If you've been curious about what it's like to take one of our Yoga Teacher Training courses, then we're thinking about you with this week's blog post! We got Adam Hughes — the General Manager of our Denton location, and one of the first yogis to graduate from our very own Summit Yoga Teacher Training — to sit down and tell us what his experience with taking our Yoga Teacher Training was like. He explained to us what the training sessions were like, how the course has affected his practice today, and who he thinks would benefit most from our YTT. Whether you're considering taking the course, are just interested in what goes on during, or actually took the course and know how hilarious / insightful Adam can be, then read on!
I usually tell people that Yoga Teacher Training is an amazing thing if you really, really want to do yoga. Teacher training, for me, was a way of finding my practice, and then expanding that practice. Personally, what I wanted out of it was to solidify my private practice, and learn a lot more about what I was doing with yoga and where I wanted to go with it. It ended up giving me a lot of direction.
The Summit Yoga Teacher Training doesn’t just teach you about poses — we don’t get a yoga pose encyclopedia and then just memorize everything in it. We learn what it feels like to be in those poses. As a yoga teacher, you need to know how best to explain each pose to your students, which I think that A LOT of teachers in our day and age skip over in favor of the energy and the good vibes. They tell you things like, "Draw the belly in," but don’t tell you how to do that. Barbara, our head instructor, is very anatomically-minded — and during the training she actually used a lot of anatomical terms and really got into the nitty gritty of the practicalities of the poses. We actually learned that to be able to cue people into a pose, you need to know what it is that you’re doing in your poses, as well. You need to know where you are, and extrapolate and explain that to other people.
During Summit's YTT, we would do about an hour of training, and then we would have a break, and then about another hour or so and then a break. And what’s really funny is that during those breaks, we wold workshop — we would practice yoga. We would talk about poses, and how we would engage with them and what we would feel. It was hilarious because in the time that we had to not talk about yoga ... we would still talk about yoga.
I got to where the rest of the week was just preparation for the weekend. I looked forward to the training so much. You are with your fellow trainees for 8 hours a day for 8 weeks and were constantly doing yoga all day long with them. It just turned into cuddle puddles at a certain point, because everybody is just so familiar with each other. We were constantly giving good vibes to each other, it was very uplifting and optimistic.
It was nice, too, to have all these people in the room that are being honest with you on how you are presenting yourself, but not doing it in a bitter and malicious way. We did a thing during training called feed-forward — a feedback system where you could tell people about their practice. At the end of every class, we would write these things on pieces of paper, and give them to each other — totally anonymously. We would write things that we noticed about their practice, and things that thought that they could improve on. And none of the feedback was ever angry or malicious, just very honest. Only in a room where you get respect from people can you get that kind of response. I honestly still have every last one of those pieces of paper. I am not even a sentimental guy and I kept all of those.
For the most part we were all generally practicing yoga when we started the training. Some of us went to classes more regularly, but I didn’t go to class very regularly at all. But I have a much more regular practice now, because of YTT.
To be entirely honest, if you don’t want to develop up your personal practice, there is no point in yoga teacher training for you. If you don’t have a personal practice you are trying to give a depth to, or if this isn’t something you want to do , solo, personally, in your own life, then you’ll mail it in during the training. If you don’t have the want and the desire to learn about yoga, if you are trying to learn a bunch of poses to make money, then you won’t get anything out of it — it doesn’t matter how good the instructions are. We don’t need that. Nobody needs any more yoga teachers that are mailing it in. This may sound cliché, but you get out what you put into yoga — it's definitely possible to make a living through teaching yoga — but you absolutely need to dedicate yourself to it for it to be great for you. But if you want to expand your personal practice, if you want get better at yoga, and you are really willing to put in the time and dedication to begin teaching it as a living, then yoga teacher training is for you.
Our next round of YTT starts on February 6th! For even more info, or to sign up, go here!