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Common Questions About Yoga Teacher Training

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If you have long-dreamed of becoming a yoga teacher then making the decision to embark upon your training course will be an exciting one!

Your teacher training will be a wonderful experience, and one that will equip you with the knowledge and experience to teach your very own students. Although this is an exciting time, it can also come with its own stresses, as you may not know what to expect or how to prepare. You may also find yourself questioning if this is the right path for you, or if you are taking this journey at the right time.

If you have a thousand questions on your mind about becoming a yoga teacher then this is completely normal and natural. Finding answers to these questions can go a long way to easing your mind as you decide whether now is the right time to start your training.

If you have already signed up to a Yoga Teacher Training Course, then having any questions answered can make you feel more comfortable and prepared as you get ready to start!

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As someone who guides students to becoming teachers, I get asked all sorts of questions all of the time. Today I am going to share some of the most common questions with you, and, of course, the answers too!

Q. Do I need to be great at yoga before I start the teacher training?

A. Absolutely not! Many people feel like they have to be amazing at yoga before they can embark upon a teacher training course. However, this is something that will develop as you progress through your course. There is no set time that you must have been practicing yoga for. As long as you are enthusiastic and keen to learn, then you are good to go.

Q. Do I have to want to become a yoga teacher to be eligible for the course?

A. Again, absolutely not! In fact, many people simply want to do a yoga teacher training course in order to deepen their knowledge and practical skills. During the training you will have ample opportunity to meet other like-minded people and to give significant amounts of time to doing what you love — yoga!

People who want to do the training to develop their own practice and enjoy the sense of community are just as welcome as those who wish to become yoga teachers.

Q. How long does the course take?

A. Most standard yoga teacher training courses are 200 hours long. This will usually be spread out over one or two months, and will also include some additional readings and tasks to complete in your own time.

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When you are doing an in-person course, there are also other things to consider, such as the time it will take you to travel to the studio each day. If you are doing your training online, then it is likely the time constraints will be less, and the schedule will be more flexible. However, you will still have to be able to commit to all of the lessons, assignments, and tasks as per the course.

Q. How much support will I have?

A. This is something that is unique to you as a student, and will depend how much support you think you need. At Whole Self, we support our students in a number of ways, and are always available to provide additional guidance where necessary. You will also have the support of your fellow students and new friends, which can be the most wonderful help of all!

Q. How intense will a training course be?

A. Depending on the course you have chosen, you will normally expect to spend each day of the training studying all day. For example, this could be from 09:00 until 18:00, with breaks during the day.

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100% attendance is usually required, so if you have other responsibilities then you will have to factor this in to each day and make sure you are able to give the training your full attention.

Q. Is it guaranteed that I will qualify as a yoga teacher after the course?

A. No. In order to qualify you will have to pass all of the examinations during the course and complete any homework assignments that you have been set. Attendance will never equate to an automatic pass, so you have to be sure that you are prepared to work hard and put the time in.

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Hopefully some of your questions will now have been answered, and perhaps you feel ready to learn more about Yoga Teacher Training.

I will be running another 200-hour course next year, and I would love to invite you to check it out!

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