Maybe you've been practicing yoga for a while and loving it, and you're starting to notice how it fits together.
It's starting to make sense why you do certain poses, for example to increase flexibility, and others to build balance.
You might even notice the sequence of the class and know where the teacher is going next before they go there.
But even as you become more embodied and confident in your practice and more aware of how yoga teachers put their classes together you may have this sense that there's something you're still not quite learning from your drop-in classes.
Without a clear, intentonal process for both learning and teaching, you're likely to get burned out, stagnant and disenchanted with yoga.
I've worked with students with chronic tensions, anxieties and repetitive stress injuries from doing the same practices over and over again without really knowing why they're doing it or how incredibly helpful yoga can be to address their issues.
You already have a busy life with work, family and your responsibilities. It's important to know that the time you take for your yoga practice is helping and not sending you down a path towards burn out and repetitive stress injuries.
I have been fortunate to have great teachers, but I have also, unfortunately, met many who have not had great teacher trainings. The Yoga Teacher Training you choose needs to address these things up front or you'll be wasting a lot fo your time and energy.
While many teachers are now chasing trends on instagram and things like beer yoga and goat yoga, students are craving to learn yoga that is rooted in the origins and philosophy of yoga while also informed by modern exercise science to avoid injuries and repetitive stress. This is rare!
Even though there are now 50,000+ yoga teachers in the world, there has never been a better time to become a certified yoga teacher and give people the deeper, more intentional and sound yoga practices that they are looking for.
The key is...
To make sure you avoid the mistakes that most teachers are making.
AND HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES.
As a discipline, modern yoga is quite unique. Most people take their first yoga class at a drop-in class. A complete beginner in the same class with someone who has practiced for 10+ years and another person with injuries. If this is the only way you learn you are likely going to fast in the beginning and too slow later on. If you stick with it you will start to make sense of it, but you'll likely feel you're always missing some bigger picture. Some styles address this rigid sequences that never change, but many people eventually stop practicing due to injuries.
There needs to be a middle ground. An approach to yoga curriculum that is structured, yet fluid. This is one of the core teachings of yoga "Stirha Sukha Asanam" - yet it's often overlooked in how we practice and who we teach. It is a skill to find this balance, but teachers that do can make the every public class engaging and adapted to each inviduals needs - while also creating opportunities to work 1-1 with students over extended periods of time, as yoga was traditionally taught.
It is a common misconception that a "tight" muscle means "needs to be stretched." It seems like it would make sense, so many yoga teachers will suggest more and more stretching the more tightness you have, but this is ultimately doing more harm than good.
In most cases, a tight muscle actually gets that way because it is weak, and easily overloaded and holding tension. The solution is to build strength, not flexibility or range of motion. This can easily be done in the context of any yoga class, but needs to be intentionally included, because most traditional yoga postures - created by very active people, do not address this modern need.
We've all said it. Spin your arms, Arch your back. Tuck your tail. What does all this really mean? Why do yoga teachers say it? Is it really helpful to "lift your inner arches?" and how does one even attempt this?
The issue is that people become yoga teachers because they love doing yoga. At it's roots yoga was about meditative practices, but in recent decades it has become far more of an asana practice -which means we are telling bodies how to move in space. The more precise and clearly we can do this, the more the student can build body awareness and mind-muscle connection. The most precise language we have for this is not in yoga but in anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics. Learning these subjects brings postures to life, and helps students build new neural pathways and movement patterns that they can use in postures AND to bring mindfulness to everyday activities.
It's somewhat of a sad cliche, the burned out yoga teacher who spends their week driving from class to class and stops doing their own practice.
This is not because they are a yoga teacher. This is because they have poor boundaries.
The key is to really get in alignment with who you are and what draws you to teaching. That happens in your practices. Then, it becomes easier to say no to the things that are draining and a clear YES to the things that light you up. This includes having conversations about pay, marketing yourself, and all of the business side that some teachers avoid because it is challenging up front, but ultimately far more sustainable in the long run.
Even though the need for high quality yoga teachers is higher than ever - the standards for becoming one are not.
A few people will seek out this training on their own and stand out. While others will burn out.
The main reason for this, as you've likely seen by now, Is that the barriers to entry are relatively LOW...
...while the barrier to being an experienced, skillful teacher are fairly high.
But as long as you can avoid the major mistakes I addressed above, the path is clear for you.
One that opens up immense opportunities, deep personal growth and the ability to significantly help others physically, mentally and spiritually, while doing something you love.
The key is having a proven roadmap and structure for how you learn.
After years of my own trial and error, I've created one that is incredibly effective, and I'm excited to share it with you.
I've taken everything I've learned in 16+ years in health and wellness, 2000+ hours of trainings attended and 4000+ hours of classes taught into a comprehensive, step-by-step training that not only teaches you the high level philosophy behind teaching yoga, but EXACTLY how to implement it in classes, 1-1 sessions, online videos, podcasts, or however you want to teach.
I've distilled EVERYTHING that goes into teaching yoga into 10 Core Competencies that I'll teach you in 3 focused, in depth phases of learning, so you'll always be clear on your next step, how it fits in with everything else, and how you can immediately apply it it to your own practice and to teaching others.
