TEACHING YOGA, PT I
Students often approach me and ask my advice about various *teacher training* programs. They are usually overwhelmed by the range of options.
Sometimes, the student does not have a strong yoga practice / does not attend classes regularly.
At that point I say,
"Why do you want to take a yoga teacher training program?"
Sometimes, it's for deeper studies.
Other times, it's because they want to teach yoga.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
But there have been more inquiries ever since the Chicago Tribune published an article saying the average yoga teacher here earns over $50,000 a year. That's one of the best jokes I've ever read.
More important than money is to have a passion for it, as Lino says.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from Chandra Om, one of the truest yogis I've ever met:
“Teaching yoga is not part-time, it’s not a profession, it’s not a business and it’s not logos.
“You cannot teach what you have not personally experienced. You cannot teach spiritual knowledge unless you have some yourself. You cannot straighten out another until you have straightened yourself, so you really have something to say. Teaching is information passing through you--that’s why it’s not about you, or your personality. You’re transmitting your personal environment. Once you’ve cleaned up your own self, you give up your personality and ego and who you think you are, so God can pass through you and use you, so your lower self does not get in the way.”
I would add that one should also have mastered the basic postures.