Confessions of a Yoga Teacher: How Becoming a Yoga Teacher Changed My Life

by Alain Benitez

My Journey

It was the Summer of 2010.

I had been practicing yoga for over 3 years, an average of five classes per week that allowed me to get into poses I never thought possible. I came to yoga in the first place after one of my friends, who had been doing it for a while, helped me get into a headstand. The instantaneous gratification from the pose made me sign up for more yoga classes right away. My first practice was unpleasant. It showed me it was not only about using my body strength, but also breathing and full engagement of the mind. I found myself exhausted, injured, frustrated but I kept going back. It was when I learned to use all the elements of the practice that I started to enjoy it’s full benefits.

 

Costa Rica Osa Peninsula Yoga Retreat

 

 

Was I meant to be a yoga teacher? I’m not sure that’s what my parents had in mind when I asked for some help to pay for my teacher training. I had just moved to Philadelphia, leaving behind a research career and I was struggling to get back to the science world in a new city. I guess since they were both school teachers they figured I’d be called to teach one day.

I thought teaching yoga could provide me with some extra money and ease the transition to my new life in Philly. I realized later this was not the answer to my financial struggles, but it sure woke up the passion for sharing knowledge I’ve had since I was a kid.

 

I fell in love with my yoga practice even more when I was able to pass the knowledge on. I’m not the greatest student. I know that for a fact, but in order to teach something you must learn it, and learn it well from a great teacher. My Teacher Training may have not been a transforming experience but it definitely gave me the tools I needed to guide students through a safe and challenging practice. It also gave me the confidence to stand in front of a group of strangers and lead them.

 

 

Costa Rica Osa Peninsula Yoga Retreat

 

 

My practice and teaching developed through my interactions with influential instructors:

•Joan Gordon taught me the principles of her yoga teachings, which were essentially the same as my mother’s philosophies on teaching- caring for students’ safety the number one priority.

•I learned discipline and structure in my practice with Ray Whetstone. He was the first one to show me the benefits of yoga for men and how to direct men away from an ego and competitive driven practice.

•The summer of 2012, I met two instructors that inspired my practice and teachings. One of them being David Flewelling, his Iyengar practice went hand in hand with my medical background and at this time I could visualize the poses from the inside out.

•The man who brought me to a moment of transformation was Yogi Aaron. I had only met him once before booking a yoga retreat with him. Aaron showed me honest teaching, passion and uninhibited freedom in yoga. I had found MY teacher, someone that was capable of teaching from the heart, without walls or afraid to say something wrong.

What Makes A Great Teacher

For me, a great teacher will share knowledge without reservation and give you freedom to pass on those teachings. In some way, you are the image of your teacher and knowledge shouldn’t have a permanent owner.

When I found a true teacher and freedom in my yoga path I realized that whatever had brought me to practicing yoga or becoming a teacher in the first place was not so important. The lessons along the way had woken up the true passion for teaching I had been searching for. I’m very grateful to my students as well for being part of the symbiotic experience that yoga is; they are in some way, my teachers too.

Join Alain here at Blue Osa this December for his Yoga and Adventure Retreat for Men.

 

 

[x_button shape=”rounded” size=”x-large” float=”center” circle=”true” href=”https://www.blueosa.com/yoga-teacher-training/” title=”Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training” target=”blank” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover”]Transform Your Life At The Next Yoga Teacher Training[/x_button]

 

 

BOOK/INQUIRE NOW

Got pain? This will help you!

YOU DESERVE TO LIVE PAIN-FREE…

Receive 7 short, simple, and effective practices to alleviate knee, hip, low back, neck, shoulder pain, and more!

All you need is 5 minutes per lesson and it’s FREE!

This revolutionary approach to yoga is new, and no one else is teaching this! Since I created Applied Yoga Anatomy + Muscle Activation™ and started teaching it consistently, I’ve witnessed students heal long-standing injuries, access yoga postures they never thought possible, and tell me over and over again how their body just feels better.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey!

~Yogi Aaron

Sign Up Here, it’s FREE!

Is Yoga Teacher Training Right For Me?

We Created This FREE 5 Part Series So You Can Get All The Information To Make The Right Choice.

In this series, you will learn:

  • Am I a candidate for yoga teacher training??
  • What will I learn in a YTT?
  • Do I need to have a perfect downward dog to attend YTT?

14-Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

If you are looking for a 14-day 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica Immersion, you have landed in the right place. Join the next one!

28-Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

• Are you struggling to uncover your purpose?

• Seeking insight and understanding?

• Do you need time and space to find your truths and replenish your spirit?

The Blue Osa 28-Day Immersion Life Transformation Yoga Teacher Training is for you! Join the next one!

300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

Do You Feel Called To Something Greater?

This 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training immersion training at Blue Osa will immerse you in yoga for one month.

You will have the specific transformational skills and yogic practices you need in order to connect with your higher purpose.

And more! You will be able to offer these transformative skills to others!

Join the next one!

Join a Group Retreat