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11 Signs You Should Finally Enroll in Online Yoga Teacher Training聽

11 Signs You Should Finally Enroll in Online Yoga Teacher Training聽

Completing your online yoga teacher training enables you to transform lives, build a flexible career, and share your passion with the world.

If the thought to teach yoga has ever crossed your mind, consider this blog post your official sign to take the first step. 

People who complete their online yoga teacher training don鈥檛 just walk away with their certification – they deepen their practice on a physical, intellectual, and emotional level, forming a deeper connection with themselves than they鈥檝e ever had before. 

I get it – finally making the leap and signing up can be intimidating. 

But your yoga practice doesn鈥檛 need to be a vision of perfection in order to be an instructor. You don鈥檛 need to have mastered complicated arm balances and inversions. In fact, when you start your online yoga teacher training, it鈥檚 best that you leave your ego at the door.

You may be more ready for this journey than you realize. Here are 11 tale-tell signs it鈥檚 time to finally get your yoga certification online.

1. You want to take 鈥測oga鈥 beyond your practice and into your life

If you鈥檝e been going to yoga classes for a while, you鈥檝e experienced the euphoria and bliss that arrives the moment you open your eyes after Shavasana. And you鈥檝e listened when your instructors talked about Yoga Sutras or the Yamas and Niyamas. 

You were tuned in. You may or may not really know what a Yama is – but you do want to learn how to bring that same feeling into every part of your life.

Follow that desire to dig deeper into the world of yoga philosophy right to online yoga teacher training. A credible yoga certification teaches you much more than poses and flows. You鈥檒l learn important definitions, ideologies, and philosophies. 

For example, the word 鈥測oga鈥 can have several translations, but Pantanjali鈥檚 Sutra 1.2 tells us that the definition is 鈥渜uieting the mind chatter.鈥

If you鈥檝e been wanting to live a more peaceful and mindful life, online yoga teacher training will give you the tools to do so. 

2. You want to share your passion with others

Most people seek out an online yoga certificate course because they have their own moving story about how yoga has made a profound impact on their lives. 

And they want to share that experience with others. 

Whether you鈥檝e been attending a regular yoga class for a few months or have had a dedicated practice for several years, you know how you feel about yoga. You LOVE it! It鈥檚 a discipline that鈥檚 brought you a lot of health and happiness and you can鈥檛 help but tout the vast benefits of yoga to friends and family. 

Online yoga teacher training will inspire you to stay on your current path, learn more, and eventually make an impact on your own students.



3. You consider yourself a lifelong student

You consider yourself a 鈥渟tudent of life,鈥 but when is the last time you truly dedicated yourself to mastering a new skill?

Online yoga teacher training brings you back to the supportive learning environment you crave. 

Does the idea of having challenging – yet achievable – goals and 鈥渉omework鈥 activate a long-dormant feeling inside you? Do you love to get lost in a good book or a philosophical discussion? Have you been fostering a daily journaling habit? 

Maybe challenging your physical limitations is what excites you the most.

Do you want to learn about the mechanics of the body and how many different parts must work in perfect harmony to master a single pose or flow? Then it鈥檚 time.

4. You鈥檝e been waiting for the 鈥渞ight time鈥

Speaking of time, Sutra 1.1 says, 鈥Yoga begins NOW.鈥&苍产蝉辫;

There may never be the perfect time to start your online yoga teacher training. 

If you鈥檝e been telling yourself that you might someday get your yoga certification online or if you saw this blog post and thought, 鈥淥h, it鈥檚 been on my list!鈥 start doing the research TODAY. 

In the words of Hugh Laurie, 鈥淚t鈥檚 a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you鈥檙e 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.鈥

5. You already meditate – or would like to

Let me dispel one common rumor about online yoga teacher training: You don鈥檛 have to already have a meditation practice to get your certification. 

But you DO have to have the desire to add meditation into your life. 

You will learn how to meditate during your online yoga teacher training. Eventually, it will become a new habit 鈥 a habit that makes you feel incredible and perfectly complements your yoga journey. 

Don鈥檛 be surprised at how quickly it becomes a natural part of your daily routine!

6. You can鈥檛 do a handstand鈥 but you鈥檝e mastered the art of child鈥檚 pose

Remember that I said you don鈥檛 need to be able to hold advanced postures like a handstand or side crow

Inversions and arm balances don鈥檛 make you an advanced yogi! 

A much bigger indication that you鈥檙e ready to complete your online yoga teacher training is that you can listen to your body. You follow your breath. You know when to drop into a child鈥檚 pose when you need a rest. 

