Today I’m sharing some thoughts on how to decide if yoga teacher training is for you. Read all the way to the end for a special offer from me too!
I have a confession to make. I considered doing yoga teacher training for a few years before I finally decided to commit to doing it. Yep, you read that right. I was worried that it wasn’t the right time. I wasn’t going to be “advanced enough” in my own practice to be able to keep up with the training. Could I actually teach a room full of people? It there was a doubt to be had about my ability to actually teach yoga, it probably popped into my head at some point. I wish I had read a post like this when I was deciding if I should do yoga teacher training or not. If you’re in a similar situation to me, I really hope that this post will be helpful to you.
The perfect time will never come.
Part of why it took me so long to commit to actually signing up for yoga teacher training was because I was waiting for the perfect time. Just like with anything that you decide to take on in your life, the “perfect time” doesn’t actually exist. There’s always going to be something that you could use for an excuse. You’re never going to be 100% ready. Committing to yoga teacher training was partly an act of faith for me. I had to realize that there was never going to be a perfect time for me to sign up. There was always going to have something else going on in my life. I had to admit to myself that life will never be perfect, and that I had to do it anyways.
Get advice from the right people.
Talking to a few of my favorite yoga teachers about their experience of going through yoga teacher training was so helpful for me. Getting their point of view after they’d completed the 200 hours and had been teaching their own classes for awhile was so helpful for me. They were able to give me tips and advice that I never would have thought to even ask about. I asked them everything from which teachers they learned from, what studio they did their training at, and how they liked the format. There are so many options for doing yoga teacher trainings now that you can really find something that works for you and your lifestyle.
Talk to graduates.
This might be obvious, but talk to graduates of the yoga teacher schools that you’re considering. If you’re considering doing it at a studio near where you live, it’ll be easy to find out if they would be able to pass on contact info for anyone who’d be willing to talk to you. Find out what their experience was. Has the program changed at all since they took it? Are the same instructors still leading it? Is the format still similar? It’s all important to know. I’ve found that the experience of taking a yoga teacher training will always be a bit different than what it’s like to hear about it from the people who are actually leading it.
Know what you want to learn.
It’s so important to know what you want to get out of doing yoga teacher training. There were quite a few people who I did mine with who just wanted to deepen their yoga practice. Others knew that they wanted to teach right off the bat like I did. I saw myself teaching more slower paced classes like yin and restorative. I made sure that both of those kinds of yoga were included in my yoga teacher training. If I was more interested in teaching ashtanga, I would have signed up for a teacher training that focused more on that. If you have an idea going into teacher training about what you want to learn, you’ll have an easier time figuring out which program is right for you.
My offer to you!
I have an Etsy store where I sell printables. Mostly goal setting workbooks, but I also offer one yoga related product – my Is Yoga Teacher Training Right for You workbook. Think of it as a guide for you to determine if it’s the right time for teacher training. I also help you figure out which program is right for you. The 35 page printable PDF will be emailed to you after order. As a thank you for purchasing I’ve created a 25% off promo code for you to use. Just type in YTT25 at checkout and you’ll get a 25% discount. And not just on the yoga workbook, but everything in my store.