The lockdown has made many people re-think various aspects of their lives. From where they live to how and when they work, it feels like a lot of change is in the air.
So, maybe over the past few weeks, you have been considering whether your love for yoga might grow into a career in yoga teaching? If so, then read on.
Here we speak with one of our lovely Go Yoga teacher trainees - Sam Scahill - to give you an inside look into what it's all about...
Hey Sam, How are you doing today?
I'm very well thank you!
So, you are currently on the Go Yoga Teacher Training programme. How is it going?
It's going great. I'm coming to the end of the first module and have found it so interesting.
Part of the course is looking into the history and core knowledge of how yoga has evolved over the years, I love to learn, so have found this part of the course particularly rewarding.
The course has come at a great time, currently unable to work due to COVID-19, so it's kept me stimulated and focused. I'm part of a lovely group of fellow teacher trainees, so weekly meetups online have meant we can practice and communicate altogether, which has been such a rewarding experience.
What made you decide to do the course?
I first started yoga when my youngest child started school. My initial intention was to do something for me once a week on my day off. However, after my first session with Sophie, I completely fell in love with it, and within a few weeks, I was attending 3-4 times a week!
Yoga quickly became part of my day to day routine, if I wasn't in the studio I was practising at home. I've never been into any fitness before, but my love and passion for yoga has just grown and grown.
I now want to share my love for yoga and inspire others in the same way I have been. I'm always growing and developing my knowledge whether in a work capacity or personal, so teacher training felt like a natural progression for me.
What is the most enjoyable part of the course?
Once a week, all the teacher trainers meet up for a practical session, with each leading different sections of the practice. This is great for teaching practice, but also learning new teaching techniques and new styles. We all have our own individual style so it is a great way to learn and observe a variety of flows.
What is the most challenging part of the course?
I think the most challenging for me has been some of the reading assignments.
Parts of the ancient scriptures are difficult to read and process, so it can take a few attempts to absorb their meaning. That being said, without reading them my development would have been limited, as these scriptures are the core principles of yoga.
Do you think you will start teaching as soon as you are qualified?
Yes, I've absolutely loved learning to teach so can't wait to put everything into practice.
What are you most looking forward to as a yoga teacher?
Sharing my passion for yoga and hopefully inspiring others, in the same way that I've been inspired.
Do you have any advice to others who are considering doing this too?
The course is set out in weekly sections, making it manageable to fit around you. It has been the perfect option for me, I've been able to fit it around my work and family at a time that suits me. The online content is very informative meaning that all resources are to hand whenever you need them. Sophie is a huge support throughout the course and is always there to guide and help you wherever needed.
If you love yoga and want to develop this, then this course is definitely for you!