5 Questions to Ask When Considering a Teacher Training Program
Whether you’ve decided you want to teach yoga or simply dig deeper into your own practice, it’s often daunting to sift between yoga styles and teaching methods to decide where to complete your teacher training. That’s why we’ve pulled together five questions to consider when selecting the best teacher training program for you.
1. Is the program Yoga Alliance Certified?
As the international governing body for yoga, the Yoga Alliance sets the standard for teacher training programs. If you hope to teach yoga at some point in your future, make sure you look for this certification - otherwise you won’t qualify for insurance. We know, insurance doesn’t feel very yogic, but this certification basically says you’ve got a stamp of approval to teach yoga.
2. What is the schedule like?
All teacher training programs start out with 200 hours. Some are immersion classes - meaning you’re cramming the entire program into two weeks. These make it quite difficult to retain the information or get enough practice before teaching. At Yoga Fever, our program is extended over four months to help ensure you have the depth of knowledge and experience needed before beginning to teach! As a bonus, this type of program is perfect for people leading busy lives with work or family commitments.
3. How does the program teach anatomy?
At first, this may not seem like the biggest deal when you’re trying to memorize all the Sanskrit names for postures or figuring out how to properly sequence. But anatomy is huge!! You must understand alignment and muscular engagement before you become a yoga guide. A solid understanding of human anatomy will enable you to bring a high level of consciousness to your teaching as well as prevent injury. Make sure the program you select has a strong focus on anatomy.
4. How does the program balance the subjects it teaches?
Each training course devotes a minimum number of hours to subjects like posture, anatomy and philosophy, but each course also emphasizes different areas and brings its own style. What matters most to you? Spiritual training, a focus on alignment, or ample time to practice teach? Pick a program that speaks your language. If you're looking for emphasis on ALL of these things, you should definitely consider our program. We hit all the bases necessary to take your practice and your skills to the next level.
5. What are the instructors like?
Your studio instructors will be a large part of your training, from their knowledge to their personality to their years of experience teaching. Take some time to research the teachers at various studios, read reviews, and take public classes from them. Make sure you feel that the teachers are incredibly knowledgeable in the field of yoga and can guide beginners and seasoned practitioners through a safe and thorough experience.
At Yoga Fever, we’re excited to announce our Teacher Training Program: Vinyasa Fundamentals: The Artistry of Uniting Philosophy, Alignment & Flow!!
You’ll learn about human anatomy, including posture, integrated movement and the prevention of common injuries. You’ll study philosophy, including the eight limbs, yoga sutras, Buddhadharma, and the Sanskrit language. You’ll practice sequencing, incorporating meditation, vinyasa breath and props. Additionally, you’ll teach two community classes!
Our particular program is an extended course, running from September to December 2017 with graduation January 6, and 7. Classes will be held four days per month and on weekends.
Make sure to register before July 17th for a special early-bird discount! For more information about our course, please click here. If you have questions, please call: (616) 805-3603 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.