How to find a quality training course and why you should take the time to research
There are Teacher Training Courses everywhere. Hopefully, before you start researching, you have identified what type of yoga you would like to learn to teach. It may be worth discussing with your teacher first. They may be able to recommend their teacher or offer Teacher Training themselves.
Each person’s reason for joining a Training Course will be different, and they will have their personal goals. You should get as much information about a potential course as possible.
We recommend knowing the following;
- Topics included in the course
- Length of time dedicated to each area
- Business module included
- Are your points of interest covered?
- Are you able to practice teaching within the course?
- Past graduate experiences
- Are there any reviews on their website or Facebook page?
- Can you get in touch with past graduates?
- The Lead Yoga Teacher
- Do you know them?
- Have they ever taught you before?
- What is their experience?
- The Contact Hours
- How much time will you spend with the lead teacher?
- How does the course take place? Face-to-face learning/distance learning/online?
- Does any organisation recognise the course?
- If so, what are the criteria for this?
It may seem like a lot of considerations, but most Teacher Training Courses are a significant investment of time and money. You need to find the right course for you! Completing the course could lead to you supplementing your income or changing your career! Learn more about how to choose a TTC for you
Most Training Courses will give you a graduation certificate, but consider if the course will provide you with the ability and confidence to teach yoga.
Another thing to be aware of is insurance to teach. You may have a graduation certificate, but this does not mean you can go on to get insurance. The insurance company we use - Balens Ltd. - will not accept online training courses and require a minimum amount of contact hours before they will offer coverage.
All of the Yoga Alliance Professionals accredited training courses have met our requirements. These courses will give you the knowledge you need to become a teacher, and they are all face-to-face learning!
Yoga is an unregulated industry...
No matter where you are in the world, you do not need any official yoga qualifications or certifications to teach yoga. Essentially there is no legal requirement that you attend a Teacher Training Course to become a yoga teacher! Since yoga is unregulated, there are no ‘governing bodies’ for yoga.
Having accreditation with an organisation such as Yoga Alliance Professionals does have its perks. You will boost the public’s trust in you as a yoga teacher, and you’ll display competence through the quality training you receive.
Even though all of the yoga accreditation organisations have the same purpose, they are all built differently.
Different standards. Different benefits. Different goals.
It’s worth looking into the various organisations out there. Have a look at this comparison between Yoga Alliance Professionals and Yoga Alliance.
Where does Yoga Alliance Professionals stand?
Our main goal is to help the future of yoga. You wouldn’t want a fresh-faced yoga teacher to be the lead teacher of a training course, would you? We have a minimum set of criteria of 8 years since graduation and at least 4000 teaching hours before a teacher can lead a teacher training course. The highest standards required by any yoga accreditation/certification body.
We are a not-for-profit organisation. Our focus is on building a community of professional yoga teachers who act professionally and have sufficient knowledge. All of the membership fees go back into the community by making improvements to the membership we offer.