You’ve fallen in love with the spiritual practice of yoga, and now you’re ready to deepen your understanding so you can share it with others. The first step, though, is picking a yoga teacher training program that’s right for you. But with so many out there, how will you possibly know? That’s one worry you don’t have to deal with! We at HealingRadiusPro have come up with some questions to really ask yourself and consider before signing up for such a program. After all, this will be one of the most exhilarating, life-changing things you can do for yourself.
Who’s teaching the program?
An important question, don’t you think? Taking a moment to learn about the instructor—like what style of yoga they teach and why they’re teaching yoga in the first place—can be a real decision maker. And there are so many (cost-effective) ways to go about that, like social media, books, DVDs, and even through local training or workshops.
What do I want to gain from this experience?
The mini questions included in this section can be, “Why is it that I want to practice yoga?” and “What is my yoga style?” For instance, what’s the good in signing up for Iyengar yoga teacher training if you know you’re more interested in Bikram yoga? Choose the style that feels good and speaks to you so you can speak truthfully from your heart while teaching.
How will I learn the best?
Yoga teacher training programs are really diverse. One can last as short as one month (if you’re into checking out of everyday life to embark on a retreat) while another can meet locally on the weekends for almost six months. That’s why it’s important to consider if you’d rather process information for longer periods of time or tackle the course at once.
What’s the curriculum like?
Is necessary material being taught? There’s only one way to find out. Studying the curriculum and dedicating time to each topic will help you pick the right program. For example, while there are a required number of hours for subjects like anatomy, history, philosophy, and posture labs, there may be other material scheduled, like mantras or chanting. And maybe one program is anatomy focused while another one is spiritually focused.
What have the recent graduates said about the program?
Similar to reading reviews about a business or service, learning about past experiences and the way recent graduates felt before and after the program can further help you decide if it’s the one.
The team at HealingRadiusPro believes that these questions will not only help you meet your educational needs but they’ll also prepare you for your journey of becoming a knowledgeable yoga teacher. Most of all: have fun with it! If you can think of any other questions to consider, please share them in the comment section below!
Allison Barfield is a content writer for Span Enterprises and has been writing since she first learned to hold a pencil, shortly after birth. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in media arts she fell in love with marketing. She's been copy writing and managing multiple blogs ever since.