The Top 11 Reasons To Complete Yoga Teacher Training

Many of us harbor dreams of becoming a yoga instructor, but sometimes the mere thought of completing the required training can derail our resolve. That's why I'm here to tell you some of the best reasons to get through the 200, or 500, or thousands of hours of training that will not only certify you to teach classes, but will also get you some sweet added benefits. 

1. You want that extra sex appeal. 

Let’s be honest. There’s something sexy about telling people you’re a yoga instructor. It implies that you’re flexible, fit, in touch with your body, and that you spend most of your time in really tight pants. 

2. You just kicked a hole through your wall trying to do handstand at home.

It’s time to start a home practice — but you don’t know how to do it! You travel a lot, you work 12-hour days, and you don’t always have time to make it to class. Podcasts and Gaiam TV are great, but you’re feeling the urge to do what you want to do, but you have no idea where to start. You’ve heard that teacher training can help you to develop a home practice. It will!

3. You have an uncontrollable urge to put people into awkward positions. 

Even as a little kid, you were bossy. You love telling people what to do. There is an indescribable thrill that accompanies saying, “Lift your right leg up,” and then everyone in the room does exactly what you say. 

4. With 10,000 sun salutations under your belt, it’s about time.

You’ve been doing Chaturanga Dandasana for years, but let’s face it - you’re not doing it right. You’re one inch away from blowing out a rotator cuff... and you don’t even know what a rotator cuff is. A good teacher training will dive into common misalignments that cause injury so that you can save yourself as well as your future students.

5. It’s basically group therapy, but you get to hang upside down. 

Yoga is all about life optimization. It’s about attaining the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs... Nirvana... Bliss... Enlightenment... All that and a ridiculously strong core? Sign me up! You may not be in an emotional crisis, but you want to live your life to its fullest. This form of group therapy is all about learning to be more present for your own life, and the lives of those unfolding around you.

6. It’s time to get over your fear of commitment.

You’ve just accused your boyfriend of being afraid to commit, but you’ve been skimming the surface of this practice that you love for years. You’re tired of just going through the motions. It’s time to take this relationship to the next level.

7. You don’t want to quit your day job, but you want to add meaning to your life’s work.

You like the company you work for, mostly because of your co-workers, but there are too many of them suffering from stiff necks and sore low backs. You know yoga could help, but you can’t get them to the studio. Why not bring the studio to them? Lunchtime yoga anyone? 

8. Everyone will fall in love with you when you touch them. 

Aren’t you dying to learn how to give those amazing adjustments that make you fall in love with your yoga teacher every time he/she touches you? If only you could figure out how to decompress people’s spines and open their tight hips. Maybe then one day everyone will fall in love with you! (But don’t worry — it won’t go to your head, because you will have already addressed your ego earlier in the training.)

9. You always wanted to be a DJ. 

When your favorite yoga teacher mixes Gaga with Krishna Das, it really gets you going! Perhaps you’ve even been inspired to curate your own yoga playlist. If you become a certified yoga teacher, you’ll finally have a roomful of devoted students who want to move to your tunes! 

10. You need more yoga friends. 

You have no one to talk to about Krishna, the length of your hamstrings, paths to samadhi, or mula bandha — and it’s lonely! You need to meet people who are as devoted to the practices as you are.  

11. It’s cheaper than grad school.  

It’s exciting to be a student again and deepen your studies, but exploring Eastern philosophy at Columbia is going to run you about $150,000. Teacher Training allows you the opportunity to study the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita and maybe even a little Sanskrit for a fraction of the cost! (And you still get a diploma and a graduation ceremony!)

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About the Author

Tracey Toomey McQuade is a writer, actress, and yogi living in NYC and Amagansett. She is a co-founder of Breathe Repeat, and she is excited to help her fellow yogis bridge the gap between ancient teachings and life in the modern world. Tracey co-authored the novel, The Perfect Manhattan, and the tongue-in-cheek advice book, Cocktail Therapy, and has freelanced for Glamour, Marie Claire, Runner's World, Gotham, Hamptons and too many gossip mags to count! A devoted practitioner of all-things-yoga, Tracey loves chanting to Ram and going upside down -- especially at the beach. She can talk about Shiva for hours or have equally long conversations about sample sales, wine, or which juice cleanse is worth the cash. Tracey is eternally grateful to her primary yoga teachers, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee and Manorama. 

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