Learn to be your own Yoga trainer. What? Right: If you cannot do, then teach! Really? No! What are you thinking? Well, the Wall Street Journal published an article written by Rachel Bachman on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 entitled, “Everyone Is a Yoga Teacher Today.” She tells us that “the number of new teachers is growing faster than new students.”
On a worldwide website on yoga, we learn that there is a worldwide yoga community. Here also we learn about a “growing source of information on yoga, health, well-being, nutrition and holistic lifestyle. Yoga is a deeply spiritual practice, but you need an experienced teacher to guide you. That’s why we made sure the advice you get on this site is given by yoga instructors, nutritionists, coaches, psychologists, and other practicing experts. Meet yoga professionals and enthusiasts from all parts of the world. Check out their articles, view the videos and enrich your yoga practice and enjoy new experiences. Find step by step practical guidelines for regular yoga practice. Share your knowledge with other users! ” That is the way to do it; once you learn the yoga basics then share your knowledge with others and study to become a teacher.
According to the September 2nd WSJ article by Rachel Bachman, “More than 14,700 new teachers registered last year with Yoga Alliance, the nation’s largest yoga-teacher registry. Industry leaders estimate that just as many people completed teacher training but didn’t register as teachers.”
It takes a little initiative and a lot of money to learn to be a trainer in yoga. If you have the desire, then begin to focus on the goal to be your own yoga teacher. The challenge in making yoga effective is to pick the right focus and postures for yourself. “The programs can bring in $2,000 to $4,000 or more per student for a 200-hour course,” according to the WSJ article.
On another website devoted to yoga, one learns that “while there is a lot to learn, discover and explore in the tradition of yoga, it is best to start simply and not let yourself be overwhelmed. Our How to Start a Yoga Practice guide will give you the 4 basic steps to starting a yoga practice.”
Yoga for beginners offers one illustrations of poses and suggestions on how to start a practice of this exercise form. Here is one beginner list to think about:
1. Learn how to breathe
The most important thing to do in yoga is to breathe, especially when holding the postures. Learn the basic Dirga pranayama breath to use during yoga. Most importantly, breathe in and out through the nose into the belly. Yoga usually involves paying attention to your breath, which can help you relax.
2. Start with a brief meditation and intention
Sit in easy pose or accomplished pose (or any comfortable seating position) and take a few minutes to ground, center and focus inwards with one of our meditations. You may also want to set an intention, goal or prayer for your practice at the beginning meditation. (The author’s interpretation is that flowers help, so look at the slide show presented with this article.)
3. Use basic and beginning level postures
Make sure you have read our General Practice Guidelines before attempting any yoga poses. Start with one of our warm-up sequences and then try one of our basic yoga pose sequences and/or these simple postures: seated twist, cat, dog, down dog, child, cobra, mountain, triangle, forward bend. Then explore our Yoga Pose section for other poses to practice.
4. End with a relaxation pose
Always end your yoga practice with Shavasana (relaxation pose), resting on your back and consciously relaxing your body for 5-15 minutes. It is also recommended to practice a short seated meditation after Shavasana to integrate your yoga practice and transition back into the world.
Please note that it is common for the first couple of times practicing yoga to feel awkward and strange; this will pass with time and practice.
Furthermore, yoga is a great way to work on your flexibility and strength. Just about everyone can do it, too — it’s not just for people who can touch their toes or want to meditate. “And after years of taking classes, many people today take yoga-instructor training because they want to teach, though teachers themselves say it is difficult to earn a living doing that,” writes Bachman in her article.
Strike a Pose for Strength and flexibility. There are many poses to choose from and some styles of yoga are physical which will help improve muscle tone. The names of the poses are easy to remember because some are named after flowers, dogs, cats or lions. Also, yoga can provide strength and endurance benefits. Many of the poses, such as downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose, build upper-body strength. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abs. Poses that strengthen the lower back include upward dog and the chair pose. When done regularly, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles. So one would get better posture overall from a yoga practice because when you are stronger and more flexible, you are more likely to stand tall and you don’t have the reflex to slouch or slump.
“Less Stress, More Calm” is one mantra for yoga. And the meditation techniques that help calm one’s mind are helpful in all areas of life especially during a busy traffic jam on the local freeway.
Also, yoga is good for your heart, and it has been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. For fitness and exercise, choose a yoga weekend getaway.
Now is the time to start a yoga program for it seems to be a very popular way to practice fitness and health. Yoga training may be well worth the time and money for your fitness and exercise goals to staying calm and healthy.