By Wendy Lim, 3 minute read
Where and what type of yoga teacher training do you recommend? At what level should you be at to attend yoga teacher training?
Anna, English Teacher
I did my Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in Melbourne, over two years in a Yoga Teaching diploma course. I originally wasn’t intending to become a Yoga Teacher, I was just curious and doing it for my own self development. You can read about how I initially got into yoga and my journey so far here.
I wasn’t in any rush to be a teacher, and was just looking for a thorough and in-depth course. I’m a bit of a nerd, and love learning, so deliberately chose a course that was longer than most but really comprehensive (a lot of YTT are the bare minimum of 200hr). Now a days every yoga studio seems to have a YTT that they offer, as well as there being overseas intensives, that you can do over a few weeks. I personally wanted time to integrate these new ideas, philosophy and concepts so ruled out doing these short intense courses.
I can't recommend the Yoga Teachers on the faculty of the Academy of Yoga and Mindbody Educationenough. The breathe and depth of experience of each teacher is incredible. All the teachers have been practicing and teaching for 10-30+ years. All different lineages / traditions.
Kaye, the director is an anatomy guru, so great at explaining the mechanics of the body.
Claire, the philosophy teacher is awesome. Has a dry sense of humour, which I love and explains yoga philosophy and the yoga sutras so well in the modern world.
Anahata, the meditation and pre & postnatal yoga teacher is really authentic and has comprehensive teaching notes.
I could go on and on with the other teachers too... but they are the teachers who stood out to me.
In terms of what ‘style’ of yoga you will learn. Here is what the Academy has to say, “Our teachings are grounded in the Krishnamacharya tradition and built on the belief that yoga should fit the individual. As such, we don’t teach a particular style and instead teach you the foundations and fundamentals and encourage each student to find their own unique style. We welcome students from all lineages and beliefs.” - Academy of Yoga and Mindbody Education
The course is now 350hr and delivered over 5 modules
Asana & functional anatomy
Yoga philosophy and physiology
Western physiology & neurophysiology
Relaxation, pranayama and meditation
How to design yoga classes for all levels including variations, modifications and use of props
Also, they pair you up with an experienced yoga teaching mentor, which is really valuable in helping you integrate it all into your life.
When do you know when you are ready for YTT?
Well for me, I could not stop thinking about it. I was still thinking about it, and weighing up the decision for over 2+ year. At one of the first information nights, I discovered other people had been thinking about it for 10+ years! In terms of prerequisite, most YTT state you need to be practicing yoga for at least 2 years regularly. I realise now, that it is better if you have a personal practice of your own that you do regularly and that supports you. Going to group yoga classes, is not the same as a personal practice that you do on your own. It’s harder, but the benefits and results you gain when you begin the self exploration of yoga on its own is incredible. This is what I aim to do, at PT for the Mind. Tailor a personal yoga practice to suit the individual, their schedule, body, personality, goals, etc.
Good luck researching and finding the YTT for you. I would make sure to speak to past students, and to the teachers that will be delivering the course, to make an informed decision. It’s a big investment in time and money.
But so worth it!
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