Ask yourself these six questions
ONE: What do I want to learn?
Studying yoga is not for the faint of heart. It involves learning the 5 Koshas, 6 stages of a pose, 7 Chakras, 8 limbs, 10 points of Tadasana, 12 systems of the body, the founders and influencers, the philosophy, breathing, meditation, mudra, mantra, Sanskrit, functional movement, communication skills, how to hold space for others, and more, much more.
Here’s my advice: consider the journey of the learning process rather then the end result. Don’t focus on actually teaching a class. Instead, break down your primary goal then continue to build upon it one step at a time.
TWO: Who do I truly relate to most as my peers?
During yoga teacher training your peers will become your new tribe. A tribe made up of all shapes and sizes, all ages and abilities, all backgrounds and future dreams. All beautiful, supportive, and loving. And yet, depending on the type of training you choose, the tribe will reflect particular interests and commitments.
These people will witness and become key to your personal growth. They will witness you break down barriers, move through fears, and blossom into your most authentic expression of YOU. It’s such a powerful transformation that will forever keep you connected to one another.
Who do you want those people to be?
THREE: Where do I want to my Yoga Training to be held? Stay-at-home or Destination Yoga Training?
Over the years our YM trainings have attracted students near and far. There are advantages to both staying at home and adding a retreat element to your training by heading to a different destination.
With the extended training format over several months, the closer the better. Whether traveling from out of town or being a local resident, we recommend all of our trainees clear their schedules during the weekend training so they can be all in. Our students most often consider our monthly gatherings to be personal retreats and miss them when graduation occurs.
If you already have a strong home practice and have a background in yoga philosophy and lifestyle, then our 21-day destination training (in beautiful Bozeman, Montana) may prove to be effective as well as a fun adventure. Of course, due to the importance of developing your home practice and learning to teach by actually teaching, a 60-day supported home study with a final follow-up weekend in September is required for the professional track and certification. If you choose the personal track, your 21-days is just for you.
If you are newer to yoga, an immersion might be overwhelming. I recommend you consider your level of experience and then choose the format that will give you the most return on your investment.
FOUR: How much time, energy and money are you willing to invest?
How much time do you have to dedicate to your studies?
Learning something new takes time. Ask yourself how much time you have to devote to studying new information such as yoga philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology, and practice. You will also need to create time to practice teaching. Be honest about this as teacher training is a big investment and you want to make sure you get the most out of it.
How much energy can you expend?
Knowing how you learn best will also help you pick a school that matches your energy level. Are you good at taking in a lot of new information all at once? If so, a three week intensive program may work for you. If not, then look at a program that breaks the learning into smaller chunks delivered over a greater time frame. Do you learn best in large groups, or do you prefer a more intimate environment? Ask these questions of yourself, and then use the answers to choose the program that is right for you.
How much money are you willing to invest?
Yoga Teacher Training is an investment of both time and money and I believe it is best to be sure of why you are doing it, as well as who you want to do it with. At the same time, no one teacher training program is complete in itself and in order to become a skilled and passionate teacher you will need to invest in a lifetime of learning and practice. I, myself, have invested in well over 2,000 hours of formal teacher training, and I don’t intend to stop as there is so much to learn and I value learning over fine furnishings and fancy clothes!
How much do you want to invest in yourself?
FIVE: What will you do with the knowledge you gain from Yoga Teacher Training?
Going into an in-depth Yoga Training can be intimidating. You are doing something new, different, and unfamiliar, and as a result, you may feel completely vulnerable. It’s normal to have these feelings, but know that yoga teacher training will be one of the most transformative experiences of your life!
Brainstorm what you want for yourself both personally and professionally. Let this be your dreamscape - no limitations.
How will this knowledge serve you and those around you. What it the true motivation behind your desire to learn more about Yoga?
SIX: WHY do you want to attend Yoga Teacher Training?
Ask Yourself... How to I want to feel after this in-depth study? What is my deepest heart’s desire?
It’s never too late to pursue your dreams.
Do you want to learn more about anatomy, yoga philosophy, a variety of practices? Do you want to dive into meditation, the business of yoga, or simply enrich your own health and well being?
I have witnessed individuals join the training for many different reasons: from divorce, recent loss, and career change, to doing something for themselves, wanting to teach, and finding their passion. It is hugely rewarding to experience so many people working towards the same goal but for very different reasons. Know this: