1. Who is the main Teacher and are they fully qualified?
How long has he/she they been teaching? They should be seasoned professionals.
2. How much of the program is actually being taught by the Main teacher?
Some programs do not have the main teacher teaching a substantial part of the program. (I once attended an intensive program that was mostly led by someone who graduated from the program one year before. The main teacher advertised only put in guest appearances a few times a week).
3. How long has the program existed? How many students have already been trained? The longer a program has been around and the more students who have graduated the better. You can then assume that many of the kinks have been ironed out.
4. Who is teaching the anatomy section and what experience do they have? Often times the anatomy section can be poor and/or boring or not really relevant to Yoga. Make sure the person teaching the anatomy section is a Yoga teacher.
5. How many teachers are on staff? A ratio of one teacher for every 10 students is good. Make sure the main teacher will be available to give personal attention and to guide you through the experience.
6. Will you be ready to teach by the end of the program? Some programs require additional projects on completion of the training, which may be valid and helpful. Inform yourself if anything else will be required before you can start teaching.
7. Will you have taught one or more full classes to your classmates by the end of the training? Make sure that you will have this experience, as this will give you the faith in yourself to go out and start teaching.
8. Does the teacher offer any mentorship after the training? If you need help or advice is there someone you can talk to after the program?
9. Is it possible to speak to graduates of the program? Sometimes it is helpful to be able to contact a few graduates of the program to ask them about their experience.
10. What style of Yoga is being taught? Make sure you are familiar and comfortable with the style of Yoga, which is being offered in the training. Be wary if the course is offering multiple styles of Yoga. That could be confusing for a beginning level teacher.
11. How long is the program? If it is the basic 200 hours and it is an intensive it should not be taught in less than three weeks. Do the mathematics!
Five additional things you should ask about the Retreat Center and Training?
- Is accommodation and food included in the program? Some trainings expect you to organize your own food and accommodation. This can be stressful.
- What kind of accommodation is being provided? Some YTT’s offer tents or crowded dorms. Make sure the accommodation will be comfortable. You need to be able to sleep!
- Is the food organic? Organic is better ☺ Are there options for allergies and vegans?
- How do you get to the retreat Center from the airport? Are you being met or do you have to make your own way to the place in a foreign country?
- Is there any Rest and Recreation time in the schedule? While most intensives are intense…it is important to have some down time scheduled or time to explore the area. 200 hours crammed into 2 weeks, will not allow for any down time!