Why and When Would I Do A 300hr Teacher Training? Is it Necessary? After all, I’m Already Teaching…
How do you know when the time is right to enroll in a 300hr teacher training (TT) program? Since you are reading this, I suspect you are beginning to hear the whisper (or scream) that it is time to take the plunge again…and although I think the answer is ultimately a very individualized one, there are some common cues that can help confirm that now is the time. If you’re wondering how I know what the “cues” are – I’ve been teaching yoga for 13+ years, am a E-RYT 500 myself, run a large studio with 20+ yoga teachers, am a mentor to a number of them and I teach in both our 200hr and 300hr teacher trainings.
1st: Do an Honest Self-assessment:
Personally, I began thinking about signing up for a 300hr TT because I could tell that my 200hr level teachings were only going to take me so far into being the teacher I wanted to be. Yes, I could continue gaining practical experience by teaching but deep down, I knew it was not going to help me to become the “great” teacher I aspired to be. I found that my thirst to learn, to fill in my self-assessed gaps (anatomy, the underlying philosophy, voice modulation, seamless, superb cueing anyone?) coupled with my desire to pass on more to my students was burning in my consciousness as something I needed to do. I wanted to improve the complexity, elegance and intelligence of my sequencing so that I could be more effective at leading a student deeper into their own process…essentially, my 200hr had opened the door to transformation and now I wanted to have a sense of mastery about how to deeply connect and positively impact the people in my classes.
I was also aware that I was ready to deepen my own meditation, pranayama and asana practices because I knew that would translate into being a better teacher and human. Essentially, I was ready to get out of my teaching/personal comfort zone, plus I knew I was ready for fresh and more experienced guidance.
2nd: Think About Your Life Situation: If you know that you want to do TT and have the time/finances/space in your life to do it now, do it NOW. I know a lot of people who had been wanting to do TT for years, but kept putting it off because of one thing or another; then, when they finally do it, it’s life changing and they wish they’d done it years ago.
If it’s something that you know you want to do eventually, but you can do it now, just do it, so that you don’t end up feeling like you’ve wasted many years not following your dreams. I know this sounds cheesy, but if your life opens up a bit and you have space–just enough space to take the plunge and make it work–then do it.
3rd: Review the Studio or Training Program: If the first two points confirm that it’s time, take a bit of time, do your research and find a program that is a good fit for you. If you have a studio or a teacher who teaches the way that you want to teach, try to take TT with them or at that studio. Every studio is different, every teacher is different, and every training program is different, so I strongly suggest finding out which teachers teach the bulk of the training that you’re planning on taking, and then, if you haven’t already, take their classes to be sure that they teach in a style that resonates with you.
I know quite a few people who did their training somewhere without doing a lot of research into the program, and later, had to either take TT over again or augment their training with many other trainings in order to hone the skills needed to teach in the style in which they wanted to teach. Best to figure this out before you fork over a large sum of money and an even larger chunk of your time and life.
Overall, yes, getting involved in a 300hr TT is a big decision and yet, if the call is there, answer it. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.