Teacher Training or Teacher Straining? Lessons Learned in Yoga TT

5 Things I Learned From Yoga Teacher Training

Well, you guys, I can’t believe I’m saying this right now. I’m now a certified yoga instructor with 200 hours of training! This is where you can do your best joyful dance. Yoga Vida’s month-long yoga teacher training program has been both hard and inspirational to say the least. My body has been pushed to its physical limits, and I’m feeling emotionally fatigued as a result of it all. Despite this, I’m quite disappointed that it’s done. With so much to take in after four grueling weeks, it was virtually impossible to distill what I’d learned into just five precise highlights – but I tried my hardest!

Fortunately, there’s enough more to go around.

(To mention a few examples) In addition to learning about bandhas from Guy Donahaye, we received an anatomy crash course from Tracy Maltz, engaged in hours of yoga philosophy discussion with Robert Lindsey, and participated in many “posture clinic” style seminars with Adam Vitolo.

I would want nothing more than to share everything that spoke to me, but I believe that the majority of what I learned will be shared in my future lectures and blog articles.

1. Yoga is more than asana practice

Yogas-citta-vrtti-nirodhah. (Yoga is the stilling of the mind’s fluctuating states, which is what it is). – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are a collection of instructions on how to practice yoga. During the Yoga Teacher Training program, we studied a variety of books, with the major emphasis being on the first two chapters of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. For someone who has never previously studied yoga philosophy, I found this particular topic to be really eye-opening. and a little puzzling! There’s a lot to take in, and the majority of our lectures seemed like they were being delivered in a foreign tongue.

Aside from learning some new jargon, the most essential thing to take away from Patanjali’s Sutras is that there are many different “paths” to achieving mental stillness.

There are eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, and here’s a basic guide if you’re interested in reading more specifics about each of the limbs: /Asana (Physical Postures) /Pranayama (Breath Control) /Pratyahara (Sensory Withdrawal) /Dharana (Concentration) /Dhyana (Meditation) /Samadhi (Self-Observation) (Absorption) Now that I’ve had the opportunity to practice it, I want to include Pranayama and Dhyana into my regular yoga practice.

The specifics of this will be covered in a later blog entry.

2. The way a pose feels is more important than how it looks

If there was one key lesson from my asana practice, it was that I was performing the vast majority of the positions wrong to begin with. However, it is not in the way you may expect. The majority of the stances “appeared” correct. but the way a pose appears is completely different from the way it feels. It’s possible that we’re able to contort our bodies into beautiful poses that seem wonderful on Instagram, but if we’re not using certain muscles, we might be causing some minor joint injury in the process.

  • Attempt an asana practice with your toes elevated off the ground to get a sense of how it feels.
  • Well, as you elevate your toes, your quadriceps are naturally activated, and you’ll undoubtedly find that poses like forward fold and Trikonasana feel completely different as a result of this.
  • In other words, if your arms are weak in downward facing dog, or if your legs feel incredibly heavy in headstand, or if your front leg is burning in Warrior II, you’re relying on one group of muscles to perform all of the hard lifting.
  • It’s for this reason that yoga instructors usually offer a gazillion signals throughout each position.

3. Yoga practice can be incredibly devotional

As a practicing Christian, I had always shied away from the “spiritual” components of yoga since they were something I didn’t fully comprehended. More particular, I was uncomfortable with the chanting of the word “Om” in the classroom. It seemed strange. like I was taking part in some other type of religious ceremony. Fortunately, after chanting in class with my fellow students and professors every single day (and often multiple times a day), I grew to like it and even look forward to it. In fact, there were several occasions when the collective sound seemed so strong that I was overcome by emotion.

  • Om is the “sonic embodiment of Ishvara.” It is pronounced “om.” That is to say, Om is a manifestation of whatever higher force you believe to be in control.
  • It is absolutely up to you what you want to achieve using Om.
  • However, it may be a good compliment to any religion you adhere to or are interested in.
  • Of course, this does not have to be the case, and I am not proposing that it will be the case every time I go onto my yoga mat.

Even if some days all I really want to do is flow to Drake, having experienced the more devotional side of practice has made me realize that I should bring those calm thoughts and prayers to my mat on a more frequent basis.

4. Home yoga practice is crucial to becoming a good teacher

The one thing that any novice (or seasoned) yoga instructor should be aware of is that they must engage in personal yoga practice. It goes without saying that being a member of a yoga studio and participating in different sessions on a regular basis is an excellent opportunity to connect with people, learn from others, and challenge yourself. Practicing in a yoga studio, on the other hand, should be seen as a compliment to your regular home yoga practice, rather than as a substitute for it. The need of developing a regular home yoga practice was hammered into our minds over and over again, and for good reason!

Maintaining your motivation and utilizing your understanding of asana to practice your own sequences are two important aspects of the practice process.

