Shopping Around For Yoga Teacher Training
Shopping around for a yoga teacher training program can be overwhelming with the range of programs and studios available to choose from. You may not even know where to start!
If you are seeking to deepen your yoga practice or teach yoga as a vocation or for supplemental income:
- Personally check out the locations, meet the trainers, attend a class or two and listen to your intuition before you register.
- Listen and trust your intuition to guide you to the perfect yoga teacher training for you. As you are checking out studios and teachers; observe the energy in the environment.
- What is the overall energy in the studio and practice? Comfortable and supportive or competitive and expectant?
- Is the trainer/teacher approachable and knowledgeable?
- Do the research and ask the following important questions while comparing the yoga teacher training programs you are interested in.
Question: Who developed the program curriculum and how are they qualified to lead a YTT?
Our Answer: The Settled Yoga School is directed and founded by Maria Johnson E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP. Maria has been an Experienced registered yoga teacher trainer (E-RYT) with the National Yoga Alliance for over a decade and has experience teaching and developing content for The University of Utah YTT, Yoga Assets YTT, Awaken Studios YTT and Santosh’s Yoga Institute YTT. Maria has been practicing and teaching yoga for nearly 20 years and holds a BA degree in History, emphasis in South Asian Studies; minor Art History.
Question: Is there a detailed syllabus with a cohesive and progressive pedagogical methodology with original supporting content?
Our Answer: The Settled Yoga School manual contains a clear schedule and syllabus of the course which has been developed by an expert to enhance the learning experience and maximize efficacy of the course in preparing confident and knowledgeable graduates.
Question: Is there a professional YTT manual? Who developed the content and course design and is it properly cited?How many quality content sources were used to inform the manual? (The more the better and not Wikipedia)
Our Answer: The Settled Yoga School has a professional training manual over 200 pages containing the fundamental foundational information for a 200 hour YTT, citing research content from multiple scholarly sources and includes over 50 custom asana graphics for pose breakdown.
Question: Are there multiple trainers involved? Are they all credentialed through the National Yoga Alliance? Is there a clear repeatable schedule of who is teaching when and what subjects/learning objectives each trainer is covering?
Our Answer: It is important to make sure that a cohesive teaching methodology is being taught in the program rather than a “hodge podge” of subjective methodologies of several individual trainers.
The Settled Yoga School focuses on the quality of mentorship training in small groups over large trainings. When we host a group training we cap the trainings to a maximum of 15 trainees and our trainers are credentialed through Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500 and have a minimum of 5 years experience in the field.
Our program follows a clear course content schedule that can be adapted for private mentorship or destination trainings.
2020 Schedule runs February through August – 1 weekend
Question: What style of yoga does the YTT focus on?
Answer: The Settled Yoga School trains teachers to teach alignment based hatha yoga with a strong emphasis in anatomy and physiology and pose breakdown of 50 poses including training in Restoratives, Yoga Nidra and yoga for special populations.