Are you considering doing a yoga teacher training course? Even if you don’t plan on becoming a yoga teacher, I guarantee that doing a YTT course will be a life-changing experience – a chance to deepen your practice, to make friends for life, and to learn things about yourself that you never knew before. But there are so many teacher trainings out there, how do you know which one to choose? After doing my own online research I chose All Yoga in Bali for my first YTT back in 2017, and I’m so thankful I did! Here’s 5 reasons why you should go with All Yoga for your first YTT*:
- It will actually prepare you to teach! Since doing my first YTT I’ve met so many other new yoga teachers and been able to compare notes on our TTs. While most of them were fairly happy with the yoga that they learnt (philosophy, asana, etc.), they mostly all complained that by the end of their course they didn’t feel prepared to actually teach what they had learned. The focus was more on deepening their knowledge as a student, rather than a teacher. If you are doing a TT without the intention to teach then that’s fine (although many people who start off not expecting to teach often change their minds during the course or later on… so it’s still worthwhile investing in a course that prepares you to teach, just in case!). But certainly if you already know you want to teach straight away then clearly choosing a course that prepares you for this is a must. This is one of the things that I think All Yoga excels at. There is equal emphasis on training you as a teacher, as well as improving you as a student. This is aided by the fact that you are given an entire sequence ready prepared for you to teach (a modified version of the Primary Series in Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga); all you have to do is memorise it! Of course, if you decide to branch out from Ashtanga-Vinyasa and want to teach a flow/Vinyasa class then you will need to create your own sequences (and you will no doubt want to as your teaching progresses). But, at least in the beginning, it’s nice to have that worry taken off your shoulders, and a pre-made class ready for you to use while you find your feet and gain some experience teaching. As a result, I came out of my first training feeling totally ready and eager to teach – and (not coincidentally, I think!) I got my first teaching gig within 6 weeks of graduating. My first students later told me that they couldn’t believe I had only been teaching for a few weeks as I seemed like a pro 🙂
- Doing your YTT in Ashtanga-Vinyasa gives you an edge over other new teachers. The YTT I did with All Yoga back in 2017 focussed on Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga. I’ll be honest with you – I didn’t actually know it was Ashtanga-Vinyasa that I would be learning when I signed up! I chose All Yoga for other reasons, not because of the style they were offering, but now I’m so glad that my first YTT was in Ashtanga-Vinyasa, rather than Hatha or Vinyasa. Here’s why: If you are certified in Ashtanga, you can also teach Vinyasa, but not the other way around! Vinyasa is all about creative sequencing, using a variety of different poses, many of which are present in the Ashtanga sequence. Once you learn these poses in Ashtanga you can therefore play around in creating a flow class of your own. But unless you specifically learn the Ashtanga Primary Series, you won’t be able to teach it. This gives you an edge as a yoga teacher, as there are fewer Ashtanga teachers out there as there are Hatha/Vinyasa teachers (as far as I can tell). Few studios offer Ashtanga classes, so being able to offer this service, and/or start up a new class, makes you more useful to employers and provides you with a niche market. In addition, it also means you have a ready-made class for you to teach, as I mentioned before, rather than worrying about having to come up with your own sequence (at least in the beginning).
- The teaching is top quality. I had no idea what to expect of the teaching before I signed up but looking back I’m very happy with the quality of the teaching provided. Particularly the anatomy teacher, Aisa Winternitz, who was able to turn a difficult and dry subject into something that I couldn’t wait to learn more about, because of her passion for the subject and super in-depth knowledge. Even the assistant teachers were amazing yogis and extremely capable of teaching us themselves.
- You will meet the most amazing people. Ok, probably everyone says that! But, one of the reasons I chose All Yoga was because the people in their videos, photos and testimonies seemed really fun and outgoing – they looked like people I would want to hang out with! And I wasn’t wrong. All Yoga definitely seems to attract people who are fun, lively and outgoing, with a good range of ages (from 21 to 32).
- Doing an immersive, residential TT is better than taking a part-time training at home. This last one isn’t really specific to All Yoga, but I definitely would recommend doing an intensive TT, like All Yoga offers, rather than doing a part-time course at your local studio, for several reasons. It allows you to give the training your full attention, away from all the stress and routine of everyday life, to really dive deep into the material, and not have to worry about picking the kids up from school, doing the weekly grocery shop, etc. It’s also a chance to try things you might not usually do in your normal environment, like eating completely plant-based for the during of the training, or not drinking alcohol – and, rather than being surrounded by your friends and family who might not be so supportive of your sudden changes, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people going through the same experiences. Don’t get me wrong, it will be an intensive, challenging experience, with long days (from 7am to 6pm approx). You are literally living and breathing yoga 24/7. But because it’s all crammed into a month, rather than spread out over 6 months or more, it means you can start teaching as quickly as possible, and therefore start gaining that all-important experience. And, of course, doing it abroad means you get to experience a new culture, food, etc. There’s nothing quite like doing yoga on a beach with the most incredible sunset as your backdrop!
- Bonus – get 150 usd discount plus FREE accommodation if you mention my name when you sign up to any All Yoga TT! When you apply, just mention my name (Charlotte Hay) in the ‘referral field’ and they’ll apply your discounts – easy 😉
*Full disclosure: I also receive a commission fee when you sign up through my referral. But I genuinely would not be promoting anything on my website (whether that’s a product, course, etc.) that I did not fully support/believe in/agree with. Regardless of the commission fee, I would still recommend All Yoga to anyone who asks me, for the reasons I stated above, and because I had such a wonderful time with them. The fact that I get anything in return is just a bonus… and, don’t forget, you get a discount too (plus free accommodation, which I got for my first YTT, and it really helped me to afford the course, so I’m returning the favour!), so it’s a win-win!!!
If you have any questions about doing a YTT let me know in the comments below,
“If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.” – Yogi Bhajan
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