Being a yoga teacher is so rewarding, but if you’re going to go down that route, it’s best to do it right and get the proper credentials.
Yoga Alliance certification is going to look good on your resume, and put you in a better stead for finding a job as a yoga teacher and establishing scheduled classes.
If you wish to be a yoga teacher in a registered yoga school, your employer will require you to be Yoga Alliance certified.
And there are additional benefits to Yoga Alliance certification as well, such as education through yoga alliance online workshops, visibility on their popular online directory of yoga teachers and schools, special discounts on yoga products, and community engagement through social media and local meet-ups.
In this article, we’ll be briefing you on some of the best Yoga courses out there to get your coveted Yoga Alliance certification.
And without further ado, let’s get straight to it.
Soma Yoga is an impressive institution that offers both online and in-person yoga teacher training classes, through which you can obtain Yoga Alliance certification.
The in-person teacher training can take place at a range of very nice, hand selected locations, including Greece, California, Costa Rica, and Hawaii. All of these locations offer the required 200-hours of yoga teacher training to qualify you for Yoga Alliance certification.
They also offer a 300-hour course in Greece for a more comprehensive and immersive experience.
In addition, they provide online courses for Yoga Alliance certification as well, a 200-hour one, a 300-hour one, and also continuing professional development courses for yoga teachers who are already certified, but wish to enhance their skills.
You can find a syllabus of everything covered on their website, which introduces the tutors, and gives you the start dates, and they offer free information sessions, so you can find out more before you book.
Yoga Soma also has a great scholarship program for their courses, including diversity, partial support, and a work trade scholarship.
If you are interested in a science-based yoga teaching training course, then this could be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s focused on mind-body fitness, the endocrine and nervous system, and biomechanics. And it isn’t affiliated with any religion.
They boast over 23,000 graduates and have a 4.7-star rating out of 5, which is very impressive. And there’s more to their track record – over 90% of their graduates are employed in yoga and fitness teaching within 3 months of their graduation.
Their yoga teacher training classes are all online, so you don’t have to worry about booking flights, and you can study in the comfort of your own home.
The course is not just about watching videos, however – the training is live and interactive.
It’s a 6-week intensive course that runs Monday through Friday. You get real world teaching experience, written feedback every day, and a supportive peer group. There will be 3 exams at different points throughout the course.
But that’s not all – you also get guaranteed job placement assistance, a custom ecommerce web page, done-for-you marketing options, and more!
There are flexible and part-time study options available, and affordable payment plans.
This in-person yoga teacher training course in Florida is one of the more affordable ones out there, and they occasionally offer early bird discounts and the like.
Training takes place with a small group of no more than 40 students, and is taught over the course of 15 days.
It is taught by Shri Yogi Hari and is centered around Sampoorna Yoga, the Yoga of Fullness, which integrates the six main systems of Yoga, namely Hatha, Raja, Karma, Bhakti, Gyan, and Nada Yoga.
It’s suitable for both beginners and those at immediate skill levels. It covers Ayurveda, Kriya, and Hatha yoga styles.
The facilities available include a swimming pool, laundry facilities, an outdoor swimming pool, a full kitchen, air con, and free Wi-Fi.
During your stay you will be provided with accommodation, 2 fresh vegetarian meals a day, meditation sessions, religious teachings, and more.
What’s more, there will also be an excursion to Fort Lauderdale beach for sunrise meditation, yoga, and brunch.
On the website you will find a breakdown of the curriculum and a daily schedule.
How about studying in India with Paramind?
This teacher training course from the Paramanand Institute of Yoga Sciences qualifies students for Yoga Alliance certification.
It can either feature online tuition over the course of several months, or alternatively, you can train on campus over the period of 4 weeks.
They teach Traditional Yoga derived from ancient scriptures. They recommend several texts to assist in your learning, many of them by the teacher himself.
If you like the sound of going in-person to India, you will find a sample of the typical daily schedule on the website, where you can also download a syllabus.
During your stay there, you can also learn Ayurveda Cooking and Ayurvedic Massage, and purchase handy extras such as pick up from the airport.
The great thing about this particular yoga teacher training course is that the class size comes to a maximum of 12 students, which means you will get much better one-on-one help from the yogis.
And it happens to take place at Boca Raton, Florida, with its sunny skies, white sand beaches and palm trees.
It’s a very comprehensive course that covers so many aspects of yoga, including anatomy, philosophy, the art of teaching, meditation, and even yoga business.
It covers several styles of yoga, including ashtanga, vinyasa, restorative, sivananda, and hatha. And it’s suitable for everyone from beginner to advanced skill levels.
The site has excellent facilities, such as a hot tub, an outdoor swimming pool, free wi-fi, and more.
The Inner Yoga Training campus happens to be in Bali, which has become something of a mecca for top yoga teachers to complete their training.
It’s an amazing location with stunning views facing the jungle and has a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere. While there, you can experience South East Asian culture and cuisine.
While the teaching draws on old concepts from traditional yoga philosophy and Traditional Chinese Medicine, their approach is rather modern and mindful of modern lifestyle.
The teaching is based simply on the concepts of Yin Yang energy flows, and living in balance and harmony.
To achieve your Yoga Alliance certification, you will have to do their 200-hour Yin and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training.
The topics you can expect to cover include anatomy and physiology, key vinyasa poses, key yin poses, art of adjustment, voice activation, teaching methodology, practice teaching, meditation and mindfulness, traditional Chinese meditation, business and ethics, and yoga philosophy, the science behind the practice.
On their website, you will find a schedule for a typical day during the course.
If you’d prefer to go to Oregon, then this is also an attractive opportunity for your consideration. You can expect a very immersive experience.
It’s very condensed, taught over a period of just 16 days. And participants come to a maximum of 10 per group, so you can be assured of getting enough time and attention from the yogi throughout the course.
It’s suitable for everyone from beginner to advanced skill levels, and covers several styles of yoga, including yin, hatha, bikram, power, hot, restorative, and vinyasa.
You will learn the likes of pranayama, asanas, mantra, anatomy, the history of yoga, and even communication skills, demonstration, teacher qualities, and the business of yoga.
The cost of the course covers accommodation, airport and ground transfers, and there are great on-site facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool, barbeque facilities, and free wi-fi
If traveling is not for you, why not save some money and do your yoga teacher training from home online with a course like this?
It covers yoga history and philosophy, yoga anatomy, pranayama, asanas, chakra healing, meditation, understanding the body and bandhas, teaching methodology, sequencing, safety and adjustments, Sanskrit, and even the business of becoming a career yoga teacher.
There are several bonuses with this course, including 4 different certifications, 5 continuing education tools, and a staggering 12 bonus teaching tools, not to mention lifetime free advertising for graduates in their exclusive yoga directory.
It has some great teachers, and there are several payment plans to choose from, should you wish to spread the cost of the course.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about some of the best courses available for yoga teacher training that will qualify you with Yoga Alliance certification.
Whether you’d prefer to travel abroad and train in person with a yogi, or whether you’d prefer to do the whole 200 hours online, there’s a course to suit everybody. Namaste.