Ever been sat in a yoga class and thought, ‘I’d like to teach yoga’, or are you keen to help others find the same joy in yoga that it has brought you? If you are passionate, dedicated and keen to take the next step on your yoga journey, maybe it’s time to consider becoming a yoga teacher. Curious? Here are my answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about becoming a yoga teacher.
Do you need to have done yoga already to do yoga teacher training?
Yes – most yoga teacher training courses only accept applicants with at least two years of regular yoga practice. Our course requires two years of practice because you need to be familiar with how a typical yoga class is run, you need to have a sustained interest in yoga and you need a good level of understanding when it comes to how yoga works the body and mind.
Are there different types of yoga teacher training?
In the same way that there are lots of different styles of yoga, there are many different types of yoga teacher training. To start, you need to complete the 200 hour certification. After that, you can move on to the 300 or 500 hour certification or train to specialise in a specific type of yoga. You can find details of our Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training here.
Is accreditation important?
Yes. If you want to become a qualified yoga teacher, you need to ensure that the teacher training you do is accredited by one of the four main yoga teacher associations: The British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Alliance UK, Yoga Alliance International and Independent Yoga Network. Our course is accredited by Yoga Alliance UK.
What type of yoga teacher training is right for me?
The type of yoga teacher training that you do will determine the types of yoga that you can teach. One way to find out what type of yoga you might like to teach is to try lots of styles out for yourself. Our Infinity Class Passes allows you to come along to as many classes as you like within a one month timeframe, giving you a chance to test the waters.
How long does it take to become a yoga teacher through the 200 hour accreditation?
The answer is partly in the name – 200 hours – but it depends how your course leader has decided to split these hours up. Some courses are very intensive, packing the 200 hours into just one month. Our course consists of nine weekends, i.e. two full days (Saturday and Sunday) per month, from January to September 2020.
How much does it cost to do yoga teacher training?
The cost varies depending on the location, but in the UK you should expect to pay between £2000 and £3000. Our course is £2200 and is based in my dedicated yoga studio in Caerphilly, South Wales. The cost is roughly the same price as attending a yoga class four times a week for a year, with the added bonus of gaining a deep and thorough knowledge of yoga, its principles and how to teach it properly. You also get a course manual and, on completion of the course, the accreditation you require to be a qualified yoga teacher.
Will I be part of a big group of trainee yoga teachers?
There will be a small group of people. On our course, there are enough people so that you can all partner up for paired or group work now and again. That said, there are not so many people that classes become crowded; we make sure that everybody can see and is seen so that they grasp the postures and alignments correctly. Everyone has opportunities for one-to-one catch-ups with the leader. You’ll most likely create lasting relationships with other yogis too.
How do I know whether the course leader is right for me?
The best way to get a sense of whether the leader is right for you is to attend one of their yoga classes. That way, you’ll see how they teach, how they interact with people and what their style and manner is like. You will be spending a lot of time with this person, so you want to feel like you would get along and that you can trust them to teach you well.
On this point, you should look at their background and experience too. The course leader of our yoga teacher training course, Jamie, is a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK and has over 6000 hours of yoga teacher training experience.
There will be a free Yoga Teacher Training Taster at Yoga with Soul on Saturday 12th October from 12-3pm. Come along to experience his style of teaching and ask any other questions you have about what the training consists of.
Book your FREE spot here!