Not all yoga teacher trainings are created equal|The yoga teacher influx

Original article by YogaWorks. A yoga teacher training program is a truly life changing experience, or at least it should be.
So why do so many students do little to no research before investing $1,500 – $4,000 and committing weeks or months of their life in a teacher training?
Over the last few years I have spoken with hundreds of students and have done some researched into the subject. There are an unexpectedly high number of students who retake their 200 Hour program with another school because their original school did not meet their expectations or prepare them to teach a well-rounded, safe class. When I asked some of them why they chose their original teacher training program the 3 main reasons given were familiarity (local studio), schedule, and price. Amazingly very few, if any, said the main reason was curriculum, history or reputation of the school or the experience of their teacher trainers. However, would these not be the main reasons why someone would choose a trade school, college or university?
Let’s face it, there are a lot of options out there when it comes to Registered Yoga Schools and with that comes a lot of disparity amongst the teacher training programs. Yoga Alliance requirements for yoga schools are a somewhat loose set of guidelines that outline a framework schools need to follow in order to be considered a Registered Yoga School. This leaves a lot of room for individual schools to determine the exact content they will deliver in their training. Therefore, you need to do the research into which program is best for you. Whether you are currently considering taking a yoga teacher training or you may come to the decision in the future you can educate yourself on the programs on offer before committing your hard earned money.
Do your research and ask the right questions:
1) History, longevity and reputation – Consider how long the program has been training teachers and the reputation of the school and your employment prospects by going with a well-known and respected name. Avoid taking a program that is in its first year (or second) of training teachers or with new studios. They may not be there to support you in the future and who likes to be anyone’s guinea pig.
2) Curriculum – Ask to see manuals and materials that will be used to support the information you will be receiving. In addition to required reading books, a good program will have developed supporting documentation that you can refer to for years to come. This will also help to ensure standards and consistency in their program and content. Understanding the curriculum will help set your expectations on what knowledge you will walk away with at the end of the program. If you are expecting to teach right away or in the future make sure the program you choose will give you the best foundation possible and set you up for success.
3) Teacher Trainers – RYT 200? eRYT500? Do ask for the level of experience and training of the lead (or co-lead) trainers. What are their qualifications? How long have they been teaching? How long have they been leading trainings? Make sure they will be able to provide you with real life teaching and personal practice experience and not just reciting information from a book. Don’t be afraid to ask to speak with references and/or to see testimonials.
4) Contact Hours – Do consider how many hours you will be in the teacher training environment vs taking or observing classes or any outside hours (volunteering or retreat). Yoga was traditionally taught one on one, teacher to student. Make sure you are getting face time with the teacher you are paying for.
5) Price – Do figure out what you can afford now and if necessary consider waiting to take your training so you can save up for the program that is going to meet your overall needs and goals. Don’t take a program solely based on price. There may very well be a reason or reasons, answered in the questions above, why the program you are considering is the “cheapest”.
First and foremost, figure out what it is you want. What are your goals and what are you expecting to have gained by the end of the program? If you are looking to deepen your practice ask yourself what aspects of your personal practice you want to develop. If you want to teach, what style or type of yoga do you want to teach. A good foundational program will give you the tools to teach any level. Once you have these answered then go out and do your research. Use the guide above to help you on your journey of discovery. If a program can’t answer the questions above or do not meet your needs then be prepared to step away and move on to the next. Your first choice may very well be your final but you can rest assured you have made a well informed decision.
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