We have reached the age of yoga teacher training online deals and we’re not sure we like it. Skimming through a pile of emails thick with holiday sales and promotions, this popped out at us, alongside the drag show and dinner for two and above the 20 units of botox offer, a deal for 50 percent off yoga teacher training – a $4000, 200hr yoga teacher training for $1999 if you can put it on your credit card right now.
Initial reaction: Yikes, really? A Living Social deal for yoga teacher training? Way to cheapen it, folks.
Then…HALF OFF?? What a bargain! Yoga teacher training already seems so expensive and now it’s affordable, maybe even FREE with this special deal. That’s typically unheard of.
Then…but does that devalue the training? Does it make it seem like it’s not even really worth the $4000 original price? Plus any old schmoe can buy the deal without any kind of application process. Is that the kind of non-discerning yoga training we’d want to invest in? To be fair, this is a small business (not a major studio) so maybe they need the extra boost to beat the big guys. But we know how these deals hardly earn any money for the businesses, so we assume this teacher training is barely making enough to cover their overhead.
More info from the actual deal: (NOTE: We’ve removed the names.)
The student becomes the master with this deal from ____ — home to NYC’s “most in-demand yoga instructor,” according to New York Magazine:
• $1,999 ($4,000 value) for a three-month yoga teacher certification program
• Includes 200 hours of instruction, job-placement assistance + one-month unlimited yoga classes
• After 3 months, you’ll be a Registered Yoga Teacher accredited by Yoga Alliance
This Talented Teacher Has Been in Men’s Health & Access Hollywood
The spiritually nourishing education includes studying the history of the ancient healing art, learning the lingo and vocabulary, practicing moves in the studio, and developing yourself as a spiritual guide. Throughout this intensive education, you will also have full access to all yoga classes on offer, so you can refine your technique and become more acquainted and comfortable with the practice. When you finish, the friendly professionals will help you land a gig at a studio in the city.
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This is not a criticism of the training itself, we haven’t experienced it, it’s about the approach that feels a little desperately mass marketed. Maybe it’s the wave of the future to cut through the crowd and we have to get used to it, but something about this just feels so ick and wrong. Also, that helping you get a gig thing sounds great but is likely a bunch of rubbish. Unfortunately, NYC is a sea of yoga teachers looking for gigs.
What do you think? Please share your thoughts!