The fact that when I initially started practicing yoga in Florida, I spent 99 percent of my time practicing by myself at home is amusing to me.

I suppose it goes without saying that I have some huge ambitions to change things up in that regard.

5. There’s always more to learn

What I took away from this program was that there is still so much more information to be obtained, which was maybe the greatest life-changing realization I had. I entered into the course with the expectation that after 200 hours, I would be confident in my ability to be a successful teacher. (Spoiler alert: I was completely incorrect.) More and more as we learnt, the more I knew that this couldn’t possible be the final training session I’d ever attend. Taken in context, this is exactly the same mindset that can be applied to any career.

  • Making learning a habit should be a part of our daily routines because as soon as you find out one thing, there are a million more things to learn.
  • For the time being, I’ll be concentrating on expanding my expertise through personal study and teaching.
  • It was only the beginning of what I hope will be a lifetime of learning, improving, and practicing when I completed the 200-hour TT program.
  • and that’s exactly what happened.
  • And a special thank you to Aditi Shah, one of my mentors (and a fellow Athleta ambassador), who spent her Saturday afternoon with me photographing these fun, twinning partner yoga photographs.

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The end of yoga teacher training

The experiences of Aaron, a former Yoga District teacher trainee who has now become a Yoga District instructor, are chronicled in a series of blog postings on his time in a Yoga District 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT). He hopes it will provide some insight into what happens during yoga teacher training and whether it is something you would be interested in doing for yourself. Aaron describes what it was like to give a yoga class to his fellow trainees towards the end of his training program in this blog entry.

As a result, I made every effort to approach the opportunity to instruct my fellow trainees as if it were a genuine class.

Preparing to Teach

During training, I learnt all I needed to know, including the following:

  • What method should be used to introduce the type of class
  • Create a lesson that focuses on the six fundamental spinal motions
  • Incorporate popular sequencing patterns into your design
  • In what way should the class be introduced? Set up a lesson that focuses on the six fundamental spinal motions
  • Common sequencing patterns should be included.

Our instructor, Blytheeven, walked us through the process of how she organizes her courses. As part of my training, I also gained a great deal of insight from actively studying my professors while participating in their open courses. Andrea, Aparna, Camryn, and Emily were among the instructors who taught me both online and in person. And, during our Q&A sessions following the class, we learned more about the knowledge that assisted them in navigating some of the more minor parts of their teaching approach.

  1. As well as the refining signals they employed to ease discomfort and unneeded tension in those pupils who were holding certain postures during class.
  2. I intended to put my newfound knowledge to work by creating a Flow 2 class.
  3. This lesson would have allowed me to incorporate all of the entertaining sequences I’ve learnt.
  4. The most difficult obstacle I had throughout my yoga teacher training was managing my time.
  5. In addition, I have to juggle my personal life and duties outside of work as well as work.
  6. It was quite difficult at times.
  7. As well as providing us with the opportunity to discuss our progress as a class.
  8. We were reassured that it was okay to experience these emotions.
  9. Having said that, given my peak time constraints, I had to reevaluate whether or not I was still willing to devote my time in YTT.
  1. Is yoga still something I like doing? Do I believe I can make a difference as a yoga teacher? Is this something I still find enjoyable?

My answer to all of those questions was a resounding affirmative. Based on my revised evaluation, I was better prepared to face the YTT task ahead of me.

I reminded myself that I was in a position of privilege. And I made the decision to take advantage of the situation. I made every effort to retain as much knowledge as I possibly could from my professors during the limited amount of time we had remaining.

Creating a Yin-Inspired Class

Recognizing my time restrictions also meant acknowledging that I didn’t have the time to design the type of class I wanted to instruct. And that everything was OK. I could still put up my utmost effort while teaching something else. That’s how I came up with the idea of presenting a mostly Yin-inspired class with a few flowing sequences thrown in for good measure (2). I practice Yin on a daily basis to aid with the recovery after an injury. It was a natural fit for me to center my lesson on this topic.

I was able to do the following tasks within a few hours:

  1. To get some ideas, look for a Yin class online. Customize it so that I may construct my own class
  2. To make a whole Yin/Yang lesson, combine it with some flowing sequences to complete the picture.

A shortage of time forced me to rethink how I approached the task of generating a music mix for my students. A pleasant and light-hearted atmosphere may be created in a more busy session with the use of music, which is difficult to do with silence. Some yoga courses, on the other hand, benefit from the absence of music since it allows the mind to be more mindful of fewer things. Afterwards, practitioners are able to devote more time and attention to their breath and body. Although I intended to provide a music for my Yin class, I was unable to do so.

