Becoming a Teacher
Questions to ask yourself
If you have a desire to teach yoga or are interested in deepening your practice with yoga teacher training, it is important to reflect on your personal yoga experience and educational needs. Knowing these ahead of time will help you find a program that will support your individual educational process, professional training and personal practice.
- What style of yoga would you like to study and teach? Common styles include: Ananda, Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Integral, Kripalu, Kundalini, Power, Sivananda and Vinyasa.
- Are there teachers you admire and respect with whom you would like to study? It is always a good idea to attend a class or workshop taught by the primary teachers of any program you are considering.
- Would you like to work with a specific population? Find out if the program includes any instruction on teaching seniors, prenatal, children, or yoga therapy, if this is of interest to you.
- What is your learning style? Consider the size of the training program and the format of classroom instruction.
- What kind of class schedule, homework and program length does your lifestyle allow for? Training programs may be residential, weekly intensives, evenings or weekends.
- In what educational setting are you most comfortable? Locations may include ashrams, studios or home settings. If you choose a residential program, ensure the accommodations meet any special dietary or lifestyle considerations you may have.
Questions to ask your school
Do not be shy about asking questions of your prospective school. Most schools require a considerable investment of both time and money from their students. Ensure that you find the program that is right for you by carefully examining the school ahead of time.
- Is the program registered with Yoga Alliance? A Registered Yoga School (RYS) designation is a symbol of experience, dedication and commitment on the part of the school, and is open to schools that have met Yoga Alliance standards at the 200-hour and 500-hour levels.
- How many yoga teacher training classes has the school graduated and how many have graduated under Yoga Alliance standards? You can request to speak with a former graduate to learn more about the program from a former student’s perspective.
- What material is covered under the program and how is it presented? Find out what topics as well as what formats the program will include ensuring it covers your particular learning objectives.
- Who are the primary teacher trainers? Ask how much time will be spent with them and with other faculty.
- What are the backgrounds of the teacher trainers? Make sure teachers are well-trained and experienced in the areas they instruct.
- What is the assessment process? Learn what competencies are expected of a student to successfully complete the program and how they are measured.
- Is there a mentoring program in place? Mentoring can be a powerful way to learn and provide students with more personal instruction outside of a group classroom format.
- Does the school have a code of conduct for instructors? Ask how the code of conduct is enforced and if the school provides copies of any contracts signed to the student.
- How much does the program cost and what is the payment policy? Find out about the refund policy if a student does not complete the program as well as any flexible payment options to meet your needs.