7 Tips For Selecting Right Yoga Teacher Training
“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
It seems that you are interested in doing yoga teacher training? That is amazing to say the least. It is most amazing to do the training and to teach, even if it is for one day in your life. Doing yoga teacher training is life-transforming and can bring a lot of value to your life as well, plus the yoga instructor’s salary is pretty good too. It transforms you as a person from within, and you get to meet and mingle with like-minded individuals too.
With that being said, there is a range of yoga teacher training options out there to choose from. So how do you decide which program is the best for you? How do you know that the time and money you spend in the 200-hour yoga teacher training is really going to be beneficial for you?
If you are confused about the options that are placed before you, this article is meant for you. Here is a checklist created, which has considerations narrowed down in the search for the program that best suits your individual needs, and your life as well. Please read on and be well-informed.
The Yoga Alliance is an international governing body for yoga, and it has set standards for what a yoga teacher training course should be about. If you plan on teaching yoga sometime about in the near future, you must ensure that the yoga teacher training program is certified by the Yoga Alliance. If not, you may not qualify for insurance, say experts. Insurance is a must in the world we live, so keep in mind about this point when you shop for a yoga teacher training program.
2. Choose your own work hours
Each to his or her own here. For some it may be that they are more comfortable joining a yoga teacher training retreat somewhere far off and getting certified at the end of it. For others, it maybe that they prefer learning over the weekends and holidays, and getting certified. Before signing up for anything, you must check the credentials for the same. If you know that something is going to distract you from the teacher training program, its best to get out and away from it, rather than mix it with your program and create a mess. If you need time to go solo and to digest the concepts being taught to you, perhaps taking breaks in the middle over a long period of time; do that and get your course done with. You don’t have to rush in for a long period of time forcefully and not be able to concentrate wholly on the yoga teacher training program. This would end up in a mess and do you no good as well. Also take into account your learning curve, and how much life would distract you when you are learning. This will give you an idea on which yoga teacher training program would best suit you.
3. How do they teach anatomy?
The teacher training program should have a strong base on the anatomy section they teach. It would be wise to do some research to check first with the teacher training program on how well do they teach anatomy. Anatomy may not seem like a big deal, especially when you are trying to remember the Sanskrit names for poses and asanas, and trying to figure out how to make a sequence of it all. But a solid understanding of the same will not only transform your knowledge into better understanding of your own body, it will enable you to be more conscious about teaching in classes; public or private. Knowing the anatomy well will pay off big time ahead, hence it should be part and parcel of the teacher training program you join.
4. Check with the program’s history
Check online or ask around and find out more about the history of the company or the institute from where you want to do the yoga teacher training program. There are some that have been around for ages, and have been conducting teacher training programs for many years altogether, with plenty of experience under their belts and they deliver very strong programs too. Its not very tough to find out about the history of the company. But just because it is Yoga Alliance certified, it does not mean that it would serve you the top most quality education and teacher training. So do your homework and then decide which teacher training program you would love to join. Unless you know and trust the home studio where the teacher training program is being taught, don’t fall for their talks. You must do a thorough background check on the company, read reviews about them and also get familiar with the company’s ways of handling student queries, and then go in for the training program.
5. The course and its syllabus should be evaluated
This is one of our favorite tips when searching for a teacher training program. Each training has a minimum number of hours dedicated to things such as anatomy, philosophy, history, posture labs and more. However, each trainer would emphasize on different aspects and different areas, in their own time, pace and style.
If you are into the nitty gritties of the yoga asanas, then a program which is spiritually based is not for you. On the other hand, if discussions about the Yoga Sutra is what tingles you the most, then a program based mostly on the anatomy would not be your cup of tea as well.
You must study the program well and find out how many hours are given to cover each and every topic. In the end, a program that speaks your language is what you should opt for, not otherwise.
6. Check with the instructors
You must also check with the credentials of the instructors, under whom you plan to study. Check with how long they have been training people, how long they have conducted teacher training courses, and who are the people that trained under them as well. This is very useful information in deciding whether you want to study the yoga teacher training program under the said instructors or not.
Its also not necessary that teachers with high amount of experience and 200-hour yoga teacher training would be the best. Even the relatively new are very good at conducting teacher training courses. You have to do your research and find out by reading reviews and talking to people about who is the best in their field. It is then that you would have a clear idea of the same and you can then choose which program best suits your needs.
7. Take demo classes
It would be wise to take demo classes with the teachers who would be your faculty for the yoga teacher training course. You must be in a position to connect with them and to enjoy their classes too. Only then would you be able to decide which of the instructors are in sync with your individual needs and if the yoga teacher training program would best be your answer you are looking for or not. Do your research on the same, and do attend the demo classes as well. This will bring clear answers to the forefront. Moreover, your teacher should be one that is empathetic with your needs. He or she should understand where you come from and how well you are absorbing the information given out in the classes. He or she should be understanding and friendly too, so that it makes it easier for you to attend the classes and go through the program as well.
In a nutshell…
We hope that these seven tips on how to choose the right yoga teacher training program comes in handy. If you have already done your yoga teacher training course and are earning a good yoga instructor salary and would like to add more tips, do write in. Do let us know what you think of these seven tips.