A Yoga Teacher’s Training Course can be life-changing, provided you approach it in the right spirit. Pratimoksha Enlighten Yoga Center Dubai is known for its authentic, comprehensive Yoga Alliance certified Teacher’s Training Course — RYT500 and RYT200. We have so far trained 5 batches of teachers.
For the first time, the studio, which trains Yoga teachers in a very traditional Indian Gurukul system — where teachers and students share a very close bond — will offer its RYT200 course as a one-month residential program. This is an opportunity for Yoga enthusiasts all over the world to come to Dubai and learn traditional Yoga in a vibrant and dynamic city.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind if you are considering enrolling for a TTC with an aim to becoming a Yoga instructor.
You love Yoga
But have you assessed the degree to which you are passionate about it?
Yoga is far more than the physical postures. It’s a total mind-body-spirit transformative discipline. It is character building. You might think you are working on your body, but if you limit your learning to just the physical you will lose out on the mind-blowing effects Yoga has proven to have on inculcating mental strength and endurance.
So as long as you understand that authentic Yoga is holistic with a marked emphasis on looking inwards and dismantling limiting thoughts, then you can consider yourself ready to tackle a TTC.
Yoga is demanding
Any kind of learning requires patience, diligence, discipline, constant revision and practice. Yoga will demand all of the above and more. Keep this in mind. Yoga with its knowledge and possibilities is so vast and deep that the more you learn, the more pathways open up.
First off you will be expected to build a daily Yoga practice for yourself consisting of Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing) and meditation. The lecture classes will delve into Yoga philosophy together with an in-depth understanding of the human body — anatomy and physiology among other subjects.
The more you do, the faster you learn
Although Yoga is much more than Asana practice, building a solid Yoga routine incorporating all major postures targeting big and small muscle groups is essential. If you are new to Yoga, or haven’t been practicing for some time, then we suggest you start small. A gentle beginner’s practice will be ideal, progressing gradually to an intermediate and then advanced practice.
Your TTC program will take you through the stages. However, it’s a good idea for you to start a gentle practice right away, setting aside a minimum of an hour every day. You will be expected to increase your practice duration as you through your TTC. Add some breathwork to gradually improve and increase your lung capacity. And a 20-minute meditation practice to start with. As you learn to focus your mind, you can increase the duration.
It would also be a good idea to join classes at the studio where you are planning to enrol for a TTC, so your practice has a solid foundation.
Read, read and read
This goes without saying. And living as we do in an age when information is so easily available, our reading can be through so many platforms. Podcasts, audio books, videos can also supplement books on Yoga. Just a word of caution that you pick authentic sources of information by authors and presenters whose Yoga credentials are impeccable.
These are just a few suggestions on what you can do to prepare for a Yoga TTC. For more information on the Pratimoksha TTC and our first residential RYT200 course, get in touch with us @050-395-5613.