Hey Helen - sorry for the extended delay in replying. I’ve been having so much fun working my way through Fiji’s back catalog of classes I’ve had little time for the forum Great to hear you’re training to become a therapist and looking at ways in which you can incorporate yoga into the healing practice.
You’re right to raise the question about yoga training providers. There are so many, and it can be completely bewildering. I am lucky in that Bristol, UK has one of the best 200 hours courses available in the UK at Bristol School of Yoga. I still did my research on their offer and others before committing to joining their course.
I think it’s always a good idea to go to somewhere where you at least know and have experience of some of the teachers and their styles. You will be spending a lot of time with them over the course, so you want to be happy in their company. equally, that they have the necessary skills to be able to teach in a way that supports your learning. It’s a lot of money to commit to the course, so you need to be sure.
Check out the course curriculums for various providers to see what they cover. Opt for those courses that offer a more comprehensive course. Equally, ask if they have any testimonials/feedback from previous students they are happy to share with you.
Also, look at the course structure. I was on a course with 4 day blocks of studio time over a 10 month period. This worked best for me, but my school also offered weekend courses over longer timescales. Have a serious think about how much time you have to commit to the course and what best suits your lifestyle/other interests.
Hope that’s enough to be going on with - feel free to ask any further Qs.