How To Choose A Yoga School

Making the commitment to get your teachers training certification is a big step in the path of a yogi but before you dive in and start learning the ways of teaching yoga it’s very important that you take the time to consider what school you’ll be attending to get your teaching certificate.

Yoga has become increasingly popular since the sixties and today millions of people across america practice yoga regularly. What this means is that with so many school and workshops available for those who want to teach yoga it can be hard to discern between which ones provide real value and which ones are just out to make some money. By taking the time to do some evaluation and some research you can save yourself a lot of trouble as well as time and money.

The first thing to be aware of is that in the last few years many states have begun regulating their standards for yoga schools and teacher trainings. Although there has been some debate about whether or not this type of regulation truly serves the yoga community it is helpful in setting standards for teacher trainings. The Yoga Alliance, a nonprofit organization, has a system for evaluating teachers and schools and has a list of registered yoga studios and teacher trainings that is accessible via their webpage online. This can be a great resource for anyone that wants to be sure of the school they have chosen.

Using that list you can usually come up with a few good possible choices for your school. The next step is to ask yourself some serious questions about what kind of school will best suit you. What is your schedule like? What style of yoga do you want to learn and teach? Do you have certain teachers you’d like to study with? Where is the ideal school for you going to be located? Are you doing a residential program or a study that requires travel of any kind? What about the size of class your your own learning style? These are all questions you should bear in mind when requesting information from any school.

The next step is in fact to ask your schools for more information. Ask what courses they offer - a 200 or 500 hour program? Ask how many teachers have graduated from their course and how many are still practicing? Ask for a list of material covered and how it’s presented. If you can, meet the teachers in advance and talk to past students of the course to get some honest opinions about the quality of the class.

Also be sure that you’re aware of the financial obligations of the class. Ask about cost, payment plans, refund policies, cancellation policies, and early-drop out policies. You don’t want to be mid-way through your training only to find out you must leave and that you wont be able to get a refund or any credit for all your hard work.

It’s also important to get a list of materials required for the class and fit those into your budget. Some schools will include everything required in their tuition (such as books, class passes, supplies etc) but others will mark those as additional costs. Know in advance so you’re clear on exactly how much the class is going to cost you.

Finally, be sure to spend some time visiting your school or studio before you commit to any training with them. Some places may have great websites or look good on paper but you can’t be sure about the feel of a school or of the people working there until you actually visit it.