Yoga Teacher Training, eh? What’s it all about?! If you’re considering taking this exciting leap then it’s likely that you have questioned whether you are ready (the fact that you want to do the training means you probably are) and where to do your training. If you do a quick Google on ‘Yoga Teacher Training’ you are inundated with results. Where do you even start?
Well hopefully you will find this helpful as I went through this exact process when trying to decide for myself.
I completed my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Frame in London and absolutely adored the training. The entire experience was completely amazing on so many levels – from learning more about the practice to making the most wonderful friends.
Whether you’re looking to be a Yoga Teacher, advance your own practice or just curious to see if you’d like to be a teacher – I highly recommend doing a Yoga Teaching Training course.
It is a 200hr course – spread over 10 weeks so that you can fit it around a full time job. There is also homework so you need to be 100% committed and dedicate evenings/weekends to this.
Click HERE to read more about the specifics of Yoga Teacher Training with FRAME.
The course is fully accredited with the Yoga Alliance UK and covers topics such as:
- History & Philosophy
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Asana, techniques & training
- Teaching Methodology
- Business of Yoga
- Personal Practice
Why I picked this course:
I did so much research into different courses and spoke to lots of people and Yoga Teachers that I admire before deciding on Frame. I would advise you to write down what is important to you in choosing a course. E.g. Price, Duration, Location, Style etc. For me I was torn between doing an intensive 4 week course and doing a longer course that I could fit around work.
I loved the course at Frame for many reasons. The lead teachers, Emily and Michael, are fantastic - so lovely, knowledgeable and approachable. They are both senior teachers who have been training Yoga Teachers for years so the model of the course is something that has been tried and tested.
The content of the course is so engaging and hands on that you take in much more than you would ever expect! The practical teaching aspect (sounds obvious right?) is so important but you’d be surprised at how many courses out there focus more on the academic side. On the Frame course we started teaching each other from the get go, getting comfortable talking to a group, instructing others and finding your voice as a teacher. There were numerous opportunities on the course to practice teaching full classes and it has meant that upon completion we were all totally capable to lead a ‘real’ class.
Michael and Emily bring in expert teachers in areas such as Anatomy (Matt Huy), Nutrition (Micki Ramondt) and Pregnancy Yoga (Naomi Costantino). Another amazing part of this course is that you are given a mentor (one mentor to four students). The mentor is a Senior Yoga Teacher who teachers at Frame. The mentors were bloody amazing! I can’t tell you how invaluable it was to have someone there as a sounding board, to give advice during the training and also give tips and insight into making it as a Yoga Teacher post-training.
Frame is my go-to studio and where I generally practice so that was a huge pro for me. Frame has a really good name in the industry as a studio with wonderful teachers. Another benefit of the course is that upon completion you get enrolled with The Frame Academy and get the opportunity to trial to teach a class at Frame. You also get 20 yoga classes to use in Frame throughout the course, and 5 classes to use as you wish (more yoga or dance, kettle-bells etc.!).
Am I ready?
This is the question that seems to be most people’s main concern. I must have asked every yoga teacher I met over this same question for months before signing up for training. In general, it is recommended that you have at least a year of a solid yoga practice. In all honesty, it varies from person to person and nothing is black and white. If you have less experience but are passionate and feel that this is something that you want to do, drop whoever is running the course a line to chat.
The question of being ready also can be to do with, what many consider, ‘advanced’ postures such as headstand, handstand, pincha etc. You 100% do not have to be able to handstand to do a Yoga Teacher Training course. I think there may have been one or two people on my course who could handstand. The key thing to remember is that you are learning to be a teacher, a person to help and inspire others. As long as you can safely lead and guide someone into poses that is all that matters. You do not need to be able to demo these poses.
In terms of 'being ready', the best advice given to me on this is that if you are even thinking about teacher training then you are ready.
Intensive Vs. Part-Time
The course at Frame was a ten week part-time course that I did while working a full-time job. I had considered doing a 4-week intensive course in India or Bali but after weighing up the options that suited my personal needs I decided on London. There are huge benefits to doing a training course near to where you live. For one, you have a wonderful support network that will last you way after training is complete. Most people on my course live in (or around London) and we have become such close, wonderful friends. You immediately have a support network and new group of friends, people to cheer you on and advise – which is really needed as a new teacher when you may feel scared or confused before teaching your first classes!
Balancing Training With Work
Balancing doing a Yoga Teaching Training course while balancing a full-time job was something that I thought long and hard about. It is definitely doable and most people on my course were in the same position. The weekends of training are intense and you have homework to do so it is definitely tiring and you need to make sure that you’re still taking time out to rest.
My course started with a full week immersive so you need to take 5 days off work. This first week is invaluable and allows you to bond with the other students and teachers while completely absorbing the new information. After this, the course ran on weekends (Friday evenings and full days Sat/Sun) with every third weekend off.
If you can, try book some days off after the intensive weekends to catch up on sleep and study. This is what I did and it allowed me to feel recharged and not overwhelmed. If you're working Monday to Friday (like me!) it can be a lot of early mornings so I booked every Monday off after the intensive weekends. However, if this isn't doable don't worry as most people on the course didn't do this and went straight to work - I would just advise it if you can.
There is a lot of study and homework to do but it is completely manageable. You have to make sure that you set time aside in the evenings after work to do this. I pretty much devoted all my spare time to yoga for the course duration. In the grand scheme of things, it is only ten weeks and the payoff is so worth it. The truth is that I was so in love with the course that turning down Friday night beers wasn’t an issue.
I still met friends and hung out on days off. I just reframed it (FRAMED – get it?!) and incorporated yoga into catch ups with friend. If part of the homework was to teach a 1hr yoga sequence I would do this in the park with a friend and then go for lunch afterwards. Your mate gets free yoga and you get to practice - win/win!
Doing Yoga Teacher Training was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. I learned so much about yoga, history, philosophy, different bodies, and how to lead a class. I came away from the course with an amazing group of friends, a fresh outlook on life and even more love for yoga.
Completing your 200hrs is very much the beginning of your journey but choosing the right course sets up your foundations for your path as a yoga teacher.