The avid yoga student today doesn’t have it easy when it comes to picking a teacher training program. There are a lot options in the market and the search can be daunting. At Yoga from the Heart, we’ve been training teachers for over 15 years. We hope these suggestions on how not to choose a yoga teacher training program help you find the right program for you.
Don’t: Base your decision on convenience
Choosing a teacher training program simply to save time may not really get you what you want — no matter how busy your life is.
Do: Your research — Ask about the teaching lineages of the trainers and check online reviews of the program. Ask to speak to former graduates. Take some public classes with the teachers who will be on your teacher training faculty as well. Investing some time researching is a must so that you don’t end up dissatisfied or disenfranchised.
Don’t: Base your decision on tuition
Yes, tuition matters but try not to make it the determining factor. You need and deserve a training program that can provide you with a quality education.
D0: Your more research — Why is this program more expensive? How long has the school been in existence? How many faculty members will there be during training? Is there a mentor program? Quality trainings usually have a higher tuition because of the in-depth training and experience of their trainers.
Don’t: Overlook the importance of anatomy in the training
This is a big one. While there are some interesting yoga-related topics that may be advertised and taught in a teacher trainings, don’t overlook how anatomy is taught in the program you are considering. Anatomy may not seem like the biggest deal when you are in the middle of trying to memorize all the Sanskrit names for postures or figuring out how to sequence properly but a solid understanding of human anatomy will not only transform your own practice into one that is ideal for your specific body, it will also enable you to bring so much more consciousness to your teaching in public and private classes. Knowing anatomy is going to pay off big time in the long run, so make sure it is really emphasized in your program.
Do: Your research, (yes, again, do your research!) — Learn how much emphasis and importance a program puts on anatomy, safety, modifications. Ask who teaches the Anatomy portion of the program? Is it a recent graduate of the program or a doctor, chiropractor, massage therapist.
So what do you think? Do any of these tips make choosing your program less overwhelming? If you have done your training, is there anything you would add to this list?