Yoga Teacher Training Courses (TTCs) are complex and holistic life changing experiences. And at YogaTTC.info, we intend to help you find the best Yoga TTCs around the world using our detailed analysis and expertise in this field.
We understand that it is not an easy task to acquire and coordinate all the elements of a Yoga TTC, which are required to achieve the desired effects on a physical, mental, emotional and a spiritual level.
After an extensive research and discussion with experienced Yoga TTC teachers from all over the world, we have managed to categorize these elements under 7 variables. These variables also incorporate the Yoga Alliance compulsory syllabus and recommendations.
The “boosters”. In this variable we discuss how a Yoga TTC can make the learning process easier for its student.
- Quality and applicability of the materials provided (manuals, compulsory/optional bibliography…)
- Efficient use of modern technology (Website, audiovisual media, Social media like Facebook and Twitter to promote sharing resources).
- Matching different learning profiles (audio, visual, kinetic…) by using different didactic tools (written and oral tests, group projects, hand written essays…)
- Quality time spent on collaborative learning, sharing and supporting each other in different sized groups.
- Availability of the teachers, their compassion towards the students and teaching.
- Permanent or temporally presence of inspirational gurus connected with Yoga tradition who can give some extra light on a specific aspect of Yoga TTC.
- Wise choice of assignments, which can guide students to go deeper into their inner journey.
- The use of Feedback cycles, crucial to assure that the students are achieving the set goals, and to spot and find solutions to the difficulties that may appear.
- Creation of a well-bound and supportive community.
- A slow and well planned progression, empowering the students and minimizing their fears.
- Supporting students to be themselves so that it helps them enhance their inner voice and creativity.
This dimension refers to the lifestyle the students have during the Yoga TTC. We focus on how close is it to the Yogi life promoted in the Vedas.
- Nutrition – We analyze if mainly a sativic and balanced diet is provided. We also check if they offer vegetarian meals following ahimsa (non-violence Patanjali Yama), offer possibilities to people with special needs, use local products, promote conscious eating habits like silent eating meditation,,.
- Peace and silence – Do the surroundings and the rules of the center promote the process of inner connection?
- Safe and sacred environment – Can the students express themselves without fear and receive a supporting feedback?
- Models – The teachers are real examples of what they preach, which includes good practices in the management of the center, transparency and accuracy in their communications.
- Morning Kryas – Do they promote this cleaning practice which has a big impact in a Yogi life?
- Yogi Timetable – The students should follow the natural cycles of the sun, have enough time for rest and to digest the teachings.
- Self Practice – Do they provide the extra crucial time and space required by a student to encourage self-practice?
- Yogi Values – In any way, do they promote Yogi Values as the ones compiled in the Yamas and Niyamas?
In this verticle, we analyze how the center shows the students how to teach and which tools/skills they provide them for this propose.
These are some of the crucial aspects a student must master when they finish the TTC:
- How to design, balance and program classes, workshops and long-term programs.
- How to adapt during a class to attend to needs of different students.
- Being able to demonstrate and explain the Asanas, safer ways to go in and out of the posture, corrections, beginner and advanced modifications…
- Perform safe and supportive adjustments.
- Communication skills including the use of language, voice and body language.
- Develop confidence in their Yogi Knowledge and teaching abilities.
- Find their own teaching style.
This section concentrates on the Yoga routine taught to the students, as they will act as a model during their classes. It is really important the Yoga School assures that they students achieve certain standards in their own Yoga practice.
- Acknowledge main Asanas in a conscious way (demonstration, oral instructions, name in English and Sanskrit, contraindications, benefits at all layers, contra-postures to balance, modifications, breath flow…)
- Master essential Pranayama exercises as Kapalavati, Ujjayi breath, Nadi Sodhana…
- Being able to go into Meditative state.
- To be able to control their Bandhas.
Anatomy and Alignments
This vertical is mainly based on body levels and how to apply it in the most beneficial and safe way.
- Human physical and energetic anatomy (bodily systems, organs, chakras, nadis…) applied to Yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns…)
- Theory and practice of muscles’ movement in the main Asanas.
- Comparisons between modern science and the ancient Yogic wisdom to explain the human anatomy.
Philosophy & Psychology
Introduction to Yoga Philosophy and relevant aspects of the mind with direct application to Yoga practice.
- Familiarization with Yoga philosophies, concepts (karma, dharma…) and values (yamas, niyamas…)
- Introduction to core Yoga texts such as the Yoga Sutras or Bhagavad Gita.
- Showing the connections between modern psychology and the ancient Yogic wisdom
This last variable is sadly neglected by most of the Yoga TTC centers.
Students need to actually conduct classes to manifest and connect all the knowledge and skills acquired during the TTC. It is the only way to access their ability to teach yoga, to build their confidence and to smoothen the beginning of their carriers.
- Sufficient exclusive hours of the TTC which gives opportunities to students to conduct classes.
- Allowing the students to teach people outside the course.
- Creating scope for internships at their center.
- Support to take the step from student to professional teacher (contact network, personal recommendation letters, net of centers-associations where the student can start teaching, individual tutoring during and after the course,,,).
We are very grateful to all the outstanding Yoga teachers who have helped us to elaborate on these analysis criteria.
We are always open to feedback and you are more than welcome to share your impressions with us.