My online teacher training – FAQ

Last June I completed a 200h online yoga teacher training with Yoga and Ayurveda Center (http://www.yogaonline.school/) and became a certified yoga teacher. Many people reached out to me regarding this experience asking for my opinion on this training and general tips. I am happy and honored to be able to provide some feedback on my experience, hopefully help you with a bit of insights. I decided to publish this FAQ in order to answer some of the questions I’ve been receiving.

If this section does not answer your question or if you want to know more, please feel free to leave me a comment or reach out to me via social media. I’m wishing you all a good read and the best of luck for your own project!

Training

Which online training did you follow?

I enrolled and completed the 200h yoga teacher training offered by Yoga and Ayurveda Center. You can find more information about this training here: http://www.yogaonline.school/

What are the eligibility criteria for this training?

There are no eligibility criteria to enroll with this training, it is available for all levels even beginners. Of course you should be interested in yoga, and it is better (also easier) if you are already practicing it.

How to register for this training?

Online, just subscribe to the course, once your payment is received you get access to the material.

How long does it take to complete the training?

The training is self paced, you can take as much time as you need to complete each course and handle the assignements. I completed the whole training in one month and a half, studying and practicing daily (on average 3-4 h per day).

How is the training organized?

You get access to online material: texts, videos, webinars. The course is structured in diffrent sections: Yoga alliance, philosophy, you: the yoga teacher, anatomy, safety, undertsanding the body the esoteric body, chants and pranayama, sanskrit, learning the body, asanas, sequencing, chair and restorative yoga, teaching methodology adjustements yoga as a business and assignements. You can complete one section after the other or mix them. You can also take as much time as needed to handle the assignements (described below).

You will also get access to a faceook group for students, and you can choose to join weekly zoom sessions to help one another practice and teach.

Do I have to buy extra material?

Yes, books. There are required texts to be read, you can either buy the books or read/ listen to some online:

Basic Anatomy for Yoga Instructors and Everyone In Between – Alecia Croft

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Swami Satchidananda

The Bhagavad Gita – Eknath Easwaran

How do you learn asanas online?

You have access to texts and videos with a demonstration of the pose + cues and variations. The training includes a selected number of asanas from beginner to more advanced level. You can stick to those or include variations, more advanced poses (also poses that are not included/described in the program) in your own practice and assignements.

What are the assignements?

The requirements for completion are:

  • Reading the mandatory texts: you don’t have to be done with all books though, you can finish after graduating, but you must start with their study
  • Class plans: you need to hand over 5 classes plans (you will get help and guidance to do so)
  • 5 asanas: you will study in depth 5 asanas, their benefits and contarindications, plus give tips and variations
  • Home practice: You need to journal your personal practice and handover a 50h practice log. You practice can include asanas, pranayama, chanting, meditation, studying and journaling.
  • Required Teaching Project: personal to you, it can be teaching a class, creating a yoga event etc etc

What was your project?

I chose to teach a 30 min online class of Hatha Yoga. I created a class with a focus on relaxation, including asanas, breathing and poem reading. For my project I handed over a class plan, sequence, pictures and video of the event.

Pros/cons of the training

Pros: All of it really. The training is self-paced so it offers you a lot of freedom in organizing your time and practice. It gives you access to lifelong material. The training is well structured and offers a deep understanding of yoga and teaching methodology. Stef the main teacher is very kind and available for her students.

Cons: Not having a teacher next to you to correct your asanas practice. This training requires you to be consistent with your practice, and maybe a bit more motivated as no one will give you this extra push.

I also missed sharing this experience with fellow students. Even though you can easily connect with other students via zoom or the facebook group, it is simply not the same than being all together in a school.

Woud you recommend this training?

Definitely! As my personal experience was very positive I can only recommend this training. I found the training perfect for my needs, the material was complete and interesting and Stef (the main teacher) is always available to support you. I would recommend you to do some extra research on the syllabus and on the school (if you reached out to me, you’re probably in this phase), maybe compare it with other trainings. Then it is up to you really, to evaluate if this training is something that could also possibly match your needs and wants. I can’t guarantee that this training is the best option for you, you may not have the same experience for me. My general advice would be to choose a training that resonates with you and what you want to get out of it. Listen to yourself, you know better 🙂

Does the school sponsor you to give a positive feedback on the training?

Not at all. I am sharing my experience because many people have reached out to me to ask for advice since my graduation day. I am happy to do so and I expect nothing in return, maybe just to see you happy on your own journey.

