A few months ago I took a really big step out of my comfort zone. After years of wondering, fantasizing and debating I took the plunge and signed up for a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
I’m so happy with my decision to become a yoga instructor but it took me a while to get there.
If you’re like I was and TT is something that’s been on your mind but you’re not sure where to start, or you just want more information on what goes down during a training, then you’re in the right place! I’ve gathered the most practical info and tips so you can feel confident and ready to embark on this exciting adventure!
DO YOUR RESEARCH
The first step I took was to gather as much information as I possibly could about becoming a yoga instructor. I watched YouTube videos on other people’s experiences, read blog posts (like this one!) and talked to experienced instructors all to help me decide if becoming a yoga instructor was something I could see myself loving. Spoiler alert: the answer was yes!
FIND A YOGA STUDIO
To become a yoga instructor, the most common way (and the route I chose) is to complete a 200 Hour Teacher Training. Many studios offer teacher trainings so if you have a place you love check there first! In my case, I wasn’t super devoted to any one studio so I started by stalking the IGs of any studios that looked interesting, checked out their websites, read their teacher’s bios, etc. You can tell a lot about a yoga studio by their online presence and I was able to get a short list going of studios I was interested in. Other things you’ll want to consider at this point are:
- DISTANCE – You’ll be clocking a ton of hours (200 to be exact) during training and fighting crazy traffic every time you need to be at the studio is no bueno so find a studio close to where you live or work.
- PRICE – Trainings certified by the Yoga Alliance typically run between $1,000-$3,000 depending on location..
- VIBE – A good yoga studio creates a sense of community for its members. So make sure you feel welcome and are happy to be there.
- TEACHERS – Your instructors can make or break your TT experience so it’s important you jive with the teachers at your studio (especially the ones running the TT).
Pro Tip: Check with your studio and see if they offer a payment plan for trainings, most do!
ATTEND AN INFO SESSION
Info sessions are free meetings, typically held at the studio, where the instructors leading the TT give you all the deets on the program and answer any questions you have. Some meetings even offer a free class so you get an idea of their teaching style. My meeting was super informal, I grabbed coffee with the studio manager and we chatted about the program, my goals and life in general. It might help to prepare some questions beforehand so you can leave with all the information you need to make a decision. Plus wearing some fun leggings is always a great tip so you can have an instant conversation starter!
Pro Tip: Make sure you leave with a complete understanding of important info like class dates and payment details!
The fun part! TT was truly was a life changing experience for me, as I know it is for many others. Obviously you’ll be learning a ton of postures and how to cue (teach) them but my favorite part was actually yoga philosophy, which was basically all about how to live your best most authentic life.
Students gravitate towards to yoga for so many reasons, all of which are celebrated in a great TT.
You might be all about hot, power classes while your BFF may be obsessed with Yoga Nidra.
There’s a place for everybody and the best advice I can give is to follow what makes you feel good! As a yoga instructor people will be drawn to your classes because they are uniquely YOU – and finding that unique voice is what TT is all about.
Pro Tip: Make sure to stock up on yoga gear prior to TT. You’ll definitely need a mat and you’ll want at least a few pairs of leggings that you love — I work at Evolve Fit Wear and we have an amazing selection of really cute yoga clothes.
LIFE AFTER TEACHER TRAINING
TT is like most things, you’ll get what you put into it. If you really want to make a career of teaching yoga you absolutely can. At first you might not have the experience studios are looking for but worry not! There are many things you can do to become more desirable to potential employers. Hosting free classes is a great way to hone your skills while introducing yourself to the yoga community as a teacher. Once you’re feeling really confident in your chops, visit your favorite studios and inquire about getting on their sub list.
Pro Tip: Take classes where you want to teach! It shows you’re invested in the community and it’s an awesome way to network.
TT gave me so much more than a certificate for my wall. The sense of accomplishment I felt after teaching my first class was a serious high and I met so many great people who I now consider friends. If becoming a yoga instructor is something that’s been calling to you, I can’t encourage it enough.
Did you make your way thru teacher training or thinking about it? Comment below, I'd love to hear from you!
Rachael (Evolve Staff)