Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tips in Choosing a Yoga Teacher Training Center


Yoga has been a part of Indian culture for as long as it can be remembered, but it was only the 50's when this discipline started to gain a wide following among people around the world. And as we continue to be conscious (and cautious) not just about our physical health but also about our general well-being, there is no doubt that yoga will be more popular as ever. Its benefits are just too great to ignore. So if you're looking forward to a fruitful career as a yoga teacher, now is the time to take yoga teaching seriously.

Tips in Choosing a Yoga Teacher Training Center

Before you can teach yoga, you must have undergone rigorous training and education to make sure you know the ins and outs of the discipline. It's not enough to know just the principles of yoga, so having the best education and training is a must.

But the problem is, there are quite a lot of yoga teacher training centers in the world that it can sometimes be difficult to choose which one is the best for you. So to help you make the right decision, here are some tips and guidelines to heed.

1. Accreditation

There are several accreditation bodies that certify yoga teaching schools, and one of them is Yoga Alliance. In choosing a school, look for proof of accreditation. You want a yoga teacher training center that complies with the highest standards set by these accreditation-giving bodies.

2. Teachers

There is no doubt that your yoga instructors have an impact in your education. So be selective when it comes to your teachers. Go over their profile and check their credentials. You want an experienced roster of teachers with vast amounts of exposure and knowledge in the field.

3. Location

You want the center and its surroundings to be conducive as possible. Some centers are located at the heart of the city, but you want a school with a better ambience. After all, yoga is about finding your inner peace, so you might want to start with your school. If you can afford it, go to another country to gain appreciation of another culture and its people.

Aside from those mentioned, other things to consider are the following: tuition, how long it takes to finish the course, the distance of the center relative to your house, the schedule, and your other preferences.