7 Things you need to know before joining a Yoga Teacher Training
by Naveen Sharma, Founder – Ashmayu Yoga Institute
Q. Is Yoga Teacher Training for You?
A. The good news is, Level I Yoga Teacher Training Course is open to all.
Q. Are you willing to join a yoga teacher training course anytime soon?
A. If yes, this blog can make it a seamless journey for you, so read until the end.
A few years back, when I was looking to join my first yoga teacher training course, I had plenty of questions in my mind as I was leaving my corporate job and planning to make my career in the field of teaching yoga. Sadly, I didn’t have anyone guiding me at that point in time so I did the best I could do for myself but my passion towards teaching yoga helped me overcome all the hurdles.
If you are in the same situation and planning to take up a course in yoga, I would like to help you out with some details which will surely help you plan your course in a better way.
I am sharing a couple of questions below, see if you connect with them:
Q. What is the TTC all about; theory or practical?
Q. Is it a good idea to take a yoga TTC?
Q. Will I be able to cope up with so many subjects?
Q. Apart from subject knowledge, Will the institute help me get a yoga job?
Q. How will I get students for my classes?
Q. I am not from Bio Background, will I understand anatomy and physiology?
Q. If I leave my corporate job, will I be able to sustain myself only with teaching yoga?
and Many more!!!!!
I am sharing my experience of being a teacher, a student, and a counselor in this blog and I am 100% sure if you go through the blog without having any distractions around you or within you. You would get most of your questions answered and would be able to plan the teacher training course in a better way.
The first thing you need to understand is to “WHY” do you want to enroll in a teacher training course. There could be many reasons for you to join but the most common ones are as follows:
– I want to learn and understand the practice and the concepts of yoga to take care of my own health
– I want to become a yoga teacher and want to make it my career in the same field
– I work for a corporate but have passion for teaching. I want to learn so that whenever time permits, I can teach yoga and live my passion.
– My friends are joining for a yoga teacher training so I also want to.
– I have some concerns with my physical body and mind. I am sick of depending on modern medicines so want to find out how can I regulate, prevent or cure all my concerns with Yoga.
Though we all have our unique individual personalities, after counseling thousands of students, I have noticed that the reasons that people have before joining a yoga teacher training course are quite similar and I have categorized them into above points to make it easier for you to figure out which one is your real “WHY”
Now you might have a totally different “WHY” than what I have shared above. but even in that case, you don’t need to worry at all because the whole idea is to figure out your “WHY”. If you connect with any of the reasons mentioned above you won’t have to go through a brainstorming, in case you don’t, spend some time with yourself and ask yourself. If you find at least 7 reasons to opt for a Yoga teacher training, you can go for the training without any other thought.
Once you have understood your “WHY” to join YTTC, you would need to spend some time in understanding “WHAT” do you really want from your yoga teacher training course.
Now, this scenario was not there 20-25 years back because there were not many options (Places) where you can go and join TTC. We also did not even have many of the forms of yoga like power yoga, kid’s yoga, pregnancy yoga, yin yoga, aerial yoga, Vini yoga, multiple style yoga etc.
In those days, the options which used be either Hatha Yoga or AshtangaVinyasa Yoga and based on what the students want to achieve, they used to join for teacher training courses.
But today, you have plenty of yoga schools offering Yoga TTC with different forms of yoga.
If you are a beginner, it is always suggested to start your yoga journey with a Hatha Yoga teacher training course as Hatha Yoga is the oldest form of yoga and also the root for all the forms of yoga that we see around us. Hatha will also help build a strong foundation within you.
You can surely join for the other forms of yoga TTC as well, once you have completed the hatha yoga teacher training course.
Now we are done with our WHY and WHAT. I would say half of the battle is won. Let’s focus on the rest.
Broadly, there are two formats of teacher training courses:
1. Day Scholar YTTC
2. Residential YTTC
In the “HOW” part, we will focus on how do you want to learn yoga whether by going to an institute, spending few hours in learning and come back home every day or you want to take a break and go to a place where you can live for a month or so and spend all the time in learning yoga over there itself.
Both come with their advantages and the best part is none of them have any disadvantage.
So, it’s just the matter of your choice either day scholar or residential.
Now we are done with our WHY, WHAT and HOW. Whatever we have discussed above is all about how do you think/ feel/want.
The next question if you are ready to join a Yoga TTC, WHERE to join? Which institute to join? How do we make sure that institute we are planning to join has everything in place to run a teacher training course?
There are a couple of factors that you can look for to make sure you are joining a right institute for your yoga education.
The first thing you need to look in to is the curriculum of the course. A well-organized institute surely will have a well-defined curriculum which will help you understand the content of the course.
Get to know a little bit about the teachers who would take classes in the course. There is a possibility that you might not be able to connect with them directly before joining the course but if you talk to the concerned person at the Yoga Institute and I am sure, they would help you out with the details about the teachers, their qualifications, and experiences.
Once you have the details about the teacher, the ball is in your court you can self-assess the whole situation and make a wise decision for you.
Once you have done decent research about the institution and finalized it, you also need to finalize on to the Months.
Almost every good yoga institution has courses at different times of the year and there is a perfect opportunity for you to figure out which time of the year you can dedicate towards your course.
Don’t make your decision in hurry and join a course. Check your complete schedule and join otherwise in between the course you might have to apply for leaves and that is not a good idea when you are planning to choose teaching yoga as your career.
Even if you are learning it, only for yourself, there is a high chance, you might miss out on some major concepts which you will not be able to understand later on.
6. Value Add
When there are too many players in an industry with high competition, it is bound that the clients get the best advantages in terms of value add from the companies.
The most recent example is JIO (A telecom company) because JIO came with a lot of offers and Airtel started giving a lot of Value Add.
Same is the case with Yoga Institutions. When it comes to yoga institution the value-add could be in terms of more practice sessions at the institute, short-term courses like pregnancy yoga, kid’s yoga, sound meditation or any healing course, entry in the next batches for revision, job opportunities, books, mat, props, etc.
I am not telling you to finalize on Yoga TTC because of the value-add is given with it but if you have already gone through all the institutions and there are 3-4 institutes which are equally good in terms of quality then the next criteria which you can look in to is the value-add they are providing.
Whether you do a course for one month, two, three or more, it never suffices.
In the course, you will learn more and have less time to practice. So, the first thing what you need to do is to keep practicing what you learn in TTC every day after you complete the course that makes sure you are deepening your understanding of the concepts and practice.
When you practice daily, you also get doubts and will surely have questions. And you need someone to whom you can go to ask the questions and clear your doubts. and this is where the After-course support comes in to picture.
Make sure you have an after-course support from the institution to help you out with your doubts and questions.
You shall also check if the institution can help you get placed or help you get some yoga classes.
I can guarantee you one thing, if you take care of all the above points before joining your teacher training course, you will never regret your decision.