So you are ready to take a yoga teacher training – great! As you peruse options, one of the most important considerations is the location.
Today, we’ll educate you on the four most important things to consider before you pick a location. Although it can seem like a small detail, taking the time to understand the information below, will help you avoid aggravation and discomfort.
Safety & Security
The first and most important consideration when selecting a yoga teacher training location is safety and security. If you are going to spend an extended period of time abroad, you need to make sure the resort or retreat center, and the local area, is safe for your person and your personal belongings. You want to find out what transportation options are available to and from the retreat, what airlines fly there, what airport do you fly into. Also confirm what airport shuttle options are available to and from the resort, and how do you get around the general area where you will be staying. Although most of your time will be spent immersed in the yoga training, you may have free time throughout the day, or a day off each week to explore, and you want to make sure you will be able to do that safely.
Many schools publish the location of their training, so you can read the reviews of the retreat center to better understand this. If you are a US citizen, the Department of State offers a helpful resource for researching all areas you may may be considering.
Quality of Accommodations
Immersion programs are intense, and can be physically and mentally exhausting. You want a comfortable place to rest and relax after a long day immersed in yoga training. Things to take into account are bed and bedding options, room quality, location, location of bathrooms, showers, access to sunlight, and whether the rooms are open air, have ceiling fans, or have air conditioning. Most yoga trainings provide multiple accommodation options, usually triple, double and single sleeping arrangements. Although efforts are made to set up the best arrangements for everyone, you want to consider your own personal preferences before selecting a rooming option.
Do you snore? Do you need personal space? Are you neat? Are you messy? Answering these types of questions will help you determine which rooming option is best for you. Although single rooms may be more expensive, if you need more personal space, privacy and quiet, it may be worth it to set up those arrangements.
Water & Food Quality & Dietary Preferences
Unlike the US, UK and other developed countries with strict food quality guidelines and regulations, not all areas of the world offer the reassurance of clean water and food. The last thing you want to do is acquire a water or food born illness. You want to enroll with a good quality school that offers its training at a reputable location where this is not an issue. Another important consideration with respect to “diet” is the food that will be available. At Sadhana Yoga School, for example, we ask students to follow the traditional Yoga Diet, which is vegetarian, which means no meat. Some students may also have specific dietary preferences – vegan, lactose intolerant, paleo, or grain free, just to name a few examples.
Will the training location will be able to accommodate your special needs? Is there a location nearby where you can purchase food if needed?
It is a good idea to talk with the school to find out what food will be available, if you can bring your own food, if necessary.
Local Activities & Guest Services
Throughout your yoga teacher training you may have some personal time. Is there something specific you may want to do during your time away. What activities do you like to do – surfing, snorkeling, hiking, swimming, biking. Perhaps you want to rest and relax with a massage , or live on the wild side and go zip lining. Once you know where the teacher training is going to be held, you can research the local area to find out what activities are available. This may also be a good time to inquiry into the availability of wifi and local connections for your cell phone – and it is recommended to contact your cell phone service provider to check on availability of special requirements that may be needed if you intend to use your phone while you are away. Although keep in mind, most yoga schools are going to request that you unplug and disconnect for the duration of the training to better reconnect with yourself and your training while you are on site.
Why It Matters
We bring these considerations to light because the cost of yoga teacher trainings can vary greatly, and the many of the items we’ve listed above help determine the final cost. It is very easy to offer a training at an attractively low cost, but you will be surprised by the safety and quality of the area where you are staying. If there is any doubt about the items we mention above, then its worth it to invest a little more money to ensure a safe, quality experience.