Yoga Teacher Training Retreats 2021: my Recommendations

22nd July 2021

Have you become so passionate and dedicated about yoga that you now wish to turn your passion into a career by considering yoga teacher training retreats 2021 courses? I can’t blame you — been there, done that. I did my first time yoga certification retreat in India, back in 2015, and although I took a different path after and did not end up teaching, it was truly a transformative experience. I highly recommend anyone to take a yoga teacher training abroad as well as doing a silent retreat and an Ayahuasca retreat at least once in their life to heighten their physical practice!

My spiritual journey. Yoga teacher training at Smriti Yoga in Goa, India

For yoga enthusiasts (even if your end goal isn’t to actually teach!), it is possible to take a yoga teacher training abroad and become a yoga instructor and be approved for teaching by Yoga Alliance in just a few weeks, anywhere in the world. Heck, you can even do an online yoga teacher training these days! But I think any person training from home for a YTT has to have a lot of discipline.

Anyway, I’m sure you have questions.

Should I take my yoga teacher training near me or fly to the tropics? Over the course of several months or all in one go? Is my personal practice strong enough to become an instructor? What else is in the course material? How do I choose from a catalog of yoga instructor courses as large as the yoga methods that exist on the planet? Should I take a 200-hr yoga teacher training or longer (up to 500-hour yoga teacher training are available)? What are the best books about yoga to accompany my learnings? Here’s some YTT course wisdom I’ve gathered over my years of training and researching.


Yoga Teacher Training Retreats 2021


When it comes to picking the right location for your yoga instructor training, there are some things to consider. I personally didn’t want to do a yoga teacher training near me and near potential disturbing life factors, such as work and friends. I wanted to be fully focused and fully immersed. I also thought that if I was going to become a yoga instructor, I wanted to become a certified yoga teacher in the birthplace of yoga: the beautiful place that is India.

The most popular destinations for an intensive yoga teacher training abroad 2021 are India, Bali, Costa Rica, Thailand and the USA. BookYogaTeacherTraining and BookYogaRetreats are two great resources to start shopping around, read reviews and do some research. Below are my recommendations. You can read more about India YTT in my Yoga Teacher Training India article.

There are also several options in Europe, and I’ve recently just started one of the part-time 300-hour trainings offered by High on Yoga here in Berlin with a bunch of talented teachers with years of teaching experience. I’m excited to share more about this! For now, I am busy studying the yoga sutras (generally a required reading for any aspiring yoga teacher) and spending hours on building a strong foundation for my own practice in a super comprehensive program that includes many hours of yoga classes, yoga philosophy, anatomy, hands-on adjustments, and so much more in a nurturing environment.


India Yoga Teacher Retreats 2021


Kranti Yoga

In Goa, India

kranti yoga

Yoga Teacher Training in Kranti Yoga is available from November until May. Set on one of the best beaches of Goa in the beautiful little town of Patnem, Kranti would be my selection of choice if I had to do it all again. And I actually might! Imagine practicing giving correct alignment and rehearsing classes while staring at the sea, and having to walk a mere few meters to immerse into the warm waves. Add to this a wonderfully cosy little town where the pace of living is slow and some great veggie food, and you have yourself the perfect location to relax while learning the art of teaching yoga and the philosophy of yoga. Some of the options here include a 27 Days 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa Flow, a 15 Days 100 Hours Yin Yoga Teacher Training, a 22 Days 200-Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, and more. Patnem has the best dogs, too!

Duration: various
Price: n/a
Closest Airport: Goa International Airport (Dabolim Airport) (47km)

Airport pick up included? No, can be added for an additional cost of $35 per person
Skill Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Yoga Certification Retreats in Bali


Parahita Alam Bali

In Denpasar, Bali

yoga teacher training in bali

Parahita Alam Bali offers a 25-day teacher training between February and December. The teaching style you’ll learn here is Hatha and Vinyasa and is geared towards yoga for beginners to intermediate practitioners. This 200-hour program on the magical island of Bali includes your usual curriculum of yoga postures
study in small groups in an intimate setting of maximum 20 students, as well as beautiful beaches, healthy food, cosy accommodation, and a great way to have yourself a vacation of a lifetime. Airport transfer is included for ease of travel, as well as Wi-Fi, hot water, in-house bathrooms, cleaning service and refill water. Parahita Alam Bali caters to vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and raw food diets. There’s no better place than Bali for both the study of yoga and to practice yoga.

Duration: 25 days, 24 nights
Price: from $2,093
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport
(26km)
Airport pick up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Inner Yoga Training Retreat 2021 Bali

In Ubud, Bali

Available from March until November, Inner Yoga Training Retreat is a 24 Days 200-Hour Vinyasa and Yin Yoga teacher training abroad in magical Ubud, Bali’s yoga capital. Inner Yoga features an open-air yoga shala set amidst lush green rice paddies overlooking the jungle, spa and infinity swimming pool, 3 daily delicious and fresh vegetarian meals per day (vegan and gluten-free on request too). Herbal teas, daily fresh ginger, lime and mint tea, Balinese or french-press coffee and filtered water are available all day long too. An afternoon snack is provided each day with a tropical fruit platter, fresh raw veggies, and homemade vegan dips. Complimentary airport pickup is also available here. This place is great as you will learn two styles of yoga. For shorter yoga education options, do check out my recommendations for Bali yoga retreats.

