Call them fiction, call them falsehoods, call them whatever you’d like to call them, but the truth remains — there are many myths that exist in the world of yoga teacher training. As Salt Lake City’s premier yoga instructor training facility, Inbody Yoga Academy has heard them all, and we’re more than ready to dispel some of these misconceptions. See some of the most common myths about yoga teacher training, and sign up for our 200-, 300- or 500-hour certification course today! The deadline is August 4th, act now to reserve your spot!
You have to be a yoga master to become a yoga teacher.
This is one of the most common myths of all. People expect that somebody teaching the course needs to be an expert yogi, able to crush every single pose and contort their body with ease. While a common thought, it couldn’t be further from the truth. For starters, if the requirement of being a yoga instructor was to know everything, there wouldn’t be a single instructor in the world! Yoga is an ongoing practice, not something that you’re suddenly done with because you’ve learned it all. For as much as you’ll be a teacher after our yoga teacher training courses, you’ll forever be a student.
Secondly, part of teaching yoga means practicing what we preach. This means respecting and listening to our bodies, and finding the balance between a challenge and being gentle. There are countless yoga instructors who can’t get into certain poses right away, requiring a proper warm-up and/or some kind of assistive prop, such as a block or a strap. There are also countless instructors who, due to some kind of injury or physical limitation, can’t reach a pose or need to take it easy on a certain part of their body. None of this disqualifies someone from being a great yoga teacher, and all of this is a part of being human — and that’s so much of what yoga is all about.
The point is, you should have a good understanding of yoga, you should love to practice yoga and make it a part of your life, but you don’t need to be perfect at yoga to become a teacher (hint: being perfect at anything is impossible!).
You need to be a slim and slender female to teach.
Many come across this misconception because there’s still some existing stigma that yoga is “for women.” Many also have this unfortunate idea that all yoga bodies look the same, or should look a certain way. Again, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Men — as well as people in general — are just as capable, compassionate, patient, and talented to become yoga instructors, and to think otherwise is a pretty toxic (and limiting) mindset.
Additionally, there’s no such thing as a yoga body, because there’s no such thing as a “right” body and a “wrong” body. Contrary to what society may depict, a person’s size and shape have nothing to do with their talents as a yoga teacher. We welcome all who are passionate to take on our certification courses — and what’s more, the more diverse and beautiful the world of yoga teachers is, the more encouraging and welcoming the yoga community becomes.
You need to travel abroad to get certified.
There are plenty of yoga teacher training programs that exist in the world. Many people love the idea of traveling to a new location, such as Thailand or Bali, to bask in the cultural experience as a means to become properly trained. While these trips are possible for all, they are not inherently better just because they’re in another country.
Inbody Yoga Academy, in fact, is renowned for being one of the best places to receive yoga teacher training in all of Utah. We’ve trained more than 2,000 students in the pursuit to become a yoga instructor, over 70 percent of whom are still using their certification in some manner today. The truth is, you can travel far to get certified, but you don’t have to — and for those in the Salt Lake City area, you have a faculty of expert yogis, practically in your backyard, available for you to learn from. Or, if you’re not in Salt Lake City, but have always wanted to spend some time here, you’re more than welcome to travel here while you work on your certification!
At best, myths can be misleading, and at worst, myths can be downright harmful. When we take the time to fully understand the ins and outs of yoga teacher training, we all benefit from the added sense of clarity and knowledge. Our courses are starting August 4th, and we would love to work with you to help you get certified! Don’t let those myths or negative associations hold you back — sign up with Inbody Yoga Academy today!