Choosing the right yoga training is a big commitment and special consideration should be taken before jumping in. The training should work with your schedule and budget of course. Many people think for a training to be legit, it needs to be Yoga Alliance-certified as that's how many programs are marketed around the world. While I love the intention behind the Yoga Alliance, I have conflicting feelings about what is going on. Based on my 12 years of being in the yoga industry, I have listed some helpful things to consider before choosing a training program.
First of all, Yoga Alliance (YA) does not offer certifications. This is a misperception by many. It is the yoga school that certifies you with their training. YA is a registry, like a telephone book, for those who train with others who register with YA. Schools submit a curriculum that meets YA's minimum standards and pay the YA an annual fee so they can use their logo for marketing. While I think it's a wonderful thing YA is trying to do, based on what I've seen, it's not so great in practice. YA does not have effective ways to enforce their minimum standards. As a matter of fact, it has been my experience that some graduates from Yoga Alliance registered schools who teach yoga still don't know what yoga really is, nor do they know how to practice it properly and therefore are not able to teach and deliver a true yoga experience. True story: A YA 500 hours trained teacher came to train with me for my entry level 200 hour training and said she learned more about real yoga in one weekend than she did in all of her 500 hours at a big yoga school with many locations! In my humble opinion, a YA registered school doesn't guarantee that you will get a quality yoga education. I was once registered with YA but have since moved away to created the Standard Yoga Training Company as an alternative to YA's credentialing system.
Based on my 12 years of practice and study with many wonderful yoga teachers and several yoga masters around the world, below are 5 helpful things to consider and reasons why you should train with us!
In summary, you should choose a training based on 1) your goals, 2) teacher with whom you resonate, 3) the cost of training, 4) a schedule you can handle, and 5) the focus and content of the training.
Reasons to train with us:
There are 3 more opportunities to train intensively with me, Ricky Tran at Krama Yoga Center in 2017.
If you've never practiced with me, I suggest taking a handful of different classes to see if we resonate. Below is my weekly schedule at Krama Yoga Center:
I also offer workshops at various studios around town and around the country. I will be traveling internationally in the near distant future.
See you on the mats!