So, you have decided to take a 200 Hour Teacher Training. It can be a bit overwhelming and it can be tricky to know what to look for when you are choosing a program. These 10 things you should look for when choosing a yoga teacher-training program will have you ready to pick the perfect studio in no time.
1. Are they a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance – Even though there are plenty of studios that offer great programs that are not RYS (Registered Yoga School) this can be a great way to narrow down your search. It also gives you the option to apply to be an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)
2. Know The Style of Yoga – Choose a style of yoga that fits your practice. Youwant to find a program that you will love. Spending 200 hours focused on a practice you aren’t passionate about can really make it challenging.
3. Practice There – Get to know the studio, their teachers, and the teachers that have been certified there.
4. Research The Training Instructors – Get to know the instructors that will be the main educators of the yoga teacher training. You want to know that these instructors are well informed on anatomy, alignment and philosophy.
5. Look For An Anatomy Based Program – Knowing anatomy is key to teaching a physical practice. You want a program that will not only educate on the postures but the muscles and joints involved in the postures.
6. Look for a balanced program with alignment, philosophy, and anatomy – You want a training program that is well balanced. If the entire program is focused on just postures, it may not prepare you to teach others.
7. Cost and Schedule – These two factors are big when choosing your program. You want to make sure it won’t break the bank, and that you can conveniently fit it in to your life.
8. How many trainees do they have – Do they over fill their program to make money? Or are they focusing on small groups with well-taught instructors.You want to be sure that you are going to be able to get the attention you need to grow as an instructor.
9. Look For A Program that is in person and hands on – A program that is primarily taught on Skype or via a webcam is not the best choice. You want to be able to feel the adjustments and interact with other students.
10. Know Your Intention and Expectation – Before you make your final decision know what your intention and expectations are. If you are looking to grow your personal practice than some of these points may not matter. It may be more about the studio being a good fit and loving the people and practice that you are learning.
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