Ten things to look for in a Yoga Teacher Training Program

WITH DYLAN AYALOO







#1 Research the Lead Facilitator and Co-Facilitators

Who are the people leading the program? What are their qualifications? How much work have they done on themselves? How long have they been facilitating teacher training programs?

Do the course facilitators teach yoga or just teach teachers? It sounds obvious, but in order to teach someone how to do something, you need to have a real, deep and practical understanding of it yourself. So, choose a training course with a great teacher. Find out if the facilitators are active yoga teachers and see if you can experience their teaching, so you can assess how skilled and inspiring they are. If you’re not impressed, then it’s unlikely they will give you the best tuition to become an amazing teacher.

WHAT WE DO

Each of our facilitators have a plethora of experience in both teaching teachers and their own students. They have each invested many years into working on themselves and evolving to establish themselves as reputable world class teachers and studios owners.

Meet our facilitators here.


#2 How are the hours of the program spent?

How much contact and facilitators’ time will you get? The amount of instruction given varies significantly from course to course. The more personal attention you can get from your facilitators the better for your development and the better the value for money. After all, you shouldn’t be paying someone else for the time you spend reading books!

For you to grow your practice to its fullest and reach your full potential as a teacher, you ideally need all of the 200 hours to be contact hours, so check how many are made up of homework or self-study.

WHAT WE DO

  • The Lead Factilitator, Dylan, is there throughout the whole program, even when other teachers are facilitating.
  • The program includes more than 200 hours of contact.
  • Homework and reading time is additional.

#3 How much support do you get before, during and after the program?

A yoga teacher training course is a wonderful and life changing experience. A personal journey of this kind can be emotional. In order to support you in this, the teacher training school should offer you support, perhaps through a system of peers, previous graduates, or access to the facilitators.

The end of your 200-Hour course is just the start of your journey as a yoga teacher. You’ll still have lots of challenges to face in the future, like perhaps the excitement of setting up your own classes or teaching in a new venue! Whatever you have planned for the future, on-going guidance and support is essential to help you develop further as a teacher, yoga practitioner and powerful human being. Check if/what kind of support is given once before, during, and after you graduate, for example, if there is opportunity for continued development.

WHAT WE DO

  • We establish a deep level of trust and support from day one. This creates a safe and confidential environment for people to share and close, lasting friendships are formed.
  • Our facilitators are also your personal coaches and we take our duty of care for you very seriously.
  • We also provide a means by which the group can share and provide support for each other 24 hours a day, both during and after the programme.
  • We offer two mentorship programs:

    1) A 12-Month Mentorship Programme which continues your learning and development following graduation from the 200-Hour Programme.

    2) A 12-Month Studio Owner Mentorship Programme, for studio owners who are ready to take their business to the next level.

  • We also offer an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program, for those graduates who have completed our 200-Hour Program.
  • If you imagine that gaining your 200-Hour certificate is like passing your driving test, it’s the subsequent period where you really gain experience and develop your skills. Teaching yoga is no different. You will face new challenges and learning experiences with every class you teach and our Mentorship Programs provide support and guidance throughout this journey.
  • It can also be difficult returning to the ‘real world’ after being immersed in such a positive and life-affirming environment for the duration of your teacher training. Our Mentorship Programs keep you tuned in to a group of like-minded people who are all interested in their continued personal growth and making a difference in the world.

#4 What is the school’s reputation? Do they have testimonials?

The proof, as they say, is in the pudding and a school’s reputation and the achievements of its students will reflect the quality of the courses.

  •     Does the school provide lots of testimonials?
  •     Do they give you the opportunity to meet past graduates?
  •     Are the facilitators experienced and successful teachers?
  •     Do their graduates teach in well-known studios, or have established their own classes?
  •     If the school is connected to a studio, have their teachers trained with them and are they good?

WHAT WE DO


  • Our graduates love talking about their experiences and you can find testimonials on our website here.
  • If you would like to meet them come to a Free Teacher Training Open House. Find upcoming events here.
  • Our facilitators are considered amongst the best teachers in the UK.
  • Leading studios such as Triyoga, The Power Yoga Company, House of Yoga and Breeze employ our graduates.
  • We’re also the only yoga teacher training school to have branded classes in Fitness First’s flagship yoga studios in Central London.

