Q&A Wednesday

Q&A: How do you know when you’re ready for Yoga Teacher Training?

I got this question a bunch of times this week, so it felt like something I should definitely tackle.

I think a lot of people believe they need some massive sign from the Universe that floods them with the “necessary” inspiration and wisdom they feel they need to embark on Yoga Teacher Training. I’m sure some people experience a profound A-HA! moment that starts them on that journey, but for most of us, that’s just not the case.

I’ll tell you exactly what you need to know before starting YTT and how to know if you’re doing it for the right reasons.

Over to you! How did you know you were ready for YTT? Are you interested in the business side of yoga at all?


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    August 17, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Could you do a post on the business side of yoga? I’m taking my trainjng mext year and would like to do it as full time as possible.

    I think people should have a certain level of experience before they start to teach other. If you don’t have a long term daily yoga practice, how are you going to teach?

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      Jayne Raywell

      August 17, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Hi Steph
      See my separate comment… During YTT you get that practice a lot unless you are doing an intense 200hr mine is over 2 years so I get to do Yoga everyday. Most of what I have done I have had to unlearn 6 years of yoga as on my course you are taught to refine the postures. Teaching is so different than just being in a class it’s exhausting and yet fulfilling at the same time.
      I wish I was a newbie as I think it would be easier than having to get rid of bad habits.. Enjoy your journey xxx

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    August 17, 2016 at 7:22 am

    I would love a video on the business side of yoga. I am passionate about yoga and am considering YTT, but I’d like a brutally honest picture of what it takes to be successful on the business side.

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    August 17, 2016 at 7:45 am

    My YTT was awesome. I was practicing for years at the same studio so it was great taking training under a teacher I had an existing relationship with. It was definitely an emotional roller coaster but one of the best times in my life.

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    August 17, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Erin, your timing is coincidental! I just signed up for Level I Vinyasa Flow YTT and started my studies less than a week ago, then your Wednesday Q&A popped up with this topic.

    I agree with you. There isn’t a certain level of yoga expertise that needs to be obtained before taking the yoga teacher path. Also, that it can be for your own enrichment in understanding the fundamentals of yoga, and you have to be prepared to cut back on eating out and going to movies because the budget is coping with the hit of course fees.

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    Jayne Raywell

    August 17, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I am currently undertaking my YTT it’s a 2 year commitment. I would say don’t worry about the amount you have practiced before as you will have to practice everyday. I have had to unlearn some of my bad habits to ensure the correct posture. You are only as good as your teacher… Lucky for me my course has an interim assessment and if you pass it you can teach midway through the course as a student teacher. I agree it’s a big commitment I work full time but have to ensure I get my home practice done. So go for it if you have the passion!!
    However I would love to see more about the business side of yoga.

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    August 17, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I had only ever been to ONE yoga class before I started my YTT in January of this year. The rest of what I “knew” was self-taught through YouTube. I did not think I was ready – in fact, I doubted my decision like a week before my schooling even started! But after the initial jolt of it all, I knew that it was a perfect fit; knew that this was the place for me and that I could make a difference in people’s lives and health – even if it was just a little one. Unfortunately, fear keeps us from doing so much in this world and yoga is no exception. But overall, I think if you’re really interested and you’ve researched it, made a Pro’s and Con’s, compared it with others, and your gut says “Go”, then go for it! Don’t let fear hold you back from doing something you LOVE.

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    Amanda Otten

    August 17, 2016 at 11:18 am

    How do you find out where to get training? I’d love to do it just for myself and maybe an on the side way to make money.

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      August 19, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Amanda, do you currently attend classes at a yoga studio? If so, do they have a Teacher Training program? If the answer is “no”….if you live in or near a town/city of any size at all, there is probably a yoga studio that offers a YTT. I would suggest attending classes at said studio with the teacher who would be leading the YTT to make sure you “connect” with the teacher, and are interested in the style they teach/offer. Hope this helps

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    August 17, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Hi Erin!

