Yoga Alliance Certification – Everything you need to know

What is Yoga-Alliance?

Yoga Alliance (YA) is a US – based nonprofit organization for setting international yoga-certification standards. The registry provides voluntary credentials to yoga-schools and yoga-teachers worldwide. In order to be accredited, a school or teacher needs to comply with standards (e.g. teaching experience), that are provided by them. According to the organization, they currently have an international network of over 90,000 Yoga-Teachers and 6,000 yoga-schools that makes them a popular credentialing system worldwide.

What does Yoga-Alliance offer?

YA is a directory that offers credentials for yoga-teachers and yoga-schools offering yoga-teacher-trainings (YTT). The organization submits internationally recognized trademarks, which are ‘Registered-Yoga-Teacher’ (RYT®), ‘Registered-Yoga-School’ (RYS®) and Yoga-Alliance Continuing Education Providers (YACEP ®). The designations show that teachers and schools meet Yoga Alliances’ requirements. As stated on their website:

  • provides education about safe and high quality of yoga.
  • gives guidelines of appropriate activities for professional instructors.
  • spreads integrity and diversity of teaching yoga.
  • organizes online workshops and publications.
  • builds a worldwide community.
  • educates about yoga history, standards, lineages and traditions.

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Referring to YAs’ About Page, the idea of building an organization that provides national standards for yoga-teachers and yoga-schools was made in the US back in 1997. First run as a more voluntary registry to certify schools and teachers, it soon became popular having more and more people requiring standardized certification with the implementation of online registration in 2010.

Since 2016, Yoga Alliance also certificates practitioners who have done continuing education: Yoga-Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP ®).

Which accreditation programs does YA have?

A broad variety of credentials are offered depending on the experience and amount of time that a school or teacher has spent with their training, teaching and business. However, YA does not offer a direct certification of a teacher, but an internationally accessible listing in their registry.

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1. Registered-Yoga-Teacher (RYT) Certifications

The RYT-certifications require that teachers need to comply with the following prerequisites in order to be certified as a Registered-Yoga-Teacher (RYT). Yoga Alliance does not hand out direct certifications with teachers. They need to complete their trainings with a registered yoga-school to then register with them. Find more infos about certification for teachers here.

RYT-200: A teacher has completed a 200-hr training with a Registered-Yoga-School (RYS) and signed up with YA.

RYT-500: A teacher has completed a 500-hr training with a Registered-Yoga-School (RYS) and signed up with YA.

E-RYT 200: A teacher has completed a 200-hr training with a Registered-Yoga-School (RYS), has signed up with YA and has completed 1,000 hours and two years of teaching.

E-RYT 500:A teacher has completed a 500-hr training with a Registered-Yoga-School (RYS), has signed up with YA and has completed 2,000 hours and four years of teaching.

2. Registered-Yoga-School (RYS)

The RYS (Registered-Yoga-School) credentials are dedicated to yoga-schools that offer Yoga-Teacher-Trainings (YTT). The schools’ curriculum needs to comply with certain standards provided by YA in order to be eligible to apply for a registration. Find out more about certification for schools here.

Subjects of training need to contain the ‘five Educational Categories’ that are provided to the school by Yoga Alliance. Those categories are 1. techniques, training and practice, 2. teaching methodology, 3. anatomy and physiology, 4. yoga-philosophy, lifestyle and ethics, 5. practicum. Content of the training also needs to be taught in a previously defined amount of hours in order to meet the organizations’ requirements.

RYS 200: Lead trainers can be either E-RYT 200 or E-RYT 500 and need to have 65 contact hours. The school has to offer a minimum number of 200 hours covering above categories.

RYS 300: The school has to offer the foundational RYS 200 training as well in order to offer their advanced 300 hour trainings. The school also has to offer a minimum number of 300 hours covering above categories. Lead trainers need to be E-RYT 500 certified and have 135 contact hours.

RYS 500: Lead trainers need to be E-RYT 500 certified and have 200 contact hours. The required 500 hours of training need to cover the five educational categories mentioned above. The schools may offer their 500 hour training in two segments (200 hours and 300 hours).

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Where should you get your certification?

