How to Choose the Best Teacher Training for You
In the ever-growing landscape of Yoga studies, it is becoming increasingly difficult to know what really makes a good Yoga teacher training?
Follow these 6 check list items:Does it feel like the ‘right fit’ for you?
You’re going to be spending some time with this person/group, possibly up to 12 months, it’s important to ask yourself ‘Do I feel connected with the teacher, the centre and their values?’ You may find it useful to talk with previous students or some/all of the faculty.
You can also engage the principle of pramana, from the Yoga Sutras, which speaks of the function of mind, often referred to as ‘right knowledge’. Do I believe that what this school teaches is authentic to the tradition of Yoga? Which leads to…
- What is the source of this training?
It’s not enough just to ‘like’ the teacher, it is important to ask yourself ‘Is this training an authentic and reliable source of Yoga knowledge? Are they known as an agama (primary source of value), If you’re going to drink from the river, know what’s up stream! Who was their teacher?
- Registered or recognised within Australia?
Registration is not yet a ‘legal’ requirement in Australia industry, it’s likely to change very quickly but that could change anytime and many Yoga studios will only hire teachers that are registered. It is important to decide whether or not, this is a deal breaker for you.
There are many wonderful courses that provide a personally enriching experience, which have enormous value. They don’t all, however, meet professional training requirements within this country for registration.
There is only one recognised governing body for the Yoga teaching profession in Australia: Yoga Australia Does the course enable me to become a registered Yoga teacher within AUSTRALIA? Be wary of courses that claim to be “Internationally certified”, but not actually registered in Australia, and find out ‘What does this actually mean?’ Also, does the course give me the knowledge and skills to make me a competent and confident teacher?
- Enough time to digest
Enquire into how the course is structured to ensure it allows you to ‘integrate’ your learnings. The first of the 194 Yoga Sutras, refers to the importance of learning Yoga through anusasanam (your own personal experience of it). Often, this takes time. Rarely, can that happen in a few weeks. Consider, ‘Does the course structure allow time to apply the knowledge, tools and techniques I learn to understand their effects experientially, and embed that knowledge into my daily life?
- Care and support
Not only can a Yoga teacher training bring about wonderful growth and experiences, it can also bring up hidden triggers and memory of past experiences, which can be challenging. Will I have a mentor, someone who can help me integrate what I learn into my teaching journey and support me on my own personal journey? If you think you might want to progress to Post-grad studies, is this organisation able to support you to grow? What kind of ongoing support, one to one mentoring and community can they provide after your initial training is complete?
- Practicalities – time, location, cost
Now, down to the admin. All of the other points are vital to consider but these more practical things are just as important. Does this training fit in with my other commitments? Is it at the weekend, weekdays or online study? If I miss a day, how much flexibility does it allow to catch up? And of course, what is the cost vs the value? A course may seem ‘cheap’ but is it providing you with the skills, support and experience you are looking for? Understand what you’re getting for your course fees and how well the course structure suits your schedule.