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5 Reasons To Host a Yoga Teacher Training

Is every yoga teacher and studio owner you know hosting a YTT these days? Teacher Trainer Sigrid Matthews explains what they know that you don't.

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Does it seem like every yoga teacher and studio owner you know are hosting YTTs these days? Here’s what they know that you don’t.

Hosting a yoga teacher training will…

1. Connect you to your purpose as a yoga teacher.

You will reconnect with your passion for teaching because you’ll be able to nurture deeper connections to your students in a way that’s not always possible in your public classes. New trainees will share the same universal truths about why they are taking the journey of a teacher training program. You will witness their shift from uncertain, wondering, curious, and fearful to radiant, transformed, and empowered yogis by the end of the training.

2. Stimulate and hone your teaching skills.

There is nothing that helps you grow quite like an intensive period of time teaching, especially when you don’t always get to teach these types of materials. Leading a yoga teacher training will keep you on your toes, up to date with the latest ideas, and comfortable with the more esoteric side of yoga scripture, philosophy, the subtle body, anatomy, and pranayama.

3. Grow a stronger yoga community at your studio.

Yoga teacher trainings are where you can really encourage the spirit of yoga both on and off the mat. The better the yogis are trained in your course, the better students they’ll be in the classroom, and the more devoted they might become to your studio. When you host a teacher training, you have the chance to cultivate a community of learning and mutual support. Plus some of your trainees might become reliable subs and eventually great teachers at your studio.

4. Attract new students to your studio and increase business.

You might be surprised how many students come from afar, never having practiced at your yoga studio but interested in your training. Even if they go back home after the training, chances are that they will spread the word about the good vibe in your studio and tell their friends and community about your stellar teacher training program.

5. Increase your yoga studio’s revenue.

By hosting a teacher training, your studio and your teacher trainer can definitely enhance the bottom line. Plus, the studio can use space during times of the day that it may not make sense to have a class. There is no doubt about it, teacher trainings generally prove to be quite lucrative for yoga studios, as long as they are approached mindfully and professionally.

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Sigrid Matthews is the founder of Focused Flow Yoga®, a therapeutic approach to traditional asana designed to create a strong foundation of core support and joint stability. Sigrid leads teacher trainings at Black Dog Studio, where she is a teacher and co-owner. Her intention is to encourage personal transformation through mindful, accessible movement.