If you’ve been checking my Instagram recently you may have spotted that I recently qualified as a yoga teacher, woohoo! It’s such an amazing feeling and I can’t believe I am actually now a yoga teacher and am teaching classes, honestly, it’s incredible. I thought I would share with you a little about the course, what it was like, and why I think you should definitely consider doing it if you’re wanting to do your 200 hour yoga teaching qualification, particularly if you’re looking to do yours in London.
The Key Facts
It’s a 200 hour, Yoga Alliance accredited training, it runs for just over two months and will get you to the point where you can teach vinyasa yoga. It’s run by Frame, which is a chain of studios that run all sorts of classes from HIIT to yoga to pilates. The course itself is based at the Queen’s Park studio, a five minute walk from Queen’s Park tube station. If you want to read more of the basics here’s the link to the website. The way my teacher training in April ran is that you have an intense 7 day week for the first week, to really throw yourself into it, get to know your new yoga fam, and just get a head start with it all. Then you have training over the weekends, Friday evening, Saturday day and Sunday day. You do have some weekends off, and then at the end there was a final 4 days of learning and final exams.
The course is run by Emily-Clare Hill and Michael James Wong, who are both incredibly experienced yoga teachers, they’re very experienced in running teacher trainings too, as well as the fact that they know how to run a business, and in particular run a business and be successful with it. I think this was one of the biggest things that drew me to the course, having heard from several people about Emily and Michael’s reputation in the yoga community in London, but also how savvy they both are, and I knew that this would be invaluable as I would be effectively quitting my job to take this course.
Not just all of the above but they’re also just really nice people, they’re very funny and work well as a teaching unit which made our experience so much better because the way we learned was so effective.
What We Studied
I think the general content was quite normal for most YTTs, we covered Anatomy (and had a separate teacher), Philosophy (so the 8 limbs of yoga if that means anything to you) as well as Chakras, Koshas, we had a Nutrition module, Pregnancy Yoga, an Asana module, a module on Assisting and we had a lot of time to practice teaching (like, a lot). I have learnt so so much from it all, I am definitely ready to teach a class (I already have a regular class at Studio One which is crazy but awesome!) and I feel like I am a better person in so many ways.
I loved it, it was hard, don’t get me wrong. Learning new stuff and putting yourself out of your comfort zone is never easy, but I have learned so so much, I have made a huge group of new friends, I learnt a lot about my own body, about other people’s bodies, but above all I definitely learned how to be a confident and knowledgable yoga teacher, which is obviously why I did the course! There was a lot of laughter, hugs, tears (it’s an emotional journey, trust me), sore muscles but above all it was definitely the best experience of my life so far and I am so glad I took the plunge to do it.
When I was choosing between going to India and doing the Frame YTT here are some of the reasons why Frame came up trumps:
- It’s in London and Emily and Michael are part of the London yoga community, from a business POV this is a very good reason
- It’s not over an intense month, it’s spread out, so for me it was better as it meant my knee would have time to rest (even the intense week was a struggle for my knee!)
- I was told by various people how great Emily and Michael are and how it was a no brainer and now I get why!
- Your yoga family will be based in London where you’re probably going to work and it won’t be spread out across the world
- You get to trial at Frame afterwards which is an epic opportunity
- It’s over the weekends so I could work whilst doing it
- You got a mentor during the course, which was great!
- It’s in London which is generally pretty grey and miserable so me and my British complexion wouldn’t get heat stroke
If you have any questions about it or are thinking of doing it you can message me on IG or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d be way more than happy to answer any questions, JUST DO IT, basically 🙂