How do I find the best Online Yoga Teacher Training?

In the past, online yoga teacher trainings were scarce to find.  The reason for this is that the governing body for yoga teacher training accreditation, Yoga Alliance, did not recognize online yoga teacher trainings.  In addition, the yoga industry at large felt that live trainings were the most significant way to teach and for students to learn how to become yoga teachers. Not so anymore! Online yoga teacher trainings can be far more successful than live trainings.  The reason for this is that a good online learning gives the student a much better platform for which to follow and with online learning the student can take more time so not to miss any information.

Covid hit everywhere in the world and everything shut down in terms of live trainings. Yoga Alliance determined that it was in the best interest for schools to have the opportunity to provide Online Platforms and now they are abundant and easy to find.  So, what do you need to look for in an Online Yoga Teacher Training?

  • Online platform: What online platform are they using?  Is it easy to navigate?   Is it colorful?  Unique? Does it look like “stock photos” or “corporate”?  If so, keep looking.  Yoga is a feeling.  The website that you go to needs to feel good and have an organic feel to it.  The information needs to be clear. Did the school build their own platform or are they using a 3rd party company? Using a 3rd party company may minimize the school’s ability to deliver information properly, or they are limited in what they can do to change their website.
  • Quality Control: How does the school measure the student’s understanding of the information? How does the student travel through the program, where the school can measure the students’ progress?  There should be an upload system for students to upload their written and video activities that is streamlined and easy to use?  Feedback must be provided to the student from their lead trainers. If this exits, are their responses quick, informative, caring and efficient? The student should immediately feel part of something and feel as if they belong to a community.  The student should have access to the system the minute they sign up so they may get started right away.
  • Communication: If you write to the school, the response time should be very quick.  Less than two hours.  If there is a chat on the school’s website, the response time should be minutes unless it is in the middle of the night.  If not, this means that the school’s service is less than adequate.  There should be weekly live calls with groups, in addition to, one on one time with lead trainers. The scheduling/booking process with the lead trainers should be easy.  Lead trainers should be available at any time to answer questions.  Lead trainers should be E-RYT© 500 and in good standing with Yoga Alliance. If not, you have the wrong school.
  • Cost:  Beware of the program that is too inexpensive.  Programs that are under $450 are doing what is called “a volume play”.  This means that they are going for quantity of students and not quality of content delivery, nor quality of the student.  As the old saying goes “You get what you pay for”. A 200-hr and 300-hr training is robust and requires a big time commitment, not only from the student, but from the teachers as well.  There should be different payment options to choose from.
  • Online learning: The online platform must be easy to use.  The lectures and content should be nicely laid out, artistically created, and professional.  There should be a clear vibe of the school and what the school represents.  The teachers must have a  traditional background, as well as, an “up to date” progressive teaching style.  Beware of the school that asks you to be on zoom call for 8 hours a day. If this is the requirement, they have not built a proper online platform.  Also, can you teach your attention focused for 8 hours on a Zoom call? In addition, beware of the school where all of your learning is reading.  There should be full-on video learning with a “follow the yellow brick road” process, from start to finish.  There should be an e-book or manual that follows the video learning.
  • Does the school provide both a 200-hr and a 300-hr (500-hr) training? This is important because it shows that you have lead trainers, and a school, that is very serious about education and did not stop at the 200-hr process.  This also gives the student an opportunity to continue forward with the same school towards their 500-hr RYT, if they so desire.
  • Does the school have strong testimonials and reviews? Be sure that you go to Yoga Alliance and look up the school.  Ensure that the reviews are real, organic, and at least have an NPS rating of 9.0.  Beware of the school that has less than 50 reviews, they are not mature enough.
  • What is the background of the teachers? Have they been published?  Are they recognized in the wellness/fitness/yoga industry.  What makes them unique? Can you get in touch with them easily? Google the lead trainers.  See what you find.
  • Will the online platform be available to the student once they graduate?  This is important so student may always refer back to the content to refresh their memories.