After lots of research and countless looks at my budget and vacation days left, I did it! I finally found and booked my very first 200 hour-Yoga Teacher Training 🙂
But the search was not an easy task!
Practicing yoga for the past five years has helped me get to know my body, my mind and my physical and mental limits a lot better. Plus, the relaxing and at the same time energizing effects after every practice are just mind-blowing. After doing some recent soul-searching, I realized how blissful I feel when I am doing yoga and how much I want to share and help spread the benefits of this practice. So I made the decision and started my search for THE Yoga Teacher Training. How did I find it? The TONS of options our there are overwhelming!
Narrowing down the search
This is something entirely up to you and your circumstances. In my case, I had four main points to consider: 1. Time, 2. Money, 3. Weather and 4. Yoga type
The first three are of course very practical and really help narrowing down your search. I decided that I wanted to do the intensive type of training over four weeks and not the one you can do in your home town over a period of 3 months or more. Why? I want to be fully immersed in the training – no distractions. For me, the best possible time to take four weeks off work is between December and January when I can combine my vacation days left from this and next year. So bingo! there is the date.
Then came the money question. How much money am I willing to spend? In Germany, where I live, a YTT currently ranges between €2500 and €3500, which is about the same range if you want to do it in Bali (plus flights). In India, trainings vary between $1200 and $2500 depending on the school you choose and in which part of India it is. Considering my tight budget (working in the non-profit sector fills your soul, not your bank account), I went for India. Well, not only because of that; the type of yoga I want to learn and how I want to learn it also influenced my decision.
Learning yoga at the country where the practice originated at a school with highly experienced and prepared teachers that teach the traditional type of yoga (hatha yoga) was a very important factor for me.
Once I chose the country, I thought of the weather. Which is better? Practicing in the winter or in the summer? In Germany it’s freaking cold and dark in December, so of course I chose summer! Narrowed down my yoga school search to areas of India that will have warm weather and a beach –> Goa it is!
Where to search
There are great search platforms for YTTs nowadays. Besides googling “yoga teacher training in ___” you can check out:
So many schools! How do I know which one is good?
I had the town figured out, now I needed to find the right school. For me, the right school needs to fulfill these requirements:
- Teaches the type of Yoga I want to learn
- Is registered with the Yoga Alliance – This ensures that the teaching structure meets international standards and that you can get an internationally acknowledged certification.
- Includes teaching methodology in their curriculum
- Gives courses to small groups (less than 20 people) – More personalized attention
- Has a transparent website with all necessary information
- Has good reviews – Some schools looked great but the reviews were just not pretty.
- Gave me a good feeling – Yes, your gut feeling is your friend. Listen to it.
You can make a list with your requirements before you start searching.
Once you find a few schools you are interested in, go on their websites, check their Facebook pages and also google them and read their reviews. Get in contact with them. Ask questions. Once you connect with them, your gut feeling will guide you further into choosing the one that is right for you.
I can’t wait to see what it will be like at the school I chose. So far, the Director has been very attentive and accommodating. Airport pick-up is included and I can arrive a day earlier without additional cost – big plus.
So there it is, I hope this post helps you find the right school for you. The search takes time. It took me about two and a half weeks to make the decision. Be patient. It’s worth it.
How about you? What is your criteria? What was your searching-adventure like?