I will be doing a 200 hour teacher training course this year, I am currently researching where in the world to do the course - recommendations welcome. Is the 200 hour teacher training the best/only course to start with. Am I right in thinking Yoga Alliance certified courses provide you with a qualification recognized world wide.
Although I am reasonably new to yoga, I am incredibly dedicated and ready to take the first step towards becoming a teacher. I would really appreciate some helpful tips on how to get started? How did you do it? How did you get your first job? How do I get mine?
I have been doing lots of research, the most obvious first step is to offer free classes, say in a park. Advertise it, let people know I am recently qualified but need to practice teaching and see who shows up. I spend lots of time outdoors as I love to climb, hike, cycle etc so I am more than happy to start this way. Should I build up as many hours as I can doing that as well as continuing to attend yoga classes so I am not out of practice.
This is something I see as a continuous learning curve and I will attend many more courses and classes in the future. I understand that you never stop learning. I have been going to different classes, studios and teachers which has been a great help, this is something recommended on forums, websites I’ve been looking at offering teacher training and even the info from the yoga alliance website.
I have been working/traveling for the past three years, swaying from different seasonal jobs. I have been doing this since I graduated from university three years ago, waiting to find out what I should really be working as. When I started practicing yoga, I wanted to go more and more but my current work commitments are holding me back. So I will continue to have ‘another job’ so I can survive and I will add teaching yoga as an additional. Maybe one day as I progress I will be lucky enough to have teaching yoga as my main job and the other job will be the extra work.
Another area I am keen to find out more about is if there are many jobs in holiday resorts, hotels, cruise ships etc. My research tells me this is an option, but all of them require teaching experience. I think cruise ships even require personal training qualifications which is a shame. After offering free classes to develop my lesson ‘plan’ and teaching style, I thought working in tourist locations could be a good way to start as a teacher as you wouldn’t need to build regular clientele as tourists would be attending your classes e.g. at a hotel. It’s not that I do not want to see regular clientele, I think that would be pretty rewarding but while I am growing as a teacher just having a class would be a great start. Any thoughts, feedback, tips, experience in this area.