The end result: you'll be certified to teach and have an incredibly solid foundation for a lifetime of continued learning, growth and sharing with others as a yoga student and a yoga teacher.
I have found that everything that goes into learning yoga can be reduced down to 10 distinct categories. Most people begin learning one area, such as yoga asana, and many of those people never learn much beyond that. After a few years of one dimensional practice you will begin to feel stagnant and move on to some other physical activity. This is totally fine, but that is not how I teach and I will do my best to share the most effective and proven teachings in all aspects of yoga.
As you go through your Teacher Training, everything you learn will fit into one of these 10 areas. As a new teacher, it helps to focus on deepening your knowledge of the 1 or 2 areas that most interest you. You will more quickly find your voice as a teacher and people looking to learn those things will resonate with you and want to learn from you. As you cycle through the 3 Phases of Teaching Yoga, you can return to this list and shift your focus to a new area of study.
The 10 areas are (in alphabetical order):
It takes years to develop mastery in any skill. The key to developing mastery is deliberate practice - challenging yourself in the skills relevant to your phase of learning. I've laid this training out so you always know which phase of learning you're in and what skills you're developing. This helps you avoid plateaus and confusion and build confidence.
Things you do in Phase 1:
In phase 1 you'll learn:
Things you do in Phase 2:
In Phase 2 you'll learn:
Things you do in Phase 3:
In Phase 3 you'll learn:
As you go through the training you will complete mini quizzes and a fun (at least I think so!) matching game to compete for prizes. By the time you get to your certification exam at the end of the training you'll have learned over 300 significant lessons, facts and insights about yoga that are incredibly practical and build a rock solid foundation for a lifetime of practicing and teaching yoga.
Something I have never seen offered anywhere else before. We'll listen to a yoga class and I'll share the exact what, why and how thought processes that go into great teaching ($873 Value)
A private, members only group for 6 months of community & accountability. Share your challenges and successes with peers. Give and get direct feedback and support. ($297 Value)
Weekly live Q&A sessions with me to get clarity and mentoring through all 6 months of training. I'll go deeper into each week's lesson and answer your questions. ($2,328 Value)
Full Quietmind Yoga Teacher Training (6 month program)
Bonus: Class Commentaries
Bonus: YTT Community
Bonus: Weekly Live Q&A
Full Quietmind Yoga Teacher Training (6 month program)
Bonus: Class Commentaries
Bonus: YTT Community
Bonus: Weekly Live Q&A
No. It is a common misconception that being registered with the Yoga Alliance is necessary to teach yoga. Many of the most successful yoga teachers are not registered with them. I've chosen not to align this teaching with them and set higher standards for certification and reduce your costs by not having to pay them additional fees.
Why aren't many senior teachers registered with them? Because they are a relatively new organization and many teachers were trained before the Yoga Alliance existed, and as the Yoga Alliance does not govern or regulate any aspect of yoga, they have no need to join the organization and pay their annual fees and registry fees.
Will you be able to teach without being registered with YA? Yes, absolutely. I have taught at more studios and locations than I can count and none of them have ever asked for a Yoga Alliance credential. Only 2 have asked to see my Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, and you will get that by completing this training. All anyone who is hiring you is really looking for is to know that you are a great teacher, and will likely audition you or hear about you from referrals.
Is there any reason to get registered with YA? If you want to use their logos in your marketing, such as their "RYT-200" logo, you would need to be registered with them. Completing this training does not make you eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance, because they do not currently approve of online trainings.
I have been a part of many Teacher Trainings with people who had never taken a single class before they dove right into Teacher Training. And they loved it!
It's one of the best things you can do for LEARNING yoga - as I have said - the best way to be a student of a subject is to learn how to teach it.
A key part of this training involves you attending 50 classes and giving your review of them. Through that process you will begin to build experience.
Because of my 3 phase approach, you won't have to worry about teaching until 4 months into the program, giving you time to build confidence and have a solid foundation.
You also have LIFETIME ACCESS so there is no rush. You could be certified in 6 months, but take another 6 months to re-take the whole training if you want.
Or you could just do this all for yourself and never teach at all.
It's up to you, but the main thing is you are welcome to join! You will get a TON out of this.
That is a really important consideration. I have made this whole training as structured, simple and straightforward as possible so you always know exactly the next step and you see the whole layout of the course clearly.
I have taken MANY online trainings and have a strong sense of what can lead to overwhelm vs what can lead to success and completing a training.
I've done everything to make this training easy to follow along with and easy to succeed with.
If you find yourself getting behind, no problem. You can review lessons any time and catch back up with us.
Having been a part of many in person trainings, I was very intentional in making this all online to avoid the issues of traffic, you having to miss classes, long hours sitting in class, and classes going off topic so you get the most succinct, clear and applicable lessons to be a better teacher.
There is a reason that there are VERY FEW yoga teacher trainings online yet, I spent 9 straight months figuring out exactly how to present in this format, but I knew it would be worth it and I think you will agree.
Each week consists of:
The new weekly lessons are released each Monday
The Zoom calls are every Saturday
You can do your yoga practice at times that work best for you. I recommend making it a routine.
There are 4 Integration weeks that don't have new video lessons, so you have time to integrate what you're learning and review.
There are 3 Review weeks where the new lesson is all about reviewing the lessons up to that point. This is a shorter video.