The six red flags to watch out for in yoga teacher training programs

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Teacher training is not just a place to learn how to share and teach yoga safely. It should also be a beautiful place for you to grow and explore deeper realms of your practice, personality, and life. It should be a haven that you look back on with a delicious smile.

There are many subpar training programs available today due to the recent trends in yoga teacher certifications and the fact that Yoga Alliance has not been as strict in its monitoring of trainers.

When choosing your training, be careful. Before you enroll, do as much research as possible on the teacher. Practice with them and interact with them as much as possible. It would be best if you chose someone you can learn and share with. These are some red flags you should look out for when selecting yoga teacher training programs.

Unregistered schools or trainers

The Yoga Alliance Registry should always be used to verify the school name and the lead trainer. There is something wrong if they aren’t listed on the website.

But don’t stop here. Continue your research if they appear on the site. Yoga Alliance updates and publishes legitimate schools according to their registration. However, sham teachers and schools are also updated.

After going through the process myself, I can confirm that Yoga Alliance will not question your intentions or financial situation as long as the forms are filled out correctly and the money is available. It was surprisingly easy. The new Yoga Alliance CEO promises to tighten up the process, not only for schools and teachers who are registered with them but also for those already in schools.

The training site doesn’t recognize the event.

Yoga Alliance does not require that training be held at physical schools. This is good news for both teachers and students, as no intermediary will take a cut of the fee and raise it. I, for example, run a 200-hour teacher training program on a riverside campsite. This reduces the cost because I do not have to pass on that cost to future teachers. This also means that anyone can open a shop and call it a school.

The Internet is full of stories about people who were told that they would be training on a beautiful beach but ended up in a crappy conference room at a hotel. It’s not that location is important, but you would expect to get a nice beach location if you pay for it. The yoga tradition is based on honesty.

The training of teachers takes a lot of time and place, so the location where the activity occurs must be aware. It’s an important event. Check social media and the website for photos of the event. Also, Check the location’s website or events list to confirm that the event is happening. Ask the site by phone or email if training is taking place.


You should drop the training if you receive no response from a teacher leader or school or only a half-hearted, unhelpful reply. You should make sure that you are a priority for the staff and communicate with them.

Acting Hypocritically

Do you have a teacher who practices what they preach in class? They may suggest ideas or intentions in style, but then, on social media, they post things that are contrary to those. You may hear them talking about the opposite ideas or ways of living that they recommended in class.

This person should be a spiritual leader who inspires growth and transformation. Are they leading by instance, or are they simply repeating what a text says about being a yogi? Watch their actions and listen carefully to what they say. If not, this person is unlikely to be able to guide you on the path of yoga.

Listen to the marketing of the training. Beware of hypocritical marketing methods. As an example, I had a teacher once play a radio commercial during Happy Baby Pose for her class. It was very disrespectful to have someone advertise overtly when I was completing my practice. How can anyone teach you about the Eight-Limbed Path and Patanjali’s SPatanjali’sey not respecting the space the course demands and deserves?

Unable to take criticism

It’s hard to It’seve! You can test the waters by contacting the teacher via email or after class. You can suggest a change to the style, playlist, or intention. Remember that you are a yogi, and you don’t want to do anyone. You want to gain a better understanding of whoever you might ask to become your “Guru.”

Watch “how “they react to your comment or suggestion. It’s not good to become defensive, angry, or dismissive.

You can learn from someone who lives the yogic way internally. They may ask more questions or appear to be contemplating what you say.

The Commentary

It is obvious that if all reviews are negative, it’s a warning. You won’t find these interviews easily because fake training will try to direct you to “the good stu” f.”

Do not limit” yourself to Yelp and Facebook. Check out the Yoga Alliance site and the Instagram feed of the lead teacher to see what students are saying. Ask people who’ve taken who’veaining before what they thought.

You can request entrance to most training alum pages or any other type of group page. Ask questions and get involved in the community.

You can decide the training you wish to take by keeping an eye out for these red flags. This is a very special experience, and it must make you feel comfortable.

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