  1. While it may draw some focus away from the breath and the body, for others, it may be beneficial.
  2. A teacher’s playlist is also a means for them to inject a little bit of their own personality into their students.
  3. I used iTunes to do this.
  4. Her Yin lessons are set to some lovely music, which I quite loved.
  5. The more calming tracks were purposely put towards the beginning and finish of my class’s yin segments, which I was able to create using her Yin song library.

Teaching My Fellow Trainees

I had a lot of excitement and worry about starting my first teaching job. I’m well accustomed to being a student. Prior to pursuing yoga teacher training, I spent five years as a student in a yoga studio setting. In teacher training, there was always an instructor there to guide the students through the process. And in the past, when I had given yoga lessons to family and friends, it had seemed a little different. To my surprise, I would be going to a yoga studio and taking on the task of educating and training other people for the first time.

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As I walked inside the 14th St.

Even yet, when it came time to teach, I was so scared that I couldn’t speak well.

During the time that my fellow trainees were waiting for me to begin class, I could feel my pulse rate increasing and tension spreading throughout my body. I was able to pronounce the name of the class and cue a child’s position with relative ease (3).

Teaching My Class

As my classmates, my fellow trainees, began to assume the proper stance, I started my music. I felt a lot more at peace. The pupils weren’t paying attention to me. My breathing became more even and I became more concentrated. As soon as I realized I knew what I needed to do, I felt a substantial increase in serenity. If they did not want any hands-on assistance, I invited them to raise their left palm toward the heavens, following an approach I had learnt from our YTT teacher, Jessica. If any students had injuries that they would like to discuss with me, I asked them to raise their right palms and tell me about them.

  • One of my students confided in me that they were suffering from a tight shoulder.
  • And it was indicated that we will incorporate certain postures into the session to assist.
  • In order to relax the joints, we went through some basic wrist, ankle, and neck postures to assist them loosen up.
  • In the next section, I instructed you to do some side stretches from an easy stance (Sukhasana) (8).
  • Flow postures such as Gate (Parighasana), Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III), and Figure Four (Eka Pada Utkatasana) were then introduced in the next part (11, 12, 13).
  • In general, the positions I picked are ones that have been quite beneficial to my own physical rehabilitation over the years.
  • There are some parts of the body that can store a lot of strain.

And, most importantly, in a way that the body will ideally perceive as natural.

These motions are in keeping with the structure of the knee, which is a hinge joint that is intended to be used largely for back and forth movement.

Some of the transitions I picked, such as transitioning from butterfly to pigeon in one motion, necessitated a substantial degree of flexibility and mobility in the hip.

There were a few bumps on the road when I was teaching my class.

My music was set to shuffle play, which made it difficult for me to gauge where I should be in the lesson because I couldn’t use the song as a signal to determine where I should be.

Despite these blunders, towards the conclusion of class, I was extremely satisfied with my performance, despite the fact that it wasn’t flawless. I was simply relieved that I had successfully completed my first class.

Post Teaching Feedback

After I completed lecturing, the floor was offered for people to express their opinions on what they had learned. This form of critique may be uncomfortable to receive or difficult to sit through. Although we had developed such strong bonds as a YTT group, I was entirely at comfortable with my surroundings and felt completely at ease. Furthermore, I was looking forward to the opportunity to receive some constructive input. My students were the first to voice their thoughts, and they were mainly good.

After the lesson, one participant stated that they felt more calm than before.

The majority of my professors provided excellent feedback, however they also provided some critical recommendations:

  • People were encouraged to share their thoughts when I completed lecturing, and the floor was opened for discussion. This form of critique may be uncomfortable to receive or difficult to endure for some people. Although we had developed such strong bonds as a YTT group, I was entirely at peace with my surroundings. Furthermore, I was looking forward to the opportunity to receive some candid critique. My classmates were the first to speak, and the majority of their comments were complimentary. To know that I put my newfound knowledge to use in order to design a yoga lesson that had a beneficial impact on my pupils was a pleasant surprise. The majority of students reported feeling less stressed following class. In our training teachers Emily and Michelle’s Restorative and Yinclasses, I learnt how tone, word choice, and talking tempo may all contribute to creating a relaxing environment. In addition to favorable remarks, my professors also provided some helpful recommendations:
  • When I completed lecturing, the floor was offered for people to express their opinions on what they had learned. This form of critique may be humiliating or difficult to endure. However, as a YTT group, we had developed such a high level of mutual respect that I felt fully at peace. Furthermore, I was looking forward to receiving some honest critique. My classmates were the first to speak, and the majority of their comments were good. It was good to know that I was able to put what I had learned in YTT to use in order to produce a yoga session that had a positive impact on my students. After class, one participant stated that they felt more calm. In our training teachers Emily and Michelle’s Restorative and Yinclasses, I learnt how tone, word choice, and talking tempo may all contribute to creating a relaxing atmosphere. My teachers gave me a lot of positive feedback, but they also gave me some constructive suggestions:
  • Particularly noteworthy was how I cued transitions into poses such as Side Lunge (Skandasana) and Figure Four (Eka Pada Utkatasana) at a rapid tempo (16, 17)
  • And
  • As a result, they advised that I show greater concern for my students throughout class by, for example, stepping off my mat and checking out people’ postures and delivering specific refining signals.

