CHOOSING THE RIGHT YOGA SCHOOL FOR YOU
"What's right for me?" This is probably the most important question to ask yourself when choosing a yoga teacher training course. Equally as important, take the time and space to honestly answer. There are training programs all over the world offering a variety of disciplines and learning styles. To know which is right for you, you must be clear on what it is that you want and be informed on what training programs of interest have to offer you.
Spira Yoga School's 200 hour yoga teacher training courses follow the guidelines set forth by Yoga Alliance, the largest non-profit association representing the yoga community and the leader in setting yoga school standards. Through our application process we are also scouting to find the right student to fit our training programs. Because this process is so important to us, we've dedicated some time in putting together a list of questions to ask and a few blog posts dedicated to the subject of selecting the right yoga school for you.
We suggest to all prospective trainees to make a list of questions to ask yoga schools of interest. If you're unsure of what to ask, take a peek at our top 10 most important questions for yoga schools at the bottom of this page. Along side each question we've given our answer as it pertains to Spira Yoga School.
Top 10 Questions to Ask Every Yoga School:
What type of yoga is taught, both in practice and in teaching methodology?
We are grateful to have multiple, educated, diverse yoga teachers contribute to the practice portion of our courses, with classes ranging from Ashtanga to Iyengar, Trauma Informed Yoga to Restorative, and everything in between such as Vinyasa and Hot Yoga. We predominantly emphasize Hatha Yoga, but the teaching methodology taught in our courses can be applied to most styles of yoga. Our graduates are well-versed, well-rounded, and able to accept a wide range of teaching opportunities.
What are the main concepts taught is this course? What makes this training program stand out from others?
Our courses focus on anatomy, kinesiology and alignment to ensure our teachers are raising standards in the field of yoga. We strive in creating well-educated, well-rounded, authentic teachers who teach from their individuality as well as the knowledge they gain from our course. Unlike most other programs, we require each trainee teach two full length, public yoga classes before receiving their certificate. We support the transition from training to teaching with a 6-month post-graduation mentorship program. We are invested in you becoming a successful yoga teacher.
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Who are the trainers for this course? What are their credentials and experience?
Each of the trainers in all of our courses are hand selected based on their educational background, experience and commitment to their yogic lifestyle. We are transparent about our trainers - you can read their bios on our website or take a class with them or meet them before enrolling for the course.
How many hours of Anatomy is taught? What is covered in the Anatomy portion of this course?
Yoga Alliance only requires 20 hours within the subject category of Anatomy & Physiology. Our 200hr training courses include 30 hours in this subject during which only Western concepts of the body are taught. We have reserved "yogic anatomy" of the subtle energy body to be a part of our Yoga Philosophy subject. This ensures that you will become a knowledgeable teacher who can instruct, assist, and adjust students safely.
Will this course prepare me to teach beginners? Will I learn how to modify poses to suit various needs?
Not only do we instill our trainees with the tools necessary to teach beginners safely and effectively, we also teach modifications and appropriate alignment adjustments for various populations. You will graduate feeling assured that you can teach all levels and abilities.
How many hours of practice teaching are included? How many full length classes will I get to teach?
Although some trainees attend our courses to deepen their practice and understanding, we still require all trainees to teach throughout the course. From the very first training weekend you will teach to your peers, first with a single pose, then a series of poses, until eventually you will teach a large segment of a class you wrote during your training studies. The teaching experience during the training sets our trainees up for success when they get the opportunity to teach two donation based yoga classes to the public. Plus, we record all classes so trainees can review their teaching in a self-critique assignment. Because we offer so much teaching opportunity, our graduates confidently audition and easily begin teaching as soon as they get their certificate.
Can we review the training cost and what it includes, deadlines and required course materials?
Each of our 200hr training courses have transparent pricing listed on their respective training pages. We also publish our Course Policies which include various additional fees that may be incurred if a trainee does not follow our guidelines. If you would like to talk with someone over the phone or in person about our pricing or about any of our training details, please contact us.
Can you put me in touch to speak with / meet with one of your past graduates?
We are happy to arrange a phone or in person meeting with one of our past graduates so you can ask questions and get honest, candid answers from those who have been through our courses. Contact us and we will pair you with an alum or two.
Can I verify that you are a Registered Yoga School through Yoga Alliance?
Absolutely! We think this question is often overlooked, but especially important if you want to become a Registered Yoga Teacher. Be sure the school you're interested in can verify they're in good standing with Yoga Alliance by visiting their online profile. Here's Spira Yoga School's online profile, along with verification of our past training programs and reviews from past graduates.