So you have been accepted onto teacher
training or are considering applying for one?
Great! But what can you expect from this
new adventure? Graham Burns has taught
on the Yoga campus Yoga Teacher Training
Diploma for over 10 years.
Here he shares a few tips:

1. Be willing to unlearn: as a trainee teacher, you will have been practising yoga for a while.
But your teachers might have new and interesting
ideas. Leave your pre-conceptions behind, and be
open to the range of possibilities yoga offers.

2. Keep asking ‘why?’: there will be times
when your students will ask ‘why do we do….?’.
‘That’s how I was taught’ is rarely a helpful answer:
your teacher training is a unique opportunity to
explore the whys of yoga – use it!

3. Remember why you are there: you have
signed up to learn to teach. In the process, you
will undoubtedly learn things to deepen your own
practice, but focus on learning to teach. There are
plenty of other workshops which will offer you complex

pranayamas or profound meditations, but it is
unlikely that you will be teaching those from day 1.

4. Practise, practise: don’t let your training take over your practice. you know the benefits of regular practice – continue to enjoy them for yourself. Students can spot a teacher who doesn’t ‘walk
the walk’ a mile off. Let your practice inform your
teaching: but don’t use it as teaching preparation.

5. Don’t panic!: you know that you are going to love every minute of the course. Then the whole thing becomes overwhelming, and you think you will never make a teacher after all. When the challenges arise, accept them. Speak to your teachers: chances are they went through the same thing, and look at them now. 

6. Have a buddy: have a yoga buddy – someone on the course, or someone who has trained recently, to whom you can turn in moments of uncertainty – and with whom you can share the moments of triumph which will also occur.

7. Do the work: training as a yoga teacher is a serious undertaking. Give yourself time to do the course reading and homework; don’t leave them until the last minute. Don’t read everything at once. Break it down into manageable chunks. And don’t feel that you have to remember everything. 

8. Read widely: you will no doubt have a reading list – but dip into other sources. And even if your course only recommends one translation of a yoga text, take your time to read at least two and explore the differences.

9. No one is always right: even the most
experienced teachers don’t know everything
about everything. Accept your teachers’ imperfections as you would like your students to accept yours.

10. Enjoy the ride: there will be times when it will feel smooth, and times when it will feel like a roller-coaster – but always remember that your course teachers want you to pass and to emerge as a safe and creative teacher true to yourself.

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