How do you choose the right yoga teacher training

The past few years has seen a definite explosion of yoga teacher training courses in the global yoga community. The output of yoga teachers is incredible, growing more and more every year. Some schools of yoga have been running trainings for many years and are able to offer an integral and professional program of study. There are also many schools popping into existence that have substandard teachers and superficial teachings making it a minefield trying to sieve through all the countless websites that currently offer trainings. The lucky ones will find a good training via personal recommendation but in many cases people make their decisions based solely on what they have read on the internet, the schools website, testimonials etc.

Yoga teacher trainings come in so many different formats with varying objectives. Many of the more established yoga teacher trainings offer more than just teaching skills. At the very least, as well as giving students the skills to teach asana, one would hope that trainings also support students to deepen into self-practice and develop an understanding that allows them to use yoga as a tool for self-growth, personal transformation and spiritual evolution.

It shouldn’t be too much to expect a training to offer a thorough grounding in yogic philosophy that has its roots in original yogic texts such as the yoga sutras and the hatha yoga pradipika. To expect that the teachers have not only been practicing and teaching yoga for a number of years but have also embodied the teachings and can share they experience and practice clearly and coherently. To expect the teachers to be skilled in holding a space whereby people can feel safe and comfortable to immerse themselves in what can often be a rollercoaster journey of physical, emotional and mental challenges. To expect a comprehensive manual that supports the studies and practices introduced on the training. To expect to have a proper method of assessment whereby only those who, at the end of training, have attained a basic foundation to teach are given a certificate. To expect a certain level of care and support to be given on a personal level to each and every student.

There is a growing need for yoga teacher trainings to meet these expectations in order to truly serve the yoga community. We can only hope that those who are running trainings take on a sense of responsibility when they certify students to teach and are duty bound to gift their students with a safe and effective practice of yoga that they can share with others.

If you are looking for a teacher training and have not been personally recommended to one do your research.

  1. Be wary of trainings that are super cheap….often you get what you pay for!
  2. Check how many main teachers there are. For many reasons a training works best if there is a minimum of 2 teachers.
  3. Check the student number and the teacher to student ratio. Anything above 1:7 will limit the individual care and attention that you can get.
  4. Check how many years the training has been running. A long running training will strengthen over the years, evolving and adapting to become more professional and better organised.
  5. Check the syllabus to see if it includes a range of practices and subjects.
  6. Make personal contact. See if you can talk to one of the teachers and ask them questions to get a personal feel for who you will train with.
  7. Read through the teachers biographies’ to see if you resonate with their approach and philosophy.
  8. Follow your instinct, allow yourself to be guided from within. If it feels right it probably is.

One thought on “How do you choose the right yoga teacher training”

  1. Hi Florendia

    thanks for your interest in the tribe 300 hr training.

    frankly we dont put much effort into you tube however there are quite a few videos of us up on you tube which we made but we dont really direct people to them as we rely on our website, teacher and students to spread the word about tribe

    we are yoga teachers and not into show business so the videos are not especially well done.. they are just quick visuals for people so they know that we are real and out there teaching!!

    who knows why someone clicks like or dislike?? . maybe they dont like the style of the video, the venue? something that someone said… just because someone watches a video and makes a comment or ticks a button dosent necessarily mean that they have any personal experience of the training, teachers or the Tribe school

    its unfortunate that if someone clicks like or dislike you dont get to ask them why??

    anyway .. we have been running trainings for a long time and we have a great reputation and over a 1000 very happy students. maybe you should look around the internet at testimonials and see what students have to say ….. we also have a facebook page that we have been actively engaging in this year…..

    and we have other social media twitter etc .. that you can click on from the site.. but again social media is not our thing.

    we do not have to hype up the Tribe school or trainings which have been thriving, evolving and growing over the past years.

    we are happy to speak to you or communicate further through emails should you wish to enquiry further about our trainings

    the website relays an honest presentation of the teachers, the training and what we offer so i do hope you take the time to view all the info that is on it

    best wishes


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