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Tips on choosing a teacher training retreat!

by Donna Davidge

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If you have decided that a yoga retreat combined with a training sounds like fun here are some things to consider!

1. Location of your yoga teacher training

With all the trainings (and retreats worldwide!) available you of course want to like (even love!) the location and make sure it fits your temperament; not a hot weather person? Love beaches? Choose a location you enjoy but also know that you may not have as much time as a regular yoga retreat to explore and enjoy the area- good idea to ask the people running the retreat what the options are. In our intensive 21 day trainings we know nature outings in Maine help balance the intense long days of study and practice.


2. Yoga Style

While vinyasa is the most popular form of yoga these days, there are many other types to zero in on based on your interest- Ashtanga, Iyengar ( the most serious and lengthy training so not often offered at retreats unless incorporated into other forms, as Sewall House does.), Kundalini, Hatha and more.


3. Type of program

Serious immersion into yoga lifestyle or simply a good overall asana program? Yoga Alliance requires certain things to be covered for their trainings- philosophy, anatomy, teaching styles and more- so be sure to ask for an outline or syllabus. Some cover the Bhagavad gita for example while others do not- Sewall House approaches philosophy with Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. A friend who is a serious yogi- no meat, alcohol or caffeine- was flabberghasted when the people in his vinyasa training in California wanted to party each night.




4. 200-hr yoga teacher training or 500-hr yoga teacher training?

You will likely start with a 200 hour training, The decision to go on to 500 can be at another retreat or through local studios. You might want to instead further your knowledge and diversity of experience by simply choosing retreat places you would like to go and with teacher(s) that can take you further as both a student and newer teacher. That way you can continue to combine learning and travel!

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