By Sangeetha Saran and Kathryn Boland
Whether you are a seasoned Yoga instructor, who needs to update your certification or expand your continuing education, or you are just beginning your Yoga training to become an instructor, there are so many advantages to online Yoga teacher training. One of the benefits of yoga instructor training online is the convenience factor. You can complete the coursework at your own pace and on your own schedule. This is especially helpful for people who have full-time jobs or other commitments that make it difficult to attend traditional in-person classes. Online courses also tend to be more affordable than in-person classes, so they are a great option for people on a budget.
One of the biggest advantages of taking Yoga classes online is the cost. The base price of on-site Yoga teacher training can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000, depending on which institution is offering the training. The average cost for online yoga teacher training is often less than $1,000. The cost of in-person instruction also includes hidden costs that must be added to the tuition cost of the training course. Hidden costs would include the cost of tutoring, study materials, membership, application, enrollment fees, and other hidden fees that the institution may choose to include. You do not have these additional hidden costs with online Yoga training.
No Lodging Costs
If you choose online Yoga teacher training, you will not have the additional expenses of time away from work or traveling to and from class. Online Yoga teacher courses allow you to study and train from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need to worry about lodging and traveling expenses as you would with on-site training. Also, if you have family obligations, by taking online classes, you will still be able to care for your family. If you were away, you may have to plan and pay for childcare.
By taking online Yoga instructor certification courses, you will have access to tutoring at your convenience via telephone or email. When you are taking face-to-face courses, you would most likely have to schedule a tutoring session. If you’re taking online courses, tutoring is available to you at any given time. This is convenient because you don’t have to interrupt your schedule for a tutoring schedule. Online Yoga instructor training offers flexibility. Your time is valuable when you have obligations. Most people cannot drop everything in their lives to take a year to attend Yoga instructor certification courses. Online courses offer you the flexibility that you need to maintain your busy lifestyle while still getting the instruction you need to achieve your goals.
No Worries About Travel
With classroom study, your instructor may prohibit you from using a recording device. However, with online yoga teacher training, you are allowed to use any record-keeping device you choose. By taking online Yoga instructor courses, you are helping the environment. This is because you are not traveling to class, causing more air pollution and using up natural resources. One of the benefits of getting your yoga teacher training online is that you don’t have to worry about traveling. This means that you can save money on accommodation and food. It also means that you can get your training in your own time and at your own pace. You can choose to do the training in one go or spread it out over a few months. There are also no set times for the training, so you can do it whenever you have the time.
Archives for Teachers, Interns, and Students
Years ago, people learned from scrolls. These days, we have the Internet to project ideas across distances. It is important for an online yoga teacher training center to have information about a variety of teaching situations. The internet has opened up a world of possibilities when it comes to education. One of the advantages of online learning is that it is very flexible. You can study at your own pace and in your own time. This means that you can fit your studies around your work and other commitments. Another advantage of online learning is that you can access a wealth of resources from anywhere in the world. You can also connect with other students and teachers from all over the globe, which can make learning more fun and engaging.
Open Your Mind to Opportunities
Have you ever reflected on the differences between yoga classes and the other forms of modern fitness classes? Do you set your classes apart in how you teach? Classes at contemporary gyms and fitness studios range from Barre to Bootcamp to Cycling. These classes can be wonderful ways for people to exercise under a knowledgeable instructor, and from that get energized, gain confidence, and enjoy a social support system. Yet yoga is something different; it’s more than just what you’re doing with your body, and the mental aspects to support that. It’s about what you carry off the mat with you – breathing to help keep you emotionally balanced, lessons in how to better treat yourself and others, the importance of rest to let the effects of work soak in (and its necessity for all living beings), and so much more. It is truly a lifestyle.
