Why and how did you become a yoga teacher?
Not once before pampering myself with a retreat, had I realized how
life-changing these days were for me. It is where I found my new purpose
in life: organizing retreats myself. I knew the first step was following
a teacher training.
Putting a label on myself as a yoga teacher is not easy for me to do, as
I don’t want to place myself above others. That’s why I always prefer to
say: “I’m both a teacher and a student”. Every day I learn more about
yoga, and life in general. So, for me, curiosity is the first and most
important element of becoming a yoga teacher. Luckily this comes
naturally to me as my parents can confirm. After all, growing up, my mum
and dad introduced ‘one hour a day’ in which I was not allowed to ask
questions. Always burning with curiosity, not a minute would go by where
I wouldn’t ask why this, why that. I now realise how exhausting this
must have been for my parents, LOL.
In addition, I think it’s important to be an open-minded sponge. Absorb
everything you see and feel. A good teacher training is also very
important in my view. I’m beyond happy with the 200 hours of Zuna Yoga
lessons I took; not just because of the teachers, but also because of
the serene place. I followed the teacher training at Gili Meno, a small
Indonesian island without roads and Wi-Fi. I still think this is one of
the most tranquil and best places in the world. Returning to nature is
something I recommend to everybody; especially whilst studying all the
material, and most importantly yourself.
Nonetheless, even after the 200 hrs Zuna Yoga and a yin yoga teacher
training, the learning process is on-going for me; from reading books
and watching documentaries to practicing yoga with different teachers. I
believe that the journey of becoming a yoga teacher will never end; I
will never stop learning.
Do you have any tips/advice for people who also dream of becoming a yoga
- Yes, don’t underestimate the magical journey. You will never be the same
person you were before any teacher training.
- Take your time to find the right school and location. I personally asked a friend to create an Excel-file for me to be able to rate the different options – Ibiza, Gili Meno, India and the Netherlands – according to my own criteria. This solution worked really well for me because it gave me a clear insight of what the best option was for me specifically.
- My final advice is to be curious again. Simply ask your favorite yoga teachers where they followed their training.
Lauri Berkhoudt is a 200-hour certified Zuna Yoga teacher and Yin Yoga
teacher (100 hours). She is also the co-founder of One Day Retreat Ibiza
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