3 tips for selecting a yoga teacher training program
Selecting the right yoga teacher training program is a important first step toward following your passion.With so many option around the world choosing a training can be a daunting task for you. Here are simple 3 step guide for selecting a YTT .
1- Is your training Yoga Alliance-Certified ?
As the international governing body for yoga, the Yoga Alliance has set the standard for teacher training program.
A Yoga Alliance accredited school means that the school meets the Yoga Alliance’s 200 and 500 hour course curriculums for teacher certification This enables you to register with the Yoga Alliance as a member and getting a RYT (registered yoga teacher) symbol to place next to your name.
200–hour training can be completed in as little 4 weeks (intensive), 500-hour might take up to 6 weeks.
If you wish to teach yoga at some point in future, you should make sure that the training you select is certified by the Yoga Alliance.
2- Where is it Located and Cost of your Training?
Once you’ve decided the type of yoga training course and the hours, the next thing to decide is the place where you will do your certification. You can get certified at your home country ,but if you are interested in traveling abroad, there are some great destinations that offer a great yoga teacher training course.
For most yogis, India is still the more popular choice as a yoga teacher-training destination as India has more yogic wisdom to offer.
A yoga-training course in India is much cheaper than one in Europe/US. A 200-hour yoga teacher training in India will cost you about $1,500 USD, but this figure may double for the same hours in western countries.
If you decide you’re traveling for training, be sure you know exactly what’s included (accommodation, meals, materials, etc.).
3- What you’ll learn in a teacher training program?
At Yoga Alliance accredited school; your training required a minimum number of hours dedicated to following categories: Techniques, Training and Practice, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy & Physiology, Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics, Practicum, Remaining Contact and Elective Hours.
If you are really into the yoga asanas, then a meditative focused program most likely isn’t for you. Especially for 200-Hour training a balance program which include asana, philosophy,basic history of yoga and anatomy is best for you.
You can consider asking following questing before sinning up for a YTT Course.
- What’s a typical day of YTT cousre like?”
- Do we learn Teaching methodology , sequencing?
- What pranayama practices are included?
- What are the philosophical texts being used?
- How many hours of practice are there each day?
Check out our blog about 4-step to become a yoga teacher.