#5 Is the school Yoga Alliance accredited?

As mentioned in the earlier section, Yoga Alliance International is recognised as the leading international registry for yoga teacher training courses. Taking a Yoga Alliance accredited course means that your qualification will be recognised immediately by yoga studios and health clubs globally. This is especially useful if you are interested in going abroad to teach.

WHAT WE DO

  • Dylan Ayaloo Training Academy is a 200-Hour accredited school with Yoga Alliance International.
  • We hold ourselves to the highest standards and our values include continuous learning and improvement.
  • Everything we do comes with the intention of supporting and aiding you in becoming your most amazing self and creating a community of powerful individuals.

#6 Does the course include teaching practice?

There are some things that you just can’t learn by reading a book, or watching someone! The only real way to gain and improve any skill is to practise doing it and teaching yoga is no exception. Amazingly not all yoga teaching courses give you the opportunity to develop your teaching skills, or they wait until late in the course before you have your chance. Make sure you check how much experiential and practical teaching content is included in your course and when it starts – the more frequent it is, and the earlier it starts, the better.

WHAT WE DO

  • You will practise teaching from day 1 of your Foundation or 200-Hr Teacher Training Programme.
  • You will start teaching in pairs and small groups and work up to larger groups so that you gain confidence and exposure to teaching different people.

#7 Does the school offer free introductory sessions or courses?

When you practise yoga you need to feel comfortable - with the facilitators and their teaching methods. Check whether the school offers an open day, or a short programme which will give you a taste of the whole teacher training course. Also, find out whether they offer a financial incentive to move on to their 200-Hour programme.

WHAT WE DO

  • We offer regular Free Teacher Training Open Houses where you can try a free class taught by Dylan himself, find out about all of our programmes, meet Dylan and ask any questions you may have.
  • You will also have the opportunity to meet past graduates and ask them about their own experience and how our teacher training program has influenced their lives.
  • We offer a 3-Day Foundation to Teacher Training Program, which gives an introduction to key subjects covered in the 200-Hour Programme.

#8 Who are the people facilitating the whole process? Can you speak to the facilitators beforeheand?

If you want to make sure that you get the maximum possible personal growth from your teacher training course, then you need to make sure that you trust your instructors, feel comfortable with them and are confident in their ability. As well as being able to attend an Open House or free session, are there any opportunities to talk to the facilitators directly?

WHAT WE DO

  • Our facilitators have considerable teaching experience, meet them here.
  • We continue to train with some of the best teachers in the world within the yoga, transformation and personal growth arenas. This means you benefit from our own experiences along with leading thinking and approaches.

#9 Does the school have an application process?

If a school is concerned about maintaining the quality of its courses and the resulting teachers, it will be concerned about the quality of its applicants. A good application process should assess your motivations, experience and your interest in yoga and personal growth. Your experience and level of practice is important but not something that can be established by hard and fast rules such as the length of time you have been practising. For example, two people may have practised for 18 months but have attained very different levels of ability. The school should take this into consideration and assess your suitability on broader criteria than simply the length of time you have been practising. The school should also have your wellbeing as a top priority and should assess your health, in order to make sure you are able to cope with the intensity of a teacher training programme.

WHAT WE DO

  • You will be asked to complete a comprehensive application form.
  • You will then have an interview with Dylan himself.
  • In the interview with Dylan you will discuss the programme and its suitability for you. You’ll also be able to ask any questions you may have.

#10 Get clear on your why and choose the program that best aligns!

Before you even begin to look at teacher training programs, get clear on your why. Look at what you want and why you want it. Then, once you are clear on this look around at programs that are in alignment with you and your why.

  •     Why do you want to do a yoga teacher training programme?
  •     Is it to become an amazing yoga teacher?
  •     To work more on your personal development and transformation?
  •     To grow your yoga practice significantly and deeply explore the teachings and practice of yoga.
  •     Maybe you're stuck in your career and you want a change?


Now, ask yourself what is important for you in a teacher training program? From here, when you look at around the plethora of yoga teacher trainings, see which one(s) best match your why and align with your needs.


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