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How to Prepare for Your First Yoga Teacher Training Course


Many yoga teachers will tell you that they have benefitted in more ways than one by attending a 200-hour yoga teacher training course. If you are new to the world of yoga, a 200-hour yoga teacher training course could be a great way for you to learn more about the yoga style that you love.

Over the years, the number of yoga teacher training (YTT) courses available for prospective students has increased dramatically. So, what are some things you need to know before you attend? And how do you choose the right one?

Here are a few tips to help you as you embark on your YTT journey.


Figure out what style of yoga is being taught.




Ideally, the style of yoga that is offered is a style you’ve been practicing for a while. And hopefully you know through experience that it’s the style you wish pursue for years to come.

Find out what the various 200-hour yoga teacher trainings have to offer and what style of yoga they teach—try to find a style you want to learn more about.


Know where the trainings are located.




Untitled2Some trainings are located in retreats or isolated ashram settings, where everything is taken care of for you and there are no outside distractions. However, there are plenty of trainings that take place in urban environments, where you are expected to take care of your own meals and accommodations.

There are many trainings where you will spend a couple months away from home. However, there are others that are broken into small segments in large city studios—these trainings are meant for people who cannot leave work or family.

It’s a unique experience to be on a retreat than it is to be in the middle of an urban jungle, so choose a style of training that works best for you.


Find out the cost and class size.




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The size of a training group can range anywhere from 10 students to more than 100. Ask yourself—are you okay with a large group, or would you rather be with a smaller group? Class size is something to consider when deciding on the right yoga teacher training course.

Something else to take into consideration is the cost of the training. The price of a training course can range anywhere from $2,000 to more than $15,000, however, the cost of the training doesn’t necessarily denote quality.

There are many dubious trainings that are very expensive, but there are also a lot of wonderful trainings that are relatively inexpensive. That’s why it’s important to do your research before enrolling in a training course.


Go in with a positive mindset.




Understand that you are positively affecting people on an individual basis with everything that you do as a yoga practitioner.

When you live according to your own personal dharma, you’ll find that your practice extends into everything that you do. And although the market is saturated with capable teachers, don’t be afraid to look for new opportunities that allow you to share your expertise.


Get to know Centered Yoga at Samahita Retreat.


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Paul Dallaghan and Centered Yoga have been running yoga teacher trainings for more than a decade. Their purpose is not only to teach yoga students, but to guide, inspire, and uplift them through the world of yoga.

The duration of Centered Yoga’s 200-hour foundation course is one month and offers a variety of one to two week continuing education courses as part of the 300-hour training. The cost of the courses includes accommodations, food, and fitness classes. Also, the content taught in each class is worth much more than what each student pays.

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Elonne Stockton
Elonne started practicing yoga at age 14 and has taught yoga worldwide from the time she completed her first 200 hour teacher training in January, 2003. Since moving to Asia in 2006, she has devoted thousands of hours to studying with her teachers, Sri O.P. Tiwari, Paul Dallaghan, Richard Freeman, and Mary Taylor. Both formally and informally, Elonne continues her studies in Mandarin, Sanskrit and Pali, as well as Buddhism and Eastern philosophies. Elonne completed a Master’s of Buddhist Studies in May, 2016.
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