Has the thought of teaching yoga ever crossed your mind? Do you want to deepen your practice on a physical, intellectual and emotional level? Have you been considering applying for a teacher training for some time now, but just feel that you’re “not ready yet”? You may be more ready than you think…
10 Reasons You’re Ready for a Yoga Teacher Training:
- You’re Curious About What the Word “Yoga” Really Means. You’ve been going to yoga classes for a while (maybe months, maybe years), and you sometimes hear your instructor in class talking about the Yoga Sutras or the Yamas and Niyamas. You like what they’re saying, but you have no idea what a Yama is! If you’ve been having the desire to dig deeper into the world of yoga philosophy, then a yoga teacher training is the place for you. The word “yoga” can have several translations, but Pantanjali’s Sutra 1.2 tells us that the definition is “quieting the mind chatter”. If you’ve been wanting to live a more peaceful and mindful life, a teacher training can help provide you with the tools to do so.
- You Have a Passion and You Want to Share It. Whether you’ve been practicing for a few months or several years, you know how you feel about yoga. You LOVE it! You recognize all the benefits it’s brought into your life, and you can’t help sharing your thoughts about it with friends and family. When friends ask you to go to Happy Hour on Friday night, you find yourself suggesting a yoga class instead. It’s a discipline that’s brought you a lot of health and happiness, and you’re eager to stay on the path, learn more, and perhaps share the teachings of yoga with students of your own.
- You Love to Learn. You consider yourself a “student of life”, but your day job takes up most of your time and you’ve been wanting to get back into a learning environment. Maybe a small part of you misses the days of “homework”, or you love to read and/or journal. Perhaps you’re interested in philosophical discussions. Or you’d love to learn about the mechanics of the body and how the different parts work together in a specific yoga pose. Whatever you’re interested in, a teacher training will impart a wealth of knowledge on you!
- You’ve Been Waiting for the “Right Time”. Sutra 1.1 says that “Yoga begins NOW.” There’s no better time to begin a teacher training than when it feels right to you. We never regret the things we’ve done in life, only the things we never did. If you’ve been saying, “Someday I’m going to take a yoga teacher training, or “it’s been on my list…” start doing the research for one TODAY. You’ll thank yourself later! In the words of Hugh Laurie, “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now.”
- You Meditate or Want to Learn How To. Let’s dispel some rumors about taking a YTT. You don’t have to already have a meditation practice to participate in a training. You DO have to have a desire to add meditation into your life. You will learn how to meditate during the training, it may come easily to you or it may not. Eventually, it will become a new habit – a habit that will have you feeling amazing! You’ll be surprised how quickly it’ll become a part of your daily routine.
- You Can’t Do a Handstand to Save Your Life… but You’ve Mastered the Art of Child’s Pose. Another big misperception about what it means to be “qualified” to attend a yoga teacher training is that you have to be able to achieve supposedly “advanced” postures like handstand or side crow. Inversions and arm balances don’t make you an advanced yogi! A much bigger indication that you’re ready to attend a yoga teacher training is that you are able to listen to your body. You follow your breath, and you know when to drop into a child’s pose when you need a rest. Yes, you may get closer to mastering inversions and arm balances during the training, or you may not. Either way, it won’t define your capabilities as a future teacher.
- You Want to Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People. If you’ve been yearning to deepen your practice surrounded by an amazing community of people, there’s no better place than a YTT. You’ll meet people that are as equally motivated as you to learn more about yoga and to share their practice. They will provide you with more inspiration then you could have ever imagined. And they will be there to lift you up when things get challenging. You will spend lots of hours together, and form an inseparable bond. When the time comes to say goodbye at the end, you’ll find you’re leaving with new friends for life.
- You’re Up for a Challenge. Whether you’re looking into taking a YTT locally or overseas, on the weekends over the course of 6 months, or during a one-month intensive, you’re up for the challenges ahead! You’re willing to step out of your comfort zone, both physically and emotionally. You’re open to embracing new ideas and to trying new things. A yoga teacher training will challenge you in every good way possible. (And even if you don’t think you’re up for the challenge, you’re most likely more ready than you realize!)
