“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” – Mark Twain.
It is commonly known that yoga originated in India. The origin of yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years to the very foundation of the Indian civilization; however, we have now reached the 21st century and we might ask ourselves if this heritage is still topical.
After being dedicated to yoga for five years, in which time I studied and learned with some great western teachers, I decided to go to India to study Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore with my Guruji, the late Shi K Pattabhi Jois. Afterwards I felt that I wanted to make India my permanent home. I moved there in 2005 and am glad that I did it. India is a very vibrant and diverse country and doing your teacher training there will be a truly unique experience. It’s an incredible opportunity to learn both about yourself and this vast country.
Indian weather will allow you to practice outside from early morning till evening surrounded by palm trees, clear blue skies and a pleasant breeze. You will feel wonderful energies that you would never find anywhere else in the world, and you will be able to detach yourself from the rest of the world and focus on your inner self through their whole teacher trainings.
Having a full “mind, body and spirit” experience will change you, strengthen you and encourage you to find harmony through all three factors. You will learn what it means to be in synch in your life as you move you closer to your true inner S.E.L.F. (your Serene, Elevated, Luminous Force).
India is a very spiritual country. There are temples and spiritual areas everywhere. Yoga is not only about asana practice, there are also the eight limbs of yoga. Being in India will enable you to explore each of them deeply and fully while feeling a connection to the place where yoga was born. Being in India will help you to detach yourself from the material world and will allow you to work on your ego, which is a hothouse of discontentment. Even though the country is evolving very fast, problems such as hot water and power cuts happen regularly and being in India will teach you patience and acceptance with a myriad of things, just the way they come. It is very important to let go sometimes and stop stressing about so many details, comforts and unnecessary needs.
Choosing India for your teacher training is also a great opportunity to take your training further and travel. You will get more out of the experience by combining travelling and learning.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – The Way of Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)
Meeting local people, discovering a new and varied culture and learning about your inner self will make you grow more than you think, and these experiences will enable you to become a brilliant teacher for all the right reasons.
So what are you waiting for? Come to India and become a yoga teacher, Indian style! ”