Embark on a Yoga Training that Supports You First, then Others. Yoga Teacher training is growing in popularity every year, and program costs merit that you spend the time, to ensure you are making the right choice for your future.
These are my personal recommendations to help you maneuver through the maze of options. I’ve mentored many students over the past seven years of providing training, and many I’ve encouraged to go elsewhere. If you still need guidance after reading this, consider setting up a FREE 30 minute consultation with me.
Rather than simply going to the studio closest to your home, the one you take classes from or the one that’s the cheapest, it is worthwhile to look for the right school and the right person/team to train you. You need to find someone who is experienced and whose teaching style and personality you find inspiring.
It really depends on what you want out of your yoga training. If your interest lies in getting into teaching as fast as you can with limited focus on the eight limbs of yoga, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, asanas, adjustments, pranayama, mediation, philosophy, Koshas, etc. then choosing a weekend program may be right for you. However, if you want an in-depth understanding of the yogic process, a well accredited school is worth every penny spent.
If the path you choose is an accredited school, it will enable you more time for learning the fundamentals of yoga and provide you with a certification that will make you, your future students, and the places you teach comfortable and safe.
Start by first checking out the yoga alliance website. This website will provide you all the schools in your state that have received “accreditation.” When you look for a school and a teacher, it is a good idea to visit each school and learn something about the training, the teacher(s) and any nuances that the school may have. Integrative Yoga (IYT) at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is a yoga alliance approved school and is also an affiliate arm to Integrative Yoga Therapy, the premier training school and philosophy offered through Kripalu.
If you have no idea what type of style you will ultimately teach, then you should first shop as many schools as possible, taking classes and finding one you really enjoy. In the Integrative Yoga Therapy model, our instructors are taught a broad range of styles to allow the therapeutic instructor to offer the right approach to the right client.
Make sure that the person you are being trained from did not just take a weekend crash course, but has been practicing yoga themselves and the school has been offering classes for quite some time. A well trained teacher is going to offer you more in the long run. Also consider the teaching style and personality of your teacher. Finding the right fit of teacher is critical to your success.
Once you’ve narrowed down the options and have chosen a school you believe is right, then attend a few classes and get a feel for the instructor, how they interact with their clientele, etc. If it still feels right, it’s probably the right school for you.
- Know your goals in advance (I desire to…..)
- Choose between a quick course and an intensive course first.
- Choose between being accredited and non-accredited. The later offers very limited job opportunities. Think in terms of whom you would want to be taking a yoga class from as a student.
- If choosing accredited, visit the yoga alliance website and narrow down your choices of schools to visit – Integrative Yoga (IYT) at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is a Registered Yoga Alliance school, 2018 will bring in our eighth year of students.
- Visit several options and choose a teacher and school that are right for you, regardless of the location from your home.
- Take a few classes and then sign up for the school – we welcome any student considering our center to arrange for a free 30 minute consult and two sample yoga class sessions to understand our teaching philosophy or join our practice until the time you decide to take training.
My personal yoga journey….
I opted for a 200 hour accredited school in Colorado. After certification, I trained with Judith Hansen Lasater to receive a certification in Restorative Yoga. Following up on the 200HR, I completed my 500 hour yoga therapy training with Joseph & Lillian LePage, founders of Integrative Yoga Therapy and then, decided to complete my Yoga Therapy training certification with Integrative Yoga Therapy. Over the years, I’ve added in Aryuvedic and environmental and somatic training. I joined the International Association of Yoga Therapists and have attended their annual conferences which continues to nourish my thirst for all things yoga.
In short, yoga training is an ongoing process. Every teacher with a passion to guide students remains a student themselves throughout the course of their journey to serve. Hope this helps you on your journey to becoming a passionate, qualified and well trained yoga teacher or yoga therapist.
The 200-HR program is the foundation program of Integrative Yoga Therapy and the advanced training programs can be found at https://