Half Moon PoseBy Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Below is a long answer to a short question, which we receive quite often.

Q: I just found a Hatha Yoga teacher training course for $19.95 in US Dollars. I’m doing a price comparison. Can you tell me what the difference is in courses and course prices? Also, how fast is the turn-around time?

A: If you are price shopping for the cheapest, quickest, and fastest Hatha Yoga certification, it might seem that the course for $19.95 is a good deal, but do you think student safety is important? The reason I ask is, for $19.95, it is doubtful that anyone is correcting your work.

Carefully correcting your work, and sending you a critique, are important components of the learning process. Some things to think about, when considering distance learning, are the intangible values. Below is a list of aspects that many Yoga teacher interns should consider when signing up for a Yoga teacher correspondence course.

1. Who is the teacher trainer? For example: Is the Yoga instructor training program directed by a Yoga teacher? Is the Yoga teacher, in question, qualified to teach Yoga instructors and interns?

Please be sure that you study with an organization that specializes in developing Yoga teachers. If the same organization creates certifications for computer languages, and gun smiths, it may not be in your best interest to sign up.

2. Are you receiving Unlimited Tutoring? This point is missed very often. Some programs have unlimited tutoring, some have limited tutoring, and some have none at all. Tutoring is important when you have a question. Make sure you will receive tutoring by Email, at the very least.

3. How many hours of study are required? If a Yoga teacher course is less than 200 hours, take the next level as well. It is in your best interest to safely teach Yoga classes with knowledge and competence. Safe teachers make all of us look good. On the other hand, unsafe teachers put everyone at risk.

4. If exams take a while to be graded, you know the testing organization is backlogged with exams. This means they actually review and grade your work. Although everyone wants a quick turn-around, for everything, it must be realized that marking and grading do not happen in the blink of an eye.

It’s always good to receive questions. This benefits all of our readers. If you ever have a question, please feel free to contact us.



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