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Finished your 200hr Teacher Training? 5 Ways to Choose Continuing Education.

Stuck on how to develop further? Tips on choosing a direction within the yoga field from a seasoned expert in personal growth Meera Watts.

Graduation day! You are a fully-fledged yoga instructor – you have taken the first step towards turning your passion into a career, or helping to supplement an existing career/lifestyle with a job that works with your hours. There is no doubt that while 200hr teacher training is a fantastic and comprehensive introduction yoga, it is certainly not the end of the journey.

Further education for health professionals is essential and yogis are no different. We are responsible for the wellbeing of our clients through the example we set, as well as our teaching. We need to be fulfilling this by constantly educating ourselves and growing. True yogis understand that yoga is about the mind, body and spirit connection and if we aren’t nourishing ours, how can we possibly receive the karmic benefits of helping others?

So, with a multitude of courses, retreats and workshops out there for yoga professionals to choose from, not to mention the expensive price tags, how do we find the right one?

1) What works for you?

A seemingly simple question, but something that is frequently overthought. Yogis can spend a lot of time and resources collecting all sorts of certificates with no end game in sight. An option is to look at where you want to be before you begin the path to further training.

Begin by honing your interest into one specific area and then keep all your studies dedicated to becoming a bona fide expert in this field. A strong foundation can be built upon and further diversification can spring from that.

2) How do you choose what to specialise in?

Break this down into a primary and a collection of auxiliary strategies. Your primary should focus on you – what ignites your soul? What initially drew you to yoga? What do you love about the discipline?

Then build in the secondary factors – what would be beneficial to your business? What is cost effective? What fits with your time or target market?

Think carefully about really excites you and follow that with all your determination. The money will come.

3) What’s the perfect setting for your education?

You need to consider your lifestyle needs, costs and what you want to get out of your study. Let’s face it, a spiritual awakening is less likely to happen if you’ve got to run back to your bustling studio to catch up on all the admin you missed that day. You might need to get away from it all for that sort of development!

Check out all options: a retreat-based approach? Part-time? Long-term immersive course? There are a lot of options, pick the one that works best for you.

4) Research – research and more research!

This is your future, your career and your passion. You may have already heard of a trainer or your peers may have used them. Referrals are always a good start. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need, take a taster class or ask to sit in a lesson for an hour. Check out reviews online or you could even email a former student. Find out the class size and the amount of one to one coaching you will get.

Finally, after all this due diligence has been done, listen to your gut; is this teacher someone you respect and you feel you could grow with? If yes, go for it!

5) Daily practice is a key to success.

The training and the subsequent certificates will only take you so far. Self-discipline will be essential to ensure we stick to, refine and develop our own daily practice. We must find the time and determination to practice daily, incorporating all limbs of yoga to ensure balance and serenity in our lives.

Good luck with your further study and be the best version of yourself always!

Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International.