Just like your body, your yoga practice is yours and yours alone. Going through the motions of learning your limitations, surpassing them, and then creating new challenges for your physical and mental evolution is a unique journey. Whether you’ve been practicing for 5 weeks, 5 months, or 5 years you can be sure to continue finding new ways to deepen your practice. Obtaining a Registered Yoga Teacher certification abroad is an excellent way to immerse yourself more fully in the art of yoga.
For those who have no interest in teaching, getting RYT certified might not seem like the path for you. However, many students who enroll in this class have no intention of making a career of it. For those who feel like their growth has become a bit stagnant recently, here’s how enrolling in a teacher training course can benefit you in deepening your practice.
Get a Full Immersion Experience
Taking even a few minutes a day to center yourself through yoga has proven to be tremendously beneficial for efficiently dealing with the everyday stressors of life. If you practice yoga regularly, you’re also likely to be balancing a combination of work, school, family, projects, and anything else you might have on your plate. But imagine if yoga was your sole focus?
Enrolling in an RYT program allows you to eat, sleep, and breathe yoga every day. You’ll have access to professional yogis, live and practice in a tranquil and natural setting – think: overlooking the Pacific ocean in Costa Rica, the spiritual Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, or in the highlands of the Andes mountains in Peru – and have the ability to truly focus on you and your practice.
Find Structure & Consistency
Without the distractions of everyday life, your full immersion in a certification course will allow you to find consistency. When you sign up for the program, you’re committing to attend the courses and practice sessions as outlined in the curriculum. Inevitably, you will become more consistent in your practice.
Training sessions are structured progressively so students build on simpler foundations. Whether it’s advancing poses, philosophical knowledge, or teacher methodology, a training course provides the structure that no random drop-in classes can compare to.
Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Philosophy
If you’re looking for ways to deepen your practice, you probably already know that yoga is so much more than physical exercise. Attending regular classes can help to shed light on some of the philosophical training, but the extent of what you learn is nothing compared to an RYT class.
Yoga comes from a long, rich history embedded in the teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism. That’s why you’ll notice that this portion of the course takes up more hours than any other. In a 200-hour class, you’ll spend about 30 hours on yoga philosophy. Even this amount of study only touches on the surface of all there is to know on the topic.
Note that because of the extent of information, not all programs will teach the same philosophy. But no matter the material covered in class, it’s a good starting point for delving deeper. Serious practitioners will find it difficult to truly advance without learning the history and philosophy behind this ancient practice.
Practice Advanced Poses
Getting certified absolutely helps to advance your spiritual and mental connection with the practice, but it’d be neglectful not to acknowledge the physical aspect. 20 hours of the course is dedicated to anatomy and physiology. Learning about the muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons involved in each pose provides insight into how the body moves within the proper alignment.
Having knowledge of anatomy ensures that students understand the benefits of various poses and how to safely enter and exit each one. In addition, it further advances the understanding of the relationships between poses, allowing you to efficiently build from basic poses to more advanced ones. The program also addresses transitions and sequencing which help future teachers develop their classes while helping others to develop their personal practice.
Join the Yoga Community
The demands of everyday life can make it difficult to meet others who share your passion for a sound mind and body connection. Spending 200 hours alongside those aiming to obtain their yoga certification makes it much easier to foster relationships with like-minded individuals. For almost an entire month, you’ll live and practice among others who will quickly become like family during your time abroad.
RYT will encourage you to reflect on your personal beliefs, values, and spirituality, all while sharing this personal experience with others. Not only will you forge strong bonds with other students, but you’ll also create relationships with your teachers. The environment allows you to ask questions, personal feedback, and learn about their yoga journeys.
You don’t need to be a seasoned yogi; you don’t need to know the most advanced poses; you certainly don’t need to fit into any specific body size to deepen your yoga practice. All you need is the desire to grow and the courage to embark on a life-changing adventure of mindfulness and connection. So, what are you waiting for? Choose your destination, and see what a RYT course can do for you.