Have you become so passionate and dedicated about yoga that you now wish to turn your passion into a career by taking a yoga teacher training? I can’t blame you, been there, done that. I did my yoga instructor training in Goa, 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 (and a silent retreat!) once in their life!
For yoga enthusiasts (even if your end goal isn’t to actually teach!), it is possible to take a yoga teacher training and become a yoga instructor in just a few weeks, anywhere in the world.
But 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? How do I choose from a catalogue of yoga instructor course as large as the yoga methods that exist on the planet? Should I take a 200 hour yoga teacher training or longer? Here’s some YTT course wisdom I’ve gathered over my years of training and researching.
Where to do a Yoga Teacher Training
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 receive my certification in the birthplace of yoga: India.
The most popular destinations for an intensive yoga teacher training 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.
Yoga Certification in India
In Goa, India
Yoga Teacher Training in Kranti Yoga are available from November until May. Set on one of the best beaches of Goa in the beautiful little town of Patnem where I was just for the second time around recently, Kranti would be my selection of choice if I had to do it all again. And I actually might! Imagine practising 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. Some of the options here include a 29 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!
In Rishikesh, India
Another popular destination for a yoga certification course and all things spiritual and meditation is Rishikesh. The yoga teacher training here is open to all levels: the only prerequisite is that you have an open mind and an appetite for learning. A typical day at Vinyasa Yoga School comprises of morning tea, mantra, chanting and meditation, yoga class, pranayama, more meditation, breakfast, philosophy and yoga therapy, lunch, anatomy and physiology, more yoga, more meditation, and finally dinner. This is repeated six days per week, with Sunday being dedicated to resting and relaxation. Before you freak out, this is a pretty typical yoga teacher training schedule, and you will grow to absolutely love it. YTT at Vinyasa Yoga School are available year-round and in 200-hour, 300-hour and 500-hour.
Yoga Certification in Bali
In Denpasar, Bali
Parahita Alam Bali offers a 25-day teacher training between February and December. The style of teaching you’ll learn here is Hatha and Vinyasa and is geared towards beginner to intermediate practitioners. This 200 hour yoga teacher training on the magical island of Bali includes your usual curriculum in an intimate setting of maximum 20 students, as well as beautiful beaches, healthy food, cosy accommodation, and 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.
In Ubud, Bali
Available from March until November, Inner Yoga Training is a 24 Days 200-Hour Vinyasa and Yin Yoga teacher training 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, 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 retreats, do check out my recommendations for Bali yoga retreats.
Yoga Certification in the USA
In Hawaii, USA
If you’re in the “must do yoga teacher training near me” clan and are US-based (I know there are a lot of you guys reading, hi, love you!), you can go to Hawaii and feel miles away from home. Well, you might actually be! Asides from being on Big Island Hawaii 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. 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.
In Florida, USA
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 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.
Yoga Certification in 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 at One Yoga 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. 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.
Yoga Certification in Costa Rica
Last but definitely not least, Costa Rica is yet another dreamy place to get away from the hustle and bustle and reconnect with yourself. Soma Yoga Institute offers an18 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 of 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.
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