As a result, they advised that I show greater concern for my students throughout class by, for example, stepping off my mat and checking out students’ postures and delivering individualized refining signals;

Gratitude Circle

After each yoga session led by one of my fellow trainees, we discussed our observations and provided comments to one another. A thankfulness circle served as our final group exercise during Yoga Teacher Training. It was at this point that we each said what we appreciated about the other person. It’s difficult to convey the intensity of the feelings. To come together in a circle with my YTT class after nearly two months of close proximity as we explored both the physical and philosophical components of yoga together.

  • It occurred to me as I glanced around the circle that I had no idea who the people in front of me were only a couple of months prior to this.
  • The fact that I was a member of such a varied, friendly, and supportive group of individuals made me feel tremendously grateful.
  • How their distinct characteristics such as self-assurance, generosity, and faith have motivated me to be a better person.
  • After that, we snapped a few photos and cleaned the studio one final time before heading home.
  • I was one of the last people to exit the building.

I ultimately hugged the rest of my classmates goodbye. Then I rode my bike back home, which I anticipated would be a depressing trip, yet I felt at ease. My heart was overflowing with love as a result of all the lovely words and care that my teacher training family had shown me.

What’s next

Trying to balance yoga teacher training with your regular life is difficult. However, I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision to complete training. Being able to persevere in the face of adversity has given me the courage to believe that I am capable of more than I previously believed. It helped me become a better person. As a result of completing the course, I have moved one step closer to being able to share my love of yoga with others. What life is like after yoga teacher training will be discussed in greater detail in the following post.

  1. The Yin Yoga pose of Savasana,aria-level=”1″> Child’s Pose, Table Top, Toe Bending, Wrist Bending, Neck Movements, Sukhasana, Butterfly Pose, Pigeon Pose, Gate Pose, and Sukhasana are examples of poses. Yoga poses such as Warrior III,aria-level=”1″> Figure Four, Supine Pigeon, Yin Yang Yoga,aria-level=”1″> Skandasana, and Eka Pada Utkatasana
  2. Yin Yang Yoga,aria-level=”1″> Skandasana
  3. Eka Pada Utkatasana

What I Learned from Yoga Teacher Training

In response to questions, I generally answer that I’ve been practicing yoga for fourteen years. I took my first yoga class when I was 15 years old, and ever since that fateful lesson with Cindy, yoga has been a part of my life. I’m grateful for that. Yoga and I have had our ups and downs over the years, but it has always been the foundation of my physical and emotional well-being since I was a youngster. But, to be honest, I feel like my yoga practice has just just gotten started. In my mind, I’d been playing with the notion of pursuing Yoga Teacher Training for the past couple of years.

  • The goal for me was to develop my practice, understand more about the spiritual component of yoga, and learn the principles of yoga that many of us don’t acquire even after years of practice.
  • The first step in becoming a certified yoga teacher is to complete a 200-hour training course.
  • In the late fall of 2017, while lying in shavasana after an especially lovely practice, it dawned on me that NOW was the time to do it.
  • There will always be something on my plate, and it is up to me to make room for it if it is something that my heart is calling me to do in the future.
  • My intuition told me it was a sign, and I filed my application by the next evening.
  • If I look back, I can think of 1001 reasons why the timing couldn’t have been worse.
  • To summarize, there isn’t an appropriate moment to devote 200 hours of your time to anything.

As a result, I enrolled in the program and anxiously anticipated the start date, which was set for early February.

There was no doubt in my mind that I adored The Pad Studios (where I usually trained), and it was time to satisfy my craving.

That was also a contributing factor to my decision not to discuss it on this blog.

Not knowing what to anticipate made me feel more comfortable, and having no expectations made me feel better about the situation.

Training is such a personal experience, and I wanted to feel secure in the environment that we had established for ourselves.

But more on these stunning ladies in a moment.

There was also homework, in-studio practice twice a week, instructor shadowing, and assignments on top of all of that.

The previous three months have provided me with more knowledge about yoga than I ever imagined imaginable, but maybe more significantly, I’ve gained a greater understanding of myself and my place in the world.

Yoga is a way of life, and I had no idea what that meant until I took this course.

On the first day, our teacher informed us that, while we had believed we were enrolling in yoga teacher training, we had actually enrolled in life training.

I could not agree with you more.

Hopefully, they will be able to assist you in scratching that yoga itch or in considering going through your own yoga teacher training program. Perhaps it will have the reverse effect! In any case, I hope that everything I learnt throughout my yoga teacher training may be beneficial to you.

