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Improve posture and health with a yoga and meditation practiceIf you love yoga, you have probably considered the idea of taking a yoga teacher training. Friends you know and even your yoga teachers themselves have shared with you their experience and told you over and over again how much you can really learn about yourself and benefit from the way yoga transforms you. All of this is important to take into account when making a decision, but how often does one mention what to consider before taking the plunge? What kind of experience are you expecting from a teacher training and what is it that really matters to you? I’m here to shed some light on the process and bridge the gap in between the inquisitive thought space of “I love yoga” and the question “what if I wanted to take my practice to another level?”  Look no further for your step by step guide.

Where will you be spending your time learning? What is the atmosphere like? The location and community of people who frequently attend that location make a difference, right? After all, if you decide to jump into a nine-month training why not let it be in a space where you feel at home and comfortable. Take it from Joan, a recent Hatha Teacher Training graduate, who expressed her thoughts on the matter, “I feel the training reflected that caring and nurturing feeling you get when you walk through the doors.”

What are you required to learn to become a certified instructor and are you inspired by the subjects? Any training should be a well-rounded experience. Take it from the infamous phrase “yoga is not just about bending backward.”  A versatile training goes way beyond learning asana. Take it from Laurie, who described, “the curriculum moved us from the building blocks of a pose to philosophy, to teaching methods with equal amounts of doing, listening and discussing.” Other subjects may include yoga history, other styles of yoga, meditation and business tips.

Are you in good hands? Does each trainer have a passion for what they do? Will all styles of yoga be respected? Reading a trainer biography in the brochure or taking a yoga class taught by our trainers are great ways to help you discover the unique characteristics of each trainer. According to Laurie, Hatha Teacher Training Graduate, “the teachers became true mentors whose passion for yoga was evident and whose warmth quickly created a community of learners – and friends.” Growth opportunities are both necessary and inevitable; after all, this is a process and a practice, shift happens. Michele, Hatha Teacher Training graduate, states, “With each lesson, whether it was yoga-related or something we had to figure out about ourselves, our instructors were always there with support.”

See for yourself. Attend an open house, meet the trainers and feel out the atmosphere to see if you jive with the vibe. If this is the place and these are the people for you, then proceed onward my friend.

Yoga Village’s School of Yoga offers four different programs to deepen and expand the harmony and balance yoga can bring to your everyday life both on and off the mat.  Our school has some of the best trainers in the country with the expertise, knowledge, and experience to bring new meaning into your practice. Check out our programs, sign up for an Open House event and give yourself the opportunity to explore and inquire how one of these programs might best serve you.  

 

Testimonials from teacher training graduates

“I’d been practicing yoga for ten years when I decided to sign up for the teacher training. I had never considered teaching but had always wanted to delve deeper into my practice and spend more time doing what I loved.  I knew that the Village was the right place to take the plunge.  The warmth and commitment of the teachers made me feel at home, and the breadth of offerings and knowledge of the instructors signaled that the training program would be both foundational and respectful of the many lineages of yoga.  The ten-month program offered a comprehensive curriculum that brought in dedicated and highly experienced trainers from different backgrounds.  The teachers became true mentors whose passion for yoga was evident and whose warmth quickly created a community of learners – and friends.  The curriculum moved us from the building blocks of a pose to philosophy, to teaching methods with equal amounts of doing, listening, and discussing.  Before long, I felt the yoga seeping in.

Though I’d had no inclination to teach when I began, I left the training with a solid foundation, wanting to take that next step. Teaching is an awesome challenge that keeps me learning and practicing and living in the moment.  If you love yoga, the Yoga Village Teacher Training is for you.”  Laurie Anello

“My teacher training at Yoga Village was nothing short of an amazing experience!   Our training went way beyond learning asana.  We touched on everything from anatomy, to yoga history and philosophy, meditation, and job seeking tips.  I felt it was a well-rounded experience.

Our trainers (if you want to name them, Jaye, Rita and Lisa) were all amazing, each one brought something different to the experience.  They were always available for questions and support.

We also had some guest speakers, I particularly enjoyed our textbook author, Steven Weiss.  He really brought to life how our bodies can be changed by practicing yoga.

Yoga Village is such a warm and inviting environment and I feel the training reflected that caring and nurturing feeling you get when you walk through the doors. “  Joan Bareishis

“I signed up for the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training not to become a teacher, but to learn.  It was a fabulous experience with growth opportunities at every turn.  With each lesson – whether it was yoga related, or something we had to figure out about ourselves, Jaye, Rita and Vandana, were always there for support.  The breadth and depth of what I learned far surpassed what some of my friends experienced in their teacher training – which they have told me after we had discussions about alignment, yoga philosophy, or different styles of yoga.

Outside of the support of the teachers, the sevadars were also priceless.  Their seen and unseen support helped us to focus on why we were there and the importance of service. 

There are so many amazing aspects of the Yoga Village Hatha Yoga Teacher Training that helped me be a confident teacher – ready to teach or sub and to not be attached to the results.  The program empowered me to be authentically me when teaching, meaning I utilize the tools given to me from different people, internalize them, and use what I need when I need it – not trying to copy someone else or be anyone else.

Ultimately, the quality of this program leads me to pursue the possibility of Yoga Village hosting a 300-hour teacher training.  Amazingly enough, my interest sparked a movement to make that happen.  Today I am currently in the middle of my 300-hour training.” Michele Mourer

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