You’ve completed your 200-hour training. Hopefully, it was an edifying experience that allowed you to immerse yourself in your study and practice of yoga with a skilled and knowledgeable teacher. Hopefully, it equipped you with the tools you need to share your passion with others.
It might be tempting to go out and get your next level of certification or take another more specialized training right away.
What if, instead of signing up for another program, you chose to spend time assimilating what you have just received?
What if, instead of seeking out more tools, more practices, more inspiration and more sequences you considered how you might apply your new skills and learning through study, practice and experience?
Sometimes teaching, and reflecting on your teaching, is where you grow the most.
Yoga trainings are a lucrative business for teachers and studios. While this is by no means the main motivation for offering trainings, it does ensure that there will be no lack of excellent and useful programs out there.
However, taking the time (and having an effective way) to integrate and engage with the wealth of tools and information you receive in training is at least as important than the actual training itself.
Putting knowledge into practice through the practical, hands-on work of teaching is a crucial part of solidifying our learning as yoga teachers. It is how we make it our own.
The thing is, it’s harder to garner the energy and enthusiasm for the work of integration. It’s not as much fun. We haven’t dedicated time and resources to it. There is no manual, no curriculum or certification for it. In a certain way, it might be easier and more convenient to sign up for another training. The work of integrating and honing our skills is a more solitary pursuit, one that requires us to structure and be responsible for our learning.
Taking class, observing, assisting and seeking our mentoring with teachers you respect are ways to support in your integration process.
Taking the next step toward becoming a more skilled teacher might not mean acquiring new skills or receiving new input. It might be more about digging into the depth of what you’ve already received.