Duration: 24 days, 23 nights
Price: n/a
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport
(38km)
Airport pick up included? Yes
Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Yoga Certification retreats in the United States


ShambhavAnanda Yoga

In Hawaii, USA

yoga teacher training in the USA

If you’re in the “must do yoga teacher training near me” clan and are US-based (and here are more options for USA yoga retreats), you can go to Hawaii and feel miles away from home. Well, and you might actually be! Asides from being on Big Island which is all sorts of magical, the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Immersion at ShambhavAnanda Yoga is also great for those in a time crunch because it is done over the course of 16 days. All profit from your YTT course goes directly to the Ashram, a non-profit organization established in 1975 with the sole purpose of passing on the knowledge of the ShambhavAnanda Tradition and its style of yoga. As a working ashram, you will be fully integrated into the spiritual community. Hawaii being the magical place that it is, you can use your free time to climb the cliffs and valleys or drive to the centre of the island to visit the sacred grounds of Mauna Kea, a 14,000 ft. Volcano, the heart of Hawaii and home to the clearest skies on earth. You will also have the opportunity to relax at the beautiful white sand beaches, do some snorkeling and stand under the Narnia waterfall in the middle of the jungle.

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Price: n/a
Closest Airport: Kona International Airport at Keāhole (17km)

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English and Japanese
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Yogi Hari’s Ashram

In Florida, USA

YTT in Florida

At the other end of the country in sunny Florida is this 15 days 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yogi Hara’s Ashram. After years of training registered yoga teachers around the world, Shri Yogi Hari is now offering his Sampoorna Yoga Teacher Training Courses at a reasonable price in Florida to make Yogic knowledge more available to everyone. Yogi Hari’s Ashram is an oasis for anyone who wishes to become a yoga instructor away from the stressful and hectic world. Here you will learn Ayurveda, Hatha yoga, Nada yoga, Raja yoga, Vedanta philosophy and Bhagavad Gita studies, plus receive 2 daily fresh vegetarian meals and 14 nights of accommodation. The no-frill dorm-style accommodation means it is a great budget option. The yoga level is for beginner to intermediate. Yogi Hari’s Ashram is surrounded by a 10-acre tropical organic farm and is conveniently located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale – easily accessible from either airport.

Duration: 15 days, 14 nights
Price: from $1,311
Closest Airport: Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (19km) or Miami International Airport (20km)
Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Yoga Certification retreats in Thailand


One Yoga Thailand

In Koh Phangan, Thailand

I’ve already mentioned that Koh Phangan Yoga is like no other to me, so what better places to do a teacher training than on this wonderful island. Available from March to December, the 28 days 200 hour yoga teacher training retreats at One Yoga yoga studios allows you to touch upon a few different things and decide what resonates with you best. This 200 hours YTT is an intensive 4-week program created to give you a solid foundation in various yoga styles. The school is led by a team of experienced teachers with years of experience in both yoga and meditation. You will learn to teach Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow and will be introduced to other styles like Ashtanga and Yin or Restorative yoga practice. Aimed at all levels from beginner to advanced, you will benefit from a selection of accommodations to pick from as well as vegan breakfast and lunch. Koh Phangan is a yoga hub and you will be able to meet like-minded people from all over the world. The shala is located on the beachfront resort close to Shrithanu. Heaven.

Duration: 28 days, 27 nights
Price: from $873
Closest Airport: Samui Airport (24km)

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Find more Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Thailand

Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica


Soma Yoga Institute

yoga teacher training in costa rica

Last but definitely not least, Costa Rica is yet another dreamy place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with yourself. Soma Yoga Institute offers an 18 Days 200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training at Zen Spirit, a magical place that blends the rustic charm of nature with newly constructed modern amenities. The resort is just remote enough to transport you to a place where you can disconnect completely and immerse yourself in an environment of total serenity. Your only distractions will be the sound of birds, frogs, and crickets and the crashing waves that will rock you to sleep and wake you in synchronicity with the sunrise. Zen Spirit aims to provide their guests with a comfortable, peaceful environment, to experience an in-depth yoga certification. If you’re only there for a short time, do check out my yoga retreat Costa Rica post filled with shorter retreat recommendations.

Duration: 18 days, 17 nights
Price: from $3,675
Closest Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (94km) or Juan Santamaría International Airport (119km)

Airport pick up included? No, can be added for $55 per person
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Find more yoga teacher training Costa Rica options

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4 thoughts on “Yoga Teacher Training Retreats 2021: my Recommendations

  1. Caity

    Great post! wow there’s so many places to go to learn and expand your knowledge and skills! Thanks for sharing !

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