Selecting the online yoga teacher training program that fits your personal needs
Obtaining your yoga certification online is no easy task. With a plethora of online yoga teacher training providers advertising their Yoga Alliance certified programs, figuring out the right fit for your learning style is particularly tricky to do virtually. However, the advent of virtual learning does not mean you can’t become a yoga instructor during this tricky time. It may be the perfect opportunity to get qualified with an online yoga teacher training program that fits around your unique schedule and budget.
What style of yoga attracts you?
Modern yoga offers a variety of different styles for all tastes. Before picking a yoga instructor certification, ask yourself, “What yoga do I want to teach?” For example, Vinyasa would be more fluid and creative, whereas a Hatha practice is more likely to focus on strength. Pick a style that excites you.
If possible, you should consult with the teachers providing your yoga certification online before making your decision.
How are the classes delivered?
It’s tempting to believe that live virtual yoga sessions will give you an experience closest to the in-person experience of yoga teacher training. Yet, the reality of live technology can lead to low sound quality, delays, and challenging group interactions.
In a sizeable live group class, the teacher will have little visibility on what you are doing. Pre-recorded lessons tend to be of higher quality and allow you to pause, replay, and take the time to integrate and learn at your own pace.
However, learning to become a yoga instructor requires extensive feedback and guidance. Make sure that your training has feedback mechanisms where your teachers can correct and guide you.
Who are the teachers?
The people who teach you will have a significant influence on the yoga instructor you become. Do you trust their expertise and knowledge? Is what they share and the way they share it speaking to you? Make sure that you resonate with the teachers’ philosophy, their personality, and their experience.
Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask to talk to them, perhaps even try out one of their classes to see if you feel safe and inspired under their guidance.
Is the school responsive?
How the school answers your questions and inquiries is a good reflection of how they support their students. As you are about to give them a few weeks or months of your life, you must ensure that they care about you! Don’t hesitate to ask all the questions you want and see how and what they reply.
A lag of more than 24 hours on any email might be a sign that you’ll be left frustrated that they’re not keeping up with your pace of progress. After all, it is your journey, and you deserve to know all about it!
Does the school have a community?
Learning online can be lonely. Having the support of an engaged community will play a role in your motivation to complete your online yoga teacher training. Ensure that your yoga school offers ways to be connected to your peers and support outside the classroom (Facebook groups, forums, etc.)
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What are the school credentials?
Yoga Alliance has approved the delivery of online learning for specific schools. You can find them listed on their registered provider directory at Yoga Alliance. Verify that your school is featured on that list and double-check any other claims about the school or their online yoga certification.
What is included in the tuition?
Online yoga teacher training prices range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. While spending less is undoubtedly attractive, lower prices may also reflect less support or less experienced teachers.
Also, carefully check what is included in your tuition package to avoid having to spend more than you expected on books and material, final exams and certification, extra time with the teachers, etc. All of these quickly add up, so make sure to find out what’s included and at what value.
Does the program fit your schedule?
Some online yoga certifications are delivered at fixed periods; others are self-paced. So, carefully consider your learning style, self-drive, and other life commitments when choosing your online yoga training.
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Watch for a balance of physical and theory classes. Ensure that you get the flexibility to adapt the schedule to your needs, or that the class schedule fits perfectly into your life. Consider how much time you have to complete the training and how many hours you can commit to your online yoga teacher training.
What are the past students saying?
In fact, there is no better way to know about an online yoga certification than to hear from past students. Check the school’s testimonials and reach out to past students to find out about their experience. They will be more than happy to give you all the insights that the school’s sales page doesn’t tell you!
What is your gut telling you?
Finally, more often than anything, the right online yoga teacher training will… well, FEEL RIGHT! If you feel called to a particular yoga school or teacher, listen to your intuition. It knows.
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