Are you or someone you know thinking about yoga teacher training? Then this post is for YOU.
Although all reputable yoga schools will offer you the same basic Yoga Alliance teaching certificate at graduation, the curriculum and quality of the educational experience vary wildly, so just like traditional colleges, where you go for YTT matters. Before you commit to any YTT program, please be careful to do extensive research and investigation, just as you would for any college or post high school program (hair, massage, art, etc).
To get you started in your research, and in my capacity as the Dean of Scholé Yoga University, I'd like to share a few things about our YTT program at Scholé Yoga Salt Lake. That said, I can't stress enough the importance of "comparison shopping" and careful research. Many students simply choose to attend the program at the studio they already practice at, and while that's fine. SLC is lucky enough to have several reputable schools, so don't just settle for the first program that crosses your path.
The Scholé Yoga Teacher Training program is without question the best, most important part of our work at Scholé Yoga. Much more than just another rubber stamp certification program, SYTT is perhaps best described as "a semester of graduate school in how to turn your yoga practice into a way of life". Not College. Grad School.
If selected, you will do more homework in the first month than most other programs assign IN TOTAL. You will be up on your feet teaching the very FIRST DAY. You will learn the TRUE history of yoga, and how to authentically share it without misappropriating Hinduism or regurgitating pseudo-science, new age mumbo jumbo, or other misinformation. You will become an expert of the yoga tradition, and your expertise will be tested with mid-term and final examinations that involve both written and practical components. You will not graduate until you have earned the right and privilege of calling yourself not just another "RYT 200" but a "Scholé Yoga Certified Teacher".
It's not easy. But it's worth it. SYTT is also one of the most fun, rewarding and enjoyable experiences you will ever have. The connections you make with your classmates and facilitators will be some of the deepest, most meaningful relationships of your entire life. You will be supported by a team of seven highly experienced and dedicated facilitators, six graduate teaching assistants, and four interns. Since we only allow TWELVE students per semester, the teacher-student ratio is 1:1.4. Yes, we have you outnumbered and will be with you every step of the way :)
If SYTT sounds like the right fit for you, we should talk. Every student goes through a formal interview process after they apply so you will have a chance to meet with myself and our Director of Training Madison Kyle in-person before you commit to ask questions, share goals, and make sure that this program is the right fit for you. We currently have just TWO spots remaining for the Spring 2017 semester, so now is the time to jump in and get started. To make our course as accessible as possible, we offer world class financial aid and tuition assistance to all students.
To end on a personal note, SYTT also happens to be my all-time favorite thing to do, and I consider it my life's work, which is to say that I can't imagine anything else I could be doing that would make a bigger difference in the world today. Our graduates go out and make the world a better place, so their success is everything to me, which makes my second favorite thing to do is support them after the program through our free career counseling and job placement program.
Hope to see you on the mat this March!