I come across graduates of yoga teacher training programs all the time who donāt actually feel they are in a position to teach yoga. There are several reasons for this but I find there are 2 which are almost always mentioned.Ā The first -
they havenāt practiced teaching as part of their course. The second – which is very much related – is that they donāt have the confidence to stand in front of a room of students and believe they can teach them yoga.
To me this highlights the variation in quality and content of yoga teacher training programs in the UKā¦. But more on that topic another time
For now, Iām offering a guide on the 8 essential considerations when selecting a yoga school.
Why? Very simply, your choice of school will massively influence your skill and power as a yoga teacher. It will also direct and influence both your personal career as a yoga teacher, and beyond that, the credibility of the yoga industryā¦ Both these matters are close to my heart.
Anyway, letās get to the point. Below are the 8 critical things to look for when comparing yoga schools:
- Can you try the school out? Do they offer open days or a 2-3 day course that allow you to confirm if their teaching style resonates with you before you commit to a full 200Hr course?
- If you want to teach yoga then you need lots of practice teaching yoga! Check how much practical and experiential content is included in the course, as this is how you gain experience and confidence.
- Ask how many of the 200Hrs are made up of homework. After all, you shouldn’t be paying someone else for the time you spend reading a book.
- See if you have the opportunity to talk to the facilitators so you can really understand the course and check if you feel comfortable with them as your teachers.
- Does the school provide the opportunity to teach whilst you’re training, not just to other students but also on their studio timetable?
- Is there a community that you can tap into for support and encouragement whilst you’re training, and how is this facilitated?
- Check if any support is given once you graduate, and if there is an opportunity for continued development and community support.
- Is the school Yoga Alliance accredited as this is the accreditation most yoga studios throughout the world look for?
I am happy to say that our Teaching Yoga with Power Programs at Hot Power Yoga tick all these boxes, and many more. You can check this out for yourself, and I urge you to do so with us andĀ whatever other schools you are considering training with.
I hope you find it useful and value any feedback.