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Yoga Teacher Training Problems

Updated on January 29, 2015

Once you have started teaching yoga, there are certain obstacles in this path, which you will have to overcome while going ahead in your Yogic career. If you do not appropriately guard yourself against these hindrances at the right time, then these impediments may induce troubles in your career ahead. Some of the most prominent handicaps to overcome, while entering the path of teaching yoga are - Anger, hatred, jealousy, fear, depression, prejudice, intolerance, evil company and arrogance. You must always introspect, watch your mind, and take effective measures to remove these obstacles right from their roots. 

Cultivate an Amiable and Loving Nature

While teaching yoga, you might find some of your students getting easily offended if their defects and vices are pointed out. They might become indignant and start causing imbalance in the class by their negative gestures and blabbering whenever you show them their defects. You should learn to keep your mind cool while handling such matters.

Just be introspective and don't let your vanity dim your mental vision. Similarly, you should also admit to your defects that get pointed out by others. This will help you grow better in yoga and spirituality. Learn to employ your endeavors in eradicating your defects and just be really grateful to the people for pointing out these defects of yours that can help you in getting better. 

Get Rid of your Self Assertive Nature

It is usually a difficult task to get rid of one’s self assertive nature. Ignorance is the root cause of this nature and as time passes this particular trait also tends to grow stronger. Sometimes it becomes difficult to bend the self assertive nature and make it pliable and elastic, as a self-assertive human being may want to dominate over others. You can judge this attribute of your nature by noticing certain things about your behavior like - you may not want to hear the opinions and arguments of others even though they sound quite logical and reasonable.

If you see yourself often saying - "Whatever, I say is correct, whatever, I do is correct. The views and actions of others are incorrect, “then it means that you have a pair of jaundiced eyes, and you can never admit your mistakes. A person with this particular attribute would try his best to support his own whimsical views by crooked arguments. If people fail to show him respect and honor, he gets instantaneously thrown into fits of depression and lack of self esteem.

On the other hand, the individual feels immensely pleased with anybody who begins to flatter him and such person would be ready to tell any number of lies to justify himself. This kind of nature can never do anything good to a yoga professional trainer.

Accept yourself and accept all

If you feel anger when your defects get pointed out by others, then you should work on changing your attitude. You must develop a habit of looking at matters from the viewpoint of others, and you should build a new vision of righteousness and truthfulness. As you rectify yourself and start becoming more self-accepting and forgiving, you will see yourself growing in Yoga and spirituality.

Apart from your personal limitations, you might face difficulties in getting properly adjusted to the ways and habits of others. People from all cast, creed, color, religion and ethnicity may come to you to learn. Being a yoga teacher for all, you must clear your mind of all the likes, dislikes, and prejudice of cast, creed and color. Learn to overcome your intolerance and faultfinding nature. In order to get success in your path of teaching yoga, you need to remove these undesirable negative qualities like vanity, cunningness, crookedness, arrogance and self-esteem. 

Avoid heated discussions and debates

People often engage themselves in hot discussions, vain debates, wrangling, lingual warfare and intellectual gymnastics, cause serious damage to their astral bodies, and waste much of their energies. The habit of arguing unnecessarily and entering into fruitless debates can significantly damage your training profession in Yoga, as speaking ill about anything or anyone can actually inflame and damage your astral bodies and life’s balance.  Hence, learn to give up any inessential discussion, as it might destroy the impulses of any careful self-examination.

Even the slight annoyance and irritability can affect the mind and your life’s balance. Learn to hinder the above mentioned evil modifications from manifesting in the mind lake, and instead develop the noble qualities of forgiveness, love and sympathy for others. This way you will surely succeed in your yoga teaching career.


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    • calicoaster profile image

      calicoaster 7 years ago

      Thanks Katiem and Om for :) :)

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      Nice! I've been doing yoga for a few years and would like to become a yoga instructor some day. I'll try to remember your advice. :)

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love Yoga and it would be great to create an income teaching Yoga. This is a very exciting idea I think I will explore further. Book marking this hub to refer to! Well Done! Katie :)