You will most certainly work on inversions and arm balances during the training, and you may come out of the certification course with some new postures. Or not. 

Either way, it won鈥檛 define your capabilities as a future teacher.

7. You can鈥檛 wait to surround yourself with like-minded people

If you鈥檝e been yearning to deepen your practice surrounded by an amazing, diverse community of people, there鈥檚 no better place than online yoga teacher training. 

You鈥檒l 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 than you could have ever imagined. And they will be there to lift you up when things get challenging. 

You will likely form an inseparable bond with other students. And when the time comes to collect your certification, you鈥檒l find yourself with lifelong friends.

8. You regularly seek challenges and personal growth

Ask any teacher, and they鈥檒l tell you: Your online yoga teacher training will be difficult. 

Whether you鈥檙e looking into taking an online yoga certificate course, getting your certification in-person locally or overseas, training on the weekends over six months, or during a one-month intensive, there will be challenges ahead!

But it鈥檚 SO worth it. 

The requirement to step out of your comfort zone, both physically and emotionally, will create personal growth you never expected. My advice is to stay open, embrace new things with child-like wonder, and say 鈥測es鈥 to the journey ahead of you. 

9. You鈥檙e ready to create change in your life

The last few years have caused many of us to take a pause and look inward for answers. If you鈥檙e feeling like there鈥檚 something bigger out there, it鈥檚 time to pursue it.

You don鈥檛 need to have a clear reason for why you want to attend online yoga teacher training. You don鈥檛 even need to have a clear plan or desire to become a yoga teacher afterward.

Many people get their yoga teacher certification for personal reasons or to deepen their private practice. There will be a shift in your life, it may be immediate, or it may take months. It could be subtle or it may be big, but it will be there. I can only describe it as a life-enhancing experience!

10. You鈥檙e called to make a positive impact on the world

Are you feeling a calling to do 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, Be the Change, write, 鈥淲hen we open to transformation within ourselves, so society also transforms 鈥 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.鈥 

After having completed my yoga teacher training, nothing feels more true than those words. If you want to change the world, begin by changing yourself. 

11. You鈥檇 love to build a flexible career

Yoga introduces so much flexibility into your life in unexpected ways. Pun intended.

After getting your yoga certification online, you immediately have options. Two obvious ones being to either teach part or full time. 

It could be small way to get paid to do something you love each week. 

Or it could be a huge shake up in your career and life. I鈥檝e seen many people leverage their yoga certification to be able to make money while traveling, or to organize retreats to stunning places around the world. 

Either option gives you more control of your time and your schedule. Online yoga teacher training empowers you to pursue balance, bliss, and happiness – not just in your personal life, but also in your career. 

And that鈥檚 what it means to life a yoga lifestyle, bringing this post full-circle.

Make this the year you FINALLY start your online yoga teacher training

After I completed my training, I had others ask (and I asked myself): 鈥淚s online yoga teacher training worth it?鈥&苍产蝉辫;

While I got my certification during an in-person training, my answer is still a resounding, 鈥測es!鈥&苍产蝉辫;

You will experience profound growth as a result of your teacher training. Regardless of how you decide to use your yoga certification in your life, the experience of taking an in-person or online yoga teacher training is like nothing else.

In the grand scheme of things, it doesn鈥檛 take very long to get your yoga certification online. As a first-time yoga instructor, you will need to start with a , but you can advance to a 300-hour class. This is usually done over a couple of weeks or a month. 

You technically do not need to be certified to teach yoga. However, you may struggle finding a job or a studio to teach in without one. Being able to show that you are a certified yoga instructor will show potential employers, studios, or partners your dedication to your passion. 

The cost of each yoga teacher training (YTT) will vary depending on the location, size of class, duration and more. 

If you鈥檝e read this far and resonated with even just one of the points in this blog post, it will be worth it to you. I encourage you to finally make the leap. 

Author鈥檚 Note: I completed my 91会所 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 dreamt of for several years, but I had never felt ready for it. I finally decided, there really was no such thing as 鈥渞eady鈥 and took the leap. It was the best thing I did for myself that year! I began my training with the intention of 鈥渄eepening my practice鈥 and of becoming a yoga teacher 鈥渙ne day.鈥 I honestly never believed I would be able to lead a class after just one month of training鈥 but I was so wrong. My teachers Alicia Cheung and Oliver Reinsch, along with the 91会所 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鈥檓 so grateful to have experienced this training, and so excited to share this amazing practice with others.

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