How To Pick A Yoga Teacher Training – 7 Things Your YTT Should Absolutely Include!
When on the hunt for a 200 hour yoga teacher training program, it’s hard to know which ones are great, good, or definitely not worth your time. Some yoga schools have flashy websites but a limited amount of knowledge. Others embrace the magical aspects of the practice but might leave you lacking in the practical skills you will need to masterfully guide your students on the mat.
If you are confused about how to pick a Yoga Teacher Training program, check out this handy checklist and make sure your YTT pick includes everything on it.
1. Anatomy and Biomechanics
Knowing about the body is imperative for every yoga teacher, since it’s what we are working with the most in modern day yoga classes. So why many YTT programs simply brush over yoga anatomy makes no sense to me.
My trainings focus on learning anatomy as it relates to us on the yoga mat. Understanding your body’s movements and architecture will strengthen your practice and open up a whole new world of amazing insights into your personal temple and what it can do.
2. Yoga History and Philosophy
If you come across a YTT program that fails to cover The Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavad Gita, The Vedas, or the ancient history of yoga, then continue your search elsewhere!
Yoga is so much more than just a really good workout, and the philosophy behind yoga has the potential to transform your life in the best way possible. Not only is understanding yoga philosophy a key part of being a true yogi, it’s also a time-tested way of discovering happiness and freedom.
3. Safe and Creative Sequencing
Unless you are 110% sure that you will be happy teaching and practicing the same few sequences from your YTT manual over and over again for the rest of your life, make sure the art of sequencing is included in your training program. Great teachers understand what it takes to build classes that prepare the body for next-level poses through beautifully curated flows.
My teacher training programs include a deep study into sequencing in the form of a behind-the-scenes look at the exact thought-process behind every pose in the classes I create. With this toolkit, you will be able to create your own original, informed flows based on anatomical knowledge blended with beautiful, harmonized movements.
4. In-Depth Study of the Poses
It’s not enough for yoga teachers to simply stand at the front of the room and call out, “Warrior II…Triangle Pose…Take a Vinyasa” – even if they can do it in Sanskrit.
In order to be able to help your students find personal wins in their practice, and to improve our own asana practice, yoga teachers need to understand the mechanics of the poses inside and out. This means taking a YTT that provides you with an in-depth study of the actions, energetics, alignment, anatomy, and intention behind each and every pose you teach.
5. Injury Prevention
Every one of us is unique, and that includes our bodies as well. Most of us are bringing something to the yoga mat, whether it’s past trauma, a nagging pain in our back, or a limited range of motion in our shoulders.
Learning how to spot issues on the mat and help your students find the right movements for their bodies is the sign of a strong teacher and is key in keeping your students safe and healthy. Because if they are getting injured in your classes, you can bet they won’t be recommending you to their friends.
Stand-out yoga teachers are not created with a cookie cutter, and they have unique ways of bringing meaning to their classes. Learning the techniques to inspire your students with thoughtful class themes will keep them coming back to you week after week for more learning and insights.
Theming gives you the ability to bring the deeper aspects of yoga onto the mat, setting the stage for transformation on the spiritual plane as well as the physical.
7. Skillful Hands-On Assists
Many of the injuries that happen in yoga class could have been prevented, if only the teacher hadn’t pushed too far. That’s right – the teacher, not the student! Assists can be a powerful part of the practice when done skillfully.
They can bring awareness to the body, make space for more breath, and turn a ‘blah’ pose into an otherworldly experience. A good yoga teacher training will teach you how and when to give your students skillful assists. Not to get them further into a pose, but to help cater the pose to their unique body and needs.
Make Sure You Practice With Your Teacher Before Signing Up
These are just the absolute essentials for what makes a good teacher training. Of course, it’s up to the teacher to bring these and all the other subjects of a YTT to life and help you integrate them into your body and your mind.
One bonus tip that I would like to send you off with, is to make sure that you have practiced with your teacher at least once before booking your 200 hour yoga teacher training. This can be in-person or online; whatever lets you know that this teacher is the right fit for you. Trees come in all varieties, and yoga teachers and training programs do, too.
If you’re looking for a world-class, incredibly high quality 200 hour yoga teacher training that goes way beyond the requirements set by the Yoga Alliance, then look no further. A Jess Rose Yoga Teacher Training covers everything in this list and so much more.
I hope to meet you soon!