Yoga Alliance and certification

Upon graduation are you registered with Yoga Alliance & can you teach?

Yoga & Ayurveda Center is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School (RYS™). One you successhully complete the 200h training, they will add you to their list of trainees within their YTT program and you will be able to register with Yoga Alliance. Please note that the registration with Yoga alliance is not automatic (see next question).

After graduating you can start teaching, if that is what you want. A 200h training is a valid certification.

What is the process to register with Yoga Alliance?

Once you graduate you will receive an email from Yoga alliance, inviting you to register with them. Just follow the instructions that are given.

Do I have to pay extra to register with Yoga Alliance?

Yes. Initial registration costs is $115. You will find more info about this on here: https://www.yogaalliance.org/Designations/Fees/Fees_for_Teachers

Do I have to register with Yoga Alliance?

It is not mandatory, but I would recommend it. Being a registered teacher allows you to get access to training material, and to be part of a yoga professional network. It is also important to be registered to be able to teach safely.

Did you register with Yoga Alliance?

Yes, you can find my own page here: https://www.yogaalliance.org/TeacherPublicProfile?tid=266928

Personal

Why did you choose to enroll with this training?

Originally I was supposed to complete a 200h teacher training in a school in Nepal last January. I injured myself right before traveling so unfortunately I could not attend the training. I booked another teacher training but then covid happened. To be honest and transparent, an online training was definitely not my first choice. Simply because I felt like it would not be the same than being in a school with teachers next to me during my practice. If that is your concern, I feel you, it was a concern for me too.

During lockdown I was feeling very sad to be stuck with my yoga apprenticeship, that is when I considered doing a training. My school advirtised possible online trainings, after doing some research I decided to enroll with the program offered by the Yoga and Ayurveda Center. I researched on the training but also the main teacher Stef. Her philosophy and way of teaching did resonate with me, and I very much liked the fact that this training is self-paced. In the end I don’t feel like I missed out on something that could have been taught better in person.

How long have you been practicing yoga?

I practice yoga since 2018. I started with an occasional practice, it then became more regular. After my vacation in Bali in 2019 I decided to enroll in a teacher training.

What kind of yoga do you practice?

Mainly Vinyasa as I like fast-paced yoga, with a dynamic and graceful flow. I like the freedom and creativity of Vinyasa. I also enjoy Yin yoga for a deeper stretching.

Do you practice yoga everyday? Do I need to practice yoga every day for this training?

I do practice yoga every day: asanas (from 15min to 2h+ depending on the day), meditation, pranayama, chanting and reading. There are no strict requirements for this training but I would personally recommend that you also start a daily practice. It will be a part of the training, helping you get started with this. Keep in mind that to become a teacher, it is better to have a consistent practice first.

Do you want to become a yoga teacher and why?

Yes, I do. I have been attracted to yoga as a life philosophy (not only the asanas practice) for as long as I can remember. As a young adult I struggled with just being happy. For a long time I asked myself if something was wrong with me, in appearance I had it all: diplomas, a steady job… yet I was not happy. I felt disconnected from my own self and purpose.

When I started the asanas practice it was a hobby but soon it became the occasion for me to do something for myself, something that I liked. I started reconnecting with myself as a person by going inwards to look for happiness. Not only did it help with my chronic back pain and depression cycles but it gave me a life purpose. Before, I may had accomplished some things in my life but I never actually felt accomplished nor consistent in anything. Yoga taught me discipline and consistency, I am the proudest when I step on my mat on days I want to just lie down on my couch. I am the proudest when I see the progress I make and what my body is actually capable of doing.

Yoga philosophy is the closest I ever felt to anything, any life leading concepts. It speaks to me. Yoga practice taught me to feel more at ease in my body, to trust myself a bit better (head down or standing only on my forearms :D), in the end to love myself a bit better.

When I see how yoga changed my life, I think that it could change anyone’s life too. Therefore I want to become a teacher to help others discover yoga, maybe find their own way and love yoga as much as I do.

Are you teaching yoga right now?

I am not teaching in a studio or gym but I do offer personal lessons, mostly to friends or people reaching out. I am offering Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin class for all levels, also online.

I am going to complete a 300h advanced yoga teacher training in India once travel bans will be lifted. I do not wish to start teacghing in a studio before that. I do feel like I need to strengthen my own practice and build confidence still to be able to fully teach safely.

Thank you for reading me! If you want to have more information or just connect with me, please leave me a comment or reach out.

Namaste

Mely

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