

While Yoga has been increasing in the list of popularity, a segment of yoga, meditation is not to be left behind. One can see more and more people drifting towards the next step in yoga, the mindfulness training or the meditation to keep the mind focused. With many studies emerging, that describes the science behind the meditation and how it can tune the brain for the better everyone wants to try their hand at it. This is why every Yoga teacher training facility is coming up with programs that instill the values of meditation along with teaching yoga to their students.

The teaching program

The teaching program at the Yoga teacher training at Kaia Yoga encompasses multiple elements, more being on the art of meditation. The aim is to empower the students not just to learn the techniques but master them so they can start their own practice. The mindfulness training is an important part of the yoga teacher training along with the other components which one has already learned as part of yoga training.

The new program will include a meditation program for 100 hours and is more inclined to the students and other professionals who can make use of it effectively in their workplaces like the therapists, the teachers, and the social workers.

How long is the program?

The program is a rigorous one stretched to four weekends and will be full day training from 9 am to 5 pm on a Friday and a Saturday. There will also be papers to read, write and submit along with participation in study groups. If you try to fit it into the schedules of a person, the yoga teacher training with mindfulness training can take nearly 6-7 months to complete.

There is, of course, an examination to complete, both oral and written, to obtain the certification. For those students who are not interested in taking up meditation, there is an option to choose Buddhist studies as a second option in their program.

With the growing interest in meditation, it is imperative to have a yoga teaching program that includes this component as well. It is necessary to expand the knowledge base of people on yoga and meditation. Also, meditation is not just about closing your eyes and reaching inner peace; there are many kinds to it which can help you in many different ways for a healthy life. The program is also designed to alleviate any misconception regarding yoga and meditation and help people learn the difference between being present and being lost in thoughts.

5 Tips for Beginners to Yoga Practice

The number one question yoga teachers and practitioners get asked is “How to start yoga practice?” There are many people who wish to get into yoga teacher training but are intimidated by studios or overwhelmed the many options for classes.

The problem is compounded with many studios nowadays conducting ‘all level’ classes when they are not suited for yoga beginners. This results in new students getting lost and end up not being able to keep up in class. However, with a little bit of detailed instruction and self-appraisal, getting started on your yoga journey can be easy and fun!

Here are the top five tips for yoga beginners.

Enroll in a Beginners’ Class

The most important tip for those just starting out on yoga practice and are confused about the right classes. Most studios offer either standard beginners’ yoga training or recurring beginners’ workshops. Taking a few of these classes before you take the leap can be immensely helpful. These sessions are designed to help one properly align their body for commonly used poses and can also help you get comfortable with the terminology before you head to advanced classes. Moreover, you’ll be comfortable and less prone to injury!

Get a Trial Pass.

A recent trend for most studios is the ‘Beginners’ Trial’ pass. These passes are usually unlimited for one or two-weeks that give you time to try out the studio, the different teachers, different streams and see whether it is the right place. These passes offer significant savings (at a much lower rate than standard classes) and allow you to ‘date’ the studio.

Join a ‘Yogi’ friend.

Ask one of your practicing friends to take you along to classes. This can help you in narrowing down your search for a studio or instructor. Doing this will also help to make the whole experience more comfortable and less overwhelming. Plus everything is more fun with friends!

Doing away with constant self appraisal

Apart from starting off, the other common worry for those who are new to yoga is progress and comparison. A mentality that is a total mood killer. Keep in mind that yoga is a personal practice. The person standing next to you can be a advanced learner with a totally different life and history, a different body, a different mind and a different journey! Yoga is not about your physical ability to perform asanas. The point is about you being there, practicing and showing up for yourself. So you have nowhere to go, drop all the comparison and enjoy the trip.

Have fun!

Avoid taking yoga too seriously. The postures can be really intense and make you want to quit. There can be times when yoga stirs up your emotional baggage and cause you to feel off-kilter. However, yoga can be a sanctuary for you to reconnect with your life and your body.

There are a million different styles of yoga out there, along with a million different teachers! Seek until you find the perfect yoga teacher training practice for you.

5 Tips for Yoga Students

Has the thought of yoga teacher training ever crossed your mind? You might well be aware that it’s a worthwhile practice, but beyond that? If you wish to know more, how do you find a studio or a style that’s right for you?

Don’t worry, everyone starts off the same way. It can be intimidating at first, but with time you will turn comfortable. Here are a few to help you start your practice.

