I listen to yoga podcasts (am I revealing something super nerdy about myself?) and it’s crazy to hear how inexpensive yoga teacher training used to be…I’ve heard $600 or nothing at all depending on when you started teaching. AND there definitely weren’t hourly requirements back then either.
This isn’t the first time I’ve groaned about how expensive teacher training can be. I’m always on the lookout for scholarships or discounts. Most that I come across prioritize yoga teachers who already teach in underserved communities (so if that is you, there is a lot out there!). And I would love to devote my time teaching to underserved communities but reality means rent, food, utilities and other basic necessities of life that make that life very hard and nearly impossible living in the Bay Area. Even if you teach at studios or high end gyms as some of my colleagues do, they are still struggling. The yoga industry has become super expensive but that is not reflected in teacher pay. If you are a full time teacher, you are running around town teaching over 20 classes a week and it’s super exhausting. When I quit my job and took on 10-15 classes a week, I lost some of the joy and inspiration that I enjoy so much in my current teaching. And you are constantly hustling. Which is why I enjoy it as a side job/hobby.
And if I haven’t inadvertently scared you away yet from becoming a yoga teacher, here is some good news! CorePower Yoga is offering 3 teacher training scholarships this fall across the country. So if you have been considering this path, check out the link and be ready to answer how yoga has impacted your life and why you want to do yoga teacher training. And always check out the official rules. Contest ends September 2.
Have you been thinking about yoga teacher training and the costs have got you down? Yoga Garden San Francisco is offering one lucky person a scholarship for a FREE 200-hour teacher training. FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. I sort of want to apply.
To qualify for the scholarship, you must be available for their 12-week program starting in April OR their month long immersion in May, 2016. To apply, click here. All entries must be submitted by March 14.
Teacher training is freaking expensive. I’m just barely starting to pay back my fiance for the loan he provided me for my own teacher training. And while I would love additional training, it’s currently out of the question for me. But for all the amazing yoga teachers working with underserved communities, The Yoga Alliance Foundation and prAna will be awarding 2 scholarships of $2,225 to teachers interested in attending a 300-hour training in 2014.
In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicants need:
- To be teaching yoga to underserved communities and populations
- To demonstrate financial need, which means you can’t make more than 2.5 times the federal poverty level (and the federal poverty level is pretty low)
- To be an active member of Yoga Alliance for the past 6 years
Check out prAna for more details. Applications are due December 2 so get on it!
For those that don’t meet the qualifications, there are other opportunities out there if you are interested in furthering your education/work with at-risk and underserved communities, even if you are not a yoga teacher. You should have a good foundation with your own personal practice but these trainings teach you how to incorporate the healing benefits of yoga and enhance the work you are already doing. I took a weekend training with Hala Khouri through YogaWorks and was able to get close to 50% off the workshop fees. I also looked into Street Yoga‘s training and applied for their scholarship (for all my fellow social workers out there, it’s NASW approved and you can get CEUs). Unfortunately with so many people applying, they were only able to offer a $50 discount. Hey, a discount is still a discount! It just wasn’t enough to make it affordable for me. I haven’t looked into Prison Yoga Project but I imagine there might be some opportunities there. Niroga Institute in Berkeley, CA offers various workshops and trainings but I didn’t easily find any options for scholarships/discounts. If it’s not listed, it never hurts to ask. They do offer a fellowship for their yoga teacher training program if you are willing to commit to teaching 100 hours to underserved communities after finishing the program. There is probably a ton more out there – these are just a few of the resources I came across when I was looking to expand my education. On my to-blog list, I’ll get around to researching other scholarships and financial assistance resources for yoga teacher training so stay tuned. Have a great week!