Choosing to do your Yoga Teacher Training is an investment in your future. And, like any good investment decision, it’s good to know your options and what things to consider to make the best choice for you.
How long will it take me?
200 hours is pretty standard for your first YTT. Consider if you can invest all of that at once (in a 4 week training program) or if you’d prefer to do it over the span of a year. Don’t forget that pre-requisite readings or assignments may also need to be done before the training itself begins.
Do I go away or stay close to home?
Sometimes it’s great to get away and be fully immersed in a new culture while studying to be a yoga teacher. A residential experience can be a nice change of pace. Since its a transformational experience, you may also prefer the comfort of your home and support system nearby (and saving those vacation days for another adventure).
Who’s going to teach me what?
This was the most important factor for me. Do you want to know the teacher you’ll be studying under? Is there a particular style or lineage of yoga that really resonates with you? Consider taking a training from someone you really respect, or comes highly recommended by a teacher you trust, that teaches a style (or multiple styles) you enjoy. Ask your favourite teachers who they studied with to start getting an idea of where you may start your research.
What else do I want to learn?
If it is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher training, there are set requirements it must follow in terms of content to cover. That being said, each training has an emphasis on different elements of being a yoga teacher. Know what you want to learn before signing up to ensure you are going to get what you are looking for from the training. The training I’m taking with Radiantly Alive in Ubud, Bali, for example, has an emphasis on personal development, clean eating, and instructing sequences. Others I looked in to focused on communication style, meditation, music and dance, etc. Know that your options are vast in this area!
How much will this cost me?
The price tag of your training will depend on how you answered the above questions. It can vary from around $600 – $8000. Know that you’re a worthwhile investment, and that you have the ability to create the resources you need to make it happen, if you really want it. Let your budget support your experience, rather than limit it.
The secret perk
At the end of the day, what is really making my training a complete blast are the people that I am studying with. They were complete strangers to me a week ago and it feels like I’ve known them for months now. That part of the experience you’ll just have to leave up to the Universe to provide for you.
And, if you don’t think you’re ready to become a yoga teacher yet, if you read all the way to this part of the post, you probably are.