am I ready for yoga teacher training?

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How does one know if they are ready to take on yoga teacher training? Is there a specific level of expertise that one should have? Does one need to have a dedicated daily yoga practice? - Kelly

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Kinndli's answer:

The thing is, you will NEVER feel ready! But you have to be up to something big in your life, and you will know when you get that feeling like you want to be at cause in your life and at cause in the world and really want make change. Logistically it doesn’t matter how long you have been practicing yoga, but a year is a good marker. What is more important is that you are beginning to understand your body and have an inquisitive nature. My biggest passion is facilitating teacher trainings and one of the biggest breakthroughs I see in my students is that awakening into what we call “The Inner Yes”! It comes from learning to trust your intuition and by doubting your doubts. Find a teacher that inspires you, doubt your doubts and just DO IT!! The time is now!

- Kinndli, lululemon Oakville ambassador

Grace's answer:

Dear Kelly,
If you feel you are being called to pursue a teacher training, you should certainly explore that opportunity. If you are feeling any resistance, you may just be experiencing a ‘fear’ related to a perception you may have about not being ‘able’ to do it.
Committing to a teacher-training program is certainly a significant investment of both time and money, and there many things one should consider before embarking on such a journey.

  • Do you have the time? If not, your Yoga might become a source of stress and your training won't be enjoyable
  • Do you actually plan to teach? If so, training is a must. If you just want to deepen your practice, workshops or retreats might be a better option
  • Are you ready to take your own practice to a new level? Most trainings are physically intensive. If you're sick or injured, it's probably not the best time to embark on this journey.
  • Are you ready to deal with some of your own personal demons? Yoga trainings have a way of bringing you face-to-face with your own fears and insecurities, which is wonderful and illuminating if you're ready and have the time to process everything that comes up.

In the end there is no easy formula for choosing the right training, and the best advice is to spend lots of time reflecting on what you need and asking questions of your own teachers. And if you can, take classes with many teachers to see what really moves you.
Ultimately, the decision to become a Yoga teacher is a highly personal one and different for everyone.
It is said that when the student is ready, the teacher will come. It is also said that the ideal teacher will come for each student, depending on the aspirations the seeker holds in his/her heart.

- Grace, lululemon Queen St. ambassador

Ted's answer:

One knows if they are ready to take on a teacher training if they are first ready to deepen their practice. I found that the journey of practicing and teaching yoga is an organic evolution. Your first teaching training is only the beginning of your education. Yoga is a lifelong journey and while a daily asana practice is incredibly beneficial it's not always possible. Yoga begins to permeate other areas in your life. You will find that you're doing yoga while you're running, biking or hanging around with your least favorite people!

- Ted, lululemon Malibu ambassador

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There’s always a fear of not being good enough, I think that is something that will always haunt us no matter what we try. But if you love something enough to want to share it, then a teacher training is always a good idea :)

Comment by Amber — July 18, 2010 @ 7:08 am

Thanks, Kinndli, Grace, and Ted, for the wonderful insights! Namaste.


Comment by Kelly — July 18, 2010 @ 11:02 am

Great article. My thoughts when it comes to deciding to YTT or not… jump first, look later. :)

Comment by Matt — December 14, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

Doubt your doubts is amazing advice!

Comment by Jennie — March 3, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

When you decide to take a yoga teaching program, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a career choice to make. There are many who study to attain a certification so they can teach and some who do so for personal fulfillment.

Yoga is an art and it can be learned. You are ready when you have decided to make a commitment to learn how to be more skillful in yoga.

Comment by Yoga Teacher — April 17, 2011 @ 8:15 am

I have been attracted to the practice of yoga and what it can bring to one’s life. Although i haven’t had the funds to invest in yoga classes, I do try to practice at home. But i feel as though it’s not as fulfilling… not the right environment, no guidance/adjustments from teacher…

I would love to become certified to teach yoga. my dream is to one day open my own studio, provide a peaceful place for persons to come and heal, be inspired, express creativity, grow spiritually.

my question is: do i need a more developed personal practice BEFORE joining teacher certification program?

Thanks for your advice :)

Comment by Michelle — June 7, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

Hi Michelle,
If you have an interest in it, I say explore it! Is there a specific training program that caught your eye? We’d love to chat more about your goals so reach out to us at 1.877.263.9300
~ Siya
Social Media Educator

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — June 10, 2013 @ 8:49 am

Is there a recommended age limit for yoga teachers? I’ve been practising yoga for about two years; I was fairly lax about it at first, but I’ve been quite devoted to it the last 18 months and I’ve been advancing somewhat quickly. Lately I’ve been considering becoming certified to teach, but I’m apprehensive because I’m only 17. I love yoga and I would love to be able to teach part-time during college, but I’m concerned that I might be too young. Any advice?

Comment by Wren — June 16, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

Hey Wren,
What I’d recommend is doing some research on yoga teacher training and finding the style and teachers that really resonate with you as they are all different. Some will have intensive courses where you study full time, others will space it out over several months. Once you have found a few that really speak to you, then get into the nitty gritty and see if they have any prerequisite to signing up. and even if they do require you to be 18 or over, you will have already done the leg work to finding the right course for you.

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — June 17, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

Hi there,

My lower back doesn’t allow me to be as flexible as I would like. Hamstrings are chronically tight & folding forwards and holding legs up are a struggle (I am not as graceful as I want to look) as a student, do you think it matters how flexible teacher appears? I think
so! Will that limit me in the future as a teacher?
I’d love to teach for inner peace more so than vigorous exercise.

Thank you!

Comment by Daria Sorokina — August 6, 2013 @ 8:54 pm


I need to do an interview with a person in the career that I would want to pursue at the end of my schooling, and I have dreamed of becoming a yoga instructor for so very long. So, I thought asking you guys would be a great help! It is multiple questions though, so i’m unsure if you guys would be willing to? Let me know! I’d appreciate it so much!

Thank you!

Comment by Mariah Martinez — October 27, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

Hey Mariah,
I recommend you hit up your local store and chat more with them about this. They’ll also be able to direct you to our ambassadors, who are instructors who strive to elevate our communities through their practices.

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — October 28, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

Yoga is an art and you can learn it. If you really want to learn yoga then you have to make commitment. You can visit Yoga Dharma if you want to know more about yoga teacher training.

Comment by George Wyatt — November 11, 2013 @ 1:42 am

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