Have you ever wondered what a yoga teacher training course is really like? We know that it can seem like an exclusive club for the extremely bendy and enlightened, but of course that just isn’t true.
At Pilamaya we believe in #honestyoga, so here for you is a truthful exploration of what yoga teacher training really means, and how to know if it’s for you.
How do I know if I’m ready to take a yoga teacher training course?
If you have a passion for yoga and are making room to practice at least five days a week, then it’s likely that you’re ready to take it to the next level with a yoga teacher training course.
Most 200-hour yoga teacher training courses require you to have been practicing yoga for at least two-years… but that doesn’t mean you need to know how to bend yourself into a pretzel!
Flexibility comes as a result of practice, but it’s never a goal. The Pilamaya Yoga Teacher Training recognises that everyone’s body is different and encourages you to find your own unique yoga signature.
Yoga teacher training will give you the skills to craft a daily practice for yourself, as well as the ability to teach yoga to others in groups or one-to-one settings. Whichever your motivation for taking a course, it’s your passion and curiosity for yoga that truly matters.
“What Pilamaya did was give me a good honest grounding in yoga and a taste of many different styles, which helped me to find what resonated for me” – Natalie, Pilamaya graduate 2016
What is an average day like on a yoga teacher training?
You’ll spend a lot of time on the floor! Practicing yoga, learning postures and sitting in meditations. The other part of the training is listening to lectures and absorbing the teachings offered. All the training is delivered in a group setting.
The Pilamaya Yoga Teacher Training teaches cell biology, physiology and human anatomy, as well as ancient yoga philosophy, all wrapped up into the same package. There is lots to learn, but you will be supported every step of the way.
The day starts at 7am when we practice together, make breakfast and eat together. Then, a short comfort break and discussion of our experience of the practice. The rest of the day is dedicated to learning.
Pilamaya Yoga is often taught organically, so the structure depends on the dynamics of each group, but the teaching is usually delivered in a lecture, followed by individual, pair, and group practice.
There are breaks throughout the day, and lunch and dinner is cooked for us. In the evening, we practice the more restful parts of the curriculum and you will be encouraged to take periods of quiet before bed.
What can I look forward to?
We truly believe that committing to a yoga teacher training course is a life-enhancing experience. Many of the Pilamaya graduates from 2016 say that the journey as a group was transformational for them; learning from and supporting one another through the process is a beautiful thing.
You’ll gain deep understanding of the human body, both physiologically and energetically, which will enhance your relationship with your self, as well as giving you the practical tools to teach others. Yoga teacher training is, for many, an opportunity for introspection and spiritual growth; something we think is invaluable.
The Pilamaya Yoga teacher training is designed to create yoga teacher leaders. The themes and offerings of this course will empower you to live from a place of authenticity and walk gently on the earth.
On this training, you can also look forward to spending time in the gorgeous hills of Portugal’s eastern Algarve. We invite you to two all-inclusive residential’s during your training, offering an opportunity to soak in the natural vitality of the radiant sun, ocean air and abundant flora.
What challenges will I face?
We won’t lie to you: day’s on training are long. You’ll be up early and working hard all day. You’ll need to be physically able to commit to this amount of practice, as well as mentally prepared for the journey you will embark.
As the Pilamaya training is residential, it is an immersive experience that can sometimes be emotionally challenging. That’s why we assign each student to a mentor, who will be on hand to help however much or little as needed.
How should I prepare?
Try to keep an open mind. Whether you’re coming with previous training or knowledge of yoga, or if you’re just starting out, it’s important to be open to the new learning that will be shared.
You’ll learn from the teacher, but also from your fellow students as well as from yourself – come prepared to embrace that experience.
It might be useful to learn about your anatomy and try to become familiar with the names of parts of the body. Lastly, read, read, read as many books related to yoga as you can!
How might yoga teacher training change my life?
You will learn a great deal about the body and how to breathe for optimum health, meaning you’ll likely find you become connected to yourself in a whole new way.
But, the desire to take a 200-hour teacher training will likely come into your life at an important time – a time when you are ready to become more conscious about who you are in this life.
During yoga teacher training, you’ll become aware of the philosophical guidelines laid down by the ancients to give us a map that lead us towards awareness and ultimately contentedness.
Very often we catch sight of aspects of ourselves that are no longer serving us and so the teacher training ground becomes a place where we can work on letting go of the old and embracing the new.
“What took me by surprise in this training was the profound impact that it had on me. Now, particularly with my teaching, it really feels as though I’ve come home to myself and I can teach in a truly authentic way: from my heart” – Gail, Pilamaya graduate 2016
The Pilamaya Yoga teacher training aspires to bridge worlds and create leaders in the field of yoga and in life. Our vision is to offer a high quality training that fully supports our students to reach for their full potential. Honouring all spiritual paths and yogic disciplines, we strive to deliver from our hearts directly to yours as we invite you to get to know your bodies.
Words and Photography by Rae Delanie Passfield