Questions and questions with yoga teacher training instructor Crystal Gray
To this day, the most common question we ask ourselves is, “Am I ready for yoga teacher training?”
Or, “How do I know if I’m ready for YTT?” The follow-up questions have to do with choosing the right yoga teacher program for them and then preparing for it. And these days, there are questions about whether online yoga teacher training is worthwhile.
In our epic quest to help you make decisions about yoga teacher training, we sat down with YTT leader Crystal Gray of Yoga Goddess Academy and asked her some questions.
In your opinion, what is the first thing students should do to prepare for yoga teacher training?
The main things a student should do to prepare for a yoga teacher training are:
- Start a daily asana practice (it only takes ten minutes!) – Practice tuning your body and what you really need that day. It can vary from day to day!
- Start a daily meditation practice – this may be more difficult for students who have only really focused on physical practice, but it is SO important. Meditation helps to relieve anxiety, stress, overwhelm, stress, and many other negative outcomes from our daily lives. Asana does the same, but mediation takes it to another level.
- Contact the main teacher trainers of the programs that interest you most. YTTs are NOT unique, so you need to know what the main teachings of each training are, as they all vary greatly depending on who the main trainer is. considers important.
- Get involved in your communities: you want to see what kind of tribe they encourage. Do you resonate with their teachings and with others in your community? This is a great decision and you want to be able to be part of your community after you finish the program so that you have continued support.
Who should take YTT?
In my experience directing yoga teacher training, anyone can do a YTT if they are willing to do the work. It’s a big commitment, not just to the teachings, but to the inner work that always comes up during a YTT. Part of learning to teach is learning to deal with what yoga can really bring to you and then the benefits of what comes from a committed practice.
You don’t need to be able to do hand stops or splits or any other advanced posture.
You don’t have to be in top condition.
You don’t have to be thin.
You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. That’s all.
What are the benefits of doing a YTT online?
I started adding an online YTT to my offerings because I see that many teachers go through face-to-face programs and did not learn what they needed to be trusted and competent yoga teachers. I also wrote a book (Goddesses Fart Too: A Modern Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment to Increase Happiness, Patience, and Inner Peace) and I have a great online community (the Yoga Goddess collective on Facebook) and I wanted a way for my tribe to take my YTT. I’ve had people take the online version and then continue with face-to-face training in Costa Rica (which I offer twice a year).
Many women are too busy to fit into a standard local training. An online program usually works with women’s busy schedules more easily. In my training, for example, we meet every Monday night for about 7 months in a free app called Zoom.
Another reason is that you can find a community that you really resonate with, not just by doing the training closest to you just to make it convenient for you, and then realizing that you don’t like it.
Finances can also be a big hurdle for those who want to start a YTT. Online versions vary in price, but I recommend that you do not choose the cheapest one just for the price. This is an investment in YOU and you have to choose the one that best suits your needs. (Back to the first question asked in this interview.)
People think that you can’t get the same benefits as an in-person workout, although in Zoom, you can easily practice teaching others and in fact you have to be even MORE skillful and accurate with your indication because you can’t be lazy and simple. keep moving your body in the right way. It is important that the student learns to do it himself anyway.
The downside is that Yoga Alliance does not yet register YTT graduates online. This may or may not be a problem for you. The Yoga Alliance is ONLY a record. It is not checked to make sure that the programs really do what they say they are or that the teachers who leave the programs are good teachers. You do not need to be registered to teach. The main reason you want this is if you plan to teach in a study that requires it (if this is your plan, ask the study and then ask why they have this rule so you know). Otherwise, no student will ask you if you are enrolled. They just care that you know how to teach and that goes with certification and commitment.
You can find Crystal in her Yoga Goddess Collective Facebook group or online at www.yogagoddessacademy.com. May your YTT search bring you purpose and joy. And as Crystal says, anyone can sign up for yoga teacher training. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people.
And if you want guidance on how to prepare for yoga teacher training, check out our free ebook, 108 YTT Tips, and our online yoga teacher training academy.
We are proud to have Crystal as an active member of the Yoga Teacher Preparation Facebook group and we love to shed light on what our members are doing through this blog. If you would like to share your story or have some valuable tips for yoga teachers or aspiring yoga teachers, please contact us.
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