If you’re interested in becoming a yoga teacher, or just deepening your practice, there a number of opportunities around the Baltimore areas, starting this fall, for aspiring yogis.
Whether you are looking for your 200 hours or expanding to 500, or developing a new niche, you can find it. However, the most important part is knowing how to find the right place that compliments your unique style or interests.
Once you start to look, you’ll find there is a lot to choose from: teachers, locations, styles, price, and certifications that take just one month to over a year.
So, how do you choose the best place to take yoga? The answer will vary from person to person.
Here are a few things to consider before deciding on which class to take:
1. Do you have a favorite yoga teacher?
Perhaps you’d like to learn the style of your yoga favorite yoga teacher. Find out who did their teachers were. If you really like what you’re already learning, ask your teacher, they are your greatest resource to answer questions and point you in the right direction.
2. What style of yoga do you prefer?
There are dozens of different styles of yoga - it’s important to know which one “feels” right for you. If you’re not sure, visit different classes and studios to determine your style.
3. Do you have a special population that you’d like to teach?
Choosing a niche will give you an opportunity to offer specialty services outside of the basic hatha yoga class. There are a lot of possibilities, such as some that are more helpful for certain populations such seniors, certain health issues, mental health improvement, etc. Some yoga schools offer training program that focus on particular groups.
4. How much time do you want to invest?
One-month? One year? While the fast track might work for some who have flexible schedules or are anxious to start, it obviously an option for those who can’t dedicate a full month away from work or home. There is a lot more to yoga than just asana. Be prepared to read and discuss a lot about philosophy, history and physiology – you might be glad you took your time.
5. How far do you want to travel?
Teachers from all over the world offer trainings in warm, exotic locations like Costa Rica or Hawaii. There are also the studios all over town and beyond, and some a few hours away. Consider how far you want to drive or fly, your personal work schedule, family needs, as well as the money for lodging or airfare you may need to invest before committing.
6. Why do you want to teach yoga?
An important question to ask yourself. As you learn more about the practice of yoga, your answer will help you stay on track. And it may even change a you progress.
Luckily the Baltimore area offers some of the best resources for teacher training in the nation. Some of the teacher training programs may bring in nationally known yoga masters and specialists to conduct part of the training – a key point to consider if long-distance travel outside of the state or city is difficult.
Starting this fall through early 2014, a number of studios will be starting their teacher training programs.
Since yoga is ultimately about self knowledge, start your yoga journey by asking yourself all of the right questions to be sure you choose the solution that’s right for you.
Yoga teacher certification courses in the Baltimore area this fall:
Ananda Shala in Frederick, MD
Features Prana Flow 200 and 500 hour training in a style developed by Shiva Rea; along with a 200-hour gentle yoga specialist training.
Sid Yoga in Towson, MD
Features the style of Power Yoga flow taught by Sid McNairy. Many local and national athletes have improved their performance with Sid who was influenced by one of the original Power Yoga masters, Baron Baptiste.
Crofton Yoga in Crofton, MD
Offers Pranakriya style 200-hour training with Jacci Reynolds, along with Prenatal Yoga and Restorative Yoga trainings.
Anne Arundel Community College has partnered with teacher Lynn Matthews and to offer a number of courses to earn a 200 or 500 hour training certificate. The courses include certification in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, and an Ayurvedic Specialist training for students that have earned a 200-hour training certification.
Evolutions in Annapolis, MD
Offering both 100-hour Yin Yoga training and a 200-hour Vinyasa style yoga training.
Baltimore Yoga Village in Baltimore City
Lead by Anjali Sunita, BYV offers a 200-hour Jivan yoga teacher training. The curriculum includes some diverse focuses including a module on “teaching out of the comfort zone” that talks about teaching beyond studios, in jails, hospitals, and schools.
Susquehanna Yoga in Timonium, MD
This Iyengar style studio offers a 500-hour training program for teaching or deepening a practice.
Body Balance Yoga in Annapolis, MD
Teacher Jenny Otto offers 200 and 500-hour classes. Classes for 200 hour training are also offered at Mindful Freedom Yoga Studio in Reistertown.
Starting in 2014:
Yoga on York in Baltimore, MD
Yoga on York offers a 200-hour teacher training program that is combined with their unique Aerial Yoga Teacher Training. The training starts January 2014.
Charm City Yoga (several locations)
Lead by Kim Manfredi, Charm City Yoga’ 500- hour training begins February 2014; 200-hour training begins in May.
Yoga Center of Columbia
Lead by Kathy Donnelly, Yoga Center of Columbia has 200 and 500-hour trainings - both starting January 2014.