4-Step to Become a Yoga Teacher
If you have passion for yoga, looking to deepen your own practice, learn more about yogic philosophy, or have a desire to share with others,then you are the perfect candidate for being a yoga teacher.
By getting certified and being an excellent teacher you will be able to turn your passion for yoga into a rewarding career!
Here is 4-step guide to become a certified yoga teacher:
Step1: Start Your Yoga Trainng
1. Explore the different styles of yoga
You should take courses in varying types of yoga to understand which style works best for you. Ashtanga,Hatha, Vinyasa, Hot yoga and Restorative Yoga
2. Develop a regular yoga practice
Before you can teach yoga, you will have to become dedicated to practicing and learn about various yoga postures involved. If you are new to yoga, then find a studio in your area and start with beginner classes, eventually working your way up to more advanced ones.
Step2: Become Certified
Yoga Alliance is the worldwide registry for certified yoga instructors. You can choose a school registered with yoga alliance .There are 100-hour, 200-hour, 300-hour, 500-hour, courses and beyond. There are also courses that run over a short period of time, such as 4-week
1. Find the Right Teacher Training Course
There are so many options for trainings , how do you even begin to decide which program is right for you? How do you know if the one you are going to be investing your time and. Here are some suggestions
- Make sure your training is Yoga Alliance-Certified
- Ask them for a syllabus
- Ask whether the focus of the training is practice only or teaching methodology.
Here are some tips for Selecting a Yoga Teacher Training Program for you.
2. Prepare for Teacher Training Course
Are you ready for a YTT? There’s only one way to Know and it has nothing to do with advanced asana.
The only thing that truly matters as you are ready to take your first teacher training is your ability to commit.
A teacher training can be an intense personal and professional journey. But if are well-prepared, it can also be a trans formative . You also have to consider below:
- Lay the Foundation
- Begin the Path of Self-Inquiry
- Prepare to be transformed
3. Complete a Teacher Training Course
Most studios require about 200 hours of hands-on training in yoga before you can teach classes. Make sure you have the time and commitment to get these hours done.
Get advanced training. If you want to teach advanced courses or learn how to teach yoga to special populations (i.e. different age groups or injured students), then consider completing a 500 hour training program
Step3: Start your Journey as a Yoga Teacher
1. Visit the studio(s) you wish to teach at.
Enroll in classes to know the environment and teaching style. Meet the teachers and desk staff and Share your training experience with them, and ask them questions about the teaching programs available
2. Apply for the Job.
Prepare a good resume,and apply for the position. Be prepare for answering the questions about your yoga practice, what certifications you’ve received, and any special qualities you have or yoga styles you are familiar with
3. Start your own yoga studio if you want to be independent
If you have enough resources, have the option of opening your own yoga studio. Opening your own yoga studio will be harder than if you work for an existing one, so think about:
- The cost of the studio space. Make sure you have the money for a security deposit and a few months’ rent.
- Advertising your yoga studio. Try to emphasize on what makes your yoga class different on your ads (smaller class size, one-on-one time, and specific styles of yoga).
Step4: Being an Excellent Yoga Teacher
1. Keep learning .
Regardless of the training you have, learning from the masters is the best way to improve your teaching style. Take a variety of yoga classes at different studios and with different teachers and pick up on the qualities of the best teachers you come across.
2. Be comfortable in front of a group
Leading a group exercise requires that you be able to both connect one-on-one with others and feel comfortable speaking and commanding an entire room.
- Rehearse a class by yourself or with friends or in front of a mirror.
- Speak clearly so everyone can understand you.
3. Have a positive attitude
Keep your student motivated with both positive reinforcement and constructive criticism.This will allow your student to feel good about themselves.
Constantly pay attention to your students and give them feedback on progress This will show your students that you genuinely care about them.
4. Ask your students for feedback
Asking your students to fill out a questionnaire at the end of your class so that you can make improvements for the future.