Yoga Talk Podcast 3: So You Want to Be a Yoga Teacher!
Kat and Michael discuss Yoga Teacher Trainings. Topics include: How do you choose the right training for you? What is Yoga Alliance anyway? How do you get a job teaching yoga? And more!
- MSNBC article: Yoga Teachers: Overstretched and Underpaid by Ned Resnikoff (July 2014)
Reasons why people take teacher trainings
- Want to teach yoga
- Already teaching and want to expand knowledge/practice, or required to/would benefit from for professional reasons
- Want to offer yoga to underserved populations
- Expand own practice (not everybody wants to teach)
- Why Taking a Yoga Teacher Training Could Be the Best Thing You Do for Yourself, Ever by Jeanne Heileman
- Would an immersion be a better choice? Some schools offer tracks/options).
How to choose a teacher training
- Is there a particular style/teacher that you know you want to study in/with? (If you don’t know/aren't sure, do your research, it might matter more than you think!)
- How much does the training cost? Is there a payment plan option? Price compared to other trainings?
- Is the school registered with Yoga Alliance?
- What is the structure of the training? (Weekends? Year-long? 30-day intensive? Tiers?)
- Other requirements? (i.e., "Do I have to do a juice cleanse?")
- Talk to graduates. Did they feel prepared to teach after? Would they recommend it? Did they feel anything was missing?
200 hour, 300 hour, 500 hour—what does it all mean?
- To teach in a yoga studio, often a 200-hour training is required. They may or may not care if you’re registered with Yoga Alliance. Teachers registered with Yoga Alliance are RYT-200s or RYT-500s
What is Yoga Alliance?
- A voluntary registry of yoga teachers who have graduated from registered Yoga Alliance schools
- Promotes standards for training and practice
- Began in 1999, and has undergone a lot of changes recently
- Registered does not mean “certified”
- Yoga Alliance's website
- What Exactly Does Yoga Alliance Do? by Cole D. Lehman
All those letters? RYT/E-RYT—what does it all mean?
- These are Yoga Alliance designations for yoga teachers
- Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200 and RYT-500)
- Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-200 and E-RYT-500)
- Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher
- Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher
- More on credentials for yoga teachers
- Registered Yoga School (RYS-200, RYS-300, RYS-500)
- Registered Children’s Yoga School
- Registered Prenatal Yoga School
- More on credentials for yoga schools
State regulations for schools, aside from YA
- Example: Michigan: must be licensed and registered with the State of Michigan’s Proprietary School Unit.
Some say YA not necessary
- It depends on where you want to teach. Some studios don’t require teachers to be registered, just that you have completed a TT and/or can teach.
Other problems people have with YA
- Lack of oversight.
- Yoga Alliance Is Ruining Yoga by James Brown (2014)
- Yoga Alliance Approved, My Ass by J. Brown (2011)
- Teachers must have graduated from an RYS to lead a YA-affiliated teacher training.
- Yoga Alliance & IAYT: Are They Worth It? by Kirstie Segarra
- Religious objections
- Not enough anatomy
- (Parayoga, Jivamukti, Baptiste, etc.)
Aside from a teacher training certificate, what else might you need to teach?
- CPR (definitely)
- LLC (maybe)
Oh, yeah...and experience. How do you get it?
- Volunteer, get on sublists, try a local gym, etc
What you don’t learn in teacher training
- You will need (and want) more training (specialty trainings, workshops, additional TTs)
- Can you make a living as a yoga teacher (PROBABLY not...at least not at first)
- Reasons why teaching may not be sustainable
- Ways to make teaching more sustainable
- Marketing is more important than you think
- Have a support system! Get together with other teachers for practice and feedback
- Investing in a few private sessions with a teacher you admire
Send your comments, questions, and future show ideas to: YogaTalk@yogainternational.com
Our outro is "Namaste Nation" by The Householders. Listen to the whole thing on their Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/thehouseholders
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