Choosing the right Yoga Teacher Training course is vital for starting your journey of self-discovery on the right foot. There are hundreds of amazing (and less than stellar) yoga training schools out there, so how do you go about choosing?
Below are some key factors to look for when choosing the best yoga teacher training course for you.
First, take time to think about some of the following:
- Do you want to attend a Yoga Teacher training abroad or keep it local?
- Do you want an immersive one-month experience, or do you want to train on weekends while you continue to work your current job?
Now that you’ve narrowed your search a little. Here is a list of other important things to keep in mind when choosing the right Yoga Teacher Training Course.
- Is the Yoga Teacher Training Accredited?
Just as you want a vetted professional doctor looking after your health, proper accreditation of the yoga teacher training you choose is one of the most important things to keep in mind. You want to ensure that you are learning from teachers and a curriculum that has been vetted by professionals in the field. Most Yoga teacher trainings will list their accreditation on their website, and if it’s hard to spot, don’t be afraid to ask. Many employers may give preference to yoga teachers who have been through an accredited course, as student safety is critical. There are different accrediting agencies out there such as the Yoga Alliance (a directory widely recognized in the west), British Wheel of Yoga, International Yoga Federation and so on.
Going through Yoga Teacher training is an investment, and you want to ensure the investment is well spent. First take a look at the cost of the yoga training course. Most schools cost somewhere between $2,000 – $5,000. Be wary of Yoga teacher trainings that are insanely cheap, you get what you pay for in a sense. Next think about other less obvious costs. If traveling for your training, how much are roundtrip flights, accommodation, insurance, spending money etc.? Once the course finishes, it can be helpful to get your name out there by registering yourself on directories such as Yoga Alliance, which is an additional yet optional cost to think about. Don’t let the costs deter you too much, as there are many ways to fund your yoga teacher training!
- Does the Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum Cover What You’re Looking For?
Before committing to a yoga teacher training program and swiping your credit card, be sure to thoroughly look over what’s included in the curriculum. There are standard topics that should be covered at any training across the board, and then there are your personal topics of interest. Beginner 200-hour Yoga Teacher trainings should cover the following; anatomy and physiology, teaching methodologies such as safe alignment, both hands-on and theoretical training, a practicum component, philosophy and ethics of yoga. Another thing to keep in mind is if the business of yoga is covered adequately. From there decide the fun stuff such as if you’d like to attend a vinyasa based yoga teacher training or one that dives deep into meditation or Ayurveda.
- Are You Supported Once The Yoga Teacher Training Has Ended?
Is the yoga teacher training school you chose just pumping out new teachers each month? Be sure the yoga training you choose offers a support system for when you graduate. Do they guide students through resume building, is there a Facebook group offered where you can connect with students past and present? Does the school make themselves available to you should you need any guidance months or years down the road? Is there a directory offered through the school you can register with? Does the school offered multiple levels of certification should you be interested in training for your 300-hour level certification or beyond? If so, is there a discount available?
- Are Former Students of The Yoga Teacher Training Happy?
You can research all day and speak with yoga schools to your heart’s content, but at the end of the day, it’s former students who will be able to give you genuine insight on whether or not the yoga teacher training you’ve selected is right for you. Don’t be afraid to ask about their overall experience. How did they like the course? How was the class size? Was the information listed on the website true to the course? Did they feel ready and empowered to teach once the course ended? Would they select that school again for continuing education? Any Yoga school should happily put you in contact with former students, and if you get push back this could be a red flag.
- Do the Dates of the Yoga Teacher Training Fit With Your Schedule?
This may not seem like an important factor to keep in mind but some schools may only offer training once a year. This can be the case if you decided to choose a course that only meets on weekends. Other yoga teacher trainings are offered monthly with a school and this flexibility is great, however does being away from a job and family for a month work for you? Start dates vary greatly so start by narrowing whether you’re looking to start this calendar year or the next. Tip: Most schools begin enrollment for the following year’s trainings early and they fill up fast. Being clear on when you’re ready to dive in ensures you have a spot waiting for you!
By taking the time to think about these questions, not only will your search for a yoga teacher training become more manageable and efficient, you can go into the course feeling confident in your decision, and that you’re in good hands!
Show up for yourself and begin your search for your perfect yoga teacher training today!