Hatha yoga teacher training is one of the best ways to deepen one’s knowledge of yoga. The primary aim, of a good training program, is to help the participants acquire the necessary skills which are required to teach poses or asanas, breathing techniques and meditation to the potential students. It also aims at strengthening the foundation and experience of the candidates in fostering self awareness and self-confidence, which is a must while teaching yoga to the students. The best part of any reputed spiritual training program is that, its teachings can be applied to all aspects of life and is not just limited to the teaching of body poses to other students.
A good training program will primarily aim to increase the yogic knowledge of the trainees to enable them to teach or instruct about hatha or posture styles to fresh students that will motivate and inspire those students, which implies that the classes are helping the participants to grow and blossom individually.
The learning must be both practical and inspirational.
A well rounded hatha yoga teacher training program might include teachings on anatomy and physiology, asanas, nadis and chakras, ayurveda, bhakti, jnana, meditation, mantra and japa, raja and kriyas. It would also include teachings on pranayama or the breathing techniques, karma and reincarnation and more generic topics like right diet.
The study of such solid methods is a golden opportunity for a student to deepen their understanding of the discipline. A good training program also guides the students to implement adjustments during the practice of yoga postures in a safe and effective way to those they themselves are instructing.
Training programs are generally open to all students who have involved themselves in regular yoga practice and are eager to acquire thorough understanding of the more advanced aspects of offering postures and asanas to others. Traditionally, it has generally been advised to select a hatha yoga teacher training program which requires one to stay in an ashram or in close vicinity of the teacher or guru as it allowed the participant to completely and fully immerse him or herself in the experience of the training. This is not practical in the west and other systems have developed that suit the needs of the local North American culture and life style. Ideally it would be nice to study in an ashram but the replication of the eastern system has not occurred in the west and the west has developed its own system of training partially based on the training of the east.
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