26 Oct Choosing the Right Teacher Training
Like any industry the yoga world shares it’s stories of fallen gurus, abuses of power, and conflict. When you mix the deeply personal and healing practice of yoga, with business, many challenges arise. Students looking to enter the industry through a teacher training or a certification program, are mixing the personal and the professional in a profound way- and it’s very important to protect yourself as merge these areas of your life. When someone immerses themselves in a training they are exploring vulnerabilities within themselves and healing while simultaneously learning to share this with others -The space in which this happens and the who you are surrounded by, becomes VERY important. This space needs to feel SAFE, expectations need to be clear, and any power dynamics that could exist are completely overshadowed by deep respect and clear boundaries.
As a teacher and someone helps facilitate teacher trainings, I have been extremely saddened in recent months by hearing story after story or people experiencing an abuse of power in Yoga Teacher Trainings- even within our own community here in Victoria, BC- financially and emotionally and otherwise.
What could have been a transformative experience becomes traumatic.
Although it is absolutely NOT your fault if you are on the receiving end of an abuse of power- If you are a “consumer” in the yoga industry looking to choose a school or a training or a teacher- please protect yourself and this path you’ve found so much on, by putting care and attention in choosing where and with who you will deepen your knowledge.
There are many amazing schools and trainings around the world- so be picky!
Things to consider:
1) Train with a teacher(s) you KNOW and are inspired by, whom you feel safe with and who’s teachings resonate for you.
You will spend a lot of time under the care and guidance of this person and if you are choosing an out of town training, see if you can speak directly with them, have a Skype conversation, speak to other students who have trained with them- find a way to get a sense of who they are.
2) READ REVIEWS
The internet is often full of the best and the worst, so you can’t believe everything you read, but look for patterns in the reviews, look for trainings with a lot of good reviews and that talk about the kind of things that are important to you. Look for patterns in the bad reviews- ask the school or teachers about them- see what they have to say.
3) Clear Expectations
What do you want from this training? What does it offer? Tell the school or trainers what you are looking for and ask questions. It should be a good fit on both ends. If you get the sense someone just wants your money and won’t take the time to hear and understand your needs and expectations, it’s not the right training for you.
4) TALK TO PEOPLE
Ask people where they trained, talk to grads from that training, get a sense of the community that surrounds the program.
A yoga training should be a challenging, unique, transformative, raw, wonderful, and profound experience- but first and foremost we need a safe container in which to have this experience. Please choose the next step on your path with a very discerning eye.