Pick Your Program

Many different programs are available. It might be overwhelming. I’m a huge vibes person, and I chose my program because I loved the vibes of the studio and the schedule for completion; however, everyone’s experience would be different depending on their personality. Taking the course in my style is not always the best solution, but if there is a studio where you currently practice and feel comfortable, it would be a good alternative to enroll in one of their courses if they are available. However, before enrolling in a training program, you should research the timeframe, location, instructors, and certificates offered by the organization.

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If you’d prefer to travel to a certain location, that is also an option.

However, taking a month off work is not an option for me at the time being.

Set Aside Time

Many various programs are available. It’s overwhelming. The fact that I am a total vibes person led me to choose my program based on how I felt about it and how long it would take to complete it. However, everyone’s experience will be unique. Taking the course in my style is not always the best solution, but if there is a studio where you currently practice and feel comfortable, it would be a good alternative to enroll in one of their courses if they are offered. That being said, before enrolling in a training program, you should research factors such as the timeframe, location, instructors, and credentials.

Also available is the option of traveling somewhere in particular.

However, taking a month off work is not an option for me at this time.

You Do Not Need To Be An Expert Yogi

This was one of my greatest concerns before to entering the building. I’m working on inversions, but to be honest, the thought of balancing upside down scares me. However, while I would not recommend pursuing yoga teacher training if you have never practiced yoga before, you should not consider yourself to be in any way qualified in order to enroll in a course. People were at various levels in my class, which was refreshing to see because everyone is at different stages of their practice. In addition, some folks will just be more flexible or stronger than others.

Yoga is more than just physical activity

Oh my God, this was by far the most important learning experience I’ve ever had. As previously said, it wasn’t until I understood this aspect that I was able to begin actually practicing yoga. Did you know that there are really eight limbs to the practice of yoga? Asanas (physical postures) are one of the eight limbs of yoga, and what we all know as “yoga” is actually much more than that.

Learning about the spiritual component of yoga, as well as breath work, ethical codes, meditation, and all of the other limbs of the practice, completely blew my mind. I’m very excited to share more of this information with you!

Be Open

In essence, this is my new life slogan. I believe that one of the reasons I got so much out of the experience was because I went in with no preconceptions of what would happen. Anything I received in return was much in excess of what I could have imagined at the time. On the penultimate week, one of the things that myself and my other students spoke about was how open everyone seemed to be to the new experience. The ability to dismiss some notions or just not engage with something because it does not resonate with you is something that we all admired in our group.

  • You are likely to learn about topics that do not interest you or to which you do not relate, and that is perfectly OK.
  • So give them a shot regardless.
  • If you have any particular queries concerning my program (Embody Truth with Dana Damara), please do not hesitate to contact me through email or message and I would be pleased to provide my input!
  • You all made this an unforgettable experience for me, and I couldn’t have wished for a greater group of ladies to accompany me on this next chapter of my life.
  • And last, what will I do with my certification after it has been obtained?
  • Keep a look out for more yoga blogs and videos on The Healthy Maven in the coming months, as well as events in and around San Francisco and beyond.
  • This newfound information cannot wait to be shared with you!

Have you done yoga teacher training? Any additional words of wisdom to share?

My new life motto, to put it simply, is A large part of my satisfaction from the event was due, I believe, to my lack of preconceived notions about it beforehand. Even though I hadn’t anticipated much in return, what I got was much beyond my expectations. On the last week, one of the things that myself and my other students commented about was how receptive everyone seemed to be to the experience overall. The ability to dismiss some notions or just not engage with something because it does not resonate with you is something that we all admired in our group.

  1. You will learn about topics that do not interest you or to which you cannot connect, and that is perfectly acceptable.
  2. So give them a go regardless of whether they work out.
  3. If you have any particular queries concerning my program (Embody Truth with Dana Damara), please do not hesitate to contact me through email or message and I would be pleased to provide my input.
  4. Thank you so much for making this an unforgettable experience for me.
  5. Every single one of you has my heartfelt gratitude.
  6. Of sure, you should start teaching!

For those of you who haven’t already, I encourage that you subscribe to the myevents list so that you can keep up to speed on upcoming events, particularly yoga activities. I’m excited to share my newfound expertise with you!

Online Yoga Teacher Training: Benefits and Drawbacks – Arhanta Yoga

Yoga has risen to become one of the most rapidly expanding industries in recent years. The proliferation of online yoga teacher training courses has made it simpler for people to seek a career in the field of yoga teaching. Our goal with this essay is to shed some light on the advantages and disadvantages of online yoga teacher training programs. Yoga has risen in popularity over the previous few decades as a viable employment option. When you complete a yoga teacher training (YTT) course, you will have the opportunity to assist others in their own inner development.

