How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training

So you have finally decided you want to be a yoga teacher! Congratulations! You are ready to start a new chapter, a new journey to deepen your practice and share your love of yoga with others! 

 

So where do you begin? 

 

It can be a pretty daunting task to trawl through all of the courses online and it’s easy to get lost and even more confused! There are so many trainings out there now it can be hard to know what to look for, and what makes one different from the other! 

 

We have been there, we feel you!

 

That’s why we wanted to make it easy for you kick start your new venture! Here we highlight 5 things to start off your search, so you can be sure to find the right course for you.

 

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Certification 

The first thing you should look for is a Yoga Alliance Accredited course as this means the course has been verified by the Yoga Alliance to provide adequate and accurate training for you to become a registered yoga teacher. Many studios and schools will want you to have trained with a Yoga Alliance registered course before hiring you. 

 

Time 

The standard yoga teacher training program is 200 hours and can be done intensively or part-time. Something to consider is if you can dedicate all of your time to the course you can complete it in as little as a month and even go abroad to do it. However, if you are looking to do the course alongside other commitments you will be looking for a part-time course locally that can work around your schedule. 

 

Location 

There are now yoga teacher trainings all over the world and mostly where you will choose to go depends on 2 things, time and style. If you have 4-6 weeks that you can dedicate to the course a great option is to go abroad. However, if not you will have to find a local school offering part-time courses, or if overseas travel isn’t an option you can even study online from the comfort of your own home! The second factor that will heavily influence where you go is the style of yoga you are looking for which we will discuss below. 

 

Style 

There are so many branches of yoga that it is definitely worth considering what you would be interested in learning about, and maybe even choose a specialism such as aerial yoga or prenatal yoga for example. Each course will involve some aspects of the traditional forms of yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha and restorative but it would help you as a yoga teacher to specialise in something so you can stand out from the rest and attract more clients. Here are some options to look into:

Aerial Yoga

Acro Yoga

Prenatal/ postnatal 

Ashtanga 

Power Yoga 

Kundalini

Yin 

Iyengar

Bikram 

Sivananda 

 

 

Extras 

The final thing to consider is are there any interesting extras added into your course such as special workshops like SUP yoga, Ayurveda massage, yogic cooking classes or myofascial release workshops. All of these little things can help make you a more interesting and varied yoga teacher setting you up for success!

 Our Recommendation 

We recommend checking out CircAsana yoga and circus if you are looking to establish a creative practice as they combine aerial, acro and traditional yoga practices with anatomy, philosophy and positive psychology to offer a full yoga experience! They offer teacher trainings and retreats all around the world as well as an online course! Check it out here new-online-200hr-ytt

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