“After how many years of practicing yoga that will qualified a person to be trained to be a ‘yoga teacher’?” Someone asked.
“Teaching yoga is nothing to do with how many years one has been practicing yoga, as the amount of yoga practice that one has performed or how much ‘time’ one has spent on ‘yoga practice’ doesn’t determine nor guarantee that one has realized the truth and unconditional peace, be free from ignorance, egoism, attachment, identifications and impurities.
One can learn and practice yoga under the guidance of some other experienced yoga practitioners, but one doesn’t need to be trained to be a ‘yoga teacher’ to be qualified to teach yoga to some other people.
Anyone who knows how to perform some yoga asana practice or some other forms of yoga practice can teach other people to perform the same practices based on one’s knowledge and experience about those practices, but everyone has to realize yoga through self-realization.
If one hasn’t realized yoga, how can one be teaching yoga to some other people? If one hasn’t be free from ignorance, egoism, attachment, identification and impurities, how can one shows others the way to be free from all these defilements? If one is not peaceful, how can one guide others towards peacefulness?
One who has realized yoga cannot make others to realize yoga, but can only share one’s knowledge and experience through one’s self-realization to others who need guidance to be free from ignorance and suffering. If one can make others to be enlightened then all beings would be free from ignorance and be at peace already, as there were many enlightened beings existed or exist in this world.
‘Yoga teachers training course’ is for one to learn and practice yoga, to develop self-awareness, self-control, self-discipline and self-introspection, and be one’s own teacher.
Teaching yoga or sharing the path of yoga with some other beings comes naturally when one realizes unconditional love and peace, which is not determined by how long one has been practicing yoga nor determined by who is one’s yoga teacher or Guru. Some may never practice yoga with a particular name and form, but may have realized selflessness, be free from ignorance, and realized unconditional love and peace, through letting go of egoism and attachment.
One will naturally know what to share and how to share with other beings when one realizes the truth of oneself, and realizes unconditional love and peace, when one is free from ignorance, egoism, attachment, identifications and impurities.
One doesn’t need to go through any ‘yoga teachers training course’ to be qualified to share one’s love, peace and wisdom with other beings who want to be free from ignorance and suffering, when oneself has realized unconditional love and peace, and is free from ignorance and suffering.
If one hasn’t realized the truth and is not free from ignorance, egoism, attachment, identifications and impurities yet, and is still very much be affected, or disturbed, or influenced, or determined by the objects of names and forms that the mind perceives through the senses, and is not peaceful, then even though one has gone through many years of yoga practice with a particular name and form, or has been attending many yoga courses or teacher training courses, or has been reading many books about yoga, and has been accumulating many ‘recognized’ certifications from here and there, or trying to be good and do good, but then one cannot share love, peace, and wisdom with anyone as oneself hasn’t realized unconditional love and peace, is not peaceful nor compassionate, and is still influenced by ignorance.
When one realizes non-duality, oneness, attributelessness, namelessness and formlessness, and is free from egoism, there’s no identification of ‘I am a yogi.’, nor ‘I am a good yogi.’, nor ‘I am an advance yogi’, nor ‘I am a yoga teacher’, nor ‘I am an experienced and qualified yoga teacher.’, nor ‘I want to teach yoga to other people.’, nor ‘I want to be qualified to teach yoga.’
One just shares what one naturally is.
Everything and everyone is our teacher to guide us to realize yoga when we have developed self-awareness, self-control, self-discipline and self-introspection, and become our own teacher. All these names and forms don’t need to be trained to be a yoga teacher to teach us yoga.
May all be free, be peaceful, be happy, starting from oneself.”