I took my first yoga teacher training at 19. I went on the internet and I had basically 2 requirements:
It needs to be in Costa Rica
It needs to be for more than 2 weeks
So at 19 I found my first training in a small surf town in Costa Rica and spent 4 weeks learning yoga & avoiding my life at home (the secret 3rd requirement I didn't admit to myself).
I don't regret doing that training, but looking back I didn't actually know what I wanted in a training or what would make it a 'good' training for me.
Now that I have completed 5 more trainings, including 2 additional 200 hour trainings, I know the important steps to take (and what not to do) to find the best type of training for YOU.
THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD DO:
Have a goal for what you want to get out of the training before you start. This will ensure that your investment, both in time & money is well spent.
Ask the teacher questions! People do not do this enough, but to understand if a teacher is a good fit (or to see if they know what they are talking about), ask them a few questions about what will be covered or their own training. If they are a good teacher, they will love the chance to talk to a prospective student!
Ask past participants about their experiences. You know those testimonials you see on people's websites about the course? Those are real people (and if they are not RUN). Ask to get in touch with them or find them on your own to get a real understanding of what it is like to be a student in that course.
THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO:
Find the prettiest, most picturesque training on an island. I mean if your goal is to have an excuse to travel, maybe do this, but if you want to really gain more skills and expertise, you shouldn't focus on what the training looks like, you should focus on what it covers and who is teaching it. (ps. these are not mutually exclusive, good trainings do occur in beautiful locations, just make sure you did your homework on the content)
Take another training because you think you need it to be 'better', but you have not defined what 'better' means. We can all face imposter syndrome as yoga teachers and think that 1 more training will be the key to our success. But use your time identifying for yourself what skills you actually need to help serve your specific clients, and then go find the perfect training to match that. Don't expect trainings to do the work for you.
Only take trainings that are 'certified' or part of an established program. We all know that the big certification bodies in the yoga world do not signify that they bring value. Additionally, it can make you stand out as a teacher to take trainings that maybe aren't within the normal sequence of 200hr, 300hr, 500hr. Or even trainings not totally yoga specific, but movement-based. I am LOVING taking more 200 hr trainings even though it technically isn't going towards 500 hrs, who cares? I have learned way more anatomy in other movement courses than many of my yoga courses which have made me a far superior teacher. Be open to being outside the mainstream training courses & schedule we see out there - being different, well rounded, & unique is what will make you truly special as a teacher. We do not need anymore cookie-cutter yoga teachers.
(Me at the end of my first training in Costa Rica, pretty right?)
If you are struggling to find the right training for you, or feel stuck in what the possibilities could even be, drop me a note below! I would love to share my experience with you <3