How to prepare for a yoga teacher training

Get ready to ace your yoga teacher training

Numerous people consider yoga as a healthy exercise. But it is an inclusive life philosophy that started off more than 5,000 years back in India.

The word “yoga” denotes “to unite” and refers to the union of body, mind as well as spirit via breathing (called pranayama), meditation and bodily postures. These postures are also termed asanas.

Thus it is important to get ready physically and mentally before commencing your yoga teacher training journey. Here is a to-do list to help you prepare for a yoga teacher training.

Do I need to prepare for a yoga teacher training?

Well, the short answer is YES, you need to prepare for a yoga teacher training for sure!!!!!

Not only do you need to think about all practicalities like visas, vaccinations, …, You also need to invest some extra love, care and time in your body and mind.

It is called an intensive 200-hour yoga teacher training course for a reason. You’ll have 2 classes a day for 3-4 weeks. That’s 3 hours of yoga every day. Most people don’t have a 3 hours daily practice. So your body will be shocked! It will get stiff and sore.

Not only your body will be put to work. During your yoga teacher training course, you will learn a lot about yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, teaching methodology, pranayama, meditation, asanas and ancient texts in a very short time. It’s a lot to process, which becomes easier when you are prepared.

Yoga Teacher Training Timing

At first, decide a convenient time schedule. When can you take 30 days off? Preparing for yoga teacher training is a time-consuming procedure. It will perhaps take months.

Pick your style Yoga Style

Yoga has various forms and styles, Hatha, Vinyasa, Astanga, Yin yoga, Kundalini yoga just to name a few.

Do you already know which style is right for you? Awesome! If not, take some classes either live or digital (jeej for Youtube) to find out how your roll. ‘Cause, believe me, it’s no fun doing 3 hours of yoga every day, six days a week in a style that doesn’t fit you.

Maybe it is your first training, you have taken classes in different styles and still are not 100% sure. Then you can have a look at multi-style training courses, that teach both hatha and ashtanga.

Research Yoga Teacher Training Schools

There are many yoga schools and academies across the world but they are diverse in terms of yoga style, proficiency, reviews, vision, training charge, and lots of other things.

Start with this article on questions to ask before booking your yoga teacher training and this one on how to pick a yoga teacher training on a budget.

Decide on Location

Several sites are considered more sacred than others. Since yoga has a great deal to do with uniting with your spirit, it is most excellent to select a place that has sufficient greenery, mountains, and most significantly peace of mind.

A yoga teacher training in India is probably the best option for a full immersion in the yogic lifestyle. Although an Indian yoga teacher training tends to be more basic. Looking for more luxurious and/or tropical destinations have a look at yoga teacher training courses in Thailand for example.

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Read Yoga Literature

As said you will have to learn a lot of theoretical things too. Think daily 90-minute classes in anatomy, philosophy, mantra, and meditation. So it’s a good idea to already have some basic knowledge on these topics. Have a look at the yoga teacher training prep book list I made for you:

  1. Light on Yoga (Paperback) by B.K.S. Iyengar
  2. Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Satyananda Saraswati
  3. Four Chapters on Freedom: Commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali  by Satyananda Saraswati
  4. Key Muscles of Yoga: Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga by Ray Long

Practice Yoga Daily

A big part of how to prepare for a yoga teacher training is to practice! It sounds like a no-brainer. But to be honest, I met a lot of people who had good intentions, but 100% skipped this step.

So go to live classes, watch YouTube or practice yoga at home by yourself. Ensure you make the most of this time to minimize your body’s surprise when you actually do 3 hours of practice a day. This is also key for avoiding injuries during your yoga training.

Get your visa

Many nationalities approve ‘visas on arrival’ in countries like Thailand and Indonesia. India has a longer visa application process. So confirm with your local embassy to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one. Make sure you can stay at least one week longer than your training takes, this way you have some time to acclimate (get over jetlag) and ground.

Get your body in good health

If your body is in good shape, not only will you feel less exhausted by the yoga teacher training. You will also make more and quicker progress if your body isn’t struggling.

First: start working out (again). You can go to the gym or just do bodyweight exercises at home. When you do yoga you also only use your own body weight, so this will be sufficient.

So diet-wise…. There are several foods that are highly suggested to progress your performance on the yoga mat. As yoga is a highly intensive physical activity, also consider taking supplements (iron, B12, magnesium).

Your muscles WILL get stiff and sore so I highly suggest taking magnesium supplements with you to aid muscle recovery.

Start a probiotic treatment before you leave so your system is as well prepared for the change in diet as possible. Also good to take with you in case you get food poisoning, so you can help your digestion track to reset.

Practical Things to Take

Prepare for the unknown

To prepare for a yoga teacher training is to prepare for the unknown. There will be more advanced people in your training and also less advanced students. Don’t compare yourself with others. I like the ‘mind your mat’ mantra. Whatever happens on another mat is of no concern to me. So I don’t get insecure, competitive or jealous.

Although this has changed now I am an actual teacher and I sometimes feel an almost uncontrollable urge to correct to assist other students.

Don’t stress you’ll do fine. Yoga teacher training is a spiritual roller coaster with loads of learning every day. This will crack you open and reveal for you a globe that you may not even know exists!

Do you have any more tips on how to prepare for a yoga teacher training? I would love to hear them! Just put them down in the comments so I can add them to the article.

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Lara Her Backpack Bliss
Corporate Marketing Manager turned Personal Yoga Coach | After over 750 hours of intensive yoga and coaching courses, Lara now helps female professionals to replace stress and its negative impact on your body, with balance, energy, and well-being.

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