Quick Guide To Yoga Teacher Training
You may have started practicing yoga as a way to reduce stress, reconnect with yourself, or maybe even get back to that pre-pregnancy body. Somewhere between your first yoga pose to mastering a handstand, a transformation took place. So much so that you became addicted to the calming feeling that carries you throughout the day.
To the newly discovered love and respect you have for yourself and your body. Suddenly, your new passion for yoga starts to reflect in your conversation everywhere you go. This seems a typical story of how yoga teachers seem to discover their career path.
Yoga teachers simply guide yogis in yoga practice. The main responsibility of the yoga teacher is to help students learn poses and use them correctly. Yoga teachers/instructors may also provide guidance in yogic philosophy as well as areas complementary to yoga, such as nutrition and meditation. Thorough professionals in this field teach group classes, workshops, or one-on-one classes at yoga studios, fitness centers, yoga retreats in exotic locations around the world, and related facilities. Yoga instructors may work full- or part-time, and some are self-employed.
Depending on their contract with the employer and yoga class schedule, teachers may work daytime, evening, night, weekend, or holiday shifts. Travel isn’t infrequent, whether it’s among several locations of a gym or to clients’ homes.
So, if you, too, have just discovered your love for yoga, and are willing to take your practice to the next level, then here is a quick guide to yoga teacher training.
Step 1: Learn yoga
To hone your practice skills, it is advisable to take courses in varying types of yoga to understand which style works for you and suits you best. There are many different types which include Ashtanga, Anusara, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Bikram yoga. This you have to keep in mind that style of training may vary from facility to facility, and from teacher to teacher so you should pay close attention to all the types of trainings to find the form that best fits your learning needs.
Step 2: Complete a teacher training course
Yoga teacher training course includes coursework in instructional techniques, anatomy physiology, and yoga philosophy. Through training courses, you are able to gain hands-on experience by observing teachers and teaching classes. Many yoga training schools adhere to the guidelines set by Yoga Alliance for 200-hour and 500-hour teacher training programs. Yoga Alliance is an organization that officially registers and certifies all yoga instructors who have accomplished their training course.
To complete a training course you need to choose an appropriate program for yourself. Here is a brief list of programs you can pick and choose from:
- 30-day intense program
In this program, aspiring teachers can expect to be training all day, and by all day I mean from sunrise to sunset. A usual day at the training may include 2 yoga practices, meditation, teaching methodology, anatomy, and lectures. You are advised not to take the training course lightly as the structure is very strict and intense.
Be prepared to be fully occupied in the yoga practice and lifestyle. The total cost of the course is between $3000 to $7000 which usually includes the training tuition fees, accommodations, meals, books/ study materials, and sometimes excursions.
Please don’t count airfare because the flight is never included in the program cost so this must be taken into consideration. Some popular programs are Anamaya Resort, Nosara in Costa Rica and Ananda School of yoga and meditation, California.
- Mixed mode program
This training program is a combination of weekend workshops, week-long intensives, or continuing education and assignments. This type of format is best for people who work full-time, part-time, are in school, or simply can’t commit to a month’s training program. Mixed mode program provides flexibility and a touch of intensive formats. Such training courses can easily be done locally or through a program in another location. The cost of the course here may vary depending on location, length of intensives, and overall program. These programs can be found worldwide. A few examples are, The Lotus Pond Tampa, Florida, and Dharma Yoga Center, New York.
- Part time or year-long program
This training course is excellent for students who simply can’t commit to a demanding program. It is ideal for people who have concerns taking time off from work, incurring extra expense for travel and accommodations, or for those who simply want to finish the course in no rush. Every program has its own pros that cater to every individual and their specific lifestyle. Such is the beauty of yoga teacher training! The cost will vary but it typically starts from $2,000 to $4,000 which includes the tuition and study materials.
Alternatively, you can also look for a mentor. A mentor can help aspiring teachers learn about various teaching techniques and styles of yoga. In addition to the teachings, mentors can help aspiring yoga teachers decide which training program is most suitable.
Some tips after completing a teacher training course
After you are done with the course, get yourself registered with the yoga alliance, which is an official registration body. Registering with them is voluntarily, but many employers and famous yoga retreats prefer credentialed instructors. After teacher training completion there are some points you should keep in mind.
- Form a network with teachers and peers. Yoga teacher training does not guarantee a placement. You should network with classmates and faculty members while still in school.
- It is very important to know your niche and target area. Competition among yoga teachers is strong in some areas. You should come up with some out of the box ideas and unique approaches that distinguish you from other instructors. For example, depending on the market, instructors can offer yoga tailored to golfers and other types of athletes.
- Take extra certification in CPR. Most health and fitness centers prefer to hire instructors that have skills to deal with a health emergency. Aspiring yoga teachers can take a CPR course while enrolled in a teacher training program.
Step 3: Earn further education credit
Some young and senior professionals in this field attend workshops and seminars to keep their knowledge up to date. Teachers registered with the registration body are required to complete at least 75 hours of continuing education every three years. This includes teaching yoga for minimum 45 hours and attending additional sessions for another 30 hours.
To become a seasoned yoga teacher, you need to be well-informed and have good hands on knowledge, and to deepen your knowledge about different forms of yoga, you need sheer practice. So choose a program wisely because you are investing hard earned money, your valuable time, and of course efforts.
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