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Follow one style and one teacher that inspires you for your YTT. This will give you focus & integrity for one approach. Often studios offer YTT programmes that are run by many different teachers in many styles. This may be good if you’re not sure what you want to do yet, but it could also confuse you as you will be told many approaches to the same thing, and that might make you feel it takes longer to find your own voice and confidence in your own style and approach. Therefore, the advice would be find a teacher’s style that really inspires you and follow that one path – which will give you skill and integrity in that approach only.
Claire Missingham was the first RYS in England specifically training teachers in the Vinyasa Flow Yoga method as part of the Krishnamacharya lineage. Since 2009, Claire has trained and mentored 100 graduated teachers from Europe and the training has become well-known as a rigorous, highly inspiring, life-changing and extremely motivating experience.
Sometimes when you’re first learning how to teach yoga it can be helpful, like Claire says, to get really clear on one particular teacher’s style of yoga. This will prevent confusion while you’re learning how to lock down fundamental core teachings like sequencing and yogic values. Once you get the basics down in your initial YTT, then it can be fun to explore genres and styles as you’ll have more confidence and skill in teaching at this point.
This is Claire’s second tip in the 108 YTT Tips Series. See her first one here.
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