I’m totally obsessed with yoga, to the point that my friends have suggested that I might want to become a yoga teacher. I’m really torn. I’d love to learn more about yoga, but my yoga teachers seem so far beyond me in terms of their practice—they just lift right up into bakasana, headstand, whatever they need to demonstrate, and I’m not sure if I can do that. Are they mutants? Will yoga teacher training make me like them, or will I have to get bitten by a radioactive yogi?
First of all, the bad news: those friends who want you to look into becoming a yoga teacher? You have bored the living shit of them with your asananine chatter, and this is the most polite way they’ve found to get you to savasana up. The good news: lots of people make great friends in yoga teacher training!
Do not be intimidated because your role models seem so far beyond you. First of all, if you have an amazing teacher, it probably means that she has a committed long-term personal practice. She probably shapes that practice with guidance from her amazing teacher. She did not become an amazing teacher just because she took teacher training. Teacher training will not turn anyone into a tictacking dynamo. It will allow you to dig deeper into yoga with people who will not be put off by your enthusiasm. If giving 200 hours over to yoga theory and practice sounds good to you, do it, don’t let your lack of super powers stop you.
The super powers come as you teach. The adrenalin that gives moms the strength to lift cars off their young? That will allow you to demonstrate a dropback without warming up. The power to see through clothing? As you observe class after class, the hunched shoulder will shine through the baggy t-shirt. And when people get their hips up and back in downward dog? You will see their genitals right through their $125 pants.
As someone’s uncle once said, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Just practice and you’ll be ready for the power when it comes.