5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Yoga Trapeze® Teacher Training
Q: “How do I know which course is right for me?”
Did you know that there are over 200,000 Yoga Trapeze students in the world but less than 1,000 teachers? There is a huge and growing demand for qualified instructors, but unfortunately, most teacher training courses focus on aerial arts, performance-based style yoga with silks, and hammocks which are inaccessible to your average student.
Aerial yoga (the big hammock with no handles) has been around for 30 years but never became popular with mainstream yoga students. The Yoga Trapeze changed the game when it launched in 2009 with a 3-handle rig and a lower setup. The simpler design made the practice accessible to the everyday average Joe. It’s now taught professionally in yoga studios, CrossFit boxes, and also taught privately in 23 countries.
You want to teach the Yoga Trapeze professionally, correct? That’s great, we need more teachers! Here are the questions you should ask so you can find the best school for you.
Question #1. Do you want to teach professionally?
If your main goal is to spend some “me time” focused on healthy living, yoga, and community, then there are thousands of great courses. If you want to teach professionally and actually earn money, you’ll need to choose carefully. Most courses are adult yoga camps, not real trainings.
Question #2. What kind of teaching credentials do you need?
For the Yoga Trapeze, you’ll want to have a Yoga Alliance and perhaps American Council on Exercise (ACE) certificate. This will allow you to get insurance, set up a company, and teach in yoga studios, gyms, or even in public parks.
Question #3. What is more important to you, low cost or high value?
There are lots of playful courses where you can create fun memories. Whereas professional courses are challenging and demanding, but you’ll learn and grow personally. At a professional course, you’ll walk away with real-world skills and your tuition will return to you as income usually within 2-6 months.
Question #4. Are the training staff actually working professionals? Or just trainers?
Sadly, many yoga studios and teachers launch training programs just for revenue. Many training courses are led by teachers who only recently graduated themselves, have very little professional experience, or who are retired teachers who haven’t been in the game for a decade or more. If you want to make a career out of teaching yoga, make sure your trainers are active teaching professionals.
Question #5. Do you want to learn mind-body fitness? Or religion?
If you’re interested in religion or philosophy, that’s great—but 90% of your students are not, and 100% don’t want their yoga teacher to preach to them. Many yoga training school mix Hinduism and/or Buddhism into their trainings, and this is not a good use of time and attention for fitness-based teachers.