1. Find a yoga style you love
The most important is to first find a style that speaks to you, a style that feels best in your body. As this will be the foundation of your training, look for a style that empowers you and lifts up your spirit, one that you want to share with others. The most successful yoga teachers are those who teach wholeheartedly, who love the style they teach to the bottom of their hearts. Successful yoga teachers will make it a mission to share their yoga knowledge and to inspire you to be your best.
2. Spend time getting to know the trainer
You will spend 200hrs in your training with your master trainer, your teacher will be your guide, not only during the training but throughout your teaching career. It is so important to get to know your teachers before you enroll. Have a Skype conversation with your trainer, get to know their personality, their way of expressing themselves, their positivity. Do your research to learn about their yoga studies, their lifestyle, their teaching history, practice their sequence on DVD or online. Make sure you enjoy their teaching style and connect with them.
3. Find out about the format of training
We are all unique and learn in different ways. Some people are quick learners and are well able to complete an intensive training course and start teaching right away, while others might need months or years to absorb all knowledge and fit the training into their daily schedule. Also, if you are looking for personal attention it is wise to consider a semi-private yoga teacher training or at least to make sure the numbers are limited to 10 people only. At last, you must recognize that a teacher training is not a vacation, you will have to work hard, practice teaching, and explore subjects that you might have never heard about before.
4. Evaluate the course syllabus
All Yoga Alliance registered teacher trainings have to devote a minimum number of hours to certain subjects, such as teaching techniques, asana practice, yoga philosophy and history, etc. However, what makes each training different is the amount of time they devote to their special area of expertise. It is a good idea to enquire about the exact syllabus, and about the approximate hours spent daily on different areas, such as mastering the sequence, alignment studies or spiritual deepening.
5. Is the school registered with the Yoga Alliance?
While there are some amazing yoga schools that are not registered with Yoga Alliance but still offer an immense knowledge and expertise, you must be aware of that in many countries in the West insurance companies do not accept certificates that are not approved by Yoga Alliance. So before you make up your mind make sure that where you want to teach your certificate will be accepted.
Enrolling in your first yoga teacher training course is a very exciting step, and can be life-changing. Very often students experience exciting new worlds that they never knew existed, but also sometimes new doors mean new challenges that students must face. I hope you found this article helpful and I wish you a wonderful journey in your yoga practice and future teaching.