What often leads to confusion is a widespread uncertainty about the naming itself. As there are a few organizations out there with their name Yoga-Alliance in it, a lot of ongoing students feel very uncertain about this topic and start asking themselves which is the ‘original accreditation’ that a school or teacher would need to have. For example, when you Google ‘Yoga Alliance’, there are several organizations showing up in the first search results. Besides the official website yogaalliance.org itself, there is Yoga Alliance International from Australia, Yoga-Alliance-International from India (YAI), and Yoga-Alliance-Professionals (YAP) from the UK, just to name a few.

  • Whereas Yoga Alliance only accredits international yoga-teachers who have been certified by a RYS, Yoga Alliance Professionals has a different set of  standards and everyone can apply to be listed on their registry – if they have passed a course that meets their standards.
  • At first sight, Yoga Alliance International from Australia looks very similar to YA. Teachers and schools must comply to their guidelines and requirements in order to be credited as Registered-Yoga-Teacher (RYT) or  Registered-Yoga-School (RYS). This system on the same hand hardly differ from the credentialing system that is offered by YA.
  • Yoga Alliance International from India (YAI) claims to be an international network of yoga-teachers and school that every school or teacher can register with. With a set of different standards and Code of Practices, YAI offers of ethical and behavioral guidelines that registered yoga-schools and teachers need to comply with.

On their website, Yoga Alliance aims to making very clear that it is not associated with one of those organizations.

Pros and Cons of Yoga-Alliance-Certifications

With the growing popularity of yoga-teacher-trainings and yoga-education programs all around the world, request for standardized certification has dramatically increased in recent years.

To make your own decision on whether you want to register with YA as a yoga-teacher, it might help to know about the benefits and drawbacks of joining a yoga-certification program with them.

The benefits of Yoga Alliance Certification

  • YA currently is the main and most popular yoga-certification program worldwide.
  • There is an international recognition of YA credentials. This shows that you have met certain standards of yoga-training with a registered yoga-school.
  • As a result, you will gain trust from other students as a certified yoga-teacher or yoga-school.
  • You might also receive a higher amount of requests as a registered yoga-schools or yoga-teacher.
  • The online RYT and RYS directory will list you as a yoga-teacher or yoga-school so you will get your name out there.
  • There are some good membership discounts with partnered yoga-brands.
  • Nowadays, a 200 or  500-RYT certification often is a prerequisite to teach at other yoga-studios or schools.

The downside of Yoga Alliance Certification

  • To receive a certification with YA, there is a registration fee and a yearly membership fee to pay. Current prices for teachers are listed here.
  • Some critical voices say that being certified with any kind of yoga-registration or organization does not necessarily improve quality of teaching or training by the school, and that examination on following the guidelines could be improved by YA.
  • Some people also chose not to become certified with YA as registration is not compulsory. Consequently, this means you can still teach yoga as a school or teacher without being certified with them.

Read on our FAQs to learn more about accreditation with yoga alliance.

Your choice – being accredited or not being accredited with Yoga-Alliance

Yoga-Alliance-certification certainly adds on value for a few reasons, but if you are listed in their directory, you are getting your name out there as a teacher or school. This will lead to increased numbers of requests. Having a certification as a RYT or RYS means you are following their guidelines and comply with certain standards. Having an accreditation with such a popular and well-known organization like YA will certainly also lead to increased trust and recognition from others.

Nevertheless, membership is mandatory and having to pay their registration fee and yearly membership fees might also scare some people off to register with YA. If you are good in what you’re doing, have the expertise and offer a high-level of teaching, it will be absolutely possible to become a well-recognized teacher or school without being accredited with THEM.

Ready to take the plunge and start a yoga-teacher-training? We are a RYS 200 Registered-Yoga-School offering 200-hr Vinyasa & Yin Yoga-Teacher-Trainings in beautiful Bali. See our upcoming courses.

Yoga Teacher Training Bali: How I chose my training to become a certified yoga teacher

Guest Post by Inner Yoga Student Pedro Bastos-Lisbon

10 years from now on, I am practicing yoga.

I didn’t do it that regularly as I would have liked in the past, but every time I am joining a class, I am feeling great and peaceful!

