How To Pick A Yoga Teacher Training That’s Right For You
So you’ve been thinking about completing a Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) course…
My YTT Experience
To begin with I thought I would give you a little insight into my YTT experience. After almost a year of umming and ahhing I finally said “I want to teach yoga” and then panic kicked in. How does one even teach yoga? Thank God for Google, am I right? After frantically googling ‘how to become a yoga teacher’ I realised I need to complete a YTT. I asked a few of my yoga teachers when/where/how they did their qualification and they all gave me different responses. Ultimately, I made my decision based on the factors below and completed my YTT at Atman Yoga School.
Should I Complete A YTT?
Firstly, it is important to have a regular self practice and basic yogic knowledge of about a year or so before starting your YTT.
If you are looking to teach yoga, most gyms, studios etc will ask for a YTT qualification. You begin with completing a 200-hour YTT and then you can complete a 300-hour and 500-hour. 200-hours means you need to complete 200-hours of learning, studying and teaching to qualify, which can be done on the course you select.
Also, you can complete a YTT even if you don’t want to teach, I had a few friends on my course that didn’t intend to teach. If you are looking to gain a deeper understanding of yoga, it’s super beneficial for your personal practice to complete a YTT.
Which Style Should I Pick?
There are so many yoga teaching styles out there and the best way to figure out which style you want to teach is by going to a yoga class/finding a youtube video and trying it out. Some YTT courses (like the one I completed) had the main styles you would be qualified to teach (for me it was Hatha and Vinyasa) but they also give you a taster of many other styles e.g. yin, acro etc.
As you are required to complete 200-hours, there are many ways to do this. There are courses which are 1-month intensive (for example, mine was 6 days a week for a month). You can also complete it part-time over 4 months, 6 months, 12 months or longer (depending on the course and what they offer). I was very impatient and I didn’t want to wait any longer to teach and I was able to get a sabbatical from my workplace so I chose the 1-month intensive.
Each has it’s own pros and cons, for example in the intensive you qualify in a months time and you are immersed in yoga basically 24/7, pro. However, you don’t have as much time to digest the information as you would on a longer course, con.
Ultimately, it really depends on what you want to do and how it will fit into your life.
Where Should I Do My YTT? (Location wise)
The amazing thing is, you can do it anywhere. Originally I considered a course in the UK where I live and then I thought why not get a trip out of it? I also wanted a spiritual experience so I considered India or Bali (I read a lot of very good Indian yoga teachers go to Bali to teach). Finally, I landed on Bali because it was my very first trip abroad on my own (ah) and I had been to Bali before so I felt more comfortable as it was more familiar.
In the end it depends on you. You can do it near your home or you can do it elsewhere or abroad.
How Much Does a YTT Cost?
A YTT course can cost anywhere between £1000-£4000. It depends on the country, whether food and accommodation are included and the YTT course itself. To complete a YTT, you need to be prepared to invest quite a bit of money in the course. Bear in mind, the learning and the costs don’t stop there. If you decide to teach, there is a fee to sign up to the Yoga Alliance membership (so that you are a recognised yoga teacher), fee for yoga insurance and as well as all the additional courses/books/equipment etc that you will pay for down the line. Not to put you off, just to make you aware.
The course programme is really important, be sure to check whether they have a strong anatomy module, as this will be very important to ensure you are practising and teaching safely. Also, see if they include other things you are looking for. I wanted to learn more about spirituality and the business side of yoga, so they were two important factors when deciding on a course. However, at the end of the day, you will not remember everything you will be taught during your 200-hour YTT. You will need to supplement your learning with other books/research/courses.
How to find a YTT
Firstly you want to make sure the course/school is Yoga Alliance approved. Yoga Alliance is a professional organisation for yoga teachers, they regulate courses/schools to make sure they include important content and the end exam. You can find out whether the YTT course is Yoga Alliance approved by searching for the YTT school name on the Yoga Alliance website.
You also want to make sure that the YTT school is reputable, do your research, find reviews, reach out to previous graduates and ask for their experience.
In The End, It’s All Down To You
What would the right course for you look like? What do you want to gain from a YTT? What are things you want to learn more about and things you value? Take time to really think, reflect and maybe discuss with those you love.
I hope you have found this useful and if you want to reach out and ask me any questions feel free!
Lots of love