The Yoga Teacher Training Program is for everyone. It is the opportunity for you to learn the fundamentals of yoga, find your inner yoga teacher, and achieve confidence to teaching large groups.
Whether you have decided or still deciding on taking the course, here are 4 things we can share to help guide you through the process.
1. Research Style, Accreditation, and Logistics/Finances
There are 11 different types of yoga. You can read more about them in details here to determine which training program provides your particular interest. Here is the list of all yoga types:
The four main yoga teacher associations are The British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Alliance UK, Yoga Alliance International, and Independent Yoga Network.
These associations offer different requirements and teaching styles. The courses range from minimum 100 hour to 500 hours, which can span from couple weeks to over 2 years or more. Take some time to research these associations and training programs near you to choose what works for you.
This is where you have to put into considerations where in world you would like to do your yoga teacher training (YTT) and how much you will need to spend overall.
There are many great programs from around the world to choose from here. The prices range from couple hundreds to thousands, each with specific offerings.
2. Find a Teacher You Resonate With and Relate To
You will be spending a majority of your training time with your teacher so it is important that you feel comfortable with them. Find a teacher who inspires and empowers you to find your own inner teacher and develop your teaching skills and authenticity.
Take some time to attend some classes with the teachers you like. See how they guide their classes and if their personality resonates with you.
3. Share Your Authenticity and Passion
At some point, you will stop modeling yourself after your yoga teacher and have your own style and values. When you accept your own creativity and authenticity, you will carry on with teaching your own passion and love for yoga (or meditation).
Your authenticity is the values which you provide in your teachings. This is “something special” that will set you apart from other teachers.
Finally, take some time to reflect on the reasons why you want to take this path. As you reflect over the period of the course you will face your own fear and gain confidence leading large groups. This is the path for self-discovery, personal growth and spiritual development.