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Discovery in Yoga Teacher Training

by Katie Zarajczyk

I knew I would teach yoga while laying in savasana after a kickass, sweaty vinyasa practice. Exhausted on my mat I felt connected in a way I never had before. I was fully present, yet somehow connected to both the past and the future. A few tears fell from my eyes. I knew there was something special happening in that room. I wanted to learn more and I knew I would teach some day. 

It would be years before I finally enrolled in a 200hour teacher training. I met my husband, moved to Canada, and then back to Florida. When the opportunity for training presented itself I didn't think I was ready. I knew I wasn't ready. I couldn't imagine having the courage to stand up in front of a room and lead a class. The teachers I admired had such grace, they were confident, funny, and strong. I didn't consider myself any of those things. 

Yoga teacher training helped me discover that we are all mirrors for each other. Those qualities I admired were a part of me. Gaining the courage to teach through my 200hour training reminds of these words from Marianne Williamson:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

With this in mind, I invite you to be fearless, to take the leap, and join us for a life changing journey. Let's learn and grow together! 

Free Yoga Teacher Training Q&A session August 8th, 7-8pm and August (26th)

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What is Yoga Teacher Training About?

by Jocelyn Fultz

I still remember taking my first steps into a yoga studio. Smiling faces, quiet atmosphere, and a lot of questions in my mind. Though I had done yoga before that day so long ago, nothing quite prepares a person for their first yoga class. You are asked to breathe. You are asked to bend your body in strange ways that seem slightly unnatural. You are asked to be aware of your body. I never imagined that only about 12 months later, I would be pursuing my 200 hour Teacher Training Certification.

I was a massage therapist at the time, having transitioned from an unfulfilling acting career. Enjoying the calm and quiet of the spa environment I was spending most of my time in, I wanted to branch further into the wellness industry. Teaching soothing yoga classes seemed like just the thing to compliment what I already had going on. Of course, monetarily speaking, I had to come up with the funds to train, and luckily, my program was on the weekends and included a payment plan, so I didn't lose too many coveted work hours or sleep over the pricing. Without much hesitation, I dove in.

Going through a teacher training program is so much more than learning yoga poses and how to say the funky sanskrit names. I found myself wanting to know what Yoga actually was. The history, philosophy, ideas about living and "Life" in general - Yoga has something to say on all of it. This understanding unravels with time, and I came to realize that I would never know everything - a freeing thought. Instead, I have always said a Teacher Training program is for anyone who is a Yogic Seeker. Teaching comes from a love of sharing, and you do not need to possess this to deepen your practice.

Entering an environment of like minded individuals enables you to open yourself to all the benefits that Yoga has to offer. A program such as this is immersing you in a yogic lifestyle, while allowing you the benefit of staying in your chosen life. After all, there is no running from it. Your life will always follow you. Best to learn how to be present and welcome it. 

Free Q&A session with Jocelyn July 25th, 7-8pm
Join us and bring your curiosity and questions.

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So you want to be a Yoga Teacher...

By Lisa Wells It looks like a pretty good gig, teaching yoga: you get to wear comfortable clothes, have a flexible schedule, get paid for your practice, and you’ll be skinny, rich and popular.  Or maybe not.  I love teaching yoga and I’ll soon be leading my own yoga teacher training program (Yoga Alliance Qualified and all…). I frequently get asked for advise about becoming a yoga teacher.  So, here, on the threshold of offering a teacher training program, are answers to questions recently posed to me: Can yoga instructors make a living from this career, or is it a part-time job? A few instructors support themselves teaching yoga, most don't. It is easier to get enough work to support yourself in a large urban area than it is in a small town. You'll earn between $15 and $100/class depending on the town and how popular your teaching is. You are most likely to be hired as an independent contractor and unlikely to have benefits as part of your employment. ‘Making a living’ teaching yoga can mean teaching to the level of exhaustion, especially if you teach all over town.  Teach yoga for love. Don’t quit your day job. [caption id="attachment_3401" align="alignright" width="216" caption="Eric Shaw, Co-Leader, Live Well Studio Yoga Teacher Training 2012"]Yoga-Corvallis-Live-Well_studio-yoga-teacher-training-eric-shaw[/caption] What is the average salary? I don’t know a single yoga teacher with a salary. You'll be paid by the class, by the head, or a percentage of the class or workshop income.  You’ll need to creatively mix teaching in different venues and locations to stich a living together. Think of supplementing your yoga teacher training with personal training, Zumba, Nia or Pilates training to earn enough to support yourself. Is the job market highly competitive? Yes, the job market is highly competitive. If clients don't like your classes they won't come back. You rarely get a second chance to prove yourself to a student. In the beginning you might teach at health clubs, corporations, churches, or to any group that will have you. Most of those venues will pay you by the hour and you’ll have a captive audience to hone your teaching skills. How much training is required before you can begin teaching? Check out the Yoga Alliance Webpage for industry standards:  Most yoga studios require a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Certification.  You can get jobs at health clubs with a weekend certification.  Employers may require certification but there are no government standards or requirements at this time. How do I choose a teacher training?   Ask the teachers whom you resonate with where they were trained.  Ask a lot of questions about the programs you might join.  Find a school that teaches the style of yoga you practice.  Ask graduates of the program what they thought.  You can get certified on a long vacation in India, Mexico or Bali, or you can spread it out over a year, or more, of weekends in any major city.  Look for a training that resonates with your personal practice, that is grounded in firm traditions, and works for you budget and time. How much does yoga teacher training cost? As little as $1500 or as much at $20,000.  Do your homework before signing up. [caption id="attachment_3402" align="alignright" width="300" caption="2012 class photo!"]Yoga-Corvallis-Oregon-Yoga-Teacher-Training-Live-Well-Studio[/caption] Is it worth it?  I love teaching yoga.  My personal yoga practice includes my teaching.  I am honored to offer what I love back to the world.  The journey called me and I answered.  You’ll be deepened by your yoga teacher training, even if you never teach.  So choose a training that offers to enrich your practice as one of its goals. Lisa's blog was recently published in Elephant Journal: Join Lisa Wells, ERYT500, PhD, for an informal fun Q&S session, Tuesday, April 16 or Thursday, May 30, 7pm. We look forward to meeting you! Live Well Studio is offering a Yoga Teacher Training this summer!  Live Well Studio's Teacher Training