Before becoming a yoga teacher: Working in the corporate world

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I used to work in the corporate world but for this past year, nothing had happened in my career: no Job, no new opportunities, no nothing.

After spending some time in Bali in 2017 and after joining a yoga class on the island, there was something shifting inside of me. I told myself: If, in one year from now on, I don’t get any job that I am passionate about, I will invest in myself, pursuit my dream and do my Yoga Teacher Training.

Starting something new can be slightly nerve-racking. And for myself, choosing a Yoga Teaching Training is a big challenge as it triggers my fears. My corporate job has been working with international companies and sales for a long time, and all of a sudden, I was dealing with a whole new idea on doing something completely different.

Find out here if you’re ready for a yoga teacher training

So what did I do to come closer to my dream of teaching yoga

Simply, my first step was to ask Google. One day I sat down and typed in: “yoga+teacher+training”. What happened? More than 1000 search results showed up. Kind of overwhelming for someone who wants to find THE ONE Yoga Teacher Training, right? Everyone now seems to be offering a yoga training programs these days. So I had to narrow my search request down somehow. I asked myself: “which place in the world did I practice yoga that had given me that feeling of being at ease? Of being in a flow?

My immediate answer was: BALI.

Why I chose Bali as a destination for my Yoga Teacher Training

First I fell in love with Bali back in 2007. This was my first visit to this tropical island. On top of that, Bali Is one of the best destinations in the world for yoga enthusiasts like me. Also known as ‘the Island of the gods’, with its iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs, it is a spiritual haven for people from all walks of life.

After I was sure that it needs to be Bali where I am embracing that spiritual journey of becoming a yoga teacher, there was the next challenge I felt a bit anxious about: How to find the best spot to make the training? There are so many great places in Bali: Canggu, Ubud, Sanur, Gianyar, just to name a few.

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The criteria that I based my decision on to complete my Yoga Teacher Training in Bali

After reading a whole bunch of reviews, I decided to make a list of all places, giving them a note and rating them on the following criteria: price, food, accommodation, teachers, comfort, views, and last but not least: response time to my emails.

Read on: What to expect in a yoga teacher training. 

From the list I made with all the yoga schools, Inner Yoga Training fulfilled all those criteria. this is why I finally made the decision to do my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Inner Yoga Training: I was seeing myself practicing yoga in the outdoor shala overlooking the rice paddies. I was dreaming of moving and flowing with the sound of tropical birds. And then, relaxing deeply in Savasana with the rhythm of my own breath. Nothing else.

I can’t wait that this spiritual sanctuary is providing an environment to help me truly connect with myself. To develop a new chapter in the story of my life!

Have you already decided to join a YTT? Check out our yoga teacher training packing list. 

Pedro Bastos-Lisbon is a 200 hr Vinyasa Yin YTT graduate. He did his teacher training with Inner Yoga Training in february 2019 in Ubud, Bali. Get in touch for more infos about our upcoming Yoga Teacher Training programs.

The ultimate Yoga Teacher Training Packing List

You are just about to leave your home for joining a yoga teacher training. But now you’re asking yourself what to pack? Well, let’s say a yoga teacher training probably won’t require you to pack heavy loads of trekking shoes, pullovers, camping gear or similar. Usually, you don’t even need as many things as you might expect. Many yoga teacher trainings take place in tropical places such as Bali, Costa Rica or Thailand so you are good to go with light clothes. Yet, there are a few things that are worth to take into account when preparing for your journey to become a yoga teacher. Here is a yoga teacher training packing list with some of my favorite gadgets.

1. Yoga Mat (it doesn’t need to be the newest one)

Nowadays, most teacher trainings provide yoga mats, blankets and probs. But not always do those mats have the best quality. Plus, you might want to bring your own mat because you prefer practicing on your personal mat (and you don’t need to think about whose sweaty feet have stepped onto the mat before). If you are traveling long-term, we recommend using a travel yoga mat which is light-weight and foldable so it easily fits into your luggage.

Travel yoga mats we recommend:

2. Journal

You will be writing down a lot. On the one hand you will need many white pages to write down notes that you take during your classes. But you will also need some space for personal notes and thoughts that you want to write down during the day. So, bring at least one notebook to write down your month during the yoga teacher training.

