[QUOTE=thomas;39412]Just curious if those who have been through teacher training have felt it was worth the time and money regarding what you actually learned, and not regarding whatever credentials you received.
I went to one workshop at our studio that was part of teacher training, but students were allowed to come too. It was an all day affair, and I felt the 8 hours could easily have been condensed into 2 hours with better preparation.
It makes me wonder if that’s the case with the 200 hour course they sell for $3,000. Are those 200 hours jam packed with good things or is there much redundancy, teaching what the student already knows, and wasted time?
I did not go to the all-day seminar for ethics training which was also part of the teacher course. I had a hard time understanding why anyone would need to pay $150.00 to learn ethics that could easily be gleaned from a book, and that are a natural part of any person of goodwill’s life, or any person who has had any religious training or experience. I happened to talk to one of the attendee’s of the class and she said it was pretty much a rehash of a three hour class she previously attended from the same teacher, and that it was very repetitious, drawn out, and gruelling.
So if this is the case, it seems ironic to me that someone could charge $150.00 to teach about asteya, especially if some students already paid for the same information in other classes, and if the time could have been better used and not wasted.
This same teacher complained in an article in a yoga magazine that too many want to be teachers too soon, and yet he is part of the organization at my studio that is getting $3,000 per student for teacher training with a minimum requirement of having practiced two years, or less with the approval of a teacher.
I understand people need to be paid for what they do, and studios need to cover their overhead, but I also have a cynical side that makes me question whether something it truly legitimate and necessary or whether it is a racket.[/QUOTE]
I am doing yoga teacher training right now. I have mixed feelings about it. First off I myself have been practicing for about 10 years but not regularly for the first 5 and pretty consistent for the past 5 and thought I wasn’t qualified enough to teach although I have already been teaching beginners at the massage school I went to.
A few of the teachers in training have been practicing for less then a year in some cases. Almost none of them practice yoga. (Yoga is breath and mind control meditation) just asana or poses for those unfamiliar with what yoga actually is. I am trying not to be judgemental as that is not a good quality to poses but although it has given me a little boost in confidence and helped me get comfortable in front teaching. Not much is new or groundbreaking to me in the teacher training and feel that I could be teaching the trainers myself. But I do need the credentials to help me build a practice of eager students ready to learn and practice yoga as well as asana
for new practicers of “yoga” it will be helpful but if you are a true yogi its just money paid to get your R.Y.T STAMP next to your name.
it is allot of money making for the studios and I do not really feel all that great about it but people need money to survive. If I was independently wealthy and had no need for money I would teach for free. But lets face reality I love yoga and would like to make money doing something I love because I do need money at this stage in my life