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Can online yoga teacher training be better than training in person?

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In the past 15 months, I’ve taught over 700 hours of online trainings. Before that, I taught continuing education trainings for 10+ years.

I’ve been genuinely surprised to find that the online trainings have not only been successful, they also hold some distinct advantages over training in person. (Full disclosure: In 2022, I plan to offer a hybrid TT in London. I will also continue to offer full online-only trainings.)

The truth is, when online trainings are taught according to best practices, they don’t simply meet the quality of in-person training: they exceed them. You might not be aware that Stanford, MIT, Duke, and Harvard offer online courses and degrees — the yoga community is finally catching up!

And, you don’t have to take it from me: The most recent 56 reviews from 500-hour certified graduates taking this course online gave the training a 10 out of 10 on Yoga Alliance. (The 57th review gave it a 9 out of 10.)

What is it that makes this online training unique and perhaps even more desirable for you than training in person?

1. It’s easier to fit it into the logistics of modern life

➡ Do you have to take several weeks off per year to leave your family or pets? Nope.

➡ Do you have to take time off of work and lose income? No again.

➡ Do you have to leave your regular students high and dry while you continue your education? Not unless you want to!

2. It’s more cost-effective

Unless you live nearby, an in-person training requires travel costs, housing costs, eating out, and the added stress of losing income while you’re studying. For the average online training this means you pay 50-60% less than the total costs of training in person.

3. You have more time (a lot more!) to absorb the content

In terms of the content itself, the superior experience of online learning can be summed up in three words: Pause, rewind and rewatch.

The truth is that you will get saturated during in-person training. There is only so much you can absorb in 8-10 hour days.

When you train online, you can take breaks. You can rewind if you didn’t understand something — and then you can go to the live Zoom calls with prepared questions.

You can redo practices for teaching inspiration and to reinforce what you’ve just learned.

The bottom line is that you have six months to learn, digest, and integrate each module as opposed to just 12 days. This added time gives you so much flexibility; it allows you to tailor the experience to your life and your learning style.

If there is still a question I haven’t answered or something else that’s holding you back, you can email me!

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