[wp_ad_camp_1] A fun way to start the process of choosing a teacher training, is to create a vision for your experience. Brainstorming the ideal, yoga teacher training scene is a perfect way to find what you’re looking for in a place like Thailand where countless options abound. To start your process, sit down with your journal and go through the who, what, when, where and why of your vision.
People from all over the world are drawn to Thailand for yoga related travel and trainings. What kind of people do you want to be surrounded by? Decide what kind of people you want your teachers to be and the motivation and energetic vibration of the other students. Decide if you want to be in a co-ed environment or train with only women. Consider your age and decide if the age range of the teachers or attendees matters to you. Get recommendations from people you know, or their friends, who you could see yourself immersed with. Chances are someone in your yoga circle or community knows someone who knows someone who has gone to Thailand for a training or retreat and can give you some advice or tips. If not, read some reviews to get a feel for the types of people that attend a given training and their experience at the training you are considering.
Decide what discipline of yoga you’d like to learn and whether you are looking to get your 200-hour, 500-hour training or do a therapy or pre-natal certification. This is the information from the Yoga Alliance website on 200 vs. 500 hour certification:
Teachers can register as an RYT 200 if they have successfully completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance. All training hours must come from the same school and multiple trainings cannot be combined to meet the 200-hour requirement. Teaching hours are not required for this designation.
Teachers can register as an RYT 500 if they have successfully completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200-hour program plus 300 hours of advanced training from a different school. Advanced training is defined as training that requires participants to have completed a 200-hour training. Applicants must submit 100 teaching hours for this designation which must be completed after graduating from a RYS 200 or 500. Once registered, a RYT 500 is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers.
Here is a list of some popular types of training courses:
Trainings can be anywhere from a week-long, 50 hour training during your already planned vacation to a month or more of intensive, in-depth training. Decide how many crediting hours you’re looking to get and how long you want to be in Thailand. Once you decide how long of a program you want to attend, start looking at your dates and narrow down your search options based on training availability.
Thailand offers a diverse culture, landscape and set of experiences for the traveling yogi. Here is a breakdown of the different regional hotspots:
Bangkok – In this urban and geographical center of Thailand, you’ll experience the bazaar-like street markets and soak in the city’s history as an urban and spiritual place which now combines modern tourism with ancient culture.
Chiang Mai - Surrounded by mountains in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is said to be the cultural heart of Thailand. It is a place deeply rooted in Thai culture and spirituality.
Phuket - Phuket is the perfect place to take in the well-rounded Thailand experience that includes beaches, culture, nightlife, shopping and spiritual shrines and temples.
Krabi - Krabi is known for its coastal and inland cave systems and as a world class climbing destination.
Koh Samui - Thailand’s third largest island is a place travelers can enjoy a wide range of nightlife, sunbathing, live music, hiking and water sports like diving, snorkeling and kayaking. Koh Samui has grown from its roots as a small fishing village into a popular tourist destination.
Phi Phi Islands – The most popular of the Thai Islands is said to be one of the most beautiful chains of islands in the world.
What is it you are looking to learn, gain or return home with? Setting the scene and your intentions for your journey and the education you will receive sets the tone early for a special and perfect experience. Are you looking to take on a new type of clientele by offering yoga therapy or pre-natal yoga? Are you looking to build on your own practice, taking your fitness-centric practice to a new, spiritual level? Are you looking to fulfill requirements for continuing education in a meaningful and relevant way? Decide this before doing your research so you can eliminate options that don’t fit your vision.
There are many, many options for teacher trainings in Thailand. The daunting number of programs can make it seem impossible to narrow down the field unless you have a good idea about what you are looking to experience. Close your eyes, clear your mind and imagine your ideal, yoga teacher training vision.