For several years now I have been toying with the idea of becoming a certified yoga teacher. I’ve spent hours searching for the perfect program. And have even paid a deposit and dropped out of a 200 hr Yoga Teacher training. I couldn’t quite find what I was looking for, but had considered YogaFit the entire time.
I kept getting stuck on the whole Yoga Alliance 200 hr RYT. Which, don’t get me wrong, is still my end goal.
But the more I looked at what works best with my personality and lifestyle, right now the best option seems to be YogaFit.
My plan with YogaFit is to do one weekend training The Level One Certification, teach a few classes to see if it’s something I seriously want to continue with. IF so, the nice thing about YogaFit is I can continue with more trainings at my own pace. Overtime with certain classes and experience under my belt, I can register as a 200 HR Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Depending on how I like it, I may also decide to do a 200 hr YTT elsewhere, which is cool too. But at least having started out with YogaFit, I’m not stuck in a 200 HR training that I may hate. I love the flexibility of it!
So what is YogaFit? ——–
YogaFit is yoga teacher training with a module system. Most trainings (if not all) are done on Saturdays and Sundays, one training or level at a time. So you aren’t committing to several weekends a month for 6 months to a year or immersing yourself with a 3 week training. It’s more of a go at your own pace. The only downside is that trainings aren’t guaranteed to be nearby. Causing you to possibly have to travel for trainings (but could be a plus for some who enjoy traveling!)
Here are what I would consider the pros and cons to YogaFit.
- One weekend training- allows you to feel it out to see if you would even want to dive that deep in
- May be able to start teaching after the weekend class (this will depend on what studio you teach at)
- Relatively affordable if you are unsure of doing a 200 hr YTT- the price per training is not terrible, but can overall be more expensive than other trainings if you do more than one class. But again this one time payment should you decide not to continue is still cheaper. Better than paying 2000 up front realizing a certain yoga training is not for you.
- Can continue trainings at your own pace
- Available at different locations – giving you an excuse to travel and meet new people would be nice!
- Studios may require 200 hr training before hiring you, if you only have level one YogaFit training this may not be sufficient
- Pricey – again if you decide to continue training the pricing added up with all modules can be much more expensive than a 200 hr local training you may can find
So my plan is to do the level one training and see where I want to go from there!
Remember not all YTT are equal, some may be better than others. Some more or less expensive. The important part is that you do your research and decide what works best for YOU. You can always be learning and educating yourself on your own as well and I honestly think that’s a super important component to being a competent and knowledgeable teacher. Always be learning yo!
Update, I attended the YogaFit Level 1 training, read more about the experience here.
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Robin SmithJune 7, 2020 at 8:59 pm
I wish I had seen this yoga fit option before committing to a 200 hour YTT this past January, which I am still in and want to quit. I have gone through a lot over the past 6 months and have totally lost interest in the program. I am not doing the assignments and I know I need to just walk away but feel so guilty and like I am a failure. But my heart is not in it and I just want to be done. I do not even care about teaching anymore. (((sigh)))
ChristynJune 7, 2020 at 9:17 pm
I could have very easily been in your position! I got lucky that I had only paid the deposit when I decided to back out after the 2nd day of training. I can totally relate. It’s a really challenging time right now so it’s very understandable in how you feel. Have you tried reaching out to the instructor? Perhaps you could explain how you are feeling and see if they will allow you to get a partial refund or continue at a later training. Don’t be too hard on yourself, if it’s not for you that’s okay!
SadieOctober 7, 2021 at 11:54 pm
I understand how you feel. I’m in my last month of a teacher training. The past 9 months have been hell for me, with so many personal situations going on. I completely lost interest in my program. I stopped going to classes and stopped doing the work. I finally messaged the teacher to see if I could finish it out. I was told I could finish but I’m so behind and only have 3 days to come up with two projects. I feel like a failure and a loser. I spent so much money, and for whatever reason I completely lost interest because of life issues, now I will not be getting my yoga certificate
RobinOctober 8, 2021 at 7:30 am
You are definitely not a failure.
If anything you are brave for even trying.
Sometimes we try new and different things and sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t this is just one of those things that didn’t work out. But at least you tried and at least now you know it’s not something that you really desire.
And who knows maybe sometime in the future you’ll have a desire for it again and you can try again. But for now don’t beat yourself up. This is a life lesson. Learn from the experience, move on to your next experience.