You enjoy yoga, and it’s part of your daily life. It calms you and keeps your body flexible and energized. Maybe you’ve thought about changing your career from the daily grind of the corporate world to something a bit more flexible—in more ways than one. You’ve probably even thought about turning that source of calm and flexibility into a rewarding career teaching others so they can share the same benefits. Or maybe you just want to use a yoga teacher training course as a way to deepen your practice and knowledge.
If you’re not quite there yet but need some inspiration to tip you over the edge, here are 5 surprising benefits of a yoga teacher training course:
1. Super Charge Your Health –Beyond the physical benefits of increased flexibility, better balance and improved posture, the benefits of yoga go right down to your cells.This fact was highlighted in one article on the, referring to a that found yoga practice to result in rapid changes in gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level.
Surprisingly, the study even found that the people who practiced yoga reaped greater benefits than the control group who went on a nature hike while listening to soothing music (during the same two-hour period over four consecutive days). And these yoga practitioners were just on a week-long retreat; imagine what you could do for your body in a longer teacher training course! Then imagine what you could do as a teacher for the health of your future students.
2. Boost Sexual Performance – Twelve weeks of yoga can improve sexual desire, confidence, performance, orgasm and satisfaction for both men and women, according to two studies published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Who knew you could be a yoga teacher and help others improve their sex lives (inadvertently, of course)?
3. Sleep Better – Here’s an example of another surprising benefit that can be reaped in the teacher training period…If you have insomnia, eight weeks of daily yoga could significantly improve your sleep quality, as was found in a Harvard research study of insomnia sufferers. Based on results before and after the treatment, participants enjoyed deeper, longer and more satisfying sleeps.
4. Improve Your Mood – If you’ve been feeling out of sorts, a yoga teacher training course could be the answer. Afound that a 4-week yoga teacher training resident program improved optimism, observation, awareness, and non-reactivity in participants, even three months after the training course.
The increased awareness you get from yoga training could even change your mood—for life. It can help you face deeply buried issues that may have been holding you back. For example, Brandi credits a deepening practice of yoga as what finally triggered counseling to help her deal with the grief of losing both her parents; a grief that she had “carried for many years.”
5. Open Up Career Options – Beyond these health benefits, being a trained yoga teacher can open you up to new opportunities.
Sure, you’ve thought about teaching in a recreation center or opening up your own yoga studio, but perhaps there are (not-so-scary) opportunities with your current employer? For example, Jenny, a civil engineer, put her yoga teacher training to use at her place of work, teaching the lunch-timewhile the existing teacher took time off with a sprained ankle. If your place of work has a health/exercise program, perhaps you could offer your newly gained skills as a yoga teacher.
Expanding career options is a repeated refrain in Stories of a. Ivy says she enjoys the flexibility of teaching yoga part-time in the evenings and being a house-wife in the daytime. Others enjoy the same flexibility as they bring up children. Whatever your career plans and schedule, as one graduate comments, “I love having that option: to go back to teaching yoga if I want.”
The experience can even revitalize an existing career… Ricky, a disillusioned PE teacher, regained his love of teaching by offering yoga to 155 high school students as a PE elective. Ricky commented that this option “makes a huge difference in their lives…as well as mine.”