So, you’ve caught the ‘yoga bug’ and you’re planning to enrol in a Yoga Teacher Training. Congrats!
No matter whether you’re planning a long-term career change, or simply wishing to deepen your personal practice and understanding of yoga, you’ve taken the first step in an incredible journey.
Once you begin to research the different training programs available, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of options out there – not to mention the corresponding price tags. There’s no doubt about it, yoga teacher training is a significant cost investment, and if you’re working with a minimal budget it can be tempting to learn towards the cheapest trainings you can find.
However, try to consider your yoga teacher training as an investment for LIFE! Not only are you gaining a qualification, you’re also making a long term investment in your mental, physical and spiritual health.
So, let’s look at the costs built in to your YTT and why they’re important considerations.
The first thing you’ll notice when you start to research your YTT is that many schools offer early bird pricing.
By planning ahead and taking advantage of early bird pricing, you’ll be able to save yourself precious dollars before you’ve even begun! This goes for flights, too – every travel lover knows that the earlier you lock in your airfares, the cheaper they are likely to be. Some airlines run weekly sales, so try signing up for airline e-newsletters or using aggregate sites such as Webjet or I Know The Pilot to do your research on the best airfare prices.
If you’re considering an intensive training overseas, then the local economy will naturally have an impact on the overall cost of your training.
Some trainings are all-inclusive, meaning they work the cost of accommodation and food into the total value of the course. If the course is taking place somewhere such as Thailand or Bali, then you may be able to find cheaper accommodation on your own close to the shala by selecting a tuition-only course that allows you to BYO accommodation.
Room sharing is a great way to bring down the cost of your training, so if you’re not too fussed sharing your space with a new friend for a few weeks, you can enjoy cheaper accommodation as well as a new BFF. Food is another consideration; if you have the flexibility to shop around then you’ll be able to source meals that fit within your personal budget.
After you’ve taken your preferences for location and accommodation into account, it’s time to take a look at cost of the course itself. How many students will be enrolled into the course? You may find that courses at the lower end of the cost spectrum have up to 50 or more students enrolled, and only one or two teachers, meaning that your opportunities for one-on-one interaction, adjustments and mentoring could be limited.
An intimate class size of 20-30 will allow you plenty of opportunities to ask questions and learn to adjust different body types. How experienced is the teaching team? Are there guest teachers for special modules such as anatomy and philosophy? The more teachers there are in a training, the more the course may cost, but it’s great for your learning to experience differing points of view.
Each teacher will bring a fresh perspective, and you may ‘click’ with some of your teachers more than others. It’s also worth considering the total duration of the training and the daily schedule – ideally a course will provide you with intensive periods of learning, and enough ‘down time’ to be able to process the information you’re learning and relax in between classes.
You’ll meet people from all different walks on life during your yoga teacher training. Some will have full time jobs that they intend to continue with, and others will be hoping to transition into yoga teaching as a new way of life and a means of self-employment. The great news for your pocket is that the majority of YTT graduates will pay off their course fee within their first year of teaching – a side teaching income of just $100 per week will net you $5200 over a year, so your investment in yoga teacher training can very quickly pay for itself. Of course, just like any small business, there will be costs associated with getting started as a yoga teacher, including Yoga Alliance registration, insurance, first aid and marketing, so you may want to work these into your budget.
The most important thing is that you choose a yoga teacher training that will inspire, motivate and upskill you, so that you’re ready to hit the ground running and start sharing your love of yoga with your friends, family and future students! Like anything in life worth attaining, your yoga teacher training is a significant investment, both financially and in terms of the time you’ll be dedicating to it. But it’s also one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. So go on, what are you waiting for?