If you are thinking of joining an online yoga teacher training program, there are many things to research.

Cost, time commitment, and curriculum are only a few things to consider! You may find yourself overwhelmed. There are a lot of options, and you want to make sure you are going to thrive in whatever program you choose.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you enjoy your journey:

Love the teacher

Your experience in an online YTT program is largely determined by the instructor leading the program.

Everything they know and believe is infused into every aspect of the program. Make sure their work is in alignment with your needs.

Get ready to talk about yoga… all the time!

You think you love yoga now? When you start an online teacher training, the sheer amount of dedication it requires means that yoga is on your brain 24/7. You think about it, study it and practice it constantly.

You connect with others in your program through Zoom, Facebook or other virtual platforms.

During this process, be sure to give yourself (and your friends and family!) a break from the yoga and turn your brain to other things you enjoy. This leaves you refreshed and ready to jump back in.

Make lots of friends

Be open and available to connect with your fellow teacher training students. They, more than anyone else, know what you’re going through in the process and are supportive of your breakthroughs… and breakdowns!

The community that you connect with during your program turn into life-long friendships, and they understand your “yoga brain”.

Reach out to them when you don’t understand the alignment of a pose, and when you can’t figure out what Patanjali is trying to say in the Yoga Sutra!

These friends are key for an awesome training (and life) experience.

Go with the flow

It sounds strange, but embrace the inconsistency of it all. Many people will harp about setting a consistent schedule and routine.

Me? I say go with the flow. If you feel tired, take a break. If you become frustrated with a certain lesson or pose, use it as an opportunity to step away from the screen, meditate or take a walk with your dog.

Allow yourself to break free of your comfort zone, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Surrender, surrender, surrender

More than learning how to correctly sequence classes, develop cueing technique and refining your hands-on adjustments, teacher training is a transformative experience.

You learn as much about yourself as you do about the practice, so be ready for a shift in perception as you move through the course.

Set up some time for yourself every day for quiet reflection, and when you need to engage in self-care: extra sleep, hot ginger tea, Epsom salt bath, and fun things (not yoga) to let off some steam like running, concerts, or time in nature.

All these things help the transformation to go more smoothly so that you absorb the yoga into your cells.

yoga at home

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