So, you’ve caught the ‘yoga bug’ big-time and you’re ready to embark on that grand adventure known as yoga teacher training.
First of all, congratulations! You may not know if yet, but you’re about to take the first step into an incredible new chapter of your life. However, if the projected costs of YTT have you feeling a little overwhelmed, you’re not alone… 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 emotional health, as well as your personal development and spiritual growth.
Here we’ll break down some of the different costs associated with a yoga teacher training, so you can feel confident that you’re making the right choice once you decide to take that big first step and sign up to a training!
The old saying ‘first in, best dressed’ can definitely work in your favour here! 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 these special rates, 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 Skyscanner to do your research on the best airfare prices.
When it comes to paying the deposit and the balance for your YTT course fee, you’ll likely be doing an international money transfer, so consider your options here too! Sites like Transferwise can get you the best international transfer rate for little to no cost, and save you costly bank fees.
If you’re travelling overseas for your chosen training course, it’s a good idea to put together an in-depth budget so you can be sure you’ve accounted for all of the costs involved. Some courses will give you the option to choose your own accommodation, so be sure to do your research and find somewhere that’s close (walking distance is ideal) to the campus.
Room sharing is a great way to reduce costs, and you never know, your future YTT roomie could be your new best friend! Meals are often included, but if they’re not, ask the training organisation how much the rough cost of a meal is, and make sure you convert it back to your home currency so you have an idea of what a meal is worth.
Flights can be one of the biggest expenses, depending on where you’re travelling from, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance just in case of flight cancellations or lost property whilst in transit.
Finally, you should decide if you want to arrive early, or stay after, the course dates to explore the beautiful region that you’ll be studying in – after all, it would be shame to travel all that way without seeing the sights!
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 on the faculty, 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 qualifications, marketing, and promotion, so it’s a good idea 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?