- You’re Ready for a Change in Your Life. If you’ve been feeling like there’s something “bigger” out there, if you’ve been wanting to dig deeper into yourself, if you’re ready to make changes in your life, a yoga teacher training is for you. While many people attend a YTT to become teachers and share their practice with others, many others attend to deepen their own personal practice, without the intention of teaching afterwards. Provided you are open and eager to embrace change, you will begin a yoga teacher training with one mindset, and end it with a transformed one. There will be a shift in your life, it may be subtle or it may be big, but it will be there. I can only describe it as a life-enhancing experience!
- And You Want to Change the World Too. Have you had the thought that you’d like to be doing something in life that benefits others and/or our environment? It took me years to realize that if we want the make the world a better place for all beings, the best place to begin is with ourselves. Ed and Deb Shapiro, in their book on meditation, Be the Change, say that “When we open to transformation within ourselves, so society also transforms – every change that each individual makes creates a chain reaction that is beneficial to all. Then, instead of focusing on the problems, we can start to live the solutions.” After having completed my yoga teacher training, nothing feels more true than those words. If you want to change the world, begin with changing yourself.
Author’s Note: I completed my YogaWorks teacher training in Bali at the end of October 2015. Prior to applying, attending a YTT and becoming a certified yoga teacher was something I had dreamed of for several years, but I had never felt ready for it. I finally decided, there really was no such thing as “ready” and took the leap. It was the best thing I did for myself in 2015! I began my training with the intention of “deepening my practice” and of becoming a yoga teacher “one day.” I honestly never believed I would be able to lead a class after just one month of training… but I was so wrong. My teachers Alicia Cheung and Oliver Reinsch, along with the YogaWorks format of teaching, provided myself and my fellow students with all the tools and confidence we needed to excel as teachers. As a newly certified teacher, I’m so grateful to have experienced this training, and so excited to share this amazing practice with others.
Oyster Bay Yoga is thrilled to be hosting a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in partnership with YogaWorks starting in February 2019.
Madeline Mindich, L.Ac. was introduced to the model of Community Acupuncture while she was a student at Bastyr University. During this time she volunteered with the non-profit organization Integrative Care Outreach to help bring holistic and integrative care to people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty in King County, Washington. Specifically, she was involved with running the monthly Community Acupuncture Clinic at ROOTS young adult shelter in Seattle. It was amazing to make holistic care available to everyone, and to experience healing as a community event.
Community Acupuncture is an outreach project that makes acupuncture accessible, available and affordable for communities. Instead of people needing to find an acupuncturist, community acupuncture asserts itself as a tool for the community, and individuals-in-community to use towards their healing and vibrancy goals. Wellsprings Community Acupuncture is a mobile clinic that specializes in acupuncture, vibrational healing with tuning forks, the use of essential oils at acupuncture points, herbal medicine recommendations, lifestyle guidance and infrared healing therapies. All of these tools are available for communities to explore and use to their advantage.
When you participate in a Wellsprings Community Acupuncture clinic, you have the opportunity to receive acupuncture for general wellness and individual needs. Although community acupuncture is experienced fully clothed, using points on the hands, arms, feet, legs and head, the acupuncturist is able to choose points that will effect the whole body. Often, the most powerful points are on the extremities! The scope of the acupuncture remains the same with the same benefits— addressing deep issues like chronic pain, digestive upset, neurological issues, hormonal imbalances AND relieving symptoms from the head to the toes like headaches, hot flashes, seasonal allergies, edema and sciatica. When an individual is healthy, they impact the health of their community, when a community is healthy, they can shift the health of the world!
Come GET WELL together and join Wellsprings Natural Health for an Introduction to Community Acupuncture at Oyster Bay Yoga to explore if Community Acupuncture is a tool you & your community would like to use to achieve your health and vibrancy goals!
Click here for more info:
PS: Click here for all the info about our Intro to Community Acupuncture Workshops on Saturday 4/14/18, and Friday 4/20/18
Did you find this video helpful? Leave a comment below!
Do you struggle with your posture? Did you find this video helpful? Comment below and let us know!
Plus, stay tuned here on the blog every Tuesday for the latest videos with Amy.
Take a break and join Amy for a brief breath-centered meditation.
In this video, Amy will show you some basic stretches and yoga poses to help prepare you for sleep. No experience required.
