Torn between taking a few weeks off to do a residential, in-person yoga teacher training course (YTTC) and enjoying the immense flexibility of an online YTTC? We have the perfect solution – a hybrid yoga teacher training course at Sampoorna Yoga. Newly introduced, this course is designed in a way that gives you a taste of both formats of learning, online and offline. Embracing both modes of learning allows you the flexibility to study at your own pace modules that can be learnt online efficiently, that is, theory topics such as the history and origin of yoga, styles of yoga, and so on, as well as aspects of teaching methodologies and benefits of various yoga practices. The in-person part of the course allows you to learn and practice asanas, pranayama and meditation with teachers guiding you through the right alignments, breathing techniques and more.
So how do you approach a hybrid yoga teacher training course? What are the benefits of a hybrid yoga teacher training? What should you complete before doing your in-person hours? Let’s take a look.
A guide to hybrid yoga teacher training courses
- A harmonious blend: This unique course format blends the best of both worlds for those unable to join a completely offline or in-person yoga teacher training due to personal or social commitments. The innovative format merges the strengths of in-person and remote learning, offering a dynamic and adaptable educational experience. It provides an opportunity to embark on this transformative path to expand your knowledge of yoga and gain certification as a yoga instructor.
- What’s included in a hybrid YTTC: The online leg of the course gives you complete, lifelong entry to the online Yoga Teacher Training program. You get to engage in live Q&A sessions (scheduled specifically for the online YTTC) and explore a wealth of pre-recorded videos, a comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training manual, and an array of supplementary study materials, all this at your own pace, all from the comfort of your home. The offline part of the course, at Sampoorna Yoga, is a 14-day immersive yoga teacher training at the tranquil shala in Goa, guided by exceptional, experienced instructors. This 2-weeks allows you to delve into the profound traditions and practices of yoga within a motivating and supportive environment.
- Recommended sequence of study: Our experienced yoga teachers recommend that you first complete the online module before the in-person one, ideally covering most of its content. However, you do have the freedom to determine the sequence that aligns best with your preferences. Whether you opt to commence your training in person or start your journey with the online module, the decision rests entirely with you. The goal of hybrid yoga teacher training courses is to offer a flexible and versatile learning environment that supports your aim to achieve a yoga teaching certification.
- Self-paced: Both, hybrid 200-hour yoga teacher training and hybrid 300-hour yoga teacher training offer the opportunity to do the program at your own pace. With Sampoorna Yoga’s hybrid yoga teacher training course, there are no imposed timelines and you can enjoy the freedom to complete the modules as per your schedule. This presents a wonderful opportunity for you to practice at your own pace, without the pressure to be in-person at the school on specific dates. There are a plethora of dates to choose from for your in-person sessions. So there is absolutely no pressure and it is very accommodating.
- Syllabus and curriculum: The syllabus for a 200-hour hybrid yoga teacher training and 300-hour yoga teacher training is the same as an online or offline course. The hybrid YTTC is intensive and comprehensive covering yoga philosophy, meditation, pranayama, alignment, hands-on adjustment workshops, sequencing workshops, and student teaching practice. What is different is which part of the syllabus you will study online and which part will be offline. However, this may vary slightly from school to school. If you sign up for the Sampoorna Yoga hybrid yoga teacher training course, you will have lifetime access to the online learning material such as pre-recorded videos and a yoga teacher training manual.
- Meet students from across the globe: A hybrid yoga teacher training attracts students from across the globe. Taking out 2-3 weeks to attend the in-person part of the course is not as challenging as say 4-6 weeks, which would be the case for 100% in-person courses. This makes the hybrid option doable for many working professionals who can complete their online yoga teacher training part of the course while working and take 2-3 weeks off to finish off the in-person sessions.
- Interactive and engaging: While you would have already interacted and engaged with your fellow-batchmates in online live sessions, the offline part of the course gives you an opportunity to meet in-person. You’ll get to put faces to names, practice and learn with others on the same path as you, and go through a deeply transformational journey together.
- How do you get certified: There are two exams – a theory and a practical exam. With a hybrid yoga teacher training course, you can either complete the online course and theory exam, attend the in-person training exam and do your practical exam towards the end of the offline sessions, or vice versa. Upon completion you will immediately receive your yoga teacher training certification.
- Course fees for hybrid teacher training courses: Normally when signing up for your course, if you are choosing a hybrid learning structure, you will receive your fee details based on the online modules and sessions (including training material such as videos and a manual), and the in-person hours. The in-person fee inclusions will ideally cover the cost for your accommodation, meals and training. However, when doing your research it is recommended you check these details carefully and ask as many questions as needed.
With an opportunity to gain from the best of both worlds, hybrid yoga teacher training programs are encouraging, motivating and convenient to pursue. They are designed to support students unable to pursue a professional yoga teacher training due to other commitments and responsibilities. So if you’ve been waiting for a sign to take the leap towards becoming a yoga teacher, this is it!