I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Flow Yoga near Logan Circle in Washington, DC. Teacher training was an amazing mix of understanding the history of yoga and the asanas to learning to be confident and compassionate in front of students. It was 200 hours discussion, understanding, studying, adjusting, and sometimes practicing.
Many of my friends went directly on to teach at studios after training, but for some reason, I lacked the confidence I needed to go out into the yoga world and call myself a teacher. I wasn't sure I was ready to audition with the yogis who have been teaching for a while. And furthermore, get in front of a group of people and tell them what to do.
My first job came from a friend who managed apartment complexes around Virginia. She asked me to teach classes for the residents, so I nervously agreed. I prepared a sequence, practiced it a million times, and went to teach my first class. The first few went over pretty well, one only had one guy in it, and the others had a handful of people. But I still seemed to be missing the confidence to get off of my mat, adjust, and really connect with students.
So, I did some research and found a studio that offered an apprenticeship for teachers out of a studio in Alexandria called Ease Yoga and Cafe. I was connected with an AMAZING teacher who taught me more about sequencing, hands-on assists, the business of being a yoga teacher, and so much more. The goal we set was for me to be confident enough to audition to teach at a local studio.
After six sessions, I had gained the confidence I needed. I saw a job posting at Be Here Now Yoga in DC and sent in my resume. I prepared for weeks for my demo class, and it paid off. I got my first real job teaching vinyasa flow classes once a week. That then opened up to another class at the same studio a few weeks later. I now teach almost full-time with between 12-14 classes a week.
The moral of my story is that it's ok to be nervous after you finish teacher training, but don't give up. Find a mentor, keep trying, and believe in yourself.