Ideas for Reaching Other Crowds
No other modern fitness class can compare in this regard (Pilates likely comes the closest, with a mindful approach to breath and holistically balanced movement, but certainly without thousands of years of wisdom behind it). How could the style of teaching be the same, and still remain true to all that yoga is? This is not to put down non-yoga modern fitness instructors, forms, or classes. As stated above, they’re wonderful things in many people’s lives. Yoga doesn’t resonate with everyone, and that’s okay. I would much, much rather have those people in a Zumba class or lifting weights than not connecting with their bodies’ potential at all. Sedentary lifestyles are the main driver of the public health crises of obesity, mental health issues, chronic inflammation-based illnesses, and more.
Yoga is Different
Yet yoga is more than just healthy movement, and we shouldn’t teach it like it is solely that. Here are four ways to incorporate yogic practices and wisdom, while still giving students the “workout” they might have come for. After some time, they may come for more than that. At any point, you as a yoga instructor have tools for offering them it all – maybe without them fully realizing what you’ve offered them.
Pair Breath and Movement
For instance, offer flows such as Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge) to Ardha Hanumanasana (Half Split) and guide breaths in with the former, and breaths out with the latter. The same can happen with wide-legged Half-Split and Lizard Lunge (only make sure to remind students of keeping proper toe-ankle-knee-hip alignment, and that they are free to instead take stillness with any preference or joint pain). A similar pairing is breathing in with Ardha Uttanasana (Halfway Lift) and out with Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold), as part of a Sun Salutation or as a flow on its own (repeated perhaps 3-4 times).
In longer-held poses, you can cue students to find refinement and nuance of the pose by finding more spinal length with inhales, and softening with exhales. All of this not only helps enhance the positive effects of asana but also demonstrates to students the power of breathwork for whole-person health – a system found in the Limb of Pranayama. That insight, however conscious or subconscious, can be a gateway for interest in other aspects of the yogic lifestyle (found in yet other Limbs).
Share a Theme that Connects with Yogic Wisdom
This is possible through framing a yogic message in a way that it connects with the predominant movement, poses, and even mudras that you include in the class, the season, current events that might be on everyone’s mind, et cetera. One can also read a short poem or passage from writers such as Patanjali, Rumi, and various Swamis. Build your yoga library with books from which you can pull these kinds of theme-building passages (as well as for all other benefits that doing so confers). Such texts can also kick-start ideas for building themes from poses, flows, mudras, pranayama patterns, and more.
Other teachers’ themes in classes that you yourself take can also spur your own ideas. Certainly, refrain from intellectual theft, but it’s completely legitimate (and beneficial) to let others’ themes inspire your own. All in all, Yoga class themes can help open up students’ awareness of how much the physical practice is intertwined with life off the mat, and from that work at practicing yogic values outside of practice itself. It can help engage their minds and hearts as their bodies work through physical practice.
Use Props in Ways that Say Something More
Among the many wonderful things about props is their versatility. They can be used to safely enhance the intensity of physical practice, as well as to support the execution of something that would otherwise be inaccessible. Either way, they convey the message that accepting help is okay. In fact, it’s smart. Yoga poses are overall the same in online teacher training classes across the world, but each practitioner’s practice of it can be unique – and that which props can uniquely support.
All of these truths that props put forth when we instructors can meaningfully frame them, help reinforce teachings of yogic values – such as truthfulness, acceptance, non-violence, and respect for all beings. At the same time, students are receiving a very physically healthy practice. If the deeper yogic teachings don’t quite resonate, at least they’ve received that, and (so long as the physical practice is kept moderated and physically safe) it’s all a net positive.
Food for Thought
It might just not be the time for those students, and that time is coming. If yogic teachings have resonated, absolutely wonderful. You’ve brought your students to the edge of the shore of the vast ocean of knowledge, discovery, and potential for lasting wellness that is yoga. Online yoga teacher training makes the sharing of deep concepts possible over large distances. At the same time, we have the ability to cover every foundational aspect of practice, while deeper aspects can be discussed with a teacher trainer.
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