3. Pack a Sarong

We also highly recommend to bring a Sarong. Many yoga teacher trainings are being held in countries like India or Bali, where it is obligatory to wear a sarong when entering a cultural site for religious reasons. Apart from this, a sarong can be used for multiple purposes: like as a light blanket, as a cover in the evening or as a dress at the beach.

4. Bring enough Yoga wear

Definitely pack some good yoga wear. For the ladies, especially in tropical countries, you will need more than just one yoga top. I struggled for a long time to find the right yoga clothes for me that really fit, which are ethically made, have a good quality material and look great at the same time.

Check out those online shops to find your perfect yoga wear.

5. Magnesium

Magnesium is great to help your body reset after a long and sweaty yoga class in the morning. It nourishes your body with the essential mineral, that is needed to maintain a good nerve and muscle function as well as to rebuild and grow tired muscles and tissue. We recommend finding a magnesium supplement that comes with as little additives as possible to not unnecessarily stress your body.

6. Bring a Water Bottle

Bring your own water bottle. In my opinion, it is way better (and cheaper) to refill your own re-usable bottle than using plastic bottles which need to be bought over and over again. Drinking water is often provided for free at a yoga teacher training. Also, it is not recommended to bring glasses or cups to the yoga shala to avoid injuries through broken pieces of glass.

 

7. Yoga Mat Spray

Also, I suggest to bring a yoga mat spray with you. According to the practice of saucha (cleanliness), which is an essential part of a yogic practice, it is recommended to have a clean space and thus having a clean mat to practice on. Yoga mat spray can often be found in organic stores where it is made with natural ingredients. So it doesn’t harm the environment nor your body.

Read more about Saucha in our previous post

 

8. Your personal Accessories

I see many students bringing a personal belonging to their class – like a talisman, a small crystal, a jewelry or a Mala. Place it next to your mat, make a wish or dedicate your practice to it – it is just a nice little habit.

 

Share with us your packing list suggestions in the comments below.

Take your yoga practice to a deeper level and increase the benefits of yoga in your life by joining our 22-day, 200-hour Vinyasa Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Bali. Apply now to take you practice to the next level and awaken to your innermost self. 

6 unforgettable Things to do in Bali off the beaten Path

I fell in love with Bali when I first came here in 2016. I cannot even describe why, but deep in my heart I knew that I had to stay here for a while.

First I was curious to see all the beautiful places I saw from pictures on Instagram, travel magazines and different blogs. I went to Pura Tanah Lot, to Uluwatu, to the beaches in the south, and visited the touristic sights in Ubud.

But soon I was curious to discover more. I wanted to see what was behind all those famous spots that everybody knew. I wasn’t up to rush through all the touristy photo spots anymore. Instead, I was curious to feel the island and absorb it’s vibes with all my senses. My goal was to discover Bali on my own, to see the hidden gems of Bali off the beaten path.

So here I listed a few of my top things to do in Bali beyond of what most first-time visitors would do.

Want to know the best places to eat, shop and discover Ubud, then our Bali Guide could be interesting for you.

1. Get a Motorbike and discover Bali at your own Pace

First thing I recommend is hiring a motorbike. If you’re not comfortable riding a scooter, hiring a driver is also fine. Both has its pros and cons, but riding your own bike gives you a bit more freedom.

When I first came to Bali, I had no clue that literally everyone is driving a scooter here. So I jumped into the deep end and hired a scooter without knowing how to drive one. I had a friend who told me the basics and that was it – one hour later I found myself driving on the busy streets in Canggu, with a pumping heart, sweaty hands and total excitement. As I made it as a total beginner, I’m sure you can do it, too.

Since then, driving by scooter in Bali truly is a thing which I love. When feeling the wind in my hair while driving along the rice paddies, this symbolizes freedom for me.

2. Trip to breathtaking Sekumpul Waterfalls

According to the travel blog Wandersanwarriors, Sekumpul waterfall is known as one of the best waterfalls in Bali. When I went here during one of my first trips to Bali, it was already late in the afternoon. I was lucky as there were only a few people left and they were about to leave. So as we arrived at the waterfall, we had the whole place just for ourselves.

