Every yogi who is aspiring to become an instructor must undergo the stringent training of understanding the roots of yoga, first.
When a tree’s strength is weighed, we measure the deepness of the roots and not the height of the tree. The simple reason for this is because no matter how windy the days are, or how hard the storm may be if a tree is deeply rooted, no storm or tornado can nudge it.
The same sentiment rings true for all activities in life. No matter what profession we choose or the actions we do, if our base is strong, then we will indeed pass the tests of time. In a yoga teacher training, it is imperative that in addition to learning how to teach asana, a yogi must also study philosophy.
When you understand the true nature, rules, methodology, and ideology behind yoga, that's when you can really excel as a teacher.
Here are four key points for success:
The Logical Truths
Yoga philosophy lays down the real logic behind it all: The functioning of mind, the layers of mind, certain yogic principles to aspire to live by, and some Indian mythology. The creator of yoga is Lord Shiva, a Hindu god.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is also a well-known ancient Hindu text that spells out the details of yoga philosophy. It is the gospel of yoga.
Many yogis and sages have a tendency to measure their work by evaluating the progress of their asanas over time. Historical records allow us to understand how accurately we are moving toward a higher goal. The Sutras outline various lifestyles one can carry out as a yogi.
Put simply, in order to share your experience with others it is better to understand it yourself, first.
A yoga teacher or any other professional would demand the person to know the real purpose behind carrying out a specific task. Pragmatic learners would be grateful to understand the real meaning of their work entirely. Understanding yoga philosophy enables the student to understand the purpose of yoga and even their own individual purpose behind why they've chosen to study it.
When your purpose is clear, focusing on the goal and reaching it becomes simplified.
A teacher is subjected to students of all levels and backgrounds. Every student comes with different intellect and learning capabilities. Yoga philosophy helps the teacher to under the student’s psychology. The teacher becomes empowered to address a student’s question with better logic and reasoning. The motive is simple, when one truly understands they are doing, the scope of doubt ceases to exist.
While Patanjali has laid down in his yoga text with all intricate details, there had to have been a clear motive for it. Nothing in this world is born without a purpose. Yoga philosophy is enriching, nurturing and astounding. Reading such great text is a privilege not to be taken lightly.