To be a successful yoga instructor, one must first improve one’s own abilities.

In a yoga teacher training course, you will learn how to deepen your understanding of the entire yogic experience while also learning how to become a teacher yourself.

Is Online Yoga Teacher Training Worth It?

It all depends on what you’re trying to find. An in-person teacher training course may be a life-changing event, and an online teacher training course can be beneficial in a variety of ways as well. Improve your ability to maintain greater control and alignment while doing postures, inversions, and sequences as a result of expanding your knowledge and experience. And, perhaps most significantly, it will prepare you to assist others in their yoga practice. While participating in an online yoga certification program may be a highly beneficial experience, focusing solely on virtual sessions might hinder a student’s ability to truly learn.

More information may be found at: Listed below are 12 reasons why online courses are a win-win situation for both students and course developers.

What Should I Consider When Choosing an Online Yoga Teacher Training?

Prior to enrolling in an online course, it’s critical to consider why you want to do so in the first place. Online yoga classes are developed for students of varying skill levels and are intended to meet the needs of each individual learner in a specific way. If you are truly interested in becoming a teacher, you must first learn the answers to a few simple questions. It is the purpose of this post to examine the most critical questions you should ask yourself.

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Generally speaking, online teacher training courses are comprehensive and thorough. Their curriculum includes all of the major components of a traditional teacher training program, including theory, practicum, and hands-on workshops. They also provide live trainings and one-on-one coaching sessions to their customers and clients. Furthermore, in certain advanced programs, you have the option to complete the full course at your own speed and on your own schedule. Despite the fact that a class is entirely virtual, a student can sense the teacher’s influence through the manner in which they conduct their class.

Without a question, in-person instruction is the most effective method of learning. However, even a self-paced online yoga course may be quite beneficial in providing the principles of a conventional program at a studio or ashram.

How to Choose an Online YTT Course?

Reviews of yoga teacher training certification provide useful information on the advantages and disadvantages of taking a yoga teacher training course online. You must consider the relevant recommendations and apply them in your individual situation in order to choose what is best for you. There are several excellent online courses available from Yoga Alliance RYT teachers as well as Yoga Alliance certified institutions. Some considerations to consider while selecting an online YTT course include the following:

1.Set your priorities

It’s critical that you first identify what you hope to achieve from the course before proceeding. Following that, you should determine which style you want to study and how much money you have to spend on it. If you know what your priorities are, it will be much simpler to locate a course that can help you achieve your objectives.Read more:Which Yoga Style Is Right for You?

2.Check the credentials

Being a truly effective teacher necessitates learning from someone who is well competent in the subject matter. It is critical that you thoroughly investigate the qualifications and expertise of your professors before enrolling in a program.

3.Time and location

Whether you choose to study a degree in your own country or abroad will have an impact on your timetable. When you have a firm knowledge of the time difference, it becomes much easier to strike a balance between your priorities and your study plan. Although you may learn at your own pace and return to a recorded session whenever you like, it is recommended that you do not do so. However, you will be required to participate in some live sessions, so make sure to select a course that takes these considerations into consideration.

Pros and Cons of Online Yoga Teacher Training

While it was previously not always feasible to complete a YTT course online, this has changed with COVID-19 and is now possible. Many people found online YTTs to be quite beneficial in the face of obstacles such as social distance and lock downs. It allowed individuals to take a break from their stress and adjust to new ways of living, working, and engaging with one another. At the same time, many instructors were able to draw on their own personal experiences to assist others in coping with and surviving these difficult times.

However, like with anything, it has its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Pros of online yoga teacher training:

An online lesson allows you to save the time that you would have spent traveling to a studio otherwise. As a result, it may be accommodated more readily into your already hectic schedule. You have the option of completing the YTT course in one sitting or tailoring your study schedule to fit your schedule. This works effectively for persons who are working as well as for those who have families or other responsibilities.

2.Online YTT puts lesser strain on your pockets

When you take an online course, you save the time that you would have spent traveling to a physical location. So it’s less difficult to squeeze into your already hectic schedule.

The YTT course may either be completed in one sitting or a customized study schedule can be created to meet your specific schedule needs. Workaholics and those with family obligations or other responsibilities will benefit from this approach.

3. You can play it back

Some establishments provide a free session to allow students to become more acquainted with the course. Furthermore, with an online YTT, one has access to all of the classes for the rest of one’s life. In contrast, in a live teacher training, you only get to participate in each session once. Similar to this, in an online TTC, you may access numerous excellent video tutorials from seasoned teachers, which you can utilize to build your own teaching style and to practice on your own time.

4.Online YTTs support an eco-friendly future

Living thoughtfully allows us to reevaluate our priorities and make the necessary modifications as a result of our experiences. During COVID-19, carbon emissions were significantly decreased due to a reduction in the number of cars on the road and a decrease in the use of consumer goods and services. This environmentally conscious way of thinking is supported by online training.

