Assuming you’re a passionate yoga practitioner who is looking forward to deepen the personal practice or transforming a passion into a living, make sure to answer the following 3 questions before enrolling to whichever Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC):
1/ What do I want to get out of the TTC?
Out there you will find tons of different offerings. Do you want to focus on asanas or pranayama, meditation techniques or yoga philosophy? Though I believe that a good teacher has a deep knowledge on many of the yoga limbs, it is also realistic to know that to acquire that knowledge takes time, study and dedication… and limiting the talk only to time, most likely 200 hrs or so won’t be enough to go through all that you need! Hence, ask yourself which area(s) you want to focus on and take that TTC that covers it/them appropriately. (And, by the way, if the answer to the question is ‘the certificate’, ask yourself if you should be teaching and how you can serve your students…)
2/ What do I know about the teacher(s)?
Many TTC programs looks very alike when you see them on paper… or better, on your monitor 🙂 though they can be rather different once undertaken. So, if you can, get to know the teacher or teachers beforehand, take classes with them, see what’s your feeling towards them. In yoga, it is highly recommended to study with teachers who inspires you, whose teachings resonate within you. You don’t want to spend time and money to realize there are no connections with the one who is supposed to transfer knowledge to you. And if you can’t get to know them personally, then ask your friend, find somebody who has taken that TTC before you and spend some time in making your personal opinion. Today the web is very helpful for that… blogs, Facebook, website, communities… you can find almost everything!
3/ How familiar I am with that style of yoga?
If you choose a TTC in a specific style of yoga, make sure you have been practising it for at least 1 year regularly. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding out once you start the TTC that kind of yoga is not meant for you! A TTC is supposed to be a source of delight as you’ll be able to deepen the knowledge of that practice, not a cause of frustration… though it often happens when not selected properly. And especially if you take an intensive TTC (i.e. 200 hrs in 1 month), make sure you intensify your practice before starting, so to make sure your stamina and strength are increased… they will serve you nicely 🙂