We have compiled a list of some tips to help you choose the best school for your YTT Program.
Experience Of The School
When you are planning to take up the YTT course, the experience of the School can influence your learning tremendously. Make sure that the school you choose has been running for a minimum of five years. As the only prerequisite to opening a yoga teacher training school is an ERYT-200 along with two years of teaching. This has resulted in a flood of new YTT Schools in the market. Due to the fierce competition, the marketing of these schools has evolved. Some new schools that are open for less than a couple of years have a much better online presence than the old schools that have been around for more than ten or twenty years. This is how people are being misled. So do your research well before you finalize on a particular School.
Experience Of The Teachers
As this course is to set you up on a path of teaching, it comes as no surprise that your teachers will play a vital role in this process. They will be your role model and a source of inspiration for years to come so this is another factor you must consider carefully before enrolling for a YTT course. The teachers are the biggest asset of any Yoga Teacher Training School that provides yoga instructor certification. This Yoga certification is practically useless if you don’t learn how to teach well. Do your research on how experienced the principal teacher and the asana teacher is. Look for schools that have a senior teacher with at least more than 2 decades of experience. Also make sure that you get plenty of time and opportunities to practice teaching while on the course. The curriculum should be broad and comprehensive. All this will ensure that you will get to learn about various disciplines of yoga and more importantly, how to teach them to your future students.
How Many Students Have Graduated From The School
When selecting a school to undertake your Yoga Teacher Training certification, it is essential to find out how many students have graduated from that institution. Look at how many students are allowed to enroll for each class. Ideally you want a medium or small-sized class strength to get the adequate attention from the instructors. This will provide you with a chance to form close relationships with your peers as well. And most importantly, it will allow for maximum personalized attention from teachers. You will be spending close to a month with them so a smaller group will allow you to really get to know your co-students as well as the principal teacher, something you will cherish for the rest of your life.
An eclectic approach to asana teaching is far better than being pigeon-holed into one particular style of yoga teaching. Instead of getting trained to duplicate a specific system or style, you should look for a school that offers an environment and resources to develop the art of teaching yoga in a way that is responsive to the class situation and relevant to the individual needs of the students in front of you.
Ideally you want to learn how to teach a variety of styles, but with a solid foundation in classical yoga which honours the traditional teachings.