*This is a guest post from the Yoga Alliance*
Becoming a great yoga teacher doesn’t just magically happen after you complete a 200-hour training program. You need practice, experience, and in-depth instruction to take your teaching to the next level. As the yoga industry continues booming, many teachers are looking to continuing education as a way of setting themselves apart.
Some teachers take continuing education courses that will help them specialize their teaching to certain styles or groups (e.g. yoga for seniors), while others attend continuing education courses that broaden and diversify their perspective of yoga so they’re well-rounded. Whichever path you choose, here are three basic questions to keep in mind.
1. Do I Really Care About This Workshop Topic?
Some people fall into the trap of taking continuing education courses that other teachers are doing, or only doing what they think will be profitable. Be true to yourself and your wisdom. If you’re not gung-ho about impeccable alignment, don’t bother taking workshops that focus on that. Find courses that interest you, not ones you feel compelled to take. You’ll create a better experience for your students when you teach authentically using the new knowledge you’ve gained.
2. Is This Person Qualified to Provide Continuing Education?
Taking continuing education courses is important, but taking them from a qualified provider is crucial. According to Yoga Alliance’s requirements, Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) must ensure they obtain continuing education from a qualified provider who meets any of the criteria below:
- A Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACEP®) whose membership is current, or
- An Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT®) who is currently registered, or
- Someone who has both professional experience and substantial education related to one or more of the Yoga Alliance Educational Categories. (The provider must be able to document or demonstrate his/her relevant experience and education, and may provide Continuing Education only in their area(s) of expertise.)
3. Is This Course Right for Me?
Even if you know that someone is qualified to teach a continuing education course, it’s important to do a little extra research. Ask other yogis what they thought of that person’s course, or read their reviews on the YACEP directory. You may even want to sit in on their yoga classes to get a sense of their teaching style and how they interact with their students.
These simple questions can help you find the perfect course to suit your needs and help you become a better yoga teacher. With a little bit of research, you can make 2017 a year full of knowledge, wisdom, and continuing education.
The Toronto Yoga Conference and Show loves to be ONE place where teachers can come together to learn from one another in continuing education. Check out our guide to see all the continuing education courses were offering, including one led by Andrew Tanner of the Yoga Alliance.
Also check out the FREE YES Talks event on Saturday April 1st hosted by Andrew Tanner of the Yoga Alliance. Take part in an interactive dialogue from some of Yoga’s top thought leaders. RSVP to the official Facebook event page for updates regarding registration!