So you’ve completed your yoga teacher training – yay! It’s time to celebrate with a nice, long savasana (most likely on the airplane, in a seated position as you make your way back to the real world). You are probably feeling refreshed, revitalized, inspired and empowered so what are you going to do with all that awesomeness?
After you catch up on your sleep and unpack your bags, here are ten tips.
Settle Back in
Having a facilitated over 100 trainings over the last decade, we know that students go through an enriching, and at times, an overwhelming journey of self-discovery and transformation during a yoga teacher training. The program is designed to help students strip away layers that may have been holding them back for months or years, but also inspire a newfound perspective to move toward the highest version of the self.
Coming away from three weeks of inspiration and empowerment with a group of like-minded individuals, to return to the “real world” can be a shock to the system. You need time to reorient, you need time to find your foundation again, hopefully with a newfound sense of joy and gratitude. You may also want to reset your expectations for people, probably much lower than you may have had them before.
Evaluate your Connections
Returning to the real world after a yoga teacher training is a precarious turning point in your life. You have a decision to make – return to the life you had before, or set yourself on a new path. Of course, people return to their previous life, but normally with small changes.
The people we chose to associate with before our training may be different than the people we associate with now. We all have friends, some lift us up, but some can also hold us back or try to suppress us (normally because of their own deep-seated fears). While we don’t have to let go of “those” friends we can direct our efforts towards those companions that do help us achieve that higher self. Not in an entitled or egotistical way.
The activities we choose to take part in may shift. There may be less late night dancing and socializing, and more Friday afternoons at the yoga studio, lor with a hot cup of tea and a good book. The activities we choose bring energy – good and bad – into our mind, body and spirit, so it is important to be mindful of who, where and how we exchange energy with the world around us.
One of the best ways to get a new job is to network with yoga studios in the area. It might take sometimes to land that first job, and the first thing you need to do is get the word out about your certification. Take some classes at your local studios, email or visit gyms, YMCA’s and other gyms that might offer yoga. It is ok to settle as a sub for a few months while you make a name for yourself. If you love to travel you can also consider Sites like yogatrade.com which offer international work opportunities to teach or work in the yoga community.
Register With Yoga Alliance
Once you have completed your training, you will want to register with Yoga Alliance and renew your registration each year to maintain good standing. You will need a copy of your certification and you will need to ask your school to verify your graduation.
If you intend to teach, either at a gym or studio, or independently, or offer classes in any capacity, including retreats, you should consider liability insurance. Insurance rates and policy terms vary by provider. When you register with Yoga Alliance you may be able to take part in their insurance marketplace which may make you eligible for lower rates.
Maintain The Habits From Yoga Training
When you attended your yoga teacher training the chances are pretty good that you took part in learning some new habits, especially if you attended a Sadhana Yoga School training. Meditation, pranayama, asana, mantra, mindfulness. The biggest disservice you could do to yourself is to let these habits go. It can take up to 90 days to develop a new habit, 21 days of yoga teacher training is just a starts.
What are your goals now that you have completed your yoga teacher training. Do you want to teach? Do you want to make any other changes in your life? Do you want to start a new job? Do you want to further your training in yoga. There are countless programs out there to enhance your training including
The change you have manifested in your life does not need to stop once you return home. It is time to set new goals for yourself to move forward in the direction you want your life to go.
Review Your Training Manual
Hopefully, as part of your yoga teacher training, you acquired a training manual which covers the content of the course. An immersion yoga teacher training are intense and comprehensive. In fact, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the training. The training manual should be your go-to resource for questions post training. Refer to it often to revisit poses, exercises, sequences and other valuable information to guide your life, personal and professional practice.
Build Your Brand
One of the best things you can do once you complete your training is to start to build your brand. What does this involve? Flyers, business cards, a website. These are things can be done cost-effectively and easily with websites likes VistaPrint, SquareSpace or Weebly. If you are going to be teaching right away or offering classes around town, create flyers and hang them at your local coffee shop and coop. Invite your friends and ask them to Spread the word. Most importantly, find your niche, what is the one thing that people are going to come to your class for? What value do you add to their life? Is it the readings, the Music, the uniqueness of the practice, essential oils, or other unique attributes.
Take a Yoga Class
One of the first things you want to once you complete your yoga teacher training is to continue to attend yoga classes. This can be quite challenging. Hopefully, you are going to begin teaching classes as soon as possible, but teaching a class is not the same as taking a class, even if you practice with your students, you need to find wants to be the student, relieve yourself of the demands of teaching, and maintain your personal practice. This is not only good for yourself, but it can also inspire new content for your own classes!