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Y’all. It’s official! I completed the course and am officially a yoga teacher!
If you would have told me 5 years ago that this would happen, first of all I would have been excited, but wouldn’t have believed you.
When I first got into yoga, I fell in love! I was dealing with my severe exercise intolerance. Anytime I would even go for a walk that was too long (or did any type of cardio like ever!), I would end up with a nasty headache, lightheaded, nauseous, dizzy, and sometimes even on the floor passed out.
It was soooo frustrating! I wanted to be healthy despite my chronic illness, POT Syndrome. I tried to eat healthy and do all the things to make your body healthy, but I was at a loss when it came to exercise and movement. Like, what was I supposed to do?
So that’s when someone recommended that I try yoga. I thought it seemed cool and healthy, so I tried it and absolutely fell in love! It was holistic and well rounded. It connected your mind, body, and spirit, and really improved my emotions! When you create a still mind, and connect your mind, body, and spirit, it’s like everything can just flow together and work well!
I still had to be very careful. I built up an tolerance to inversions (when you head is below your heart), but I did that slowly. I built up a bit of muscle, but I also did it slowly. I honestly tried to respect the limits of my body.
I had to be careful with yoga, because not all of it is made for people with chronic illness. It’s not always inclusive. It’s not something where I can turn on a class and be able to do 90% of it like they tell me to. I had to figure out how to modify (which is a pain in the but), and I often had to take long breaks from my practice because I would do too much and end up in a crash.
This specifically was the reason that kept me from becoming a yoga teacher for so long. I thought the lifestyle was appealing, and honestly swooned over the idea of telling someone “Oh, I’m a yoga teacher.” when they would ask what I did for a living.
But, I let doubt have control. I listened to the voice that said “No, someone who has a severe chronic illness like you cannot teach yoga. No one would come. No one would want you as their teacher.” I listened to that voice for way too long.
Until one day, I just decided to go for it. I didn’t have everything figured out, but I knew that there MUST be people like me who also love yoga but it can be a little too strenuous for them too. Those would be the people I serve!
So, I looked for certification programs. I wanted something that was really high quality. Something that would teach me the ins and outs of yoga, but something that I could do at my own pace.
There was no way I could go to an actual studio for 6-8 hours a day! That would be way, way too much for me. Also, they were like $1,500! Homegirl ain’t got that kind of money layin around!
So I looked to online schools. That’s how I went to college actually. Like I said before, I can’t do the typical hours like that. I just don’t have the energy for it. I need something I can do lying down in bed if necessary. I also wanted something that was actually affordable.
So to recap, my wishlist was:
- Something Online
- Something that was affordable
- Something that was also high quality
Yeah, seemed like that was too good to be true.
UNTIL I FOUND IT! I couldn’t believe it when I did! I was seriously floored when I found an online course, that I could actually afford (because it wasn’t no $1,500!), and had high quality education with a good support team and community you could be a part of?!
Seriously, it was like a huge shock!
I thought about waiting a few months to enroll and do the course, but I decided that doubts had kept me from this for far too long. I wasn’t going to let it keep me from it any longer!
So, I enrolled in the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.
I am a very driven person, so I completed it in less then 2 months. I think it was 6 weeks actually.
I would just work on it whenever I had 10-15 minutes at hand and kept note taking stuff with me, and it flew by!
It consists of:
- History of Yoga
- Different Styles of Yoga
- Class Sequencing
- Hands on Adjustments
- Chakra Therapy
- Class Experience
- Yogic Lifestyle
- Business and Marketing
- Sequencing Assignments
- and the Final Test
It seems like a lot, but it’s all vital information if you are going to be teaching yoga. Aka, the high quality education that I wanted for an affordable price!
And honestly, it was all fairly easy. The only thing that made me want to throw my computer out the window was the Sequencing Assignments. You had to write 8, hour long yoga classes, all with themes and exactly what you would say to a class. So, basically it took you longer to write these out than it would to teach a class…
But, I understand how necessary it is to be good at it! The only thing I wish I would have done differently is start them at the beginning of the class and work on like one or two a week instead of all of them at once!
There were quizzes for each section that you could take as many times as you wanted to. This was super nice studying for the final test, because I literally just went back and took the quizzes over again. You can also take the Final Test 2 times if you need to. I passed the first time with a 93%, and legit was like “do I take it again to see if I can get a 100%?” But that was just my perfectionism talking! My reasonable side talked some sense into her real quick that a 93% was completely acceptable!
Another feature that I loved about this course was that they provide you a private facebook group for current and past students to connect, ask questions, and provide support. It’s a super wonderful environment in there and I am actually still a member!
Yoga Renew also gives you like 50 class sequences for you to use, and they send you weekly emails with ideas and themes for new classes. So even when you finish their course, they are still providing you value!
But here was the biggest feature that sold me. I now have access to the course for the rest of my life! There is seriously some good information in there, and you aren’t bound to remember all of it. So now I get to look back and review whatever I need to, whenever I need to! For someone who deals with brain fog, it’s totally necessary!
So, that’s how I became a yoga teacher! I officially completed everything on July 18th, 2019!
Now, I get to be a Yoga Teacher to people with chronic illness, and make this form of self care available and easy for them. I love my job!
If you want to become a yoga teacher too, girl go for it! Stop letting doubt hold you back! Go check out Yoga Renew. I honestly can’t thank them enough for making me a yoga teacher!