Sekumpul waterfalls are located in Bedugul area north of Bali. To get there, I recommend getting a driver or driving on your own by scooter. Once getting to the parking lot, you’ll be greeted by a few tour guides asking you to accompany you along the way to the falls. But doing the hike on your own is totally fine and easy to find as the path is well marked. You can also buy drinks and snacks along the way in case you’re getting thirsty or hungry.

The way down to the falls is a bit adventurous: most of the walk consists of steep stairs guiding you down into the valley. The hike takes around 30 minutes down and 40 minutes up but the effort is totally worth it. The view is breathtaking and the waterfalls are stunning!

3. Do a holy Water cleanse at Pura Tirta Empul

Pura Tirta Empul is a temple complex of holy mountain water in central Bali north of Ubud. The heart of Pura Tirta Empul is made of a pool offering 13 spouts for purification baths. The spouts bear holy water to purify your body, mind and soul. The ritual is as follows: Step into the pool and stop at each fountain, folding your hands into prayer and bow under the water. Then, catch the water with your hands and pour it over your head and to your forehead while silently repeating the mantra ‘OM’ three times to yourself.

Extra tip

Dress respectfully, bring a sarong and arrive in the early morning hours to escape the crowds. Skip the last two spouts as they are meant to purification purposes in funeral rites.

Further reading: Is Bali the right Place for your Yoga Journey?

4. Visit mystic Sangeh Monkey Forest North of Ubud

If you ever heard about Monkey Forest in Bali, most people refer to the sacred monkey forest in Ubud. Yes, this well known forest right in the heart of Ubud is full of monkeys, but it is also a typical tourist spot – almost every foreigner visits this place when coming to Ubud. If you’re keen on escaping the crowds, hop on your motorbike or get a driver to Sangeh Monkey Forest north of Ubud.

The Sangeh botanical garden stretches along 13 ha of forest reserve, hosting temples, century-old nutmeg trees, wildlife and hundreds of monkeys. This place feels sacred and peaceful. You will see a few people in the park but not many. This monkey forest is not really known amongst foreigners but at least as worth seeing compared to Ubud monkey forest.

5. Eat Nasi Campur in a local Warung

No trip to Bali is complete without eating Nasi Campur in a local warung. It is the perfect way to connect with locals and taste the flavors of Indonesia. To find a warung, just look for one of the small food vendors located all along the side of the roads.

Nasi Campur (Indonesian: mixed rice) is a local dish of rice accompanied by small portions of other dishes. Including various meats, vegetables, eggs, nuts and sambal.

Many warungs offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian options where you can choose from such as green vegetables, coconut curry, eggplant, pulled jackfruit, shredded coconut, spicy sambal and roasted peanuts. The combination of flavors is making the dish so rich in taste: it tastes salty, sweet, spicy and incredibly delicious!

Extra Tip

Ask for tempeh, a fermented soy bean originated from Indonesia. Contrary to tofu, tempeh is made of whole soy beans, which are being compressed and fermented. But watch out: the taste of tempeh can be addictive!

Feel like visiting the beautiful island of Bali and discover more? Connect it with our unique 200hr Vinyasa Yin Yoga Teacher Training and deepen your practice at our beautiful resort surrounded by tropical jungles, rice-fields, rolling hills and temples.

If you visit one of the above places, I am curious to know how you liked them. And if you’re a Bali fan like me, let me know your favorite spots off the beaten path in the comments below. 

What to expect in a Beginner Yoga Teacher Training

It’s almost midnight and it just occurred to you that you’ve been researching beginner yoga teacher training courses for the past three hours. We’ve all been here. Maybe you’re even hitting that stage of doubt … questioning whether this is really something you should launch yourself into.

Maybe you’re asking yourself, “Do I have enough years of yoga practice under my belt to enroll in a teacher training?” or “ Am I supposed to want to teach after this? If I don’t, is it a waste of money?”

 

Stop. Right. There.

 

Here’s a better question for you: “Do I want to take quality time to invest in myself and find the true meaning behind living and not existing?”

If your answer to this question is YES , then rid yourself of the doubt, fear, uncertainty and hit send on the deposit button.

