So you've made the decision to do it. You are prepared to register and pay the deposit for your very first 200-hour yoga teacher training. But the question of where to register for this life-changing encounter needs a little more thought than what studio is closest to your home.
Yoga teacher training is an effectively and emotionally complicated meeting where you will unduly force yourself personally while getting into your new role as an instructor. Whatever are getting into the training to boost your skills, or in hopes of making a means of income, keep in mind that you are making an investment of time and money into a potentially lifestyle changing encounter.
If you're prepared to start, but do not know where to begin, let this yoga teacher training checklist be your help.
1. Find an instructor (or teachers). The most study you need to do should be the fun part – simply take a lot of different yoga classes! If you are already thinking of the training, it's likely that you already have a design of yoga that resonates with you.
Notice what you like about certain instructors and what you do not like. Does the teacher give amazing anatomical cues? Does she talk about the spiritual factors of yoga in a way that moves you? Do you appreciate the way she is ready to help? The point of an instructor training is not to become a carbon copy of your teacher, but the teacher you will become is undecidedly dependent your coaching. Choose your instructors smartly.
2. Consider your schedule. While many of us have dreams of living the yoga studio lifestyle when registering for training, most are not prepared to stop their day jobs just yet. Programs are from two-week intense sessions (where you will exercise and learn from mornings through nights or weeks) to weekend-only programs that are spread out over the course of many months. Time problems and schedule-related pressures will still likely occur, but ensuring that the fundamentals of your routine are in good line with the program you choose will make the process a whole lot smoother.
3. What and how do you want to learn? While your schedule is important, choosing between an extended program and a long-term program also has to do with how you want to get this information. Maybe you like the idea of being completely engrossed in yoga for a shorter period. Perhaps you choose to spread out your sessions to allow the learning to integrate more completely into your day-to-day lifestyle. One is not better than the other-it just relies on your learning approach.
Ask for a course outline from potential training schools. Is there a lot of real exercises that you will be needed to do? Is the team little enough that you will be getting individual attention? Will there be different professionals to educate you about different topics, or are you spending most of your time with one teacher / mentor? (There are advantages to both.) Is there a lot of lectures? Is there focus anatomy? On the history of yoga? What books will you be reading? What projects will you need to do? Ask yourself what you think is important to know, and ensure that your program satisfies those needs.