You may be getting a calling to book a Yoga Teacher Training Course. Maybe you don’t want to be a teacher but you would like the opportunity to explore your practice more deeply or perhaps you would love to teach and are looking for a suitable course.
Here are a few useful steps to help your decision making process.
Set Your Intention
Are you seeking an experience to transform your life and take you overseas to immerse yourself in the training? This may be an opportunity to step outside of your regular life, travel for your training and add travel adventures to your experience.
You may have a particular yoga style you would love to teach. Research teacher training offering this particular style and explore the course content.
Studying and building connections in your local community may be your intention. This is a wonderful way to make new like-minded friends in your community, get to know local teachers and find your roots in a supportive local community.
You may have aspirations to train with a particular teacher that has inspired you and you can seek out where they are hosting teacher training course.
Find out more about the programme
Ensure that you do your research as you are investing into this course and need to make sure it is right for you. Ask what lineage the training comes from. Understand the learning objectives of the course and what skills you will learn. Seek out testimonials and ask previous students for their feedback. What does the course structure look like and what does a typical day look like. Find out the finer detail in terms of course content and topics covered. Who is teaching on the course and find out more about the teachers.
What is the best structure for you?
This is likely to be decided by your lifestyle, personal circumstances and learning style. A year-round, one weekend a month structure may suit you if you have family and regular work commitments. This may suit you if you prefer to learn over an extended time period in order to integrate your learning. Alternatively you may prefer learning in an intensive format and can find 4-6 weeks in your schedule to attend an intensive course. There in no right or wrong way here, it is all about personal choice.
Spend time doing your research and consult with others to fully discuss your thoughts. It is important to remember this is the start of your yoga teacher training journey. Dive in and fully enjoy the experience but know that it could be the first of many. Your training needs may vary and develop over time so this is your first step on your journey.
Here are a few hand-picked Yoga Teacher Trainings:
Either I have attended these courses myself, studied with the teachers, know the teachers delivering these courses or have received excellent recommendations from students that have attended.
Devon School of Yoga
Devon School of Yoga was established in 1989 and offers a broad and comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training course. The school has a mix of teachers in the faculty with a broad range of skills and experience.
Sheila Coombes in Kingsbridge
Sheila offers a comprehensive in-depth curriculum with several levels of training available. You will study asana, pranayama and learn ways of engaging your students through careful class planning. The group provides the opportunity for discussion around the shared teaching experience.
Akhanda Yoga YTT in London/Rishikesh
Yog Sundari offers a unique opportunity to study in the UK over 8 weekends and one week of study in Rishikesh. This holistic Yoga Teacher Training will give you a strong foundation, a wider understanding of yoga and the opportunity to deepen your practice.
Scaravelli Inspired YTT
Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training is led by Catherine Annis and Tanya Love. This course has been created to develop knowledgeable, responsive and confident teachers who teach yoga based on a solid understanding of the fundamental workings of the body and an appreciation of its natural intelligence.
Yoga Arts in Bali and Australia
Yoga Arts has been dedicated to training Yoga Teachers for over 24 years and is passionate about providing a high standard of teacher training. Ultimately the objective of the Yoga Arts’ trainings is to train participants in quality, professional, safe and knowledgeable teaching skills and to offer, the teacher to be, as many available teaching tools as possible so that their teaching can be available to everyone. Most importantly, to bring about self responsibility, self understanding, spiritual maturity and awakening to the student.The Yoga Arts’ trainings prepare the student on an inner reflective level to move towards a spiritual maturity and self-understanding.
Akhanda Yoga in Rishikesh
Train in the birthplace of Yoga with Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu at the uplifting east-meets-west Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram. Let us guide you to become a radiant and inspired holistic yoga teacher! Akhanda Yoga emphasises a balanced class including a full repertoire of yoga techniques sequenced artfully to align the layers of self.
Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training in Spain
The style that is taught at the Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training Course in Spain is a joyful, creative and intelligent vinyasa flow style which can be easily adapted to different levels. At the end of the Yoga Teacher Training Spain you will not only be qualified to teach vinyasa flow yoga but will also have the tools to create other styles of yoga classes, such as more basic hatha, prenatal and restorative yoga.
Happy researching and enjoy your yoga journey!