This article is a guest post by a yoga teacher Meera Watts. She is giving you advice on how to cope with the challenges that come with yoga instructor training.
Emotions during yoga instructor training are natural
If you are going through yoga teacher training at the moment, you’ve probably encountered situations and people that made you think twice about your path, especially if you are doing yoga teacher training intensive. Although those things are expected, experiencing them regularly can affect your progress and even your motivation to continue.
If you are currently experiencing that, don’t fret. Here are some motivations to keep you moving forward.
1. Don’t take things personally
The people in your class have their own reasons why they are there with you. They are probably going through something stressful that made them decide to enroll. It can be work-related problems, health concerns or issues in their relationship.
With this type of stress and people’s tendency to be self-centered, expect that there will be times that they’ll speak without thinking.
During such times, it’s important to remain neutral and just move on. You’ll never know what’s really going on in other people’s’ lives so avoid knee-jerk reactions that can prevent you from establishing a connection with them.
2. Be open
You’ll never know who’ll be in your class so be prepared to work with different types of people. Keep an open mind and remain flexible.
You can think of it as a challenge. Meeting people with different personalities can be a unique experience as you get to know their values and goals in life. You might even learn valuable life lessons from them.
3. Practice self-reflection
One of the most effective ways for you to stay motivated is to look back at your goals and motivations.
Ask yourself what makes you stick with your mat. Once you are able to determine your motivations, write them down on a piece of paper. Place that paper where you can easily see it. You can post it on your bathroom mirror or practice space.
Reevaluate your list on a daily basis. If you find practices that aren’t serving you well, let them go.
4. Read inspirational messages
Believe it or not, reading short inspirational messages can keep you focused and motivated throughout your day. It can even give you a dramatic boost in energy.
There are so many places you can get inspirational messages from. You can download an app, search the internet or get quotes from your favorite books. Pick ones that resonate the most with you and get back to them throughout the day.
5. Focus on how you can help
Helping others can bring a positive energy that can affect the way you think and behave. The more people you are able to help, the more rewarding the experience becomes. With that, remain focused on helping others and not on being right or wrong.
Keep in mind that you are training to be a yoga instructor. Even though you know the basics or probably more, don’t let it stop you from absorbing new insights. Being stubborn can prevent you from growing and can only frustrate you in the end.
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of SiddhiYoga.com, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala) and Indonesia (Bali).
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