Yoga training programs are offered Internationally and in every format one could imagine. Whether you decide you want it abroad on a tropical oasis or in the comfort of your own city, it's important you provide yourself the proper environment which would suit you best. Certain programs may also limit their capacity to a certain amount in order to keep a smaller group environment. I personally opted to stay in my own city as it was both convenient and familiar, I didn't want to be in a new and distant setting when I was going to embark on this deep and transformative path. That being said, several of my peers have done the opposite and went to India or Costa Rica and were beyond content with their experience as well. Wherever it is you decide, make sure you again do your homework.
Depending on the teacher and the style of yoga you're looking to specialize in, this will also affect the location and facilitator. Do you want to study with a teacher who has the information you want even if you're less connected with them? Do you want to study with a teacher who you connect with fully but unsure of their content of their programming? Ideally you will find a full package in both realms between a healthy yet educational relationship with your scenario. One piece of advice I will leave here is that before you invest in a training with one person for 200 hours, are they a teacher/person who is 100% authentic and lives/breathes their yoga practice/lifestyle without any conflict?
Okay, so you think you want to be a yoga teacher... congratulations. WHY?
Whatever reasons you have are personal and private to yourself, however it is important that the core message behind your intention to share these practices is clear. When you understand that inside and out, then your true authentic voice and approach to your teachings will shine! Many people are inspired to specifically lead an asana driven (physical/athletic/fitness) based practice and this is an example of what we experience in public drop-in studios or gyms for example. I knew I wanted to lead classes centred around a non-athletically inclined meaning in order for people to experience their deeper subconscious components in practice. This meant I began teaching gentle yoga classes which provided me the platform to speak from a place for students to listen and process without less transitioning between poses. Eventually the further into my teaching I became, then the direction and personal voice evolved and I now offer a full spectrum practice that meets most people's needs regardless.
This is pretty self explanatory, however I will leave a few considerations. If you're able to take the time off work etc. to commit only to your training periods it will benefit your absorption and integration. Yoga teacher training is an intensive curriculum regardless what format you go with. One of the benefits of going abroad to do training is the simple fact of being away from anything rudimentary. As far as investment goes, most local 200hr programs will be between $2800-3500 which would include the suggested readings or materials your training requires to use. If you were to go abroad and have to pay for your travel and accommodations etc. then the costs will vary majorly. I personally preferred having my training in the comfort of my own city of Vancouver but only you will be able to discern the appropriate arrangement for your own learning.
Training's are offered by most yoga studios especially of a corporate business model. They are also equally facilitated by individual teachers who have submitted curriculum to the Yoga Alliance (The Governing Body for Yoga Teacher's Internationally) and run their program through their own locations. There are benefits to either format of training you choose to do, both with their own strengths and areas for development. Some bigger box yoga training's are very much saturated with as many people possible (some upwards of 35-50+ trainees) which is ideal for some... versus more independent courses may opt for less people and a more intimate experience. Depending on the direction you wish to take your teaching career, it can benefit you to complete your program through the studio you wish to be aligned with as a contractor afterwards.
This shows your dedication to their community and business which means they know you would be teaching from a like-minded philosophy and integrity. However you direct the path of your own training and prospective teachings, understand what your focus is and let that determine the kind of experiences you wish to gain out of your course.
Also understand that many teachers are part-time (2-10 classes/week) and usually offer their classes outside of their full 40hr/wk jobs on weekends or evenings. This is helpful as they have the support of their FT work and can start supplementing with their passion and love of yoga. Full-time teachers (usually 12-20 classes/week) are optimal as well as the time slots that are less ideal or accessible to the more senior teachers will be the beginning of your establishing your name and reputation in your community and industry.
Remember as well that there are always tons of subbing opportunities which can be a viable and consistent gig without needing to commit regularly to a set time on a schedule. Subbing classes also allows you to supplement your regular classes you teach if you either need or want more exposure or financial cushioning that pay cheque.
About Hiiro Prince
Hiiro Prince puts an emphasis on an unconventional, nurturing, healing, honest, liberating, laughter-filled, down to Earth practice. His unique fusion of therapeutic restorative and yin:yang incorporates a gentle, dynamic, intuitive, hands-on approach. He always sees the yoga mat as raw blank canvas, a creative playground like an open artist studio – except it’s a yoga studio!