A Yogi's Guide to Evaluating Teacher Training Programs

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A Yogi's Guide to Evaluating Teacher Training Programs

Postby presserffg » Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:29 am

Google “yoga teacher training” and pages upon pages of results will leave you not only scrolling for hours but likely overwhelmed and confused. It seems every studio and experienced teacher out there is offering a YTT now. In this weekly series, YJ LIVE! presenters answer your questions.

Once you’ve found a teacher who resonates with you and a program geared toward your goals, Natasha Rizopoulos, who leads 200- and 300-hour teacher trainings, recommends taking it a step further and carefully examining the program’s curriculum. Here, the parameters she suggests using to evaluate a TT program.
Teacher training involves practical commitments of time, energy, and money. But the emotional investment is as important (if not more). A great teacher training is inspiring and elevating. A disappointing teacher training wastes precious personal resources and is frustrating and disillusioning.

SEE ALSOShould You Take a Teacher Training to Deepen Your Practice?

Curriculum Essentials to Look for in YTT Programs
So how do you identify the program that will actually help translate your love of yoga into tangible teaching skills? Here, some things to look for:

1. Clearly defined method or tradition
Make sure there is a clearly articulated method or tradition being taught and that the program topics and schedule are explicitly presented in the marketing materials. Absent these crucial elements, a TT can devolve into unstructured chaos, relying on the personality of the trainer instead of well-organized content.

2. Comprehensive curriculum
Gifted teachers make teaching yoga look easy. But as every trainee discovers the first time they try to teach Tadasana and promptly lose their power of speech, it takes tremendous knowledge and skill to teach yoga well. A good program must have a comprehensive and thoughtfully designed curriculum that addresses all the areas that contribute to excellent teaching.

At the 200-hour level, this means some combination of:
Prop use and modifications
Hands-on adjustments
Teaching practice
More advanced trainings should continue this work, as well as broaden the scope to include material like:
Specific needs of various populations
Challenges of teaching multiple levels
Subtle body and Ayurveda
SEE ALSOFind Your YTT Teacher: What to Look For + Avoid

4 Red Flags to Avoid In YTT Programs
All of that said, good TTs can take myriad forms and do not have to follow any specific model. However, there are certain danger signs, the proverbial red flags, that might make you want to continue your search just a little bit longer. Do your homework and watch out for the following:

1. A cult of personality
Beware of style over substance. Talk to recent alums to get a sense of whether it’s about the yoga or the teacher.

2. Promotional emphasis on an exotic locale
Beaches are lovely but knowledge is power. Teaching yoga is a gift but also a huge responsibility and you do not want to graduate from a program that has not actually prepared you to handle its challenges. Don’t choose a training based upon its sunsets.

3. Unlicensed psychotherapy
Most yoga teachers are not also trained therapists. Avoid those who behave as if they are.

4. Fundamentalism
My first TT was led by two teachers from quite different lineages. The program was a respectful and open ongoing exchange in service of learning—a model for us all.
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Re: A Yogi's Guide to Evaluating Teacher Training Programs

Postby roomftrhaver » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:51 pm


When students were evaluated in the hour after their yoga class, they showed significantly higher self-enhancement, according to all three measures, than when they hadn’t done yoga in the previous 24 hours.

A second study of 162 people who practiced meditation, recruited through Facebook groups devoted to meditation, found that the practice had similar impacts on self-enhancement as yoga. In this study, participants were asked to evaluate themselves based on statements like, “In comparison to the average participant of this study, I am free from bias.” The study found that participants had higher self-enhancement in the hour following meditation, than when they hadn’t meditated for 24 hours.

Researchers also evaluated participants’ well-being using two measures, the satisfaction with life scale and the eudemonic well-being measure, which evaluates satisfaction with autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth, positive relations with others, purpose in life, and self-acceptance. They found that well-being increased along with self-enhancement, suggesting that self-enhancement is linked with the increased sense of well-being that many get from meditation.
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Re: A Yogi's Guide to Evaluating Teacher Training Programs

Postby graduateduser » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:52 pm

In yoga, slower movements or static muscular exercises are performed with mindfulness, and you focus on your
poses while you work. You have to feel the movements and develop awareness of your body and body motion. This is
why yoga, a slow non-exertional aerobic exercise, is more beneficial than pure aerobic exercise. ‘Studies have shown
that yoga is better than aerobic exercise at enhancing mood and alleviating stress and depression,’ says Dr Shevel.

The use of yoga in the treatment of illness is not new. It’s effective in treating numerous chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression and ischemic heart disease, where stress is believed to play an important role. In headaches and migraines in particular, stress is one of the most common triggers.
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Re: A Yogi's Guide to Evaluating Teacher Training Programs

Postby presserffg » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:03 pm

Bakasana or the Crow pose a very important yoga pose that clearly distinguishes the yoga beginners from experienced yoga practitioners. Being equally popular in both groups, beginners are usually obsessed with this pose not only because of its benefits but for them this pose is sort of a milestone. The fundamental pose to master before trying other advanced poses. In most of which you have to raise your body in the air with the balance of your arms. But this sense of achievement doesn't sideline the benefit of a crow pose.
Crow pose.
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Re: A Yogi's Guide to Evaluating Teacher Training Programs

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