Did you enjoy this video? Leave a comment or question in the box below!
In this 7-minute video, Amy will show you 2 quick drills you can practice to help you learn to jump back to Chaturanga safely.
Was this video helpful? Do you have any questions? Leave a message in the comments below! And stay tuned here every Tuesday for great new videos with Amy.
Did you find this video helpful? Do you have a question for Amy? Leave a comment in the field below.
Stay tuned here each Tuesday for more helpful videos with Amy.
Starting the week of 2/5/18 we'll be swapping themes for Tues and Wed night 6pm classes. Tues night All Levels will now be Flow 2 with Lianna, and Wed night Flow 2 (formerly Joanna's) will be All Levels Flow with Anne.
Click here to register ahead of time online and save your spot in class:
Happy New Year & Congratulations to our 2017 Monthly Challenge Winner!
This year, we'll be changing the rules slightly. We'll still be keeping track of the student who attends the most classes each month (Make sure you check in at the front desk each time you visit). The student who comes to class most often, will win a FREE month of yoga for the following month. This year, you cannot win more than one month (but don't let that deter you from kicking butt)! Group classes count for 1 and workshops count for 2!
You do not need to register to participate, but let us know if you're joining in by posting a comment below!
Let's do this!
I carefully read through your survey responses, and I'll be making a few updates to the schedule.
- We're adding a 7:30am Gentle class on Mondays starting 1/8, and a Wednesday 7:30am All Levels Flow class starting 1/10
- We're extending Tuesday & Friday 10:30am classes from 60 min to 75 min starting 1/1
- We're moving Tuesday 7:15pm YogaFit & Thursday 7:15pm Flow & Restore classes back to 7:45pm starting 1/1
- We're having Pajama Yoga the 2nd Friday of every month at 6:30pm starting 1/12
- We're booking up Friday nights with a rotating schedule of classes and workshops.
- There's more to come!
PS: If you haven't already, click here to sign up for our email list. We'll keep you updated on all the latest offerings at OB Yoga.
Even though it feels like summer outside, it's officially fall! We hope you're looking forward to settling back into your fall yoga routine, and just wanted to let you know about two great schedule changes that are starting now!
- Tuesday nights at 7:15pm join Vicki Moir for a YogaFit class. We welcome Vicki to the studio!
- Sunday afternoons at 4:30pm join Bari Caspi for an All Levels Flow & Restore. This new class format will feature an extended Savasana along with some restorative poses to end your weekend on the right note.
Click below to view our full calendar of classes, and register online:
Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member at Oyster Bay Yoga
We'll be hosting book club again in the fall, but wanted to give you a head's up about the next two books so you can get some reading in over the summer. The first book is The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, and the second book is And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. You can click the titles to purchase these books on Amazon. Happy reading!
Do you feel like you are constantly giving so much that you have nothing left for yourself? Do you have a hard time saying no? Do you feel over-committed, tired, and burnt out? When someone asks you to do something, is your first response yes? Only to immediately regret it and realize you have overextended yourself, AGAIN!
If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are your boundaries are a bit weak. When your boundaries are weak, you say yes to things you don’t want to do, and that leaves you dreading the commitment and feeling a bit resentful.
Let’s change this around and get those boundaries in place so they can better serve you!
Come join us for our 2nd Women’s Self-Care Workshop on Sunday, May 21st at Oyster Bay Yoga! We will dive deep into how to create healthy boundaries specifically for YOU! You will learn what values you hold nearest and dearest to your heart and how to build those boundaries around them.
As if that wasn’t enough, Veronica Valli will lead us in a few rounds of” Tapping” which is a combination of acupressure points with modern psychology to help reprogram that automatic ‘Yes’ response so that your Yes is always a 100% yes. And your No, is a complete sentence.
We will follow that up with some gentle yoga with Amy Basnight, and sprinkle in essential oils to support our transformation and experience.
This event sold out last time so don’t wait and get your tickets TODAY!
$40 per person (10%off for OB Yoga members)
Thanks to all who participated in our project:OM class today and donated to Susan G Komen. If you missed the class, you haven't missed your opportunity to donate to support breast cancer research.
During class I shared a message from my teacher, Chrissy Carter about intention setting. Here is her quote: