Do you have to be 'Good' at Yoga to become a Teacher?

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When considering whether to train to become a Yoga teacher or not, many people ask me, ‘do you think I’m good enough at Yoga?’ There is an immediate and very understandable fear as to the level of physical ability that is necessary to teach. It is understandable and with any fear, doubt or questioning, I feel it is important to dig a little deeper, to look at the issue from different angles, to zoom out, re-question and then formulate a plan of action based on what it is you want to do.

Look at the issue from different angles
When worried or fearful about your own physical ability and whether it is ‘good’ enough to teach Yoga, it is worth noting that the beauty of Yoga as a practice is the many facets and angles to which one can experience and enjoy classes. Physical poses and movements are just one aspect. You may feel more drawn to the meditative benefits, the time to reflect, the breathing practices, the therapeutic elements or restorative practices, and these are all or some of the angles in which you choose to specialise or teach that do not focus on physical prowess as paramount. 

Also, if you do enjoy the physical postures and movements and would love to teach them it is important to have an understanding of the principles of anatomy, the principles of how the postures can be developed and safely experienced but it is not important that you can do every single posture and movement for someone else to be able to learn and experience it for themselves. Consider the students angle and perspective, do they come to class to watch a teacher perform or to have their own learning experience?

Zoom out
Whenever we experience fear or doubt, we can get stuck in one way of seeing things. The fears and doubts can overtime begin to feel like facts and reality. If you are thinking ‘I may not be physically adept enough to teach’ it can begin to feel like the truth. So zooming out, look at other realms where there are teachers or coaches and not just Yoga. Go to different kinds of classes and as a student ask yourself, is it important that a teacher or coach can perform well or that they can teach/coach well? What is the difference between performance and teaching?

Re-Question-What is it that I want to do?
Ask yourself when considering embarking on a teacher training-what is it that you love? What excites you? What do you feel you would love about teaching? What do you want to teach the most? What kind of atmosphere would you like to create? How do you want to connect to people?

Plan of Action
Once you begin to focus on your love, your excitement, your joy, it takes the emphasis away from fear and doubt. If you love and really believe in something, you will feel good and you will ultimately BE GOOD at it.

In the world right now, with all of us different, unique, extraordinary and ordinary individuals, as much as we need people who can show us what they can do, we also need people who are deeply connected to themselves, who have cultivated understanding and compassion for themselves and can show us how to do the same. We need those who can help us find our way, who can inspire and motivate us. The physical poses, the strength, the mobility and flexibility can be developed over time and that is your personal experience, as a teacher it is a matter of developing skills and practices to encourage others in their experience.

If you feel drawn to training as a teacher and would like to learn more about our training, check out the ‘The Art of Teaching’ information on this website.

Naomi xx


The Art of Teaching

The Art of Teaching 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

What our Teacher Training can give you

Naomi Sturdy and Sibylle Dallmann have created a training that they feel gives you a real opportunity to dive deep into Yoga and yourself. Here are some of the aspects of the training they feel you can experience, learn and benefit from.......

In our Intensive style teacher training you will be practicing physically everyday, getting a chance to dive deep into your practice, progress and challenge past your perceived limitations. The opportunity for consistent practice for one month may be a new experience for you and it can be exhilarating to see where you can take your body and mind. A challenge like showing up everyday can help you see what you are really capable of and expand your vision.

With any challenge like mentioned above, once you have shown yourself that you can do it, there is a great sense of accomplishment. When you have the courage to commit and see where that takes you, there is a sense of great accomplishment in seeing yourself through your bad days, your ‘don’t want to get out of bed’ days and your good days! This type of practice can really allow us to see the impermanence of everything and allow you to ride the waves and to keep moving forwards.

Self Study:
On our training you will have time to reflect, to tune inwards, to question and to explore your own responses, your own attitudes, perceptions, your way of learning, of understanding and how you see yourself and the world. This chance to connect to yourself gives you a great opportunity to study what works for you, what doesn’t work so well, what you can embrace and what you can let go of. Self study is your chance to empower yourself and become aware of how you can choose and direct the ways in which you want to be.

Community and Connection:
As well as individual learning and study, Yoga and this training is all about community and connection. Finding others you can share your journey with, who get you, who feel like you, who enjoy the same things as you is truly special. Through the training you will support each other, hold space for each other and develop true respect and compassion for everyone on their path.

Fresh Perspective:
Spending this month of your life diving into the physical practices of Yoga, the theories and philosophy behind Yoga practices, deep relaxation, breath practices and Meditation give you a whole new way to see yourself, your body, your mind and your soul. Combining this experience with the skills of how to teach these practices gives you a fresh perspective on the human experience, how we can all experience and deserve to experience health, peace and happiness.

Through learning the skills of teaching, leading groups, taking the teachers seat, you have a great opportunity to express yourself and share your unique expression with

the world. This training gives you a great platform for gaining confidence in yourself and what you have to offer others, you will learn how to communicate clearly and confidently and find a sense of grounding, relaxation and ease.

We aspire for you to take this foundational training as a platform from which you launch yourself forwards on your path of love. That whatever you learn, whatever you experience, you can expand and broaden your vision for what is possible for you, for what you can achieve and for your infinite potential.

We are excited to meet you.

Yoga Teacher Training Dublin
‘Naomi and Sibylle had HEAPS of knowledge between them! There was very rarely a question that was asked that either of them didn’t have the answer for and if / when it did happen they made sure to go find out for us.’