Am I ready to take my 200hr YTT? What you seek is seeking you. The very fact that you’ve found yourself here, asking this question and reading this post is a pretty significant sign that you’re on the path to change! ☝
A Yoga Teacher Training is an energetic, timely and financial investment in the future you’re creating.
Whether you are feeling called towards deepening your connection to your established yoga practice, perhaps looking to delve deeper into the richly diverse philosophical history of yoga or have a deep desire to share a practice of yoga to your community. Taking a Yoga Teacher Training might be the next step for you. And if you’re feeling any doubt around whether this transformative journey is ‘right’ then our below guidance may help you in your decision making process.
Our facilitator team has over 17 years of experience leading Yoga Teacher Trainings and we have witnessed how this decision can be life changing in many ways. Each student comes to our training with their own unique set of experiences, passions and goals. There’s no real right way of knowing that you are ready for a Yoga Teacher Training, yet there are a few factors we recommend taking into consideration when determining what is the right choice for you to move forward.
Ask any established Yoga Teacher and they’re likely to give you any number of answers because truly it is uniquely personal to each and every person who enrolls in a YTT.
Teaching yoga is much more than curating a physical asana class, a yoga teacher is a space holder, experience facilitator, and conduit of knowledge. Along with so much more, taking your 200hr training is the ideal opportunity to explore the type of teacher you would like to be.
The first thing is becoming clear on Yoga Teacher Training actually is, and what it would mean for you to receive a certification. Although Yoga is not a universally regulated system, there are governing bodies such as Yoga Alliance who work to maintain industry standard in an effort to cement what it means to be a Yoga Teacher.
Click here and check out our blog explaining who Yoga Alliance is and how their certification works
There are many styles of yoga, teachers, training and schools with a variety of formats for training out there. Shifting through the plentiful offerings may also be adding to the overwhelm of finalizing your decision. Determining how many hours of training you’d like to take, which style of Yoga you want to train in and wha kind of pace you’d like to take the training at can help to narrow down your options.
Initially most people pursuing an initial yoga teacher training will take a 200hr course. 200hr training courses will give you the foundational knowledge of yoga asana, philosophy, anatomy and yoga business to establish yourself as a yoga teacher and also register with yoga alliance. Advanced training courses and YACEP’s are often offered as continuing education programs and can be a great way of deepening your knowledge in one specific area.
You’ll also want to consider which style of yoga you’d like to become certified in, perhaps there’s a particular school or teacher you’re called to train with or you’ve already established a dedicated practice in a particular style.
It may also be that you’re not quite sure which style you’d like to train in, but you’re interested in getting to the roots of a yoga practice. There are many different schools and diverse offerings on the market today which offer different styles of yoga together with other holistic practices, alternative medicines and healing modalities, such as Ayurveda, meditation, breathwork, shamanism and so on.
There are Yoga trainings that are more comprehensive and yoga teachers that are more qualified and experienced than others. Doing your research into different schools, their teachers, training and philosophies is an important step in choosing your training to ensure that the ethos of their teachings are inline with your own.
Once you’ve come to this understanding it really comes down to knowing whether you’re willing to fully commi to exploring this journey of exploration.
If you are still wondering whether now is the ‘right time’ for you to embark on this journey to becoming a yoga teacher, the answer isn’t always as simple as, “because I want to teach yoga.”
Many people are called to a yoga teacher training as a means of deepening their own personal practice or to connect to a community of like minded individuals or to immerse themselves in a different way of life.
A yoga teacher training is a means to eepening your physical and spiritual practice and offers you the opportunity to delve within your soul and come to the root of your dharma. Whether it be teaching or not.
Does your yoga practice spark a light of joy and awareness? Are you wanting to explore new and diverging avenues of body awareness and wellness? Have you experienced the healing power of Yoga and are looking for a way to lean into that healing and explore where the path leads.
Has the idea of taking yoga teacher training been niggling at the back of your mind for a while? Do you hear an inner voice urging you to take the next step? Again, the very fact that you're here reading this might well be enough of a sign
Do you feel the need for change whether it's on a spiritual, physical or mental level. A Yoga Teacher training is a deep and powerful time of self inquiry, during a teacher training you’ll embark on a journey of discovery coming to a recollection of your true self, your core of being and the oneness within each and everyone oN us. This work is never easy, but it is ultimately what your soul signed up for and it will prove enlightening.
Are you intrigued by the level of the mind and wanting to get to grips with the ancient lineages, philosophies and practices of Yoga as a means of understanding the human condition and its relation to the modern world?
Are you looking for an opportunity and the tools to commit a new way of living?
Are you searching for like minded people who can inspire you, teach you and help you to grow. A ytt training is a great way to connect with people from all different walks of life who have been called together with a collective passion and willingness to learn. Time and time again during a yoga teacher training we have witnessed students build a sacred container and become like family.
Do you trust that this is the right path for you? The truth is you are never going to logically know that this is the right next step, just like anything in life we never do ! With an open heart and willing mind, you’re well on your way to becoming a great yoga teacher.