By Bhavan Kumar
Some people have found that as they practice Yoga, especially for long periods of time, they desire more from their practice. This often evolves into a decision to become a Yoga instructor. This often allows a practitioner to delve deeper into the inner passages of one’s self, while following a rewarding path. If you are one of those people, you are not alone. Becoming a Yoga teacher is more than just a career choice; it is also an affirmation of a way of life that has been helping people for thousands of years. It is a way to challenge you as well as bring the joy of Yoga to others.
My guru believes in helping, but wants all of his students to become independent innovators. This is a unique approach that I hadn’t ever seen before. He’s likely to lead you to see something and let you make up your own mind. No matter which way you turn he also sees the counterpoint. At times, I felt like the mouse running through a maze and suddenly the friendly cat watching overhead says, “Take a left!” All of this is Paulji’s way of teaching all of us to find the true teacher within.
Think about some of your favorite Yoga teachers and the traits that you admire in them. Talk to them about their journey. Many of them have the focus and discipline to build their practice while helping their students to learn and grow. The path to becoming a successful teacher starts within you, yet there are many external factors that need to be examined along the way. Do you have the time and the commitment level to succeed in your path? Do you find it enlightening to help others? If the answer to those questions is yes, then you are going to find that being a teacher will be more fulfilling than you ever dreamed.
The practice of Yoga training is always evolving and there is always something to learn. Many teachers find themselves learning more from their students than they ever thought possible. To become a Yoga instructor is much more than earning a certificate on a piece of paper. It is a process that can teach you more about yourself as well as those around you. It can help to ground you as well as enlighten you. The rewards of the journey are often surprising and gratifying.
If you have reached the point in your practice where you find that you are ready to take it to the next level, then becoming a Yoga teacher might very well be the next step. It does take focus and determination, but the end result is very well worth it.
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