We asked our trainer members about their thoughts on online training courses. There was a real divide.
Moving forward for the immediate future we have introduced some changes that we believe improve the best chances of producing great yoga teachers. We will continue to monitor the outcomes moving forward.
There has been a lot of talk about the delivery method, i.e. In Person 'v' Online but less focus on the 'desired outcome' and 'standards'.
The 'desired outcome' and 'standards' have not changed.
The introduction of a new delivery method (online or hybrid) potentially increases the risk of not achieving the 'desired outcome'. As a result, we have introduced:
Also, to re-emphasise that the bulk of the contact hours should focus on teaching skills, we have updated the standards for Foundation and Training.
There are three main elements to each Training course:
The desired outcome is what we are all looking to achieve from running Teacher Training courses. Namely, to produce competent yoga teachers that feel confident to start teaching and are keen to continue to develop and grow.
The standards are a set of bare minimums to which each Training Course adheres to facilitate the best chance of achieving the desired outcome above.
A minimum of 180 contact hours and a Senior Yoga Teacher (who has a minimum of 8 years teaching and 4000 teaching hours experience) teaches a minimum of 70% of the course.
(It means each participant receives a minimum of 180 contact hours).
A minimum of 28 contact hours and a Senior Yoga Teacher (who has a minimum of 8 years teaching and 4000 teaching hours experience) teaches the entire course.
Minimum 28 contact hours, minimum 40 total hours. A Senior Yoga Teacher (who has a minimum of 8 years teaching and 4000 teaching hours experience) OR an Experienced Yoga Teacher (who has a minimum of 4 years teaching and 2000 teaching hours experience) teaches the entire course.
There are currently three possible delivery methods:
We recognise that both online and hybrid Training potentially increase the risk of NOT delivering the desired outcome. That is to produce competent yoga teachers that feel confident to start teaching and are keen to continue to develop and grow.
As a result, we have introduced new requirements and best practices for Online Training. You can find links to these below:
We have also implemented a simple Success Survey Call to all Graduates.
Graduate Success Survey Call
All graduates will receive a short phone call from a Yoga Alliance Professionals specialist to ask two simple questions:
We shall feed the results back directly to the Trainer on an anonymous basis.
We shall also collate and publish generic/ summarised results which are also completely anonymous.
It requires Trainers to submit all Trainee and Graduate lists with: