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The 7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Finding a Kids Yoga Teacher Training

By Brooke Weber, contributing writer

If you’re reading this, that means you’re looking to become a kids yoga instructor. Woo hoo! 

Deciding that you’re interested in teaching kids yoga is the first step to success. But where do you go from there?

With so many online children’s yoga teacher training courses to choose from, it can sometimes be tough to figure out where to start. 

Plus, if you’re new to the kids yoga world, you might not be aware of some of the common pitfalls of choosing a teacher training. How do you avoid the traps to get the most bang for your buck?

You’ve got nothing to fear – Pretzel Kids yoga is here! Read on for the top 7 common mistakes to avoid when finding a kids yoga teacher training.

New teachers who have completed kid’s yoga teacher training

1. You only look at 95-hour, Yoga Alliance-approved courses.

At first glance, you might wonder how this could be a mistake. The more time spent training, the better, right? Well, that’s not always true. Often, 95-hour courses can be overkill. They cost a lot of money and time, and some even require you to have a 200-hour yoga certification before you even sign up. Put together, that’s like doing intense training for a whopping 12 full days straight! 

With programs like the Pretzel Kids Method, however, you can take that time back and become a certified kids yoga instructor in just 12 HOURS! Even better, you’ll have a direct roadmap to actually start teaching – the same can’t be said for those longer teacher trainings.

2. You believe that more is more.

Not always! As with the first mistake, more hours don’t always mean better training, and the same goes for the amount of modules or courses offered by a certain company. Just because a yoga teacher training program claims to cover a lot of ground doesn’t mean that that ground is covered thoroughly or that it will teach you to absorb and apply that information effectively. Sometimes, choosing a focused kids yoga training program that offer one exceptional course is the right way to go. That way, you know you’re getting tried and true lessons, and you can be confident that you’ll get a handle on what you’re learning quickly and efficiently.

3. You sign up for the least expensive course right away.

We know, we know – this one really is tempting! But just because a course comes with a lower price tag doesn’t mean it’ll come with everything you need to start your kids yoga career. 

So, make a habit of checking to see what every yoga course includes. Some trainings may look great on the website, but if you dig a little deeper you just might find that they don’t come with any lesson plans, pose guides, or business-building advice! Before you jump to enroll in the cheapest course, make sure you investigate the competition and find out what you really want in a teacher training. A slightly more expensive option might have exactly what you’re looking for.

4. You don’t research the company’s support system.

After you sign up for a kids yoga teacher training course, you enter into a community of like-minded, caring individuals who are willing to help you out – right? Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. While companies like Pretzel Kids do foster a network of supportive teachers, parents and business owners, not all kids yoga companies make it easy for teachers and members to connect with each other. It’s so important to have a support system in any job, and in the world of kids yoga, teachers and parents can help each other succeed by providing tips and tricks on what makes for a great class. The ultimate sign that your future kids yoga training company is a good one is the ability to speak with its founder for advice and guidance. If a company’s founder is totally inaccessible, you might want to start looking elsewhere.

5. You’re not thinking about the company’s brand…

Consider the bigger picture here. After you’re a trained kids yoga teacher, you’re going to put yourself out into the world as a brand-new children’s yoga instructor! Although this is really exciting, it might be difficult to establish yourself without the support of a trusted brand. Starting out under a brand name helps potential clients quickly associate you with a company that they know and love, which means you’ll get more customers more quickly. Otherwise, you’d have to start from scratch, creating an entirely new name and business for yourself. This process can take years and years. So, take it from us: It’s much better to set out with an existing brand name to back you.

6. …And you forget about the business side of things.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the new and fascinating skills you’re learning in your kids yoga training. But don’t forget about what comes afterwards! Without kids to teach, you won’t be able to do what you love. You’ll also need to have some business know-how to get customers in the door and start the cash flowing. So, make sure that whatever training you choose comes with business guidance. The Pretzel Kids Method, for example, will provide you with the ability to start your very own Pretzel Kids yoga business with the company’s awesome name, logos, marketing materials, technology platforms, job opportunities, coaching, teaching resources and more!

7. You overlook the training itself!

When you’re looking for an online kids yoga certification course, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in a well-designed website full of flashy colors and fun deals that you might just forget what you’re there to do: find a high-quality kids yoga teacher training. So, take a step back and research what’s actually being sold to you. Does the company use a proven training method? How are the trainers themselves trained? What’s in the curriculum, and is it material you can get behind? 

In order to be the best kids yoga teacher you can be, you need to train with a company that has years of experience teaching kids yoga and training children’s yoga instructors – a company like Pretzel Kids yoga.

Now you’re ready to find the perfect kids yoga teacher training!

We know one thing for sure: becoming a kids yoga teacher is no mistake! With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to dodge the pitfalls of searching for an online kids yoga certification course in no time. 

Here’s one last pro tip: With the Pretzel Kids Method, you could become a certified kids yoga teacher with access to a huge support network in less than 12 hours! Are you ready to give it a go? ?

About Brooke

Brooke Weber is a contributing writer for Pretzel Kids.

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