How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training

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You’ve been going to yoga classes regularly for a while and have learned a lot from your teacher. Maybe this practice has started to change your life.

Maybe you want to take your practice to the next level and dedicate yourself to learning. You might even want to share the practice with others by becoming a teacher yourself.

200-hour teacher training beckons!

The problem is that there are too many teacher training programs out there. It seems like every yoga studio in town has one. Also, you had some friends go to Costa Rica and they had a great vacation while training.

What about India, where did it all begin? You may wish to immerse yourself in practices in original cultural contexts. But you hear that India is a crazy place.

Besides, you have a job, you have to earn money! You don’t know if you can spend your time. Speaking of money, how are you going to pay for all this? Even cheap ones are expensive.

Choosing the right teacher training course can be a bit overwhelming, to say the least, but this article has you covered.

You can quickly narrow down your options by asking a few key questions about yourself and the workout you’re considering. Each section of this article addresses one of the most important questions to consider when considering teacher training.

Deciding when and how to do Yoga TT requires in-depth research. Be honest with yourself and get ready to get to work and do some research.

Why do you want to do yoga teacher training?

Why do you want to do yoga teacher training?

Answering the first question goes a long way toward answering the others.

People attend teacher training for a variety of reasons. Some just want to enrich their practice without any real expectations of actually teaching. Some people want to build relationships with the yoga community in their city.

Among those who wish to teach, some wish to maintain their current career and lifestyle, teaching occasionally or part-time, and some wish to teach as a career.

Before deciding to pursue teacher training, it is important to be clear about your motivations. What you want out of it will determine which options are right for you.

The reason for teaching explicitly is because intensive teacher training programs are hard. They involve long days, hundreds of hours of classroom time, and will push you beyond your physical, mental, and emotional limits.

If you’ve only been practicing on and off for a year and just want to commit and learn the practice in a structured way, there’s nothing wrong with taking teacher training. But doing a weekend show at a local studio as a taste tester might be more appropriate than investing thousands of dollars in a month-long TT with a famous master.

On the other hand, if you just want an intense spiritual vacation, consider an extended yoga retreat or yoga intensive. These are usually cheaper and include as many (or more) yoga asanas as TT.

When you’re searching for your soul and decide you don’t really want to teach yoga, remember that there are many retreats and intensive classes that will allow you to immerse yourself in the beauty of yoga without a huge expense and commitment. They’re usually much cheaper, and possibly even more enjoyable.

What type of yoga would you like to learn how to teach?

What type of yoga would you like to learn how to teach?

Do you see your yoga practice as a physical, mental or spiritual exercise? Which of these would you like to emphasize in your curriculum?

Yoga is all the rage right now, and there are many different approaches.

Teacher training classes may simply be designed to teach trainees how to conduct safe and effective exercise-oriented classes in the gym. It can teach introspective and nurturing practices designed to foster relaxation and positive mental health. Or it may be an attempt to convey the depth of a rigorous, traditional practice of spiritual transformation and awakening.

Make sure your teacher training matches your ethos and values.

Read the reviews; don’t assume your yoga experience at your home studio will be the same as anywhere else. I’ve seen students drop out of teacher training because they weren’t a good fit, making it a failure for the time and money they invested.

Also ask yourself: Is there a specific type of student you want to teach? For example, do you want to help people deal with physical or mental challenges?

There are excellent training sessions dedicated to the various therapeutic uses of yoga, but they can take longer and require a greater investment, both in terms of time and money. You can also request that you have previous teaching experience or prerequisite education.

Finally, do you like the heritage taught in the teacher training program you are considering?

Many teacher training courses focus on specific yoga systems or philosophies, and continuing education is important if you are new to yoga.

For example, a Kundalini yoga teacher training course looks very different from an Ashtanga flow yoga teacher training course.

It is important to note that some traditional lines do not operate within Yoga Alliance, the governing body that oversees most teacher training programs.

Completing a Vinyasa Flow workout may not get you employed in a traditional Ashtanga or Iyengar studio, and may even be objected to by some. Again, self-education is important.

Who leads the training?

who leads the training

Now famous teachers can offer quite high prices.

but why

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