How to choose a training course for Yoga teacher?
With the increasing popularity of Yoga and meditation in the world, more and more practitioners are seeking to deepen their knowledge about practices or even act as a teacher of Yoga.
And submitting to your first yoga teacher training course is a great investment - both financial and time. It can be a wonderfully transformative experience, but it is worth researching and thinking about which type of training program best suits your needs.
In this article, we will look at some important factors that you should take into consideration when choosing a yoga teacher training course:
Should I travel to study with a recognized teacher or study with a local teacher?
Giving a class and giving a yoga training course is not the same and requires different skill sets. Make sure that your local teacher, whom you both enjoy and with whom you have your classes, have sufficient experience and in-depth knowledge of the discipline you will teach on a longer course. You may be able to ask people who have already taken a similar course with this teacher for their opinion about it.
However, in the end, if you identify with your teaching and teaching philosophy, you may be inclined to ignore the lack of experience. And this is a reality when you live in a small town where the options for a training course are limited. To be honest, there are great training programs in small, terrible locations in big cities, and vice versa. But even if you decide to travel to study with a renowned teacher, be sure to research: Ask people who have already trained with this teacher;
Ask about the reputation of this teacher and the center / school; check the curriculum of the training course being offered; e-mail your questions to the teacher / school (and expect to have a return) and try to go to your workshop, if any in your city. All of this can give you clues if the teacher / course is right for you or not. Being famous or sometimes taking the course in an exotic location should not be decisive factors for you. Your intuition will guide you to make the right decision, but doing a survey before will not hurt either.
Format Considerations - Should I take an intensive one-month course or a six-, nine- or twelve-month course at weekends?
If you are an intensive one month (usually around 26 days - if you are less than three weeks, you would be very skeptical about it) or a weekend course lasting six to nine months, both formats have its pros and cons. In relation to the intensive format: it can be difficult at times, and you may feel physically and emotionally exhausted, saturated with information, but on the other hand, it can be an immensely transformative experience where you will learn a lot and that experience will shape you a) as a teacher or practitioner of Yoga for the rest of life. On the longer course: content is spread over a longer period, which makes it easier to digest (you do not get saturated), it may be more feasible, since you continue to take care of the other aspects of your life (work, family, responsibilities) since the learning process does not demand as much as the intensive one. On the other hand, because learning is not so intense, it may not have the same transformational impact on you. You need to see which format is most feasible for you and which matches your learning style.
I just want to deepen my practice, I do not think of teaching ...
On average, 20-40% of students who take a Yoga training course are thinking (and usually saying) that they do not want to teach. If you are one of these people and you are certain that teaching Yoga will not be your career choice, you may also want to look for a lighter form of "deepening-immersion" courses, which are generally not as rigorous and consume less time. However, Yoga training courses are full of examples of graduates who at first thought they would not teach later and became some of the best teachers, discovering their passion for teaching. So do not jump to hasty conclusions, since your disinterested teaching may be only an excuse for your initial insecurity.
In addition to the factors that have already been discussed above, make sure that the curriculum gives a good time (ideally 50% of the curriculum) to the teaching methodology - developing your skills in this area. Attending a class and facilitating one requires different skills - it's like reading and writing. Some courses may focus heavier on technique (eg, asana sequence), others on anatomy, yoga philosophy or meditation, but if your goal is to teach, you will need to know how much time the course is dedicated to developing those specific skills. Again, that's when research comes into play, so do not hesitate to ask several questions.
Can an online course offer the same quality as a face-to-face course?
If this is your first training course, I would not recommend doing it online. There is a special kind of vibe that comes with being in the presence of your teachers and also the friendships you get to make during trainings are valuable. The understanding of what a Sangat is (spiritual community - your support system) will not be achieved by taking an online course. On the other hand, if it is not your first training, maybe your second or third and you are sure that your methodologies are grounded with the principles of yoga, then you can benefit by doing the theoretical part of the online course, although you may still be required to complete a few hours attending a retreat with that teacher (or teachers) at the end of the course. Strongly recommend doing this. Again, this will depend on your learning style and how disciplined it is.© 2019 reliberceed.com
How important is it to continue training in Yoga after completing the 200 essential hours of training?
What you can expect to learn in your first 200 hours (Level 1) of the training program is simply the basics of how to conduct a Yoga class. Generally, after a few months of teaching, you realize how much you still do not know. But do not despair - most of us had to learn working too, while we tested our new teaching skills, often failing. Continuing to train in Yoga is of the utmost importance if you decide to pursue a career as a Yoga teacher. After teaching for some time, you may want to start looking for a course or sequences of workshops that could help you build knowledge and confidence in a particular area (or areas) where you feel you may still be insufficient. Again, search! If you speak foreign languages and can travel,
These are some questions you may want to consider when investing in your first Yoga training course and the list is by no means final.
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