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Google “yoga teacher training” and pages upon pages of results will leave you not only scrolling for hours but likely overwhelmed and confused. It seems every studio and experienced teacher out there is offering a YTT now. In this weekly series, YJ LIVE! presenters answer your questions.
Yoga teacher trainings are designed to train teachers…
The first thing to know about teacher trainings is that they’re designed to be teacher trainings! Yes, you will develop greater skill, insight, and technical proficiency in your practice. You will learn about the philosophical underpinnings of the yoga tradition, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore new and playful postures. But teaching yoga and practicing yoga are different skillsets.
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What you’ll learn in a teacher training program
Teacher Trainings are designed to cultivate and hone your ability to teach yoga. Of course, not all trainings have the exact same ratio of training methodology to personal practice. Some lean more heavily toward training their students to teach while others are more similar to a practice immersion. Like yoga classes, yoga teacher trainings vary according to the personalities and intentions of the lead teachers.
How to choose the right YTT program for you
My advice to any prospective student weighing the decision to join a YTT either to enhance their practice or become a teacher is to contact the faculty and ask about the training’s focus. Ask whether the focus of the training is practice enhancement or teaching methodology. You can also ask them for a syllabus or, at least, a basic breakdown of how the hours of the training will be spent. If the lead teachers don’t take the time to answer your questions—or, if they don’t have a syllabus at their disposal—find one that does!
Of course, you should also take the lead faculty’s classes and make sure you resonate with their personality and approach. After all, you’ll be spending plenty of time with them and they’ll form the bedrock of what you’ll be offering as an instructor.
NEXT UP: Natasha Rizopoulos has tips for evaluating a YTT program once you’ve found one that seems like a good fit.
ABOUT JASON CRANDELL
Jason Crandell teaches alignment-based vinyasa yoga workshops and teacher trainings around the world. For more information about Jason and Jason’s trainings, contact www.jasonyoga.com.