Yoga Teacher Training: Choosing Your Program
If you’re interested in enhancing your life, a Yoga Teacher Training is for you. Use my YTT experiences & detailed questions help you find your perfect yoga teacher training.
You may be wondering, there are so many Yoga Teacher Trainings (YTT) in the world,
where do you begin my journey??
Great! I’m glad that you asked!
First, a huge congratulations to you for considering becoming a certified yoga teacher! During your YTT journey, you’re going to learn a TON about the basics of teaching (duh). Most importantly, you’re about to embark on a journey of enhancing & discovery of your self!
You’re going to gain more self-confidence, create a community of loving & compassionate friends. You’ll see your past in a new light & then work on forgiveness. Prepare to embrace in the best investment of all- yourself.
My Incredible Experience with Yoga Teacher Training:
I secretly spent months stalking websites and checking out trainings. I didn’t tell anyone because I knew I was a bad yogini because my poses weren’t as nimble & beautiful as others. I was relatively new at being dedicated to the practice, so I just kept telling myself, in a year, I’ll be ready… Fast forward 4 months or so, I felt exhausted & severely unhappy with my life. I was stuck living a mundane life that had me counting down the days until I could quit (& travel the world.) I needed a change so I signed up for YTT.
My YTT was one of the most uncomfortable journeys that I have ever embarked on.
I had to accept my stiff body for the way that it was. Performing poses in front of people was horrifying. I was so uncomfortable with the way that others would perceive my body & it’s poses.
Teaching my fellow trainees had a special way of twisting my stomach into knots. My nerves would leave me feeling nauseous and my heart pounding. My discomfort left my brain scrambling to remember pose names & sequences.
The safe & sacred space allowed me to release myself from the hurtful experiences that I had held onto. I was able to let go of feelings of anger & resistance to make way for love & compassion.
YTT helped me grow more than I could have ever expected.
YTT helped me realize that we are never going to be confidently prepared to follow our dreams. The time will never be right, we will never be smart enough, our bank account will never be full enough. When following your heart, you need to take a chance & trust that everything is going to be alright.
I learned to embrace fear rather than run away from it. I began learning that the scary situations weren’t as bad as I had envisioned in my mind. Despite how terrified I may be, at the end of the day, I’d be o.k.
Following my desire to teach yoga generated my creativity and self-confidence. My creativity and and vulnerability put myself at risk for failure. This possibility proved how successful I can be! Over time, I began trusting my knowledge & abilities. Realizing what I am uniquely capable of and enhancing my perception of self. I acknowledged my stories. Our stories are the self-created meanings of past experiences that we hold onto. I began looking at my past in a new-light with a little more compassion & forgiveness.
Part One: Self-Exploration Before Researching YTT Programs:
- Determine what type of yoga that you practice. This will help you narrow your options to a course that is in the same style. If you don’t the style that you practice, ask your teachers or browse the studio’s website. The various types of yoga include: Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga, Bikram, among many more.
- Establish whether you want to do your training locally or abroad. The biggest benefit of training in your neighborhood include that you keep your job as well. The positive of going abroad is it’s an extended vacation and an adventure to someplace new! The downsides to consider about studying abroad is you’ll have to take a leave of absence from work. No work means no money. You may have a higher tuition since the school provides you with accommodations & food.
Part Two: Logistical Considerations For Choosing a Yoga Teacher Training:
- Recognize the length of time you can commit to a training. Yoga Teacher Training certifications course lengths will vary. You’ll soon discover that the course can be 1-month, 3-months, 6-months, all the way up to a year and then some! Additionally, some training’s are 200 hours while others have a higher hour commitment. At the end of the day, the minimum requirement for the certification is 200 hours.
- Envision how often you’d like to study yoga each month. If you’re doing a shorter program, you’re going to study more often. 1 month programs meet everyday for 10+ hours. 3 month programs meet several times a week. 6 & 12 months meet around once a month.
- Consider the time of the year of your training will take place. Do you want to spend time in the classroom during the sunny & gorgeous summer? Can you mentally handle studying yoga around the holiday craziness?
- Calculate your finances. Yoga Teacher Certification isn’t spare change, it’s a significant investment to prepare for. Yoga Teacher Training isn’t considered higher education therefore government financial aid isn’t available. Besides your tuition, keep in mind that you will also have to purchase books and other materials. If you’re concerned about paying for the tuition there are a few (but not guaranteed) options. The first option is to research if the program offers a work-study opportunity. The work-study opportunity is usually for a small percent off of your tuition. You can also research scholarship opportunities through organizations and individuals that promote yoga. Work-study & scholarships aren’t common, but never say never.
- How to find a training near where you live… Do you have a yoga studio that you practice at? If you do, research whether they have a yoga teacher education program. If they don’t have a training, ask your teachers if they recommend any programs nearby. Fun Fact: The Minneapolis area has FIFTY-ONE Yoga Teacher Trainings! Does that blow your mind? Because it blew mine!
Part Three: Preparing to say “Yes!” to a Potential Teacher Training Program:
- Practice with your potential yoga instructor either in-personal or through an online class. If you’re not sure how to find if they have an online class, ask them! You will create a similar teaching style as your teacher. It’s important that you know & like their style. If you can’t stand their teachings, that’s a huge, flashing red light to stop and look elsewhere.
- If you want to teach & get certified locally, ask yourself “Would I LOVE to teach at this particular studio?” If the answer is anything but “YES!”, look for a new training. Studios want to hire their teacher trainees over teachers that have studied elsewhere. If a studio has one position, they are less inclined to hire you over their own trainee.
- Do a YTT background check using Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance (Y.A.) is the only governing body that regulates YTT. Yoga Alliance evaluates schools to ensure that they provide safe and high-quality training. If you want to read the nitty-gritty details about the school requirements, go here. To determine if your potential program is recognized, search the name of your school or city here.
Part Four: Gaining the Courage to Enroll:
- You don’t need to wait 6 months before you’re a better yogini to sign up.
Please know that you are perfectly fine the way that you are.
You don’t need to be able to do the trendiest inversions, be the most flexible, or know the most about yoga.
You will learn everything that you need to know to deepen your practice & to teach a yoga class.
- Your certification doesn’t mean that you have to teach or open a yoga studio. Don’t place expectations where there doesn’t need to be any.
- After you’ve done a thorough program examination, enroll & submit your deposit. Don’t let your nerves try to talk you out of it.
Does this seem a bit overwhelming??
Their is a lot of information to take into consideration when preparing for & choosing a yoga teacher training.
Luckily, I’ve created a easy-to-use spreadsheet for you to fill out & compare programs effortlessly.
The sheet is here.
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