    I would love a post on the business side of yoga! My ultimate goal in life (many years from now) is to own a yoga studio. I am currently working on an MBA and I plan to start my YTT after I finish my degree. I plan on getting some management experience and some yoga teaching experience after graduating and I would love to hear more about yoga specific business.


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    August 17, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you for this! I am a middle school teacher and often my home practice is the only thing that saves my sanity and grounds me! Becoming a yoga instructor is one of my looong term goals, this really kind of takes the pressure off becoming a “super yogi” to make that happen!

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    August 17, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Finishing my YTT in 2 weeks and can’t wait! Been a great journey! I started out doing it to only deepen my own practice, but after getting great feedback, I think I would like to teach here and there. Not ready for full-time cause where I live, it would be hard to pay the bills. I would love a video on the business side of yoag though because maybe there are avenues I haven’t considered. Thanks!

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    August 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I started ytt 5 months ago and have another 5 months to go. I started to deepen my understanding of yoga. As I go further into the practice and study my aim has changed and my love of this practice has deepened ♥

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    August 18, 2016 at 4:48 am

    I want to take a Yoga Teacher Training some day and I keep looking around for a training that fits. I haven’t found one though. Sometimes I search and search with the aim that I must find THE YTT for me this instant. Well, that isn’t happening. So maybe it’s not my time yet, we’ll see!

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    Kate Colgain

    August 18, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Hi Erin!

    I think it’s super interesting what you said about really understanding WHY you want to become a yoga instructor. It’s funny, my mom has been doing yoga for 10+ years and received her CYT awhile ago…she has not taught one class since becoming certified. She doesn’t seem to like the meditation/relaxation aspect of yoga, and has explained that she does it for a “good workout.” I think she also still has this perception that you have to fit the stereotypical “yogini” mold. She mostly does power yoga classes, when I’m more into vinyasa flow and love meditating. So I’m glad you explained that one really needs to know and understanding why, because it is a huge investment! Thousands of dollars, and to not even teach at all after doing all that training is crazy. Anyway, I really liked this Q&A and will definitely keep all that was discussed in mind if I decide to become a yoga teacher.


    Kate <3

  14. Katie


    August 18, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Hi Erin,
    I loved this video. I’m a newly qualified kids yoga teacher and I did the training back in April but didn’t pluck up the courage to actually teach a class until I was hired as a kids activity leader at a language summer school recently. It was raining so they couldn’t do sports day outside and my manager quickly sent me a message before I was to do my shift and said “Katie it says on your CV you can teach yoga to kids, do you fancy doing that today in the sports hall? Its for 50 kids but don’t worry there will be 2 other activity leaders assisting you.” I was so nervous but in the end the kids loved it and wouldn’t stop talking about it for the rest of the day, I was so stoked I actually did it! And 2 of the Spanish group leaders wouldn’t stop praising me!

    You may wonder what this story has to do with your YTT video? Well I am also saving to do my 200hr TTC and teaching kids yoga over this summer has really boosted my confidence and whilst teaching adults yoga is different to a kids class, the roots are essentially the same and it’s just shown me that I CAN DO IT AND THAT I ENJOY IT! And this joy comes straight from my heart which means I am on the right path.

    I have been looking for a training that personally resonates me and have been researching intensives close to home (UK/Europe) and by chance I did stumble across one that made my heart sing and I knew “This is the one” and it happens to be on an island in Thailand hahaha! So not so close to home! I’ve checked that it is yoga alliance accredited and the whole vibe just fits me and how I live my life so I hope to go in March 2017! I was not expecting to go so far away but you know what? I’ve NEVER done anything big & special for me, I always put other people first so I thought, why not?

