by Cafe Holistic editor, Matt Rosenberg
There are many choices when it comes to choosing a Yoga Teacher Training. They can be quite costly of time and money, so choosing the right yoga teacher training is important. This article will help one choose the one that is best for you.
There are many different styles of yoga and with each style comes a different yoga teacher training. Most styles are under the Hatha Yoga umbrella of, which is essentially yoga for health of the body. Most people say they practice Hatha Yoga as if it were differentiating their physical yoga practice. Most of the popular yoga styles today are hatha yoga. The other forms of yoga are Bhakti(cultivating love), Jhana(study of truth/sacred texts), Karma(finding Life Purpose). Of course some forms of yoga will overlap, but most forms practiced in America are primarily Hatha.
Back to choosing the right Yoga Teacher Training. Here are a few important steps:
1. At least take a class with one or all of the directors leading the yoga teacher training. Make sure you resonate with their philosophy and energy.
*2. Make sure that the style is right for you. Take classes with different teachers. Some styles have certain alignment principles. These alignment principles may not work for everyone. Some yoga styles have a very formal system, while others give more flexibility to teachers and students to modify. Some yoga styles are less focused on the actual postures and more on the meditative aspects. Some styles such as vinyasana are more fast paced. Knowing if the style is right for you may be the most important aspect in the choosing of a yoga teacher training.
3. Ask yoga teachers that have done the training for feedback.
4. Price and timing can also play a big factor in choosing the right yoga teacher training. Prices can range from $2000 to well over $6000 with flights and accommodations.
*There is a premium paid for doing a yoga teacher training with a well known yogi.
5. Save Money and see if you may qualify for an Early Bird Special, Discounts, or Scholarships.
Some popular Yoga Teacher Trainings reviewed:
Forrest Yoga Teacher Training: This teacher training is designed to bring about transformation of every cell in the body. It is lead by the creator, Ana Forrest who can be compared to a modern day Shaman. The style includes holding of postures for extended periods of breath and a lot of core work. Due to the extreme intensity(Yang) of the program, it is not appropriate for all. The training is done only twice a year in the from of a 1 month intensive. There is a premium paid because Ana Forrest is a world renown Yogini. With the cost of the separate Anatomy workshop, the cost of this training is upwards of $4,000 without accommodations.
Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training: The reader must be made aware that this editor has taken a Kripalu yoga teacher training and may have a certain bias towards it. This is an affordable yoga teacher training at $2,700, but the accommodations at Kripalu will likely cost another $2,500. The appeal of this program is that it allows you to completely immerse yourself in a conscious living environment not having to worry about driving, cooking, and the stresses of typical everyday life. Another great plus to the Kripalu style is that it allows the yoga to fit the student. Hence there is no a rigid principles of alignment structure making it a yoga for a much larger audience. One of the drawbacks of this program is the large number of students, which is typically over 60. This can make it hard for one on one time. The style is often taught in a gentle(Yin) fashion which could be a pro or a con depending on subjectivity.
Anusara Yoga Teacher Training: This style of yoga seems to be spreading like a wild fire. One of its main principles is the opening of the heart chakra and its alignment principles tailor to the opening up to the heart. The specificity of the alignment principles may not be for everyone. One must take a 100 hour Anusara Immersion before qualifying to be able to apply for the 200hr yoga teacher training. Those anxious to teach this may be too much of a hold up. The great thing about the Anusara Immersion is that it allows you to study with a teacher in a very intimate setting learning the style well before learning how to teach it. Becoming a fully certified Anusara yoga teacher will likely give you the skills to teach other aspiring yoga teachers. The drawback is that it is one of the most vigorous certification systems and is pricey.
Vinyasana Yoga Teacher Training: This editor has a bias against Vinyasana Flow styles. In Vinyasana the asana movement is linked with the breath creating a meditative experience. Shiva Rea is the predominant Yogini in teaching vinyasana flow teacher training. She specializes in Prana Flow, letting the energy of the body naturally move the body. This teacher training will likely be expensive due to the high profile of the teacher.
Local Yoga Teacher Trainings: The opportunity may not exist to do a teacher training with a world renown yogi due to costs and time commitment. There are many studios that do yoga teacher trainings for an affordable price and space the training out over multiple months to allow for those that work full times jobs. Franchisees such as Core Power Yoga offer these as well as local studios. As mentioned above, it is recommended to take classes with the directors of the program before hand as well ask others who have completed the training for feedback. This is likely the most affordable and practical means to get certified to be a yoga teacher.