Now, what can you expect? Read on:

The TOP 5 Takeaways from a Beginner Yoga Teacher Training

1. Meet Like-Minded People

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Joining a beginner yoga teacher training is like signing up to spend time with strangers who have the same goals and interest as you in respects to yoga. Those in pursuit of a yogic life see yoga as a way to attain a happy, selfless, introspective, and balanced lifestyle.

The experience of completing a training with strangers often reveals a sense of healthy vulnerability and an opportunity to open yourself up to learning new ideas, perspectives and ways of living.

Read what others say about our trainings. 

2. Sweat

Learning inversions in yoga teacher training

If you are wondering if it be physically demanding, the answer is yes. Yoga teacher trainings are intensive for a reason. Expect to practice twice daily, sometimes even three times. Your practice will be instrumental in the development of your yoga teaching capabilities, as well as your deep dive into meditation practice.

3. Go Inward

Aspiring yoga teachers

If you come out of a YTT the same person as you entered into it, you missed something significant. Allowing yourself to be open to some rather uncomfortable practices that may simply be foreign to you, and then sharing your experiences amongst your group will, without question, bring about great change.

Some of the most powerful moments might happen after completing an asana practice, but it also may happen after you chant a mantra in sanskrit, or after surrendering into a mediation … it’s these moments compiled together after a month of training that yield positive results in the makeup of who you are walking out of your YTT.

4. Breakdown

Beginner Yoga Teacher Training & Meditation

Around week three, my trainer always said to be mindful of those who are facing their challenges, their struggles, and allowing emotions to surface. Many, if not most people in a YTT might hit a point in the training that gives way to an emotional release.

Often times, asanas we exercise evoke feelings, emotions, or memories. In yoga practice, you will be taught the importance of allowing these feelings or fleeing thoughts to come, to acknowledge them, and then release them. This can and often will lead to that moment of extreme clarity, which might feel like a breakdown.

5. Alive & Enlightened

Yoga benefits body, mind and soul

Completing 200 hours of training is no easy feat. Yes, you will leave feeling physically stronger, but you will also feel mentally stronger. To gain mental strength is to gain knowledge, perspective, and self-compassion. Yoga is the doorway to just this.

People say that knowledge is power, and it is true. There is a joy and an awakening when you invest your time into learning how to live a more yogic life. You will be more present, you will be more kind to yourself & to others, and most importantly, you will have the tools to carry you throughout life about how to choose happiness.

Go ahead and click this link in order to know what to expect in a beginner yoga teacher training. Also read about Inner Yoga Training’s approach, what they offer and which values they live by.

This post was written by Laura Orland. Laura did her 200 hr Vinyasa Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Inner Yoga Training in May 2018. She is a journalist and yoga teacher.

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Am I ready for a Yoga Teacher Training?

There is a silent doubt within many of us who want to take their yoga practice to the next level: It is the question whether to be ready or not for a yoga teacher training.

If you came this far to ask yourself this question, you probably already have a passion for yoga and enjoy the benefits that come along with it. You’re curious to learn more about yoga and want to deepen your practice.

Does your interest result from a deep desire to reconnect with yourself? To bring your body, mind, and soul into balance? Here is the answer…

Yoga Teacher Training – Yes or No?

To get back to your question: there is no clear yes or no if it is the right time for you to attend a yoga teacher training.

Everyone is at a different stage in their life. Everyone brings a different level of practice and various beliefs about themselves. Someone who is practicing yoga for a long time might have more doubts to attend a yoga teacher training just because of fear of failure or maybe a low self esteem. Whereas others with little knowledge about yoga and little experience, might have confidence and a strong will to learn more about yoga.

So, here is the thing: It is not so much about how many years of yoga you already spent practicing (of course, this also counts…). It is more about your actual mindset: are you ready to challenge yourself and do you allow yourself to grow?

Instead of doubting yourself, rather ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I want to deepen my practice and take my love for yoga to the next level?
  • Do I want to take a time off allowing myself to fully immerse into yoga?
  • Do I want to surround myself with like-minded people, who allow me to share my skills with?
  • And do I want to grow and finally share the joy of yoga with others?

If you answer one or more of the above questions with yes, a yoga teacher training can be a beautiful opportunity to step right into a new chapter of your life.

