This post is all about FAQS most students have during their yoga teacher training. Our at1.ACADEMY YTT course starts in the spring, so please contact us via our website, Facebook or Instagram if you’re interested! You can also find out more information about our course here.
Does yoga have to hurt?
No! Our students often ask “It doesn’t hurt, am I doing it wrong?”. In yoga it is important to remember that there is a big difference between physical effort and pain. Yoga should never be painful, as it is intended to ease pain in the long term, instead of creating it.
How much rest does the body need between yoga classes?
Yoga is not a competitive sport, so unlike other sports, constant practice is essential in order for improved flexibility and mobility. There is no set duration of rest you should have between yoga classes, but listen to what your body is telling you.
Why is it so important to learn from a qualified teacher rather than videos on the internet?
It is so important to train and learn with a certified yoga teacher for so many reasons. It is hard to distinguish proper techniques on the Internet and it can cause serious harm if techniques are not done correctly. Qualified yoga teachers have the fundamental knowledge and experience that is essential to proper training.
Do I have to be flexible to be a yoga teacher?
No! Being flexible is not a requirement in yoga, it is something that you will eventually develop with experience you gain from the practice.
Why do people get muscle cramps in yoga?
It is not unusual to get muscle cramp during a yoga class. Muscle cramp is not necessarily a bad thing, it just means the muscles activated haven’t been engaged too much before. The most common areas affected are the feet and calves. It can also be caused by dehydration or mineral imbalance in the body. To avoid muscle cramp, stay hydrated before during and after your yoga class, avoid locking the knees, and keep your feet warm at the beginning of the class.
Do I need to know the Sanskrit names of all poses?
No! You don’t become a better yoga teacher by calling poses by their Sanskrit name. By doing this, you run the risk of losing students in your class as they may have no idea what you’re talking about. If you do learn all the Sanskrit names and feel comfortable using them in your class – great! However, don’t worry too much if you’re finding them hard to remember.
Why is it recommended that you don’t eat before a yoga class?
Ideally, after a light meal you should allow 1-2 hours before practicing, and 3-4 hours after a heavy meal. Although this may be difficult to avoid, it is important to do so as it allows your body the time it needs to digest the food. When we perform yoga poses, these poses take energy away from the digestive system. You may also find it uncomfortable.
If you have any other questions that we have not covered, feel free to get in touch with us! We are more than happy to answer any questions you have about the practice.
See you on the mat soon yogis!