Technology has changed our lives, especially in the last number of years; we have access to more information at our fingertips than anyone would have thought imaginable just a few decades ago. And that access to information has changed the way we interact with the world and how we consume information—we can do and learn practically anything from the comfort of our home, as long as we have the internet.
Yoga has also gone through many changes since it’s been picked up and popularized in North America, so much so that traditional yogis of the past might be shocked to see how much it has changed. And these days, yoga is finding a new partner in technology as online yoga is becoming increasingly popular, with lessons and tutorials found with a simple click of the mouse.
At Naked Truth Yoga, we believe passionately about health and wellness, and encourage people to strive for their goals in whatever way they feel comfortable. We understand that studios can be intimidating and classes can be overwhelming, especially for beginners. Online yoga classes have become a lifesaver for many people looking to deepen their practice while still unsure if the studio is the right setting for them.
To take yoga online to its next exciting form, we are thrilled to be offering online yoga teacher training in the near future. Now we know that there will be those that are excited at the prospect and others who are skeptical, so we wanted to break down the pro’s and con’s of online yoga teacher training.
Pros of Online Yoga Teacher Training:
Online yoga teacher training allows you to work at your own pace and under your own conditions. Not everyone is a “classroom” learner, lots of people work best when they can set up their space the way they prefer, with access to the comforts of their own life.
It can save you money. Embedded in the cost of teacher training are usually expenses for studio and equipment rental, printed lessons, etc. Not to mention travel to and from and possibly parking, too.
It will keep you on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the world of yoga today. This might not be for those who are set on mastering the Ashtanga practice as laid out by Pattabi Jois, but lots of people are taking yoga and putting their own twist on it, combining yoga with pilates, acrobatics, even boot camp. Online learning can help you customize your unique style.
In person training has the benefit of hands on experience. Many yoga teachers are compassionate people and need the one on one experience—having someone else’s hands to help guide your body into perfect alignment might be easier than doing it on your own.
Going down the computer hole. Sometimes hours and days go by and it feels like all we’ve been doing is staring at a computer. Taking an online course increases the amount of screen time you’ll be committing to so it’s something that should be considered. Plus, if you are in a studio and surrounded by others learning about and are passionate about the same things you are, you might just walk away with a new friend.
If you are committing to taking your teacher training online, you may have to exercise some patience. While in person, you can ask questions directly and receive and immediate response, with online training you are more responsible for obtaining the information you seek. Teachers will still be available online, but it’s not always as easy to get the specific information you are after.
It’s really about deciding what is right for you. If you are interested in Naked Yoga’s upcoming online yoga teacher training program, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask.