Recently I’ve been thinking more and more about completing another 200hr yoga teacher training course. My training in Bali was amazing: I got to travel, get to know people from all over the world and qualify as a yoga teacher all in the space of five weeks. At that time, the intensive course option was the perfect choice for me as I had the time to spare during the school holidays and it allowed me to begin teaching as soon as I got back. However, the training was intensive by name and intensive by nature. Learning so much in a short space of time was exhausting, which meant I couldn’t retain all of what I’d learnt. It inspired me and gave me the confidence to teach, but recently I’ve found myself in a bit of a rut. I feel like I teach the same style of class every week and don’t know how to shake things up. If I want to eventually make a career out of it, I need to be more versatile in the way I teach. I love teaching yoga, but the thought of approaching the big studios for a job terrifies me, even though this is something I’ll have to do at some point. After lots of research, I’ve applied (and got accepted!) onto a 200hr year-long course with Yoga London. After boring my boyfriend to death discussing it, he suggested that I write a list of the pros and cons and then make a decision – so here it is!
- Training in London will allow me to become part of a yoga community and network, which will hopefully inspire me and be beneficial when trying to find work.
- As someone who is quite self-critical and often lacking in confidence, I think the course will give me the boost I need to put myself out there.
- Relearning anatomy (and hopefully remembering it this time) will be hugely helpful!
- Being a goal-driven person, the course will give me something to work towards outside of my job and Masters course.
- It will encourage me to keep up my own practise, going to as many workshops and classes as I can. I love being inspired by other teachers and the course will provide me with the momentum to keep exploring what London has to offer in terms of yoga.
- As a qualified teacher already, I’ll be able to apply what I’m learning as I teach.
- I will really, really enjoy it.
- The course is very expensive. Luckily, it’s possible to pay in monthly instalments, but it will mean I’ll need to cut back in other areas. I love going on holiday and socialising, so sacrificing these will be a massive hit and something I’m not sure I’m prepared to give up.
- Even though I’ll only need to go once a month, it will still be a big time commitment when considering the prep work and commitment to attending regular yoga classes.
- I already have the qualification, so essentially I’ll be paying a lot of money for something I’ve already got!
- I’m doing a part-time Masters, so adding on a part-time teacher training on top of my full-time job might potentially push me over the edge. Apologies in advance to family and friends who’ll have to put up with me!
- I have a tendency to over-commit to things, and this might be another example of that…
I’ve got a couple of weeks before I have to commit to my place on the course. I’m attending a taster evening next Friday, so hopefully that will give me a feel of what the course will be like. I’m generally quite good at following my intuition, so hopefully after the event I’ll have a clear idea of what to do!
ADVICE PLEASE – SHOULD I COMMIT TO ANOTHER COURSE?