Pre yoga teacher training questions to ask

Questions to ask your YTT shortlist

It can be challenging finding the perfect yoga teacher training. Asking the right pre yoga teacher training questions is aan absolute necessity. So once you made a shortlist of a couple of schools, it’s time to reach out to them. This list of questions will help you get all the  t, sou you will know exactly what to expect from your yoga teacher training.

Attending a yoga teacher training in Rishikesh during the winter months (December – January) is an experience on its own. Know what you are getting yourself into by asking your shortlisted schools these pre yoga teacher training questions. 

Is there a winter schedule?

Are you attending at winter time? Listen up!

During Rishikesh winters it can get very cold, down to 3°C or lower at night. I can tell you from personal experience that this feels a lot colder than 3°C at home, because there is no central heating, or even room heaters. Result? The inside temperature is about as cold als the outside temperature. So there is no way you will be wanting to attend an hour long pranayama class at 5h30 in the morning when it’s dark outside and ice cold inside. Believe me, even all the layers in the world won’t even help you, I tried :p .

Some schools have a specific winter schedule that starts at about 7h00, and has shorter breaks. This means sleeping a bit longer (jeej!!), to avoid the worst cold, but also less free time and time to study. And still it’s super cold in the morning until about 11h30 and afternoon as it starts cooling down as from 14h.

So make sure to add this one on your pre yoga teacher training questions list.

Is it possible to provide the weekly schedule

It’s easier to get an idea of the training when you have a weekly schedule as opposed to a daily schedule. This way you can see if subjects like philosophy and anatomy are taught daily. Not all trainings have these classes daily. Some alternate them with asana alignment, teaching technique class or ayurvedic class. Others don’t have separate alignment and teaching techniques classes at all. They just incorporate them with the asana classes. My training was like this, I don’t really recommend this, because it takes away from the asana practice, and thus slowing it down.

You’ll also get a better view on how the free time / study time is divided over the week. Some schools have Saturday afternoon off. Which I now wish we had too.

Which styles will be taught?

It seems unnecessary to add this to your pre yoga teacher training questions . But most YTT programs in Rishikesh are identical. You registered for a 200H Hatha YTT, another person from your class registered for the ashtanga YTT and a third one for a multi style YTT. Well guess what chances are you are all getting exactly the same training, that has 90 minutes of hatha asanas and 90 min of ashtanga asanas per day.

So if you are looking for a multi style training, you’ll have no problem finding one. If you are looking to be trained in a specific style, then you’ll have to dig a little deeper.

Will all items that are listed as included on the website be provided?

When asking this, include the list of provided items like : Books on yoga, a school t-shirt, a yoga mat, a detox kit, a rudraksha, the creation of a portfolio, laundry service, a massage, …
It seems logical that all listed items will be provided, but believe me, it’s not. So know exactly what to expect by asking in advance.

Are there any cleanses in the program?

Some people get really excited about cleanses, and others want to avoid them at all means. So know what to expect before hand. My training included nasal cleansing, but also cleansing of the stomach ( intentional vomiting) and cleansing of the intestines (drink a lot of salty water and run for the loo).

yoga teacher training india - cleansing

If you have strong feeling about cleanses (pro or con) make sture to put this in your pre yoga teacher training questions email.

How many people are already registered? And what’s the maximum amount of attendees?

Winter months can be slow here in Rishikesh. In our school the previous class (December) had only one student. Which means you get a lot of personal attention. But also that you are missing out on the awesome YTT group vibe.

Some schools accept over 70 students per class. So you can forget about personal adjustments. Even with a class of 10 students it’s not always possible for the teacher to correct everybody every teacher training group

But in my humble opinion 10 to 15 students is the sweet spot. There are enough people to create an atmosphere but not to much so you’ll still get some personal attention of your teachers.

Which extracurricular activities will be organised?

yoga teacher training india - rafting

A lot of schools advertise included rafting trips, himalayan hikes, … but these are not possible in all seasons. Winters are way to cold for rafting for example.Yoga teacher training india - hike

We went on a 20K trek to some waterfalls, went rafting, and the third excurtion we traded for a study day.

Is there any recommended literature?

There are so many bookshops in Rishikesh selling tons of new and second hand books on yoga. So it’s nice to have a list of titles so you can buy appropriate literature while you are at training.

asana pranayama mudra

I wish I had Asana, paranayama mudra during my first YTT. So you might want to check that out 🙂

Is it possible to cater to food allergies / intolerances?

Most schools mention on their website that they do. But still I found out it is absolutly necessary to put this in the pre yoga teacher training questions list. Here’s why…

In Rishikesh all meat is prohibited by law (as are eggs, alcohol and drugs), so eating lactose free would in this case be like eating vegan. But be aware that the use of dairy products is considered vegan. The logic behind it being that the cows are treated cruelty free. I’m not sure how vegans cope with this argument, but lactose intolerant people of people with a milk allergy can’t accept this definition of vegan. SO make sure to make the necessary inquiries and specify your personal needs/wants.

What level should I have to attend?

This way you can get an idea about the overall level of the classes. Most classes start from 0. If you have been practicing yoga asanas for many years already the speed of the classes might be a bit to slow for you. On the other hand it’s good to go back to basics. 9 out of 10 from our class where even doing downwards facing dog wrong (and yes I’m one of these 9 :’) ).

Bonus pre yoga teacher training question : Is it possible to extend my training to a 300h one?

You don’t know in advance if you are ready for a 300h training if you have never attend an official YTT before. But maybe you’ll want to hang around a bit longer and deepen your knowledge and skills by going for the 300h. If you think that might be the case, make sure to plan accordingly, so your visa allows you to stay longer if you would wish to. Make sure to prepare your long term travels thoroughly.

Which pre yoga teacher training questions did you ask? Or did you wish you asked?

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