“One of the most memorable pieces of advice [I learned in training] was to focus within and hold your space,” shares Katie Love, yoga instructor at the wellness resort L’Auberge de Sedona. “Training taught us that the healing process comes from inside of you. Life’s difficulties are a manifestation of deeper wounds that can be healed from within.”
2. Follow your bliss…today.
“[Training really taught me] to stop putting things off. There is never a perfect time,” offers up Heather Peterson, senior vice president of programming at CorePower Yoga, and the studio’s national director for teacher training. Regardless of what your goal is in yoga or in other areas of your life, she offers this piece of advice: “No one ever said ‘I should have waited longer to follow my passions.’ Follow your passion now!”
3. Embrace the practice.
It may sound counterintuitive, but “the harder you try, the more challenging yoga can be,” explains Tracy Keenan, lead yoga instructor at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort in Hawaii. So don’t fight a pose or struggle to do something your body just isn’t feeling one day. “You learn how to move strongly without being aggressive with the body.”
4. Forget about mirrors.
Seriously, forget about ‘em! “Find alignment and geometry from within rather than relying on mirrors. Every body is different and should be treated as such. Trust your inner compass and guidance,” says Love. Instead of mirror- or envy-gazing the girl on the mat next to yours, try this neat tip she learned in teacher training: “Ask yourself, what is your intention? There are many yoga styles and the same pose can be treated differently depending on your attitude and approach. I like to advise students to try these different approaches to allow the body to decide what choice is right for them rather than themind. In other words, feel your way into a pose rather than thinking about it too much.”
5. Jump in!
“We know that even though we spend 200+ hours in a classroom, we only touch on each lesson and there is still so much more to learn. As first-time teachers, we are as scared as you are when you are a first-time student,” says Alexandra Seijo, yoga teacher and general manager of Pure Yoga West. Instead of letting those nerves hold you back from taking your first class, or trying a new style of yoga, let the fact that you’re a newbie excite you. Let go of expectations and explore how your body feels in each pose.