Okay! So, you’ve decided you have the time and the space for teacher training, now…who will teach it?
So many options for this one! How to decide?

One option may be to teach most of the training hours yourself. Sure, it’s more work, but certainly doable. If your first group of trainees is small – let’s say 4 trainees – you may not want to pay other teachers; it may not make financial sense depending on your space and timing parameters. For YA (Yoga Alliance) requirements, the Lead Trainer must teach a minimum of 65 of the 180 Contact Hours. There’s no maximum hours requirement from YA for the Lead Trainer. It may also make sense for you to teach most of the hours during your first session so that you are familiar with how your training program flows. Then, in subsequent sessions, you’d be able to train/mentor your teachers about the flow of training or make adjustments based on how things flowed.

Some of the training hours are for group practice and those hours are certainly easier to assign to your teachers than perhaps some of the Posture Lab work or Anatomy topics.

However, if one or more of your teachers has an expertise to share, by all means, share it! If you’ve got a teacher on staff who is also a massage therapist, it may make sense to use that expertise! On-staff expertise like that can also differentiate your program, so by all means, consider that option if it’s available and makes sense within your training.

Another option is to work with a teacher(s) who teaches some other yoga specialty, maybe it’s inversions or meditation. As long as that teacher is an RYT, he/she can be added to your training staff list (on the YA website) and teach those training hours. I’ve seen many training programs that bring in several ‘specialty’ workshops by teachers from both inside and outside the studio staff. The advantage here is that it can add variety to the training for both you and the trainees. Get your next step here…

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