When you fall in love with yoga, one of the first things that you’ll notice is an intense desire to share yoga with others. There are lots of ways to do this. Of course you’ll talk to your friends about it and drag them along with you to classes. Some of us start websites or blogs, but one of the best ways to share yoga is by becoming an instructor. There are two types of training that you can choose from: local or destination trainings. Each type of teacher training has its strengths. Destination teacher training however has been a life changing experience for me.
Maya Tulum was the site of my teacher training but there are trainings all over the United States, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean, as well as India and other places around the world. What makes these trainings great, aside from the breathtaking scenery, is that they are immersive. You literally eat, sleep, breathe and practice yoga and the philosophy around it for the entirety of the training. Being in a new environment also removes the outside distractions and worry and allows the trainee to completely focus on the experience. The ongoing focus on yoga, teaching and the yoga lifestyle allows for ongoing meditation and exploration rather than attending a training for a day and then waiting a few days to a week to come back to it from your busy life.
Many destination teacher trainings have up to four hours of yoga a day along with other activities like meditations, meditative walks and diets. When you attend a yoga retreat or teacher training you are entering a holistic world where health in mind, body and spirit is the goal. The yoga detoxifies your body while meditation and reflection work to heal your mind and spirit as well. In addition to yoga, the diet works to detox the body. Often the diet is vegan and is packed full of fruits and veggies that are not only loaded with health benefits but are amazingly delicious too. Coming back from a vegan diet that was also devoid of sugar and white flour, my diet is forever changed as is my life after the training. There is also an opportunity to create lifelong relationships with people that you would probably never come across in your daily life or travels.
Destination teacher trainings are an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in yoga and learn much about yourself, your life and your practice. They are a great opportunity to focus on yourself, and your personal practice all while learning how to connect with people and share your passion with others. You’ll walk away a changed person. Your body changes. Your thoughts change. Your conversation with yourself changes. You meet amazing people and establish lasting relationships. Your form gets better and your muscles grow stronger. All in all you become more you than you’ve ever been. All teacher trainings are great opportunities to learn and grow, but destination teacher trainings offer a completely different experience. They are absolutely amazing.