    The future plan is to teach yoga & belly dance to adults as well as yoga & art to kids on the side and keep a part time “normal job” (which is another thing I am working on so I can leave my retail job and do something else more fitting which is also why I am doing a TEFL teaching course so I can be a traveling English teacher). Just like you said though, it is very important to figure out WHY you want to do something and also if you really want to do something; then manifesting what you desire is very important, I’ve been saving and planning this for 4 years whilst working a horrible retail job and now I am ready to take the calculated risk and just do the yoga teacher training because life is short and I’ve worked hard to get this far. Thank you for the inspirational and interesting video.
    Much Love

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    August 18, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you so much, Erin! YES, I would love to hear Adrian’s advice on the business side of Yoga. Both of you have worked so hard to develop Bad Yogi as a business and it would be great to hear both you and him talk more about that journey. If you can get him to step in front of the camera, please do!! Thank you guys!!

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    August 18, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I literally have been trying to decide if YTT is right for me and started looking into it this week! Amazing timing for this video! I guess it’s a sign!!! How do you recommend finding the right training? Any advice would be great! Thanks!!!

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    August 22, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Hi Erin,

    The answer you gave for when someone is ready to take YTT is exactly why I’m starting in October! I’m just looking to learn more, go deeper, and understand yoga more completely. I’m looking forward to starting my YTT 200! Thanks!!

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    August 22, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I would love to do YTT but there’s no way I can afford it. Makes me sad because I feel like I’m missing out on something that’s calling me.

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    August 29, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I kindoff rolled into this yoga teaching. Over the past months I’ve been replacing the classes of a pregnant yogi friend. I love yoga, I love teaching, I love entrepreneurship, I love designing my own yoga classes, and I have very much enjoyed teaching yoga so far. I have seriously considered it, but I don’t think that I am willing to spend a lot of time and money on a YTT. It would not be the first expesive course that I took and didnt make a serious profession of. I’m a graduated designer and child coach. I think it is about time to do something with that first. Perhaps design a deck of happy yoga cards for kids, or something like that 😉 Meanwhile I just enjoy the ride 🙂

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    September 14, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Would love to hear about the business side of yoga!

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    January 25, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I know this post is old but I hope you answer. Because of you and 2 wonderful yoga teachers at my local Y I want to teach yoga. Do I have to be YA certified to do that? I’m considering doing the yoga fit training and then start out with teaching at my church and maybe doing some YouTube videos. Bottom line I’m asking Do I have to be “certified ” to teach yoga??

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    Kellie McGarry

    February 1, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Hi Erin,

    I’m so glad I found this video as I’ve been wrestling with this. I actually have my Yoga Nidra training but nothing else. I am very passionate about Nidra (and Asana) but cannot afford the full YTT at this time. However, I am finding out that if I really want to guide a Nidra class at a studio, I need to have at least my Yin or Restorative under my belt. What are your thoughts on this? And are these specialties something I can do for now to save money, or do I really need the full training to find a Nidra class? Also, I really do want to get the full training at some point, when the timing is right financially, however, I also struggle with not feeling advanced enough. So I’m glad you brought this up. I’ve been doing yoga for 5 years and love it. I mostly practice on my own at home and it helps my anxiety levels so much. So this is my why; to help others feel better mentally. But I have Fibromyalgia and back issues and am still not flexible enough to do many of the harder poses. So you are saying it’s okay if I’m not at that level? THanks for your help.

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    November 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I don’t know how i missed this post at the time.
    When i decided to take my teacher training last year, was precisely because I wanted to deepen my practice. It was a big investment but I’m really glad i did it. I learned so much and i learned how to be conscious in what i was doing and not just running and not being careful with my body. The philosophy part was actually my favorite cause I’m really into it.
    I have to admit tho…that people who think they’re gonna do a teacher training and start teaching…it’s not so easy. At least for me it isn’t. I’ve never taught a class after my final exam…mostly because my first language is Portuguese and i struggle with that stigma of “will i be understood? Will they notice my accent?”…
    Overall tho…that’s something I’d totally do again. I’m really glad i went for it.

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