An apprenticeship is a valuable part of yoga teacher training and is a requirement in some certification programs. Here’s how it usually works:

-The trainee instructor attends a series of classes taught by his or her mentor instructor.

-The trainee begins by leading the class in the first few minutes of warming-up poses, and then the regular instructor teaches most of the class.

-Over a period of several classes, the student gradually teaches more and more of the class until he or she finally teaches an entire class.

This process allows the fledgling trainer to learn how it feels to direct a class and helps them to modify their technique. The regular instructor observes the apprentice while he or she is leading the class and observes whether the class understands the directions and follows the apprentice’s guidance. The instructor then gives the beginner feedback, such as whether they need to speak louder, or slower, or whether they asked the students to hold a pose too long, or not long enough.

Remember that once you are certified as a yoga instructor, you need not stop with a single certification for yoga instruction. You can expand your qualifications and become qualified to teach several specific areas, such as for example prenatal yoga.