Obtaining your Yoga Instructor Certification is the first step into becoming a Yoga Teacher. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose the right certification for you.
What style of Yoga:
The most common types of yoga are; Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Ashtanga or even a combination of these. Choosing a specific type of yoga will help narrow down the selection of available trainings. You can also choose a multi style, or combined styles, like Vinyasa and Yin.
Where to do the certification:
You can choose to do a yoga instructor certification in your home country or travel overseas. Taking the time off from your everyday life will allow you to have an immersive experience into the world of yoga as well as discovering the culture and beauty of an exotic country. Bali is definitely an ideal destination for a yoga teacher training. The warm weather, lush nature, beautiful beaches and the kind and welcoming balinese will make you fall in love with this place instantly.
Type of certification:
Typically there are 3 types of Yoga Instructor Certification.
The first one is for a total of 200 hours, which is approximately for a duration of 3 weeks. The 200h training will cover the basic curriculum of yoga philosophy, history, anatomy, asana practice, mediation, pranayama and art of teaching. This is the entry level for anyone aspiring to become a Yoga teacher.
The second type of certification is the 300h yoga teacher training; typically 1 month long. This is only available to the students who have completed a 200h training prior to this one. The 300h training has a more in depth curriculum, which is why it is necessary to have a basic knowledge in order to successfully complete this certification.
Finally, there is also the option of a 500h yoga instructor certification. This training is the combination of 200h and 300h combined. This training is much longer, approximately 2 months long. Although the 500h yoga teacher training is the most complete, it is actually recommended to do the hours separately to allow time to teach in between and find the type of teacher you want to become.
When choosing a yoga instructor certification you want to make sure that the school and certification is recognized by Yoga Alliance.
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