Teacher Training

The Seven Best Ways you could talk yourself out of a Teacher Training Course !!!

Confused Yoga Student ponders whether to join a yoga teacher training course

The thinking process of “Will I? … Won’t I?” happens to everyone trying to make the decision to embark on a Teacher Training course. 

Running it past the logical left brain will give you your old beliefs and learned logistical patterns.  These are often negative.   Your right brain thinks – “how can I creatively make this happen in my life?”, so also running it past this side where your thoughts are usually positive allows a more balanced viewpoint looking from both sides. 

Engaging the thinking mind and then going beyond the thinking mind to the realms of infinite possibilities can lead you to a life changing decision.

Here are seven negative beliefs that can stop you making that jump! 

1. I am not good enough                                                                      

Internal Dialogue: 

Everybody will be so much better than me and so much more experienced 

Course Director:

A good course should cater for everyone and make you feel reassured at the interview process. Often those with the least experience turn out to be the best and most passionate teachers. 

2. I can’t do difficult postures

Internal Dialogue: 

I’m frightened to be embarrassed or put in a position that my body finds too difficult and maybe hurt myself.

Course Director:

Yoga is for all – all shapes sizes and abilities. This means teachers should be all shapes sizes and abilities too as they inspire and attract others most like themselves.

3. My life is too busy to add anything extra onto it! 

Internal Dialogue: 

I can’t possibly spin any more plates, do homework and read because I am already stressed as it is! 

Course Director:

Isn’t that just the very reason why you should do the course? Everyone is busy! A good course will give you the space and time for yourself that you most crave and re-charge your energy!  Its a win-win for everyone, partner/ kids and you! 

4. People around me won’t approve … 

Internal Dialogue: 

They’ll think I’m turning weird. 

Course Director:

So what!  They’ll also be the first to ask you to teach them! So step out of your comfort zone, feel the fear and achieve your goals!

5. What happens if I miss a weekend or some family event happens and I can’t attend?

Internal Dialogue: 

After the time and financial investment I wont get a qualification.

Course Director:

We always have to deal with this on any course we run but rest assured there are always solutions to you finishing your required hours.  Stuff happens and any good course will always work with you and not against you 

6. I can’t afford it

Internal Dialogue: 

The course is a lot of money for me to spend

Course Director:

You can’t afford not to!  Most good courses offer payment options and there are more funding options appearing all the time. Always ask about scholarships or exchange!

7. It’s not worth the investment

Internal Dialogue: 

Its only a dream – I can never really afford to do it!

Course Director:

How much are you willing to spend to have time developing and working on your personal, physical, mental and emotional health and a feeling of well-being? The change first happens with you, and then change happens in the world around you.

To sum up … Try getting rid of old belief patterns that keep you stuck as doing so is the way forward to a new future. Turn the negative thoughts into positive actions and the world is your oyster, or, the world is your Kurmasana (in Sanskrit)! 

Julie Hanson, Sue Woodd 

Seasonal Yoga Teacher Training