Fantasize about living in the lap of luxury, doing nothing but learning yoga and eating delicious Indian food for a few weeks? If so, you may be tempted to do a 200 hour yoga teacher training Rishikesh. Well, not all is as it seems.
In India, there is enormous money to be made teaching yoga to westerners, and the market has grown substantially in recent years. Demand for ‘western style’ yoga is vast, and many yoga schools have started to fill this gap. However, the problem is that many of these schools need to be adequately regulated and run by charlatans who promise the earth but deliver very little.
There are some dangers of doing a yoga teacher training program in India.
Doing training of this caliber will require you to commit to a year’s intense daily practice, which you need to be 100% focused on at that time. Therefore, keep in mind that if your personal life is not ready for such dedication and rigor, then it may not be the best option for you.
Ask about the structure of your yoga teacher training program Rishikesh. Does it include accommodation? Will you have to find lodging, food, transportation to and from class, etc.? Getting all this information in writing will give you a firm basis to go ahead with the course.
Expectation of Results
Teaching yoga is a very personal art, and it takes far more than 200 hours of training to master. Not only that, the bottom line is that teaching yoga will make you money. Many people seek good trainers and teachers, and when they finally find one, they stay with them for years because they do great work. Hopefully, you won’t be one of these people.
The attitude of the Teacher
Talk to as many people as you can about the quality of teaching at this yoga school and their confidence in their trainer. If teachers are unsure about what is going on or need help seeing for themselves why their students are progressing, then it does not bode well for the long-term progress of your progress. For example, a teacher claiming 200 hours of training but stating that his knowledge still needs to improve is not a good sign.
If yoga is your passion, you’ll want to surround yourself with people who share this passion, and everyone who has chosen to do a yoga teacher training course in India wants to swap stories, ask for advice and discuss techniques. If the other students are not like-minded, you may be in for a frustrating time.
Teacher Training Certificate
The certificate you receive at the end of your teacher training course should be authorized and recognized by a governing body. This will give you peace of mind, and when it comes to applying for jobs, it will be like a gold star on your resume.
There are hundreds of yoga teacher training courses to choose from in India. Companies manage some, some are independent, and legitimate yoga schools run some. It is your call whether you want to go with the flow or do your homework first.