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Choosing a yoga teacher training that is right for you

by Torrey

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If you feel like it is a good time to delve deeper into your Yoga practice by taking a Yoga Teacher Training, the first step is choosing which training to pursue. This can seem like an overwhelming task for most people. There are so many different types of programs and training out there in the world, it's hard to know which one to choose. 

Since a training is an investment of time, money, and energy on many levels, making the right choice the first time is of great importance! Below is a list of some ideas to consider when making your choice. They aren't necessarily in order of importance. 

Your intention behind what you want to do with your certification will make it clear which points are of more importance to you, whether you definitely want to teach straight away, you simply want a much deeper knowledge of the science of Yoga, or you're somewhere in between.

4 things to consider while choosing a Yoga Teacher Training

1. The yoga style you want to learn more about

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One thing that can help you initiate the search is deciding what type of Yoga you want to learn more about. Do you have a regular practice in a certain type of Yoga? Some teacher trainings are specifically focused on one style of practice, for example Ashtanga Teacher Training or Vinyasa Teacher Training - and you may end up quite surprised how different it is from your own practice.

Even if the name of the style is the same as the name of what you practice in your studio, talk with the course leaders to check that their interpretation of that style is close to what you either regularly practice, or what you desire to teach in the future.


2. Will you become part of a bigger community?

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Taking a teacher training is as much of a life experience as it is a yoga experience. The best training introduces you to a community of like-minded people and offers you ongoing support from the moment you graduate. Be sure to learn about the community behind each training you consider, and try to talk to some of the graduates to learn how connected they still feel with their teachers and also their fellow students.


3. How many hours of yoga teacher training do you need?

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Different yoga schools offer different ways to engage in their training. It goes without saying that you need to find training that fits your schedule, but there are other things to have in mind when you look for training to fit your needs. One of the key aspects for a successful training course is to become fully immersed in yoga and the teachings.

Even if you cannot go to a full 4 week or 8-week experience, try to find a course that will give you more than just individual days or weeknights with your fellow students. A yoga teacher training is usually offered as a month immersion program where you live and eat like a yogi the entire time, but you can take the course spread out over a longer period, as long as you are able to attend at least one week of the immersion part. Most popular among yogis is to participate in a 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training, but you can also choose to participate in a 100-hr Yoga Teacher Training, a 300-hr Yoga Teacher Training, or a 500-hr Yoga Teacher Training


4. Is the yoga destination right for you?

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Most students have to decide between a stunning exotic location or the original birthplace of yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. Going abroad and disconnecting from the day to day aspects of life can be a fantastic option for a lot of people. Being in a training requires a lot of focus, and being away from home can decrease the distractions and allow the student to go deeper into the process. The best teacher training courses create the feeling of a yoga bubble - whether they are in a remote location, or connected to a city studio. It takes a lot of skill from the course leaders and self-dedication to maintain that level of connection wherever you study - so do your research before committing to a training.

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