Have you ever noticed the hash tag #BYTT? Or thought about going to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training?
It’s easy to read about training online and get the highlights…it’s 9 weeks immersed in Bikram Yoga classes, learning to teach the 90 minute class, over 1000 hours of training to become a yoga teacher. But that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Everyone’s experience at teacher training is different because we all seek out the yoga for different reasons, just the same as we seek out the idea of teacher training….
One day while sitting at my corporate desk, I planted a small seed: an idea of one day going to Bikram yoga teacher training. I was lucky enough to sprout the seed and see it come to life. When I moved to Cincinnati there was a void, a Bikram Yoga void. If you are reading this, and have a consistent Bikram practice, most likely you will never move to another city without a Bikram studio; at least I know I won’t! When I got to Cincinnati, I decided, “Why not? Why not bring the yoga to Cincinnati?”
I took a leave of absence from my job for 9 weeks and I went to training. Bikram’s final words to us when we got our teaching certificates was that we were leaving with a “Licence to Kill,” but I left with much more. Teacher training was a blessing in disguise; I came away with an untapped knowledge about my body and my mind that I never thought possible. I also left with much more patience and self-worth.
I made so many friends from around the world who are now part of a big, amazing family. Even if I was never going to teach another day in my life I would still tell someone to go to training to find themselves. Training teaches you to filter out things that do not resonate with your truth and shows you how to let in the beauty and the good in the world.
Yes, your body will ache and you will be pushed beyond what you think you can do, but you’ll live another day…because you learn that the saying ‘you are so much stronger than you think you are’ is a fact. Training sends you back into the world so much more mentally and physically strong. If you want to get away from your own busy world for 9 weeks, this is a great opportunity.
If the idea of training has ever crossed your mind, don’t hesitate to ask one of the teachers about their own experience. I’m sure they remember it like it was yesterday.