10. If you do a teacher training, you don't ever have to teach. Tons of people do teacher trainings to better understand yoga and many don't ever teach a single class. Calling it a teacher training is sort of a misnomer. Sure, you'll learn how to lead a class, but you'll learn tons more.
8. You'll have homework, but you don't have to do it. The slacker in me will tell you to just show up. Who cares if your anatomy coloring pages are done? Get what you need out of your training, how you need to get it. We all learn differently. But know that you get what you put in. Your favorite, most knowledgeable and insightful teachers did not just get that way by sitting through a 200 hour training - they worked for it.
7. Find the right teacher for you.Just because your favorite studio is offering a training, doesn't mean it's the right one for you. And even if you really want to go to Bali, it doesn't mean you should do your teacher training there. There are tons of yoga teachers out there, many of them are total quacks, false gods, or teach in a way that doesn't jive with your learning style. Interview them before you commit. Ask the hard questions. And don't be afraid to shop around. Find a teacher that resonates with you and your style of yoga and that you feel comfortable learning from.
6. You'll probably get sick and/or injured. You'll be putting yourself through a lot physically and mentally, and that will wear you down. You may pull a muscle, get a cold, or just feel exhausted. Or all of the above. Take extra care to eat well, sleep well, and know when to take a break. You might have to skip Friday night drinks with the ladies or your favorite kick-ass vinyasa class to have enough energy to get through your week and still feel healthy and sane.
5. You'll feel like you know less when you're done than when you started.
Yoga is like a pandora's box - once you've opened it and start digging, you'll realize there's SO MUCH more to know. That can be frustrating or exciting (and sometimes both!).
4. You'll form deep connections with your teacher(s) and fellow students. They may not last longer than your training (and that's okay), but you'll start to feel like your yoga crew is family. Lean on them, learn from them, and appreciate them. Life will probably take you in different directions, but for those months you're in training, open yourself up to them.
3. It'll change your relationship with yourself. You'll get to know yourself quite well, which can be really awesome, and really scary. From overanalyzing your patterns of speech to better understanding your bodily systems, you'll spend a lot of time with YOU. Be open and show yourself a little compassion.
2. It'll change your relationships with others. You might realize your boyfriend is a selfish dick, your best friend only cares about herself, or that your mom's constant nagging is more about her issues than yours. Be prepared to shake things up and see the world around you with a fresh perspective.
1. It changes your relationship with yoga forever. You'll pull the curtain back and see the Wizard, and it's important to ask yourself if you really want to do that. I know lots of people who get so burned out on yoga that they never practice again. Some people find that classes lose their magic or mystery (so THAT'S what teachers do in savasana!), and some find that there's a totally different style of yoga that's better for them. But for almost everyone it makes you way more aware of your own life, your own practice, and your own definition of yoga.