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6 Mistakes to Avoid when Choosing Your Yoga Teacher Training Course

Is the teacher more interested in you or their phone ?

1.Check which type of Yoga you will be qualified to teach when qualified

A proper conversation with the trainer or applications assistant is essential here.  Ask what type of yoga will I be qualified in on my certificate?  Attending a class of a previous student can let you see the interpretation of the style of Yoga and allow you to see if they meet your target as a Yoga teacher.

2. Ask how many people are attending the course

We run teacher trainings and have noticed that people differ in their preference for size of training school.  If you are quite a shy person and find it hard to speak in public or ask questions in front of big crowds choose a course that is smaller and more intimate.

3. You don’t like the teacher(s)

We have many people applying to move to our training courses from other trainings because they just don’t like the teacher.  Yoga is a very personal thing and if you have not already established that you like the energy of the person you will be spending 200 hours with, now is the time to do it before you pay the deposit!

4. Not asking if you can speak to one of last years newly qualified teachers

Always ask if you can have a phone conversation with a person who has recently finished the training.  Make sure it is a student form the most recent course as any good course organically grows in content or ability. Sometimes they can also go downhill so check this out.  If there is a resistance in giving you a way of contacting someone be very suspicious.  Look online at the latest testimonials and ratings.

5. The times and dates match availability in your diary

Quite often students don’t check for family occasions in their diary expecting to just be able to catch up somehow?  Any good yoga school will be strict with your contact hours – or they should be!  The recognised authority says that of 200 hours, 180 of those have to be contact hours – according to Yoga Alliance – so you may have to wait anther year to catch up.  It’s also a good idea to ask what their catch up policy is in case of an unexpected event creeping unplanned into your diary.

6. Ask about drop-out rates

Make sure to ask how many students start each course and what percentage of those actually complete it.  If the school has a very high drop out rate perhaps the material is too difficult to grasp or the teaching style and delivery not up to scratch.  Consider asking if you can sit it on maybe 30 minutes of an actual course to get a feel for the energy of the teaching.  Ask if they have an open day!

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