How To Start Practicing Yoga?

Wherever you decide to start off—whether the YMCA, a local gym or studio, start at the entry level. There are a variety of yoga streams and some can be quite intense and fast paced for beginners.

It doesn’t matter if you are already in shape or even an athlete, when it comes to yoga, form and practice is everything. Alignment is supreme in yoga. It’s important to practice correct posture correctly and understand the feeling.

A few studios describe their classes as “All Levels” which means everyone is welcome. But you’d do well to learn the poses in a beginners class first that will help you feel more at ease than attending such a class.

Even when you are a seasoned yogi, you should retain a beginner’s mindset. Though it may appear to be just stretching and bending, but it’s so much more. Years down the road, you will find yourself discover something new everyday.

The Equipment

Most studios and gyms provide mats for students. Before getting one for yourself, try out these and ask an instructor for their opinion to guide you in making the right purchase.

Mats come at various price points, with some extremely light and some quite thick. Some have markings to help you stay aligned during your practice. Other mats are more suitable for hot yoga sessions. Go online and read reviews about yoga mats to determine what’s right for you.

Understanding Postures

Yoga streams may be labeled Bikram, Power, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Classical, Kripalu or Forrest (to name just a few). However these vastly different styles are all branches of the same tree, whose roots lie in Hatha Yoga practice. Try to explore a variety of streams and see what they can offer. Start off with a Classical or Hatha class, and move on from there.

Yoga Practice – Combining Mind and Body

In yoga teacher training, one must let everything go and calm the mind. Practice synchronizing movements to your breath, that can help clear your head and focus on your practice. One of the most beneficial techniques to extract the most from a pose.

No matter what level you’re at, breathing will farther you along in your practice than any complicated pose.

Experiment – Trial and Error

If you start off classes with a teacher whose style isn’t your cup of tea, then move on to another teacher or class or studio altogether. You won’t be able to focus on the practice if you are frustrated with the instruction style. Instead seek out a class that you can feel comfortable in to enjoy your practice.

 

The Essence of Yoga Training

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.

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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.

3 Important Criteria to Select a Yoga Teacher Training Program

If you have decided to take up yoga teacher training, with so many Yoga Teacher Training programs out there, how do you choose the right program? How do you know if the one you choose is worth the investment (can be a few thousand dollars) and your time (200 hours or more) is going to pay off?

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If you are feeling confused about your options, this post is for you.

  1. Go for a Yoga Alliance-Certified Program

The international governing body for yoga, the Yoga Alliance has set the standards for a properly constructed teacher training program. There are several perfectly fine non-accredited programs out there—but your chances of teaching may be diminished if you disregard this vital credential in your decision.

  1. Timings that work for you

For some, training in their hometown on evenings and weekends works best. For others, checking out fully from their everyday life and going on a retreat is far more effective for learning. So take into account how much your life is going to accommodate your learning and thus decide how you learn.

  1. Verify the history of the program

Conduct some research into the history of the training program you are planning to take up. Some might have been around for years, and thus have extensive experience delivering very strong programs. It’ll be wise to do a thorough background check on the company. Read reviews, talk to alumni and become very familiar with your program of choice.

It’s Time for Yoga Teacher Training

Many people who undergo teacher training gain an enhanced spiritual standing. Yoga serves to help quiet the mind and attune to our true selves. If you have long thought about taking up yoga teacher training, here are a few reasons to take the leap.

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Delving into the practice – Yoga training programs bring together a variety of students to learn from each others’ body types, flexibility levels, strengths and injuries. Finding yourself learning to love those poses you always dreaded and hope the instructor skips over comes with practice.

Find your tribe – One vastly underrated benefit of YTT programs, is the yoga family that you stay connected to years after your program ends. As you delve deep into your own practice, you are also supporting the journey of others around you and thus being part of a supportive network of warriors. Once you complete your yoga training, your family will expand further as you embrace your students, other teachers and the yoga community.

Learn a few skills – Earning your RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) is just another addition to the long list of things you are skilled at. Upon completion of your training, you can officially register with the Yoga Alliance as a RYT and gain access to a lot of resources. These include how to start your own practice, finding new students and earning additional training hours.

Becoming a yoga teacher offers you the choice of self employment as also the flexibility of teaching either locally or internationally.  The encompassing nature of yoga means the world is your oyster.