Read our FAQ’s for more answers to your questions about our 200 hr YTT. 

Benefits of doing a Yoga Teacher Training

 

1. Deepening your physical Practice

One of the most important benefits to attend a yoga teacher training without any doubt is to gain flexibility and physical well-being. Plus, you are receiving a depleted understanding of your body and your movement. You are learning from different body types, how to prevent injuries, how to be mindful with yourself and acknowledging your flexibility levels.

And most of the times in yoga, it is not about doing crazy poses being super-flexible. It is more about recognizing at which stage you are, being mindful with yourself and reconnecting your body, mind and soul.

So read what trainings are about, what approach they have, what their values are and if you are in accordance with those things.

2. Connecting with like-minded People

There lies a beauty in connecting with like-minded people. It yields a feeling of belonging and gives us a sense of home. Many people experience that at the place where they live, it is not that easy to find their tribe. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people at a place which provides the perfect environment for that, can feel amazing,

Social events bring people together that share similar values, interests and visions. And a yoga teacher training definitely is a place where you’ll find and connect with those kind of people.

Read what our students say about our trainings. 

3. Exploring and deepening your Spirituality

Ask yourself, how do you feel with spirituality? Embracing spirituality is one of the main reasons for practicing yoga. To deepen your spirituality and connect to your higher self.

Many people in western society practice yoga as a means to having a flexible and toned body. But yoga, personal growth and finding your true self just belongs together.

The spiritual side of yoga comes along with mindfulness, connecting body, mind and soul and finding to your higher self.
And although many people see yoga as a religion, it is not. You’re allowed to be of any faith or even to have no faith at all.

4. Personal and Professional Growth

As many of us think of yoga teachers as a secret society of warriors, they have very high expectations about a training. We are afraid in embracing the opportunity to stand in front of a group, to letting our own voice shine through, and to bring in their own personality into their teachings – bringing forth their own style of a yoga class.

Learning to embrace this wonderful opportunity, a yoga teacher training will gift you with the ability to develop your own teaching style. You will get the tools to give back to future students and the chance to enrich other people’s life. This is likely one of the most fulfilling things you’re about experience.

Step into this unknown space. Embrace growth. Experience your Bliss in becoming a Yoga Teacher.

 

 

Join one of our upcoming Yoga Teacher Trainings in 2019 on the beautiful Island of Bali

 

Is Bali the right place for your Yoga journey?

Imagine being surrounded by green rice fields and lush rainforest, listening to sounds of birds, bikes, and temple music. If you’re looking for yoga, healing, healthy food, nature and meeting like-minded people, then Bali has it all.

But Bali has another side, which you might be surprised about when you first come here…

The ‘Bali Vibe’: Yoga, Surf, healthy Food and tropical Rainforests

Bali is home of a lot of yoga schools and destination for spiritual seekers, healers, and creative heads. Bali is unique in its own way, and there must be a reason why the ‘island of gods’ attracts so many people. If you wonder if Bali is the right place for you, here is everything you need to know…

First Things first: The unexpected Side of Bali

First, let me tell you one thing. Bali is not always what it looks like on all the pretty Instagram pictures. It is not all about rice fields, beautiful beaches and living in harmony with nature.

On first sight, Bali is pretty much the opposite Many parts are full of tourists, trash and traffic. I met quite a lot of people who came to Bali for their first time and immediately wanted to leave again. Those people mostly stayed in the bustling beach town of Kuta or at one of the resort-shaped areas of Nusa Dua or Sanur. The people were often disappointed for above reasons.

But beyond the fact that many tourist parts in Bali are full and noisy, once you know what to expect and you can go along with that, then you’re ready for Bali. Because once you exit those touristy parts and keep an open mind for the island, Bali will feel like heaven.

Let me explain you why…

1. Balinese Culture: Spirits, Incense Sticks and Ceremonies

Balinese religion is strongly influenced by Indian Hinduism, but Balinese people developed their own particular form of hinduism over years. About 83% of residents in Bali are practicing and living this form of Hinduism.

And Bali is the only island in Indonesia which predominantly remained Hindu while muslim population is the majority in the rest of the country.

