On the importance of continuing education for yoga teachers.

I’ve reached a little bit more than 1000 hours of yoga teacher training. I’m not bragging with this article, I’m just trying to explain why I feel it is important for us, yoga teachers, to keep educating ourselves even though we are working full times and have enough students to survive.

First of all it would be very presumptuous to think that 200 hours is enough to learn and share a practice that is more than 1000 years old (even though at that time there were only 5 or 6 asanas), and that is not only physical but also philosophical, and that contains in addition of asanas practice, meditation, breathing, chanting…. It’s a true way of life.

Of course in our society the yoga that is taught is mostly asanas but to my opinion 200 hours is not even enough to contain all the anatomy and body knowledge necessary to keep our students safe (and I’m talking here about our western anatomy not even the eastern anatomy who also includes energy, chakras, Nadis…)

The more I’ve taken trainings the more I can feel my ignorance in so many fields, it’s exciting to know i have so much more to learn.

I also think it’s important to be a good student, in order to be a good teacher. To stay open to different kind of yoga, just to be aware of what is offered by other teachers.

Yoga is evolving. With science and practice we have realized that we should change the way we teach some asanas (squaring the hips in Warrior 2 anyone?), so it’s important to learn, and to practice as a student, to explore, and not be ashamed to say: I was wrong when I was teaching this, let’s do it differently. (That’s one of the many reasons why I love my teacher Annie Carpenter, I’ve seen her evolving a few times, and say the words: I was wrong)

For those reasons, I will keep taking trainings every year, because, yes, even with 1000 hours I still have a lot of things to learn. I owe it to myself, and I owe it to my students who trust me. The more I learn, the more I have knowledge to share.

Published by cheyenneyoga

SmartFLOW yoga teacher. I've studied Power vinyasa, restorative, and yoga for pregnant woman with Tamal Dodge in Los Angeles. After that wonderful time, I felt attracted by movement and flow, so I studied with Shiva Rea for 300 hours her Prana Flow style. But after a yoga for scoliosis workshop and after realizing what I want in my practice and for my students, I've decided to focus on a more alignment focused yoga, and started studying with the great Annie Carpenter. Now, after more than 400h with her, my teaching skills had changed for the best. The more I learn the more I have to share with my students, so I follow different trainings every year and I had the great honor to learn from amazing teachers like Krista Cahill, Maty Ezraty or Dona Holleman. I'm now teaching SmartFLOW YOGA, Hatha yoga, restorative yoga and chair yoga (for people with less range of motion) in Monaco most of the time, but also in some magical events such as Burning Man in Nevada. http://instagram.com/cheyenneyoga/ Ambassador of a great VEGAN BOOTS BRAND pawj california, think cruelty free Ugg style boots. Use the code Cheyenne10 for 10% on their website. Yoga inspired jewelry designer: Pepper Kreation

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