What you need to know to make the best YTT decision you can.
At Yoga Teacher Prep, people are constantly asking for yoga teacher training recommendations. The problem is, there are SO many YTT programs ALL over the world that it would be impossible to keep track of them all! Not to mention the countless styles of yoga, teacher trainers, and YTT formats. Nevertheless, we are THE experts in YTT preparation so if you’re looking to do your yoga training, we’ve got you covered. Here are 3 things to keep in mind when it comes to selecting a school.
1) The India Dream: Know Before You Go
Ah, the birthplace of yoga! There is something blissfully romantic about traveling to India to learn how to teach yoga. And many students return having had a transformational experience. However, this is not always the case and India is notorious for it’s yoga scams. We’ve heard more than a few YTT horror stories. And, to be honest, the majority of them come from India.
India is full of entrepreneurial scam artists looking to make a buck off your idealistic yoga bum. So, beware of YTTs that seem unusually cheap or too good to be true. They often are. Every year, students flock to India and unfortunately many of them discover that the teachers are under-qualified, the accommodations are non-existent, and the course leaves them wanting more.
So, by all means, sign up for a YTT in India. But ONLY do it if you’ve spoken to someone who can recommend the specific course you’re taking because they’ve done it and had a great experience. You don’t want to travel all the way to India to find that your dream is a bust. *If you don’t know anyone whose been there, trying asking in our Facebook Group – we have teachers who have trained all over the world.
2) Take Advantage of a Directory if Your YTT Needs are Location Specific
Picking a YTT in a specific location (whether it’s close to home or far, far away) can be challenging especially if you’re not familiar with the schools, teachers, and styles in that area. I’ve found the directory on the Yoga Alliance website to be super handy in helping find schools in specific locations. Now, the directory only includes schools that are Yoga Alliance approved which may or may not be important to you, and if you’re outside of North America, you might find some other yoga governing body’s website more helpful, but ultimately, it’s a good place to start when looking at specific geographic locations.
3) Testimonials are Key
You might love a yoga teacher, but her YTT is SO unorganized. Or, maybe your favorite studio offers a training but it’s super expensive. If you have any hesitation around a teacher training program, get a testimonial. Like, actually talk to someone who has taken the course to ensure it’s what you’re looking for in a program. Teacher trainings can be amazing or they can totally flop, so protect your investment by chatting with someone who can say firsthand how they felt the program ran. You could contact the potential YTT school and ask them for the email of one of their previous students. Or, you could google the heck out of the program to see if any previous students’ profiles pop up. Again, feel free to ask in our Facebook Group. Once you connect, ask if you can give them a call, or take them for coffee if they’re in your area and really pick their brain. Chances are they’ll be all to happy to help because they’ve been where you are (and also, they’re yogis ❤️) This conversation will give you peace of mind regardless of whether you decide to take the training or not.
Finally, a little bonus tip for you: trust your gut. Ultimately, your gut knows best. When in doubt, listen to the instincts you’re feeling deep down inside. Sometimes the timing is just right, or there’s a sign you don’t really understand. When we tap into the wisdom that lies within the cells of our body, we can stop using the mind to make decisions and instead use the soul.
May your YTT journey be everything you dreamed it would be! And, if you need any help along the way, don’t hesitate to contact us via email or Facebook Messenger. We’ve got your back:)