I thought I’d share a few reflections on yoga teacher training design. In the beginning our training were pretty disjointed! The binder was a mess, I did not stick to the syllabus, I never updated the website, and meditation was an hour long. Sometimes I left class embarrassed and squirmed in my own skin.
These experiences helped to forge the content of the training into what it is today; a robust and healthy program. Along the way, I also requested student feedback to further the presentation.
Despite the initial scrappy design, the students still loved the training and some even did it twice. They were drawn to the traditional teachings and vagabond-like nature of our school. Our commitment to the spirit of yoga has always remained the same, even if the presentation was initially disjointed.
Classic theory, meditation, pranayama, regular asana practice, student teaching, and integration exercises from the through-line of our program. A typical class will have most of these components.
We also instruct ayurveda, spiritual practice, subtle body dynamics, lifestyle, group work, and personal experimentation.
Yoga teacher training design varies from program to program. The design is a direct reflection of the experience and values of the people who host the session. If you are looking to do a YTT, specifically ask what you will study. Ask what percentage of time gets dedicated to what topics.