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Yogana2010-07-04 17:53:29 +0000 #1
Hi all,

I would like to hear everyone's opinion on getting a yoga teacher training qualification by distance.

How important is the qualification? How important is the provider of the course? What are employers looking for in a yoga teacher?


Om Shanti

InnerAthlete2010-07-04 17:59:49 +0000 #2
Contact hours are very important, perhaps critical, in the process of learning to be a teacher of yoga. I would not therefore advocate to any of my students who were interested in teacher training to do so purely in a remote fashion. That having been said, a long training (beyond 200 hours) would almost assuredly include some non-contact hours.

I'm not sure what you men by "the qualification". If you are referencing a certificate of some sort then it would depend. These days here in the States it seems like a good idea to have a yoga alliance affiliation. However there are good teachers without them and there are poor teachers with them. But it is a sign that you yourself take a professional approach to your craft. I think that speaks volumes.

The provider of the course is only relevant based on their living of yoga and their design of a robust training. This is about one sharing yoga with others not prancing around in front of a group of 30 in order to be popular and make friends. What is relevant is that one is soundly trained, not that they are trained by a star.

Employers? That too depends. Some employers are merely looking for a heartbeat. Others are looking for teaching skill. And then there are all points in between.

I personally suggest those interested in teaching yoga consider it seriously and evaluate the prospect of a lifetime of training ahead on the horizon.
Yogana2010-07-04 18:40:23 +0000 #3
Dear InnerAthlete,

thank you very much for your advise. It's very useful and it goes in line to what I was thinking.


Would like to hear more from other people out there and perhaps someone within Australia. ??


David2010-07-04 18:10:14 +0000 #4
I must admit I am biased as I have never taken an online yoga teacher training class. While it is true that some people may pay $10,000 for top of the line yoga training at the most prestigious school in the world and get less out of it than someone taking classes online, I feel strongly that the teaching of yoga needs a significant amount of human interaction.

As I write this, I am pondering how I would setup an online course (I have a reasonable amount of internet related business and technology experience). Through the diligent use of webcams, video, and forums, maybe it could work, but I'm skeptical.

In addition, while I am not above offering online yoga classes for students (that's a topic on its own though) I would never dream of teaching new teachers with current technology. This may come across as judgmental (because it probably is) but I would have to question the ethics of anyone offering such training.

With that said, if I am an employer (keep in mind I am probably an exception here), whether this be yoga or any other area, I don't really care what school someone has been to or their education level. I care about who they are and their abilities.



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