How do you choose a 200-hour yoga Teacher Training? Some questions to ask.
1. Are you personally an asana-focused yogi or philosophy more your interest?
Regardless of whether you plan on teaching or this training is for personal understanding: Is the asana your primary method for finding peace, meditation or for your physical fitness? Programs which are very asana based may spend less time in developing skills in meditation techniques (Vipassana, Samatha, or other forms of mindful meditation) and pranayama training may be more in service of the asana practice rather than for stress reduction or meditation. Trainings that are asana focused may also have more physical demands in a daily training, so ask: How many hours in a day are devoted to physical asana practice generally?
Ask about the focus on the asana training. Is it alignment/structural or flow/vinyasa oriented? Some trainings are specific and the lead instructor have been certified such as Anusara, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Purna. Some programs refer to themselves as flow, power flow, or alignment based. Ask them what they mean by these terms. They may teach the asana but do they teach actual sequencing and class design. This is important if you choose to teach. If you don’t want to teach, you still need to know how to safely practice asana and pranayama in your own practice.
2. How much time is devoted to practicum?
That means how much time will you get to practice teaching in the training. The minimum by Yoga Alliance is 10 hours practice teaching with only 5 hours with you as the only instructor. Some programs have you fulfill the requirements by being an assistant in a yoga class. Ask how many hours you will actually teach as the sole instructor. Practice teaching while being mentored is crucial in becoming a good, informed, competent instructor.
3. How many lead trainers are in the program and do you have guest speakers?
It can improve the overall experience, increases your network of future references, and provides different perspectives other than the primary trainer.
4. How many trainings has the primary trainer lead, not assisted in, but actually lead?
Ask to speak with previous students and not just the current group, but students from previous trainings of 1-3 years before. Where are they teaching, were they prepared for teaching, after the training was their personal practice broadened or improved?
These are just a few suggestions. There are lots of trainings out there, and it’s a big investment in money and time. Take your time and ask questions