Are you looking to become a certified yoga teacher and take a yoga teacher training in New York? When I first moved to NYC from Los Angeles, I really thought that the left coast was leading the way when it came to yoga. But since I have been here for the past three years, I must say that New York yoga is rocking!
So with all the yoga schools out there, which one should you check of to take a yoga teacher training with? Well, the first thing we need to do before we go into which school is right for you is find out a little bit more about your goals. You see, there are many types of yoga certification programs as there are flavors at a Baskin Robbins. Some schools can cost upwards of $15,000 while others can cost only $500. So what is the difference?
Well just like anything in life, you get what you pay for and a yoga teacher training is no different. Some of these schools offer top notch training with a very extensive curriculum put behind it. Many of these schools have been around for over ten years and in the yoga industry here in the US, that is a long time. So the reason it is important for you to know what your goal is, is because you do not need to shell out so much of your hard earned money for a premier school if you are just looking to expand your own person practice. Now if you really want build a career as a yoga teacher, then it is going to be important that you spend some good money and find the right program.
If you truly want to know what to look for in the right school, then visit Yoga Teacher Training as they offer a lot of in depth information on which school is right for you. Another resource you can try out is the Yoga Alliance. They are a non-profit group that helps support the yoga industry and sets specific standards that the industry is supposed to abide by. I am not sure what they do to enforce these guidelines as I have never seen the yoga police around. But I guess we are on a honor system here. Check out the Yoga Alliance to learn more about school regulations.
Now, as for what schools here in New York are offering, there are so many that I have decided to do a full review of each one in the coming weeks and months. I will outline the pros and cons of each school so you can decide which one is right for you. First up on my list is Jivamukti in Union Square. They are one of the most well respected schools in the country. However, there is one thing you should be aware of before signing up with them, they have a “spiritual” twist to their school so if you are not up for chanting, then they might not be the right ones for you.
Check back in the weeks to come and I will start to break down each school.