By Sangeetha Saran and Kathryn Boland
Whether you are a seasoned Yoga instructor, who needs to update your certification or expanding your continuing education, or you are just beginning your Yoga training to become an instructor, there are so many advantages to online Yoga teacher training.
One of the biggest advantages of taking Yoga classes online is the cost. The base price of on-site Yoga teacher training can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000, depending on which institution is offering the training. The average cost for online yoga teacher training is often less than $1,000.
The cost of in person instruction also includes hidden costs that must be added to the tuition cost of the training course. Hidden costs would include the cost for tutoring, study materials, membership, application, enrollment fees, and other hidden fees that the institution may choose to include. You do not have these additional hidden costs with online Yoga training.
If you choose online Yoga teacher training, you will not have the additional expenses of time away from work or traveling to and from class. Online Yoga teacher courses allow you to study and train from the comfort of your own home.
You don’t need to worry about lodging and traveling expenses as you would with on-site training. Also, if you have family obligations, by taking online classes, you will still be able to care for your family. If you were away, you may have to plan and pay for childcare.
By taking online Yoga instructor certification courses, you will have access to tutoring at your convenience via telephone or email. When you are taking face-to-face courses, you would most likely have to schedule a tutoring session. If you’re taking online courses, tutoring is available to you at any given time. This is convenient because you don’t have to interrupt your schedule for a tutoring schedule.
Online Yoga instructor training offers flexibility. Your time is valuable when you have obligations. Most people cannot drop everything in their lives to take a year to attend Yoga instructor certification courses. Online courses offer you the flexibility that you need to maintain your busy lifestyle while still getting the instruction you need to achieve your goals.
With classroom study, your instructor may prohibit you from using a recording device. However, with online yoga teacher training you are allowed to use any record-keeping device you choose. By taking online Yoga instructor courses, you are helping the environment. This is because you are not traveling to class, causing more air pollution and using up natural resources.
Archives for Teachers, Interns, and Students
Years ago, people learned from scrolls. These days, we have the Internet to project ideas across distances. It is important for an online yoga teacher training center to have information about a variety of teaching situations. Below is an example of the type of information interns and teachers need to know.
Have you ever reflected on the differences between yoga classes and the other forms of modern fitness classes? Do you set your classes apart in how you teach? Classes at contemporary gyms and fitness studios range from Barre to Bootcamp to Cycling. These classes can be wonderful ways for people to exercise under a knowledgeable instructor, and from that get energized, gain confidence, and enjoy a social support system.
Yet yoga is something different; it’s more than just what you’re doing with your body, and the mental aspects to support that. It’s about what you carry off the mat with you – breathing to help keep you emotionally balanced, lessons in how to better treat yourself and others, the importance of rest to let the effects of work soak in (and its necessity for all living beings), and so much more. It is truly a lifestyle.
No other modern fitness class can compare in this regard (Pilates likely comes the closest, with a mindful approach to breath and holistically-balanced movement, but certainly without thousands of years of wisdom behind it). How could the style of teaching be the same, and still remain true to all that yoga is? This is not to put down non-yoga modern fitness instructors, forms or classes.
As stated, they’re wonderful things in many people’s lives. Yoga doesn’t resonate with everyone, and that’s okay. I would much, much rather have those people in a Zumba class or lifting weights than not connecting with their bodies’ potentials at all. Sedentary lifestyles are a main driver of the public health crises of obesity, mental health issues, chronic inflammation-based illnesses, and more.
Yet yoga is more than just healthy movement, and we shouldn’t teach like it is solely that. Here are four ways to incorporate yogic practices and wisdom, while still giving students the “workout” they might have come for. After some time, they may come for more than that. At any point, you as a yoga instructor have tools for offering them it all – maybe without them fully realizing what you’ve offered them.
Pair Breath and Movement
For instance, offer flows such as Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge) to Ardha Hanumanasana (Half Split) and guide breaths in with the former, breaths out with the latter. The same can happen with wide-legged Half-Split and Lizard Lunge (only make sure to remind stud