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Cons of online yoga teacher training:

During an in-person session, students receive hands-on training in a specific set-up in a supportive environment. It is not quite possible to recreate the same experience in an online class. Students who live and learn alongside other people develop more discipline and attention as a result of their experiences. However, doing so in online sessions is more difficult, particularly for beginners.

2.The depth and vibrancy of a live, interactive training is missing

Online teacher training certification programs do not have the same intensity and vibrancy as live, interactive sessions with real students. Students obtain a more in-depth understanding of teaching methods and practices when they participate in a non-virtual training. By practicing with others, rather than by yourself, it becomes more difficult to remain focused and motivated.

3.Same level of guidance is missing

You may believe that you are following your instructor’s instructions correctly and that you are performing your asanas appropriately. However, you may want some minor correction or instruction from your instructor from time to time. The ability to fix one’s own posture may be enhanced if one can observe a pupil being corrected from close quarters. The commitment and competence of a teacher do not diminish as a result of participating in an online program. In an online course, on the other hand, the opportunity to provide more in-depth guidance to students is diminished.

4.It becomes less personal and less immersive

A TTC is a life-changing event in which a person immerses himself or herself in a rigorous training regimen. You notice a shift in your eating patterns, as well as in your daily routine and routines. In the process of living and breathing yoga together, you develop intimate and dynamic relationships with your fellow students and instructors. There are several advantages to taking a YTT course online. Online courses are not the same as conventional on-site courses, and watching videos and practicing or exchanging ideas in online communities does not substitute for traditional on-site courses.

Do I Need to Register with Yoga Alliance to Teach?

Yoga Alliance is a worldwide known organization that promotes and supports those who are involved in the yoga community. Their mission is to foster a yoga teaching community that is of high quality, safe, and easily accessible. You can teach yoga even if you are not registered with the Yoga Alliance. However, if you register with them, you will find it much easier to get recruited by worldwide yoga studios in the future. You will be required to pay a registration fee as well as meet certain additional requirements, such as completing continuing education units (CEU).

A Yoga Alliance RYT certificate verifies that a person has completed a specific level of training to become a yoga teacher.

More information may be found at: Certifications, registrations, and insurance are all required. What Are the Legal Requirements for Yoga Instructor Certification?

FAQs about Online Yoga Teacher Training

If you’re considering about becoming a yoga teacher through an online certification course, you’ve certainly got a lot of questions about how to go about it. Here are some answers. Several frequently asked issues concerning online yoga teacher training certification courses are addressed in this section.

1.I am a beginner. Can I still take up an online teacher training course?

Yes, it is possible. The majority of courses are designed to teach you everything from the ground up, and you’ll receive all of the assistance you need during your learning process. Yoga teacher trainings were originally offered in the 1980s by seasoned instructors to a small group of dedicated pupils. These students would spend a significant amount of time sharing their practice with their teacher before being introduced to the profession of teaching. These days, teacher training programs are available to anybody who is in good physical and mental health and who is willing to accept the responsibilities that come with completing a training program.

Aside from potential teachers, any level of student may now participate in a teacher training program to increase their understanding of their subject.

More information may be found at: Is there a minimum amount of yoga experience required to become a yoga teacher?

2.Which styles of yoga can I learn?

The answer is yes. All of the topics covered in most courses are taught completely from the ground up, and you will be provided complete support throughout your learning process. Trainings for yoga instructors were initially introduced to students in the 1980s by seasoned instructors. These students would spend a significant amount of time sharing their practice with their teacher before being introduced to the profession of teaching. The teacher training programs are now available to everyone who is physically and psychologically healthy, as well as someone who is willing to accept the responsibilities that come with following a teacher training programme.

Beyond prospective teachers, any level of student may now enroll in a teacher training program to further their education and develop their skills.

For further information, please see this link: When it comes to becoming a yoga teacher, how much prior yoga experience do you need?

3.Are all teacher training courses of the same duration?

They are not, in fact. Every course is built around a certain strategy, and the length of time allocated to each course is determined by the aim of the course. As a result, a 50-hour course will take less time to complete than a 200-hour one. More information may be found at: What’s the difference between a 50-hour, a 100-hour, and a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification, you might wonder.

4.Will I receive an international certification after I complete my course?

Most schools will grant some form of certification when you have completed all of the requirements of a teacher training course in its entirety. However, not all of them are well-known on the world stage. To be eligible for an international yoga teaching certificate, you must first finish a lengthy course, such as the 200-hour yoga teacher training program. Such courses necessitate a student’s attendance at on-site training in order to fulfill a certain number of contact hours. However, following the COVID-19 crisis, things have altered.

