So you’re interested in a Yoga Teacher Training Course, but have reservations about how ready you really are?
Let me shed some light on some considerations that should be made before you talk yourself in or out of a yoga teacher-training program.
Your level of yoga practice
Your level of practice so far is a very good indicator of whether you should start.
Do you practice yoga on a regular basis?
Are you familiar with the terms sun salutation or surya namaskar?
How about upward dog and downward dog?
What about asanas and pranayama?
If you can answer yes to these questions, read on, if not, consider that you need to start practicing yoga on a more regular basis.
Your practice level depends upon how much you actually practice yoga, the more you do so, the better you become. That’s just common sense, practice makes perfect.
You can also consider yoga teacher training as a deepening practice, where you can study and really get a feel for how the postures should be through practice, instruction and literature.
This gives a whole new level of meaning to your own personal practice, once you have learnt the techniques correctly for yourself, you can expect an faster advancement in all aspects of yoga.
Many times I have people come to me and say they have done yoga for years, yet they are still at a beginners stage, why? Because if the technique is practiced neglectfully, it leads to an imbalance of strength and flexibility due to the simple fact that they are not fully aware of simple postures and how the body should be activated correctly.
For example: lets look at a simple hand balance, Crow Pose. This posture is not merely balancing on your hands, with your knees on your elbows. There is so much more to think about to make this posture enhance every part of your body. The hands should be shoulder width apart, the weight should be lifted out of the wrists by activating the core, shoulders and legs to lift upwards so the weight of your body doesn’t strain the wrists.
The elbows and wrists should be in line to avoid further weight bearing injuries to the wrists. The head should always be centralised and supported, not dropping down, as it tends to pull the weight downwards towards the floor and can cause neck strain.
These are just a few basics with a simple hand balance posture, which then advances to variations and transitions.
Through teacher training, you can establish and really feel how many postures should feel and learn to activate the whole body in several different poses, through instruction, literature, guidance and practice.
This will certainly deepen your physical practice of asanas, the same applies with breathing techniques, pranayama.
Of course, yoga is not just about fancy poses and breathing, it is about maximising yourself in all areas, through yoga teacher training, you will gain a heightened philosophical and personal approach to life.
Your thought processes will begin to change, you will attempt to answer questions you have never really considered before as you study deeper questions about life, yourself and something bigger.
Are you ready to learn more?
So the real question is, are you ready to change? Do you find yourself saying, “There must be more to life”? Are you willing to find out what that something?
One thing I can say, for me personally, is that yoga changed my life. The person I am now, after my yoga teacher training course, is entirely different to the little lady that attended her local yoga classes at a gym.
Yoga has given me a discipline, a focus of energy, in which I can see clearly advancements, which inspires me to carry on with my personal practice.
This in turn, has given me greater confidence in my own abilities and myself.
I think we can all agree that the ability to have confidence in oneself is pretty priceless.
In yoga terms, you will learn how the mind affects our surroundings and shapes our experiences in the form of universal laws.
Once you start to study and apply this notion, your whole thought process and what you attract to your self, through your self, would change dramatically.
If you are feeling that your life needs change, whether it is a lifestyle change, career change or personal development, then yoga teacher training could just be what you are looking for.
Many people “think” too much and don’t actually put their words in to action. The very basis of yoga is for action and practice, thinking is never enough.
In the great words of Sri K Pattabhi Jois
“Yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory”
Unfortunately our situation we are all already in can affect what we would really like to do, be it work, time, family or money issues.
There are many yoga teacher training courses that offer a variety of programs, including part time courses, night time or weekend programs, module completions or full on immersion, which means within a month or so, you an be a fully qualified yoga teacher.
If time is an issue, you have many choices here.
Financially, many schools offer a module based payment in which you can pay by modules, which will break the price down so you don’t have a high amount to pay upfront.
When looking for a yoga teacher training course, you should be looking for those accredited by the yoga alliance (US or UK), this shows the school, has a sufficient curriculum and training hours that have met high standards.
The cost of these courses varies in price and can range from £2000 – £5000, depending on locations, teachers, accommodation and so on.
Ask yourself if you have time to study, if you are a full time parent, is there someone who will be around to look after a dependant of yours, if there is, then great! If not then consider that this may not be the right time to commit to a yoga teacher training course and carry on with your practice, so you will be extra ready when the time comes.
Which school to choose
After considering all of these thoughts, you can begin to choose a school that meets your requirements.
The most important point to look for is that they are accredited by the Yoga Alliance (US or UK). If so, you can be at ease, knowing that their yoga teacher training schools offer a high standard of curriculum.
The first accreditation you will always receive will be RYT200, and then should you choose to further study, you would gain a RYT500 (UK) or RYT300 (US).
After this, the times of their courses must be suitable for you, if you work weekends, there is no way you can attend a weekend part-time yoga teacher training course. Of course the same will apply with a full time yoga teacher-training program if there is no way you can take time off.
Be realistic here and go for a course that you are able to attend or take holiday for if you need to.
Before you make a final decision, it is always best to get to know the yoga teacher that will be training you, so attend their classes and speak to the yoga teachers involved.
It is my belief that you should be able to speak to them on all levels and have a trust in them both personally and professionally.
OM YOGA SCHOOL UK
OM Yoga School UK is based in Luton, Bedfordshire, that offers a yoga teacher training course at RYT200 and RYT500 level.
The courses differ because we realise the individuality in personality and circumstances of every aspiring yoga teacher. Each course is based on a one to one training scheme at “flexible” times to suit you, should it be weekends only, full time immersions, module only etc. We will offer a course tailored to you specifically, by the end of the course you will feel confident in your ability as a yoga teacher due to the one to one teaching with an experienced senior teacher.