Having offered guidance to a number of people looking for yoga teacher training courses, here are a few questions to answer as you look for a Yoga Teacher Training course:
What are your intentions? Do you plan on teaching yoga full time? Part time? Do you simply want to deepen your own practice with more in depth study?
WRITE DOWN THE MOST IMPORTANT OUTCOMES FOR YOU FROM YOUR TEACHER TRAINING COURSE
These could be anything, but here are a few answers from past students – depth of work with one teacher, community, connection to other yogis in my area, to be able to teach beginners, headstand, learning more aspects of yoga than available in 1 hour classes, to focus more deeply on my practice, to become a full time yoga teacher, to be able to self practice, ashram style life experience…
Now, when you speak to different course providers, you can assess whether their course will meet your goals.
What is your practice? Do you practice one style consistently, or do you attend lots of different classes? Do you have a primary teacher?
IF YOU HAVE A PRIMARY STYLE, TRAIN IN THAT STYLE. IF YOU HAVE A PRIMARY TEACHER, FIGURE OUT WHO THEY TRAINED WITH, OR IF THEY OFFER TRAININGS.
What are your logistical constraints? Do you prefer to do your course as an intensive, or integrated into your daily life? Do you want to finish the course in a certain time frame? Do you need the course to happen around your job? What is your budget?
In my experience, your yoga teacher training course will somehow slot in perfectly.
Big Studios vs. Solo teachers? If you are going to train with a big studio, check that the message will be consistent. Will you leave with a style to teach, or a lot of different opinions? Will there be opportunities for individual relationship with your trainers or mentorship, if that is important to you? Will you get opportunities to teach through the centre? What do former students and graduates say?
For training with solo teachers – do you want to learn from this person? Is their message and guidance consistent? Will they offer you mentorship? Who will assist and support the training? What do former students have to say?
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
- Your first Yoga Teacher Training course is simply that your first course. Many of us have taken many different courses over time. Of course you want a good first course, as it will set you on a good path. Still it is 200 hours (usually) so is really just a starting point.
- You don’t need to be flexible or do a headstand or be great at poses or be 25 to do a TT. You do have to be dedicated to your practice, and ready to go deeper in. 2 years experience is a usual minimum guideline. If you did your first yoga class last week, wait. If you have been practicing for 15 years GO FOR IT!
- You do not have to be ready to teach to do a YTT course. The course will prepare you to teach.
- Find our what graduates say. Once you have your priorities for a course, ask specific questions.
Yoga Teacher Training is a life changing experience. It is an amazing thing to do in your life, whether or not you teach yoga. It will change you. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR CHOICES AND YOUR PROCESS!
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