I can call myself a yoga teacher!
This journey from thinking about it, to actually doing it, was definitely something out of my comfort zone. A big exciting scary thing to do.

In my entire life, I did practice yoga, but not on regular basis. I loved doing yoga, but I blamed my busy schedule for not doing yoga more often (it’s an excuse, I realise). I also noticed that I was quite flexible, maybe even a little bit too flexible and by doing yoga I learn more about my body and how to use it right. I liked it! I wanted to know everything and that’s where my online search started.

The search

I searched mostly online for yoga retraits, yoga school and lessons in Asia.(By then I travelled around in Asia) Honestly, I was a bit flabbergasted by the expensive costs of retraits (even in Asia). I can’t remember how exactly, but somehow I saw that there where yoga teacher training in Nepal and India, during one month, for almost the same price as a 10 days retraits. I realized, that if I wanted to learn how to do yoga the best way I can, how to make it more a lifestyle,  that it would be a good idea to follow a teacher training. Only the teacher part scared me a bit, I can be quite introvert and awkward in front of a lot of people.

But hey, my plan was to go out of my comfort zone, so who knows what it will bring me.

About my yoga teacher training:

I followed a 200 hours yoga teacher training in Nepal. The course was focused on Hatha and Astanga yoga, combined with theory lessons from 6 in the morning till 7 o’clock in the evening. Honestly, I’m not a morning person that loves to wake up before 7 o’clock, so I wasn’t really looking forward to the early waking up part. But who knows, maybe after this course that would change?

General information: 

-It was a 200 hours training during one month in Pokhara, Nepal.
-The yoga school had an alliance. so that I’m allowed to teach worldwide.
– The school is international with students all over the world.
– Had around 30 other students from everywhere in the world.

The program:

-Daily lessons from 6 o’clock in the morning until 7 o’clock in the afternoon with the Sundays free.
-Vegetarian and vegan meals included
-Accommodation included (you have the option to choose between a private and shared room)
-Excursions included, in my case visiting an ashram and a beautiful viewpoint of the Himalayas.

Where to book this?

The school I went to (in Nepal, but they also teach in India) is this one: Really can recommend it! It’s called Rishikul Yogshala and I booked this training on https://www.bookyogaretreats.com (no sponsor, I wish 😊

What are the costs?

Yoga teacher training is pricy. It’s an education and investment in yourself. The costs depend on where you want to do the yoga teacher training and for how many hours. You have the choice between 200 and 300 hours.
The most affordable countries to do the training are Nepal and India, between 1300 and 1700 dollar for a 200/300 hours course.
If you search in other country’s the price will be between 1500 and 5000 dollars, so it’s good to get some information and search around before you book.

Where is it?

Pokhara, Nepal, with lake Pokhara as your backyard! Pokhara is an 8 hours bus drive from the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. There is also a plane going, but that’s more expensive. Nepal is quite cheap, so if you’re up for an adventure on your day off, you’re in the right place!

My experience:

Doing a yoga teacher training in Nepal was hard, painful and one of the best experience I’ve had.
It was really hard physically. I had to work really hard to keep up because I didn’t know the basics and I had to work on my strength. Also waking up daily at 5.30 (sometimes 4.30) wasn’t easy. During my day offs I couldn’t do a lot just a little bit of practising, because I was that tired. But, during the weeks, I noticed that I became stronger, I opened myself more and had more fun in the exercises.
Mentally this was a challenge. Not that hard for as the physical part, but at the end of the day I had a lot of headaches. All the yoga poses, names and background information was new for me. A lot of information that I had to process in a month.

I also learn that yoga is more than being comfortable in different poses and that breathing and meditation is a big part of yoga. I learnt different techniques, how to push myself more and I surprised myself in every way.

The downside

However, all the physical struggles, pain, exhaustion where worth every minute of it. The people I met where amazing, I still miss them. Because of them, this was an incredible experience. Also, the teachers were really helpful and I learned so much here. Not only about how to teach or how to do yoga, but also about myself. How I deal with so much exercise, how I function in an international group and an English study. And, one of my fears is to teach. I don’t like to stand in front of an audience. I get really nervous, don’t know what to say. But, I had to do it. And actually, It wasn’t that scary and I kind of liked doing it.

After the yoga teacher training:

Yoga became a part of my life, something I wasn’t expecting. I still do yoga, that much as during the training, but that wasn’t my goal. It’s a part of my lifestyle. I have my degree, I am able to teach worldwide, had an amazing month and made friends for a lifetime. It’s 2 years ago and I am still in contact with friends I made during the yoga teacher training. The training connects people for sure.

My conclusion:

Yoga, the place, the teachers, the people: They all have a special place in my heart. If you love doing yoga, have the ambition to teach or learn more yoga for yourself, don’t mind to work hard for it, all I can say is book! Oh, and btw, about waking up early every day part, I kind of like It now to do yoga before my breakfast

Suzanne Schuringa

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