If you're a yoga teacher, you're probably thinking of which professional development courses to do in 2016. We all need those more points to help us grow as instructors, but how do you choose which course is right for you?
Here are some sound tips for choosing the right professional Yoga training that will nourish both you and your learners in 2016 and beyond.
1. Follow your heart
Whatever you choose, your heart must be in it. Learning yoga tricks may be a worthy challenge, but if you fight with 'languages' and do not enjoy the sessions, it's not helping you or your learners. Choose something you love.
2. Check for Authorization
Not all courses are recognized by professional yoga associations. Ensure that the yoga training you do in 2016 is an approved course.
3. Do not eat off more than you can chew
Make sure you have enough time and money to complete your recommended course. If you're training under too much stress, you'll end up just feeling pressured, and you may even drop out.
4. Who is your teacher (and who are their teachers)?
Some yoga classes are run by laately approved instructors. And some of them qualified with instructors who only have a year or two years of the encounter than they do. Do some research and be sure you're working with instructors who have knowledge and encounter.
5. What do your learners need?
Are there a lot of older people in your classes? Do you often teach athletes? Have you gotten learners with accidents regularly? Are you working with teens? Different learners have different needs, so up-skill in places that will be most useful to your learners (it'll be more fulfilling for you too!)
6. Get an exercise that suits your life
While it would be awesome to go off on a week-long intense training, that might not be realistic if you have a young kid. In the same way, a seven days class might be a good move if you're traveling a long way. Think about the location, duration and transportation problems and match your course to your way of life and commitments.
7. Where are you going?
Do you long to open your yoga studio? Would you like to do more one-to-one and personal yoga classes? Are you eager to get into the business arena? Do you wish of having yoga trips in exotic places? Choose a course and instructors who mirror your goals – make sure your learning leads you to the direction you most wish.
8. Teach to learn
Whatever you teach, make sure you start using what you learn immediately. Do not keep hoarding knowledge with the intention of using it later. Do the training, get out there and educate it, then invest some time analyzing how you're performing (it's best to do this with your mentor or teacher).
9. Ask Lots of Questions
If there is anything you're not sure about, ask the advisor. Do not make assumptions (particularly when there is a lot of 'yoga-speak' involved). Explain every point to make sure you know what you're registering for.