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This yoga certification is where the journey starts for yoga teacher training.
Yoga Alliance along with the yoga community created the standard for the yoga certification course.
All schools are different in their approach and style but the basic curriculum requirements are the same.
Here's a quick breakdown of the certification standards.
The 200 Hour Yoga Instructor certification offers an intensive experience to expand your knowledge and practice.
All 200 hour yoga courses include the following parts for the yoga certification.
Typical areas of practice & teaching skills will be-
Asanas - Posture practice
Pranayamas - Breath & Energy
Meditation - Inner Journey
Mantras & Chanting - Internal or External
Kriyas - Internal often with breath
Communication - one to one & group dynamics
Demonstration, Assisting & Correcting
How Students Learn
Teaching Styles & Qualities
The Business of Yoga
The physical anatomy & bodily systems, applying this knowledge to yoga.
Energy body works, the study of the chakras and nadis (energy channels).
Study of traditional texts revealing yoga philosophies.
The yoga lifestyle, the concepts of dharma and karma.
Practice teaching as the lead instructor without feedback.
Observing others doing the same and sharing feedback afterwards.
There are so many different options these days.
Search out the one that speaks to your heart with a teaching philosophy you are attracted to.
What more interesting land to start your journey than India.
There are many great yoga schools and spiritual places to complete your certification.
Attend a course in the tropical rainforest bordering the coast.
Costa Rica is a mecca for international schools hosting yoga teacher trainings.
This land with its connection to spirit offers something special. The island is varied & beautiful with beaches, paddie fields, mountains and volcanoes.
With yoga schools to be found across all the country there are many courses to choose from. A great choice are the islands in the south where yoga schools on the beaches offer courses in shalas with breathtaking views & vibes.
A great destination in India with beautiful beaches, weather and yogi community.
Most of the yoga community agree that about a year is the right time although there is no correct answer here.
200 hour Yoga Courses generally ask for 6 months minimum, sometimes a year.
When it comes to your first 200 hour intensive training, a course that focuses on the style that you are most comfortable with makes sense.
Use your time to try out different yoga styles and teachers so you know what you are looking for in your 200 hour yoga course.
Yoga Alliance has set a standard 200 hour course that needs to be met by registered yoga schools.
Your attendance on the course and involvement in the practical assessments completes your 200 hour yoga certification.
Most intensive yoga trainings take place over one month.
Each day the classes start early and go on until early evening. With rest breaks and lunch.
One day off a week for relaxing and to contemplate the course so far and the week's progress.
Your practice and understanding will grow week by week.
The experience is an opportunity for transformation in so many ways.
There is a whole range of pricing but the average worldwide is between 2,000-3,000US.
It can differ by country, season and venue.
Most trainings cost a similar amount across the world.
There will nearly always be a suitable course if you search well.
Here we list all the best yoga teacher training courses on offer so you should be able to find the one that suits the yoga style,
philosophy and the budget you have. We do have cheap yoga teacher training under 1000US.
India is the place to find a cheap & affordable yoga teacher training.
There are many yoga courses under 1500US here and some under 1000US.
To help you find an affordable course, browse through all our
Completing your yoga certification on Koh Phangan is something like a fantasy.
The island is small, mountainous and extremely beautiful. A tropical paradise set in the Gulf of Thailand.
The protected bays around it's shore are lapped by turquoise water and bordered by palm trees.
A lot of the island is still quite untouched and reminiscent of 'old thailand'.
You can still rent a hut on the beach here and be woken by the soft waves in the bay. It really is a tropical fantasy world and so has become a hub for yogis and the yoga teacher training experience.
The yoga course venues are just awesome. Some centers and yoga schools are in bays, with the yoga shala on the beach.
Others are in secluded spots surrounded by lush jungle. The island is one big rainforest.
People flock here every year to unwind, enjoy the vibe and do some serious yoga training.
It's amazing how an awesome environment like this helps with the yogic lifestyle. Without distractions you can delve deeper into your practice and understanding. And it helps with the focus and commitment that a yoga certification course demands.
Literally you can get lost here, leaving the 'Western' 'work' 'rat race' behind.
And just immerse yourself in the most awesome yoga teacher training course of your desire.
And it doesn't have to stop here. There are beautiful neighbouring islands offering just as many yogi hangouts.
And because its been a yoga retreat trail for so long the services around on the islands are great.
Health food, alternative therapies, detox centers, a number of different ways you can add to your stay. With the food in Thailand you often don't need to chase health food, the delicious vegetarian curries and dishes are so satisfying.
Attending a Yoga Teacher Training here is quite popular and the great thing is that they can be quite affordable.
The schools have been around for some time so run established and well organised programs.
They are a mix of yoga schools based at the actual centres themselves on Koh Phangan. And also visiting international schools who bring their team to run intensive training retreats.
You can read all about their different courses, content and philosophy here.
And they really can be affordable. Quite a few courses are under USD2000.
The answer is yes. All the centers that offer intensive teacher training courses and the visiting schools have yoga alliance accreditation and will provide you with your certification.
Yovada only represents trusted and reputable schools with accreditation so if the course is on this website then everything is OK.
A minimum of 20 days usually and often a month, which matches the time on a visitor visa to Thailand.
So if you do not want to extend your visa whilst you are there the time period is perfect. Most yogis hang around, its such a beautiful place it is hard not to hang out there for a while.
Especