I am happy to share with you that this past April I graduated from Kula Yoga Project's 200-hr Teacher Training Program. I've been dreaming of becoming a yoga teacher for some time, and this was a truly amazing experience. While I will continue to focus on interior design projects, I hope to begin teaching a class or two in the city soon. I learned so much during this training, and I highly recommend the Kula program to anyone who wants to learn more about yoga and become a teacher. I am just getting started, and yoga has already transformed my life in so many ways. I am so grateful to all the dedicated and inspiring teachers who led us during the training, and especially to Nikki Vilella who managed the program. Keep reading for my reflections on the experience:
Growing up in Minnesota, I took dance and gymnastic lessons, and ran on the track team in high school. I've always enjoyed a really good stretch. When I moved to New York, yoga seemed like a natural fit. But I soon discovered that yoga is more than just a great workout - it really helps to clear my mind and calm my anxieties. Yoga is about developing strength and flexibility, finding balance on and off the mat. I felt I had found something really special when I came to Kula Yoga Project. There is a strong sense of community, and the teachers are all so thoughtful and knowledgable. I knew I wanted to learn more, and I've only just begun.
The 200-hr teacher training program began with a 9-day intensive, and continued every other weekend and 2 nights a week for 3 months. It was a lot of work and a big commitment, especially with all the readings and additional assignments. But I loved every minute of it. We studied topics ranging from anatomy and physiology, to Sanskrit and philosophy. We did a ton of yoga, and got lots of hands-on, practical training.
It's important to have realistic expectations about yoga teaching. It's not super lucrative. There are a lot of teachers out there, and many work part-time and have another career. But there are a lot of possibilities, especially in a big city like New York. Some teachers make additional income teaching private lessons, or leading workshops and retreats. Personally, I don't see yoga as a trend. More people are becoming interested, and I see lots of opportunity for growth.
I met an incredible network of really interesting people through the training, and that has been my favorite part of the experience. My fellow teacher trainees were a diverse group of individuals with backgrounds ranging from physical therapy and dance, to bartending and product design. All of our teachers were so friendly and helpful, and each offered a unique perspective on yoga and how to teach. Everyone involved really put their heart into it, and it was invigorating to connect with such a great group of supportive, growth-minded people. This is just the beginning, and I can't wait to share more!