Top 10 Reasons to do a Yoga Teacher Training
AND WHY TO CHOOSE AN INTENSIVE PROGRAM IN A SECLUDED, NATURAL SPOT LIKE COSTA RICA OR NICARAGUA
Did the idea of doing a Teacher Training ever pop into your mind, but you’re not yet 100 % convinced if you should take one?
Discover our top ten reasons to do a Yoga Teacher Training and let go of any possible judgments or fears you might have to not do it. With each reason, we highlight the advantages of becoming a Yoga Teacher in paradise, for an even more amazing, life-changing growth experience.
Are you curious about what the most exciting adventure of your life might bring? Go and get packed for your journey inwards!
1. To invest in yourself
We all know self-love is the best love, but when it comes to investing money in ourselves, it can be difficult. We might fear we don’t have enough, or that we don’t deserve it.
Investing in our growth is very important to move forward in life. It is about recognizing your worth and change your mindset from shortcoming into abundance.
And if you are going to make the investment anyway, why not choose to go all the way. Treat yourself on a trip into paradise and enjoy the journey inwards surrounded by the beauty around.
2. To connect to your body
Of course, all yoga classes help you to connect to your body, but 1-hour classes simply can’t give you enough comprehension of anatomy and movement to always move safely throughout the postures. In a YTT you learn more about your body and more importantly, how to listen to it while practicing.
It’s this strong body awareness that can guide us through life since the signals of the body tell us many things before we can even acknowledge them consciously in the mind.
Practicing intensively for 30 days will allow great physical progress, facilitated by the healthy and delicious fresh foods that are served at Costa Dulce Yoga Retreat Centre.
3. To become a Leader
Participating in a Teacher Training does not necessarily have to mean you’ll be a yoga teacher. Even if you don’t have any ambition of teaching led yoga classes, you will develop the necessary leadership skills to help you and your surroundings grow into the best version of themselves.
Much like neighboring Central American countries such as Costa Rica, but much less tourism and development and a more genuine cultural exchange. In Nicaragua, there are many environmental and community projects to make a positive change. This ‘karma yoga’ or using your positive qualities to improve your surroundings is the perfect addition to a YTT.
4. To be present
The most rewarding and probably hardest skill to master: the act of presence. We can be so caught up by fear of the future or regret of the past, that we can no longer find a connection at the moment. Connecting your mind and body in the present moment through breathing will make you more present in your daily life, in your job, and when connecting with your loved ones.
The beautiful, natural scenery of a getaway yoga retreat will contribute to that presence and stimulate you to let go of all that is not here and to focus solely on yourself in the here and now.
5. To train your mind
A big part of our reality finds its origin in the quality of our minds and thoughts. Although you can’t prevent certain thoughts from entering the mind, yoga and meditation will provide you with the right tools to reframe your mind and reality in a positive way.
New cultures, new people, new teachings, will open and strengthen your mind from day-to-day. Opening your body and mind simultaneously will inevitably open your hearts as well and new ways of living will become apparent.
6. To overcome your fear of change
Trying new things can be challenging, given the fact that growing and learning often implies making mistakes first. The first classes you’ll teach, you’ll probably be happy they are over and nobody got injured or hurt. It’s only after some time that we can really get to enjoy the art teaching itself.
Being confronted with our fears -and therefore the self-rejection that is most scary- helps us to overcome them and to become more compassionate towards ourselves. Trying new things and embracing the change is a great way to look at and grow into your life experiences.
Flying into a new and exotic country solo definitely can be scary as well! But no great growth was ever achieved without fear first. Embrace the feeling, as you embrace the process itself. You won’t regret it!
7. To be you – authentically
Being alone, in a new environment, doing yoga, will confront you with yourselves and the things that are holding you back to becoming the best and most happy version of yourself.
Learn what holds you back and discover a new definition of freedom. Freedom that is not about moving freely physically, but about entering a new state of mind.
When you travel into a whole new environment like Costa Rica or Nicaragua, you’ll discover that you don’t have to pretend anything for anyone, since you know no-one. In our daily lives, we are used to having certain roles (at work, partner, parent, son/daughter,…), that it is hard to find our authentic personality behind it. Yoga will get you there, finding and accepting who you are, to share it authentically with the world.
8. To experience the impact of positive people
Could it be that you have toxic, negative people in your life without knowing it? People that choose a YTT are people that want to work on themselves, to be better and more connected. As soon as you know how liberating it feels to connect to the right people, you will no longer get your energy stolen by negative ‘energy-consuming’ people.
Especially during an intensive Yoga Teacher Training, you’ll be sharing deeply with others get to experience the bubble of positivity that other, like-minded -like – energy – people bring. Besides, the cross-cultural vibe of the YTT, will give you a new in-depth understanding of your own culture, habits, and thoughts and support your personal path of growth even more.
9. Make an impact on the planet
A big part of the yoga journey – which is definitely not only about the physical- is about the spiritual part and moreover our connection with others and the world as a whole in our ‘dharma’ or calling. It is about discovering our strengths and developing/using them to create a greater impact on the whole.
Given our current understanding of global warming and environmental change, you might not find it logical to see a long-distance flight as making a positive impact. Luckily, there are YTT’s – such as the Costa Dulce Yoga Teacher Training- that allow you to offset your footprint and contribute to reforesting and preservation projects by your visit. Win-Win, since both you and your surroundings will flourish by your visit.
10. To switch career
Yoga is an excellent way to work and make money while doing the thing you love most (either full- or part-time).
If you’re looking to make a career switch, but you’re not sure in what direction … The YTT will give you the confidence and tools to embrace any change. Or do you have a traveling soul? Then traveling opens up endless opportunities to work and live abroad while making a positive change in the lives of others.
In-between jobs and not sure where to go? A YTT abroad is the excellent getaway from your daily work worries into yourself and your true path/ journey. It can be an excellent start of a long journey, not only discovering more about yourself but about the world as well.
Please share with us your thoughts, experiences, or questions with/ about (immersive) Yoga Teacher Training! Or haven’t done training yet? Discover the unique, small-group YTT at Costa Dulce (max. 10 participants). We would love to hear from you!
Written by Ann Schreppers
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