Yoga is a wonderful form of exercise for both the body and the mind. There are people who take their love for yoga one step further and train to become instructors of yoga. If you believe that you have the temperament, the patience and the ability to become a teacher of yoga, then you can indeed do so. The question is, where do you start? Here are some tips that you can consider when deciding to undergo yoga teaching training. (become a yoga teacher)
Your Yoga of Choice
The first thing you should consider is your yoga of choice. What type of yoga do you want to train in and teach? There (are) many types of yoga, from the conventional Hatha yoga to the more intense Bikram or Ashtanga to gentler ones that also focus on chanting and meditations like Kripalu and Kundalini. There are also special types of practices such as those for women and babies. If you have been attending a specific yoga class before, then maybe you also want to specialize in that type of practice as you are more familiar with it.
Steps to be a Certified Yoga Instructor
The first thing to do is to find a yoga instructor training course from a school that is certified by the Yoga Alliance. The Yoga Alliance is a national association which oversees training and instruction for yoga teachers. You can learn to teach yoga from anywhere, but completing a course from a Yoga Alliance registered program certifies you as a registered yoga teacher or RYT.
Your yoga teacher can help you find the right place. In fact, your yoga studio may even offer a training program. After enrolling, you must join the classes and complete at least a hundred hours of training in the different techniques. At least two-thirds of this time must be inside a classroom, with the guide of a certified instructor, with the other one-third of the time spent to study the teaching methodology. Aside from the training, you will need to spend at least twenty hours of training learning about human anatomy and physiology. Another thirty hours is then required for the study of different philosophies and ethical practices amongst yoga instructors. Finally, you will then have to practice your new teaching skill on other students by holding classes of your own or assisting your instructors in their classes.
When you are done with the training, you will need to take an exam, which is your final step to getting your certificate. The exam is both written and practical, which mans(means) that you will have to make (do) a demonstration. While these are the common requirements, some schools may add more or have other steps in the training process that you have to go through.
What To Expect From Yoga Teaching Training Programs
Taking yoga teacher training programs can be quite expensive. You should be prepared to spend at least $3000 or more for the entire course. Training schedules can vary. There are short courses, lasting only for two to three months. However, most of these programs are intensive, requiring you to attend class every day for the whole.(whole what?) Some other training programs can last for six months up to a year, with meetings spaced out on a weekly basis.
With yoga training programs being quite costly and intensive, it is important that you choose the right school and type of yoga to train in. It also helps that you like your instructors, since you will be spending plenty of time with them throughout the whole course of your training.
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