Thoughts when choosing a
teacher training program
BY CHERYL DEPP
There are many reasons to embark on the calling of becoming a
Yoga teacher and many options to pursue once the decision is
made. To discover the whys and the hows, take classes, explore
teachers and philosophies, and allow insight to be your guide.
Through participating in various practices and digging deeply
into your soul, you'll begin to unlock what is behind your interest
in teacher training. When you honor your thoughts without criticism, common threads appear relating to a particular Yoga style,
philosophy, or instructor.
It can be said, much like a nice warm beverage has an ability to
smooth out the rough edges of an early morning, one’s organic
connection to a teacher training program is an essential component to participating with wide-eyed enthusiasm.
Early on, my own journey in Yoga resembled more “kid in a candy
store” than “poised yogini.” I was tempted by numerous enticing
options. In order to make a decision about which teacher training
path to pursue, I rested in my breath and dismissed judgment,
settling my energies on an exercise known as the focus wheel.
With measured thought, I drew a circle on a piece of paper. I wrote
my intention inside the circle and drew another circle outside the
first. Along the perimeter of the larger circle, I wrote the numbers
1-12, labeling each with a desire or criteria that related to my set
intention. The desires were specific to teacher training and included the duration of the program, experience of the teachers,
amount of in-depth study of the human body, the spiritual foundation, and so forth.
Shri K. Pattabhi Jois’ statement "practice and all is coming" was
evidenced as my focus wheel revealed what was necessary
to achieve my goal. Through trusting the process, my feelings
of striving softened as my path, illuminated by grace, unfolded
before me. Surrounded by excited anticipation, I walked with a
sure-footed yogic gait along the teacher training road to endless
Cheryl Depp is a writer and 20-year student of Yoga who is preparing to launch Om’s Tread,
a line of Yoga mats produced in the US from reclaimed tires.
Note from the Editor:
The previous pages contain LA Yoga’s annual California teacher training guide. While we spent
numerous hours sending out calls for information and compiling results, we realize that we may have
inadvertently missed some programs or people. Nevertheless, we hope this is a helpful resource for
new and continuing teacher training students. We’d like to thank Karen Henry for spearheading this
effort and spending countless hours organizing the results. – Felicia Tomasko