At the moment, this is only valid until December 31, 2021, and then it will be phased out.

5.Will I be able to teach after completing a teacher training course?

Yes, you will be able to teach once you have completed your teacher training program. Prior to beginning a teaching profession, many people opt to complete an apprenticeship or higher-level training courses. Your level of comfort and preparedness will determine how long you will be on the job.


Numerous personal aspects will determine what a yoga practice means to you and how it will effect your life. Here are a few examples: However, there are some fundamental similarities among those who aspire to pursue a profession as a yoga instructor. Many people find that having the option to complete even a portion of their yoga instruction online makes it possible for them to begin learning in the first place, rather than later. We want to reassure you that while we are all anxious about the prospects of a post-COVID future, it is perfectly OK to enroll in an online yoga teacher training course.

About the Author

Founder and Director of the Arhanta Yoga Ashrams in India and the Netherlands, Ram is a leading figure in the yoga community. As a result of their professional yoga teacher training courses, the Arhanta Yoga Ashrams have gained international recognition since 2009, having taught more than 6000 yoga teachers from all over the world to date. His yoga philosophy education began when he was eight years old as part of his basic school education in New Delhi, India, where he was raised in a traditional and spiritual household.

His Yoga Alliance-accredited Yin Yoga teacher training course could be of interest to you.

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As the founder of Arhanta Yoga Ashrams in both India and the Netherlands, Ram is an inspiration to many people. As a result of their professional yoga teacher training courses, the Arhanta Yoga Ashrams have gained international recognition since 2009, having taught more than 6000 yoga teachers from all over the world to this day. His yoga philosophy education began when he was eight years old as part of his basic school education in New Delhi, India, where he grew up in a traditional and spiritual household.

His Yoga Alliance-accredited Yin Yoga teacher training course could be of interest to you as well.

Open Doors Teacher Training Program Reviews

GLORIAI was always aware of my desire to participate in the teacher training program. The most common response I received was that “it will happen when you are ready.” I’m so pleased I took the chance. My life has been radically transformed as a result of this program. With my newfound inner confidence and physical and mental power, I was able to do a slew of tasks that were not yoga-related. I attribute this to the yoga practice. I gained so much knowledge from the different and excellent lecturers who are so well-versed in their subjects that it is unbelievable.

-DANIELLEI finally took the plunge and enrolled in the Open Doors 200 Hour Power Yoga Teacher Training program in the summer of 2013 after years of debating the notion.

During my undergraduate years, I was unconsciously harmed by the fact that I was never able to overcome mental abuse from an authoritative person.

Because I was a student of Open Doors, I had faith that the program would provide me with happiness.

During this trip, I grew more present minded, and I discovered more about my spiritual nature.

My breathing also improved, and I was able to assist others with breathing.

The program’s teachers were extremely knowledgable, competent, dependable, and pleasant to work with.

In 2014, we introduced the program to EB, and it was a huge success!

Most significantly, the Open Doors community is large and diverse, ensuring that you will never be without help.

MARILVA After investigating several yoga teacher training programs, I decided to enroll in the Open Doors Yoga Studios’ 8-month (200-hour) Teacher’s Training program, which is currently underway.

I couldn’t imagine how I was going to stand in front of a bunch of students and TEACH them yoga.

The curriculum, lesson plans, and homework assignments are all structured with the goal of “teaching the teacher” at their core.

Shawn, Karen, Shelly, Marissa, and MattRichard are some of my favorites.

MICHELLE Completing the 8-month teacher training program at Open Doors Yoga Studios was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

In the beginning, I wanted to participate in order to learn more about yoga and to enhance my personal practice.

However, given the quantity of material provided by a number of excellent teachers throughout the program, I feel confident in my ability to take students through a safe and powerful practice.

Over the course of the program, I built some wonderful relationships with my fellow students and professors, and I also developed a stronger connection with myself.

DONNA The Open Doors Yoga Teacher Training Program, which lasted eight months, was a life-changing and transforming event!

Everyone who wants to enhance their own yoga practice, teach others, and interact with like-minded individuals should consider taking part in this program, in my opinion.

SHARONI had no clue what she was getting herself into when she signed up for the Open Doors 200 Hour YTT program.

The personal progress that has resulted from this experience is inestimable.

Throughout the course, the Open Doors YTT instructors demonstrate love and compassion while sharing their wealth of knowledge in a caring and pleasant setting, and they are always accessible to give further advice and teaching when required.

On the final bittersweet night, I held my degree in my hands and realized that I had found the answer to my question: I had gotten myself into an adventure that would change my life.

ANDI is a slang term for “andie.” I had an incredible experience throughout my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program.

What’s the extra bonus? I was accompanied by my sister’s family. It is my recommendation that you enroll in the YTT program, whether you want to teach once you complete the course or simply wish to advance your practice.

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