Ever asked yourself what traits define a good Yoga Teacher? I’ve been thinking about that question a lot lately; I’ll be exploring my opinions in my next couple of posts, but I’d love to hear your thoughts too. As in any teaching, a good education is an essential starting point, and if you’re thinking of signing up for yoga teacher training, it can help to start your education before the training begins. Physical asana practice is a key part of modern yoga, so it’s vital to have a foundation in anatomy as it applies to alignment and adjusting. But learning anatomy can feel like learning a new language; @yoga medicine offers fantastic foundational anatomy courses through @udemy and @yoga international that I wish I’d had access to before my teacher training. This modern practice is built on a unique historical and philosophical bedrock; it’s also key to develop an understanding of that context by delving into key yoga texts like the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. But theory is only one part of the picture - your own mindful experience of your practice is another vital component. What do you crave at the beginning of a yoga practice, and what at the end? How do you create a feeling of balance or equanimity in a given pose? What preparation do you need beforehand, and what counter afterwards? What impact does your practice have off the mat? Exploring questions like these gives you the skills to bridge the gap between the theory you learn, and your ability to share the practice with your community. But the more we learn, the more we realise we don’t know. A good teacher knows that there is always another question to ask, another concept to explore. Have you been thinking about deepening your practice, or becoming a yoga teacher? Join me and other wonderful teachers (including @valerie.knopik & @alicelouiseyoga) at a Yoga Medicine teacher training, where we explore these questions and lots more. In 2018 we have 200hr trainings scheduled in Spain and Oregon; I’d love you to join us. Link in bio.