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How to Choose the Right Yoga School

With so many options at our fingertips, making any decision can be overwhelming.



Hey Friends,


When I first starting looking for a yoga school to get my 200 hour yoga teacher training, there were plenty of options, but nowhere near the amount there are now. Especially in a post-COVID era where major pivots to moving almost everyone online and remote were made, there are countless options to compare. So, I thought I'd compile a few tips that have helped me when I was shopping around for my 300 hour training. I hope they help you too!


Clarify Your Intentions

Before diving into your search for the perfect yoga school, take some time to clarify your intentions. What are your goals for your yoga teacher training? Are you looking to deepen your personal practice, expand your knowledge of yoga philosophy, or embark on a new career path as a yoga teacher? Understanding your intentions will help guide you in finding a school that aligns with your goals and values.


Research, Research, Research

Once you've clarified your intentions, it's time to start researching potential yoga schools. Begin by compiling a list of schools that catch your eye, either through personal recommendations, online reviews, or social media. Take the time to explore their websites, read testimonials from past students, and familiarize yourself with their teaching philosophy and curriculum.


Visit the School (if Possible)

If you have the opportunity, consider visiting the yoga school in person before making your decision. This will give you a chance to experience the energy of the space, meet the faculty and staff, and get a feel for the overall vibe of the school. Pay attention to how you feel while you're there; does it feel welcoming, supportive, and aligned with your values?


Evaluate the Curriculum

When choosing a yoga school, it's essential to carefully evaluate the curriculum offered. Look for a program that provides a comprehensive overview of yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, teaching methodology, and hands-on teaching experience. Consider what areas of study are most important to you and ensure that the school you choose offers a curriculum that aligns with your interests and goals.


Consider the Teachers

The teachers leading the yoga teacher training program play a crucial role in your experience. Take the time to research the faculty members, their backgrounds, qualifications, and teaching styles. Do their approach and expertise resonate with you? Are they experienced and knowledgeable in the areas of yoga that interest you most? Choosing a school with experienced and inspiring teachers can make all the difference in your training experience.


Look Beyond the Certification

While obtaining your yoga teacher certification is undoubtedly an essential aspect of your training, it's essential to look beyond the certification itself. Consider what additional support and resources the school offers to its graduates. Do they provide ongoing mentorship, continuing education opportunities, or assistance with job placement? Choosing a school that offers robust support beyond the training program can help set you up for success as a yoga teacher.

At Vibe Ten, we offer 3 months of continuous support post-training to graduates in the Toronto area, plus a free 3-month membership to our studio. For those outside of Toronto, we offer 6 months of continuous support. This is something I wish my YTT had and so I'm really proud that we can offer this extra bonus to our students. Click here to learn more about our 200 hour training.


Trust Your Intuition

Ultimately, when choosing the right yoga school for your 200-hour teacher training, it's essential to trust your intuition. Listen to your inner voice and pay attention to how you feel as you explore your options. Does the school feel like the right fit for you? Does it resonate with your values and intentions? Trusting your intuition will lead you to the perfect school to align yourself with on your yoga journey.


Choosing the right yoga school for your 200-hour teacher training is a significant decision, one that requires careful consideration and reflection. After all it is an investment and you want to make your dollar count. Teacher trainings ain't cheap. Nor should they be. The requirements to provide a quality training are high and most schools go through a rigorous application process to get approved as a credit school by Yoga Alliance. Just like any other major educational decision, you'll want to do your research and compare the options. By clarifying your intentions, evaluating the curriculum and teachers, and trusting your intuition, you can find the school to support you on your journey. So take your time, explore your options, and trust that the right school will align itself with you as you embark on this transformative adventure.


Don't forget to have fun!


Love & light,

Jen


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