The influence that Balinese religion brings to this little islands’ life is truly noticeable with all your senses: The Balinese air is thick of cloudy incense stick scent, the sounds around you made of temple music, birds, motorbikes and crowing cocks and you can see temples, ceremonies and little offerings everywhere you go in Bali.

Like a balinese man once said to me: “When you understand the flow of energy, and the role of nature, then you can stay in Bali”. 

2. Yoga Studios and Yoga Retreats in Bali

Once in Bali you don’t have to put effort in looking for a good yoga studio or retreat. Yoga and Bali just goes together like Chocolate and Cookies and you’ll soon find yourself surrounded with many other like-minded people. Especially in the hip towns of Ubud and Canggu, the choice of yoga studios is just huge. Try these if you are around:

The Yoga Barn

The Yoga Barn in Ubud is the biggest and most famous yoga studio and they really have a lot of program and workshops there. The quality of the classes and workshops are excellent, and you can often see long queues waiting in front of the entrance for joining their famous ecstatic dance classes.
The Yoga Barn
Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud

Intuitive Flow

Intuitive Flow is a nice and good Yoga Studio further out of Ubud centre with an amazing view over the palm trees. It is slightly smaller yoga community with wonderful vibes and teachers.

Intuitive Flow
Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud

Desa Seni, A Village Resort

When in Canggu, look no further than for Desa Seni if you’re advanced and like high class teachers. Desa Seni is my absolute favorite place to practice and I know their classes are mainly filled by experienced yogis – daily headstand practices included. If you want to have fun, challenge yourself and take part in a top yoga class, don’t miss out this studio.

Desa Seni, A Village Resort
Jl. Subak Sari No. 13, Canggu

The Practice Canggu

The Practice is a hip yoga studio located in Canggu. They know what they’re doing and they do it really well – from furnishing, in-house shop, free talks and tea, workshops and gatherings to the quality of their yoga classes. The yoga shala is just amazing and I love their afternoon Yin Yoga classes. Definitely check them out.

The Practice
Jl. Batu Bolong No. 94, Canggu

3. Bali is a healthy Food Heaven

I was traveling the world before I came to Bali. I promise, I have never seen a place where there is such a high range of healthy food spots. If you’re a foodie, then Bali is the place to be. And if you’re like me and addicted to that healthy, tasty, plant-based stuff, you will be thrilled. Fresh fruits, vegan and vegetarian food and green juice choices are just endless.

Just get on your bike or bicycle, drive down the main roads of Canggu, Seminyak or Ubud, and try all those awesome cafes. I’m sure you will truly fall in love. Despite all the healthy food cafes, don’t forget to try the street food in a local warung. A warung is a small restaurant or cafe where you’ll get local food. Get some vegetarian nasi campur with tempeh here and enjoy this spicy local dish. A warung is also the place to experience real Balinese life and getting to know the locals.

If you’re up to a healthy local drink, then I can recommend you getting some Jamu. Jamu is a traditional Indonesian herbal drink made of turmeric and ginger and is valued by locals for its health benefits. You will get really good home-made Jamu at Oma Jamu in Canggu.

4. Balinese Locals: warm-hearted and welcoming

When thinking about locals in Bali, one thing immediately comes to my mind: A warm big smile. Balinese people are always smiling, polite, helpful, incredibly sweet and tolerant. Every day, Balinese people are busy with preparing offerings, praying and holding ceremonies. Although the men and women work very hard and long hours, those traditions also take up a considerable part in their daily life.

Balinese’ daily habits and ceremonies is the one thing that determines that special feeling you get when arriving in Bali: You soon catch up to the vibrance and energy of this place. Bali is never still.

Our trainings are based in Bali.  Surrounded by tropical jungles, rice-fields, rolling hills and temples, our venue was chosen for its tranquil atmosphere and rich culture. Our open-air yoga shala gives you the freedom to immerse in the beauty of Bali. Set at the bottom of the retreat nestled above the banks of the river you will enjoy beautiful rice-field and jungle views as you practice.

See how Bali really feels like and choose Bali as home for your yoga teacher training. We offer 200hr Yin Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Trainings in a beautiful resort-style retreat in Ubud, Bali. Click here for our dates and rates for our upcoming teacher trainings in 2019.