Are 200 hours enough to make you a YOGA TEACHER?

A batch of “YOGA TEACHERS” will be Christian soon after going through 200 hours of intense training daily. Would 200 hours be enough to make you a good yoga teacher?

Let’s take a step back to analyze this. What makes a teacher a teacher? (With all due respect to the teachers out there) In my humble opinion, anyone can be a teacher. Just pay the course fees, attend the lessons be it theory or practical and when you pass, you are certified as a teacher. However, what makes a teacher, a real teacher? A Real teacher needs to learn the knowledge and skills needed for that course and he or she must be able to share this knowledge to the students in a way that the students enjoy learning and also understand what the teacher is talking about. Have you gone to a class and at the end of it you realize you do not remember what was being taught but it was a damn awesome class? Have you gone for a class that could be so structured and notes are taken, and you understood what the teacher is trying to “teach” but your mind wonders to what you going to have for lunch and what movie to watch on Netflix later, etc? Every “teacher” delivers the lesson plan in their own unique ways. The skill to be able to pass on the knowledge in a structured way and at the same time captivating the students to want to know more about the subject being taught is deemed a perfect teacher.

However, there will always be two sides to a coin. What about the students being taught? What makes a student a good student? One that is willing to learn and also willing to be taught?

200 hours training to be a yoga teacher is definitely not enough. It’s just touching the tip of the iceberg. There are so much more to learn and to understand, but we only have that 24 hours a day. The knowledge that is being taught is more of survival skills needed to be a yoga teacher. It does not make you a good yoga teacher. Some of us are gifted in the way we can deliver speech and lessons, some of us are gifted in a way to interact with the students, some of us are gifted to be able to control the crowd and gather the sheep, some of us are gifted to absorb all the knowledge being taught but cannot deliver it back to students. Too many factors will make or break you as a yoga teacher. An example would be getting a master’s degree in business and finance does not necessarily make you a millionaire. The knowledge that we learn, we will need to be able to transfer it to the students or it will just be knowledge for self -improvement.

It’s a journey that never ends. We just have to keep learning new knowledge even after the 200 hours course to improve our own understanding of the true meaning of being a YOGI. In the meantime, we will share our experiences with others that are interested to learn and we call ourselves yoga teachers.

NAMASTE. To say or not to say?

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Namaste (Namah + teDevanagari: नम:+ ते= नमस्ते) is derived from  Sanskrit
Namaḥ means ‘bow’, ‘obeisance’, ‘reverential salutation’ or ‘adoration’[10] and te means ‘to you’ Therefore, Namaste literally means “bowing to you”.

We have often heard Yoga teacher and those that practice YOGA uses this phase when they end the class? What does it really mean and is it something we should say to each other when we see each other?

NAMASTE can be taken in a different context as do most words. In a spiritual term, it means “I bow to you” which is what yogi do when they meet the YOGI master and GURU. Therefore, the term use – I bow in respect to you at your lotus feet.

As a normal term that we use daily, it’s is a greeting that literally means “Greeting and Salutation”. When we attend a YOGA class that we are in fact attending a stretching class, but we use the word YOGA loosely to mean the postures and exercise-related movements that we practice. To practice YOGA, it takes more than just being able to hold a certain pose or posture, it goes deeper, way deeper than that.

When we hear yoga teacher or friends say namaste, we should also take it with a pinch of salt and acknowledge it as just a greeting, a form of hello how do you do. In all honesty, it does make the class sound “more yoga” when the word namaste is mentioned.

To say or not should be left to the individual to decide. We do not control what others say, but we can control how we feel when it is being said. The word only means something when you give meaning to it. So Namaste all you want as long as you find that it makes you peaceful and happy saying it.

 

Love and Light to all that practice, Namaste.

A simple explanation of “What is YOGA? “

Some will think of all the sweat and pain of the stretch when we mention the word yoga. Some will think of the pose that they can do or have seen their friends post on Instagram.

YOGA is everywhere. Most of us will relate to being introduced to YOGA through the performing of ASANA at some fitness class programs. 1 hour of sweat and ego booster. The feel-good factor after a good yoga class. You feel like you have expired lots of cardio sweat and you feel lighter, more relax and also feels like you have a clearer mind. Why is this happening? Why are so many people attracted to this thing call yoga?

YOGA actually comprises of more than what we have been exposed to by commercial fitness centres. YOGA comes from the word YUJ which means the union of the physical mind with the spiritual mind. We as curious beings have this need to find out why we feel so good after the yoga class or why it makes us fall into such deep sleep at the end of the day. Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita, 8 limbs of yoga, 4 paths of yoga, chakras, Swami, Master, guru, pranayama, kriya, bandha and the list goes on. Everything is yoga or has things that are related to the things we learn through YOGA as a big subject.

The million-dollar question that we still have to answer – why do we feel what we feel after a good yoga class? Let’s talk about the ASANA part of yoga in this write up. Asana is what we have all done as postures and poses. All of the poses that are being done in the “yoga class” will activate and stimulate some chakras in our body. There is a total of 7 charkas in all of us. At first, the word chakras and the idea behind this word seem the same as believing that unicorns exist. The triangle force that is spinning inside our body can affect the way we behave and feel? As science becomes more advanced, it’s starting to prove that the theory of chakras is becoming a fact that can be supported by modern science. For those that do not believe yet in the chakras, the postures that we are doing in class twist us into poses that we do not believe our bodies could achieve. By doing these poses, we are actually massaging and twisting our internal organs and intestines. Which other forms of exercise will enable us to do this? What happens when you go for a body massage? It gets the system and blood moving in the way it’s supposed to, and you feel good after a good massage. Same for your organs and intestines. It starts to function better and the system that keeps our body working properly starts to work again. We release tensions and knots stuck in our muscles and organs through these postures. The muscles in our body get worked gently and our body responses to these movements and postures.

For those that have not caught up with the Asana “yoga” yet. It’s time to look around you and observe friends and family around you that have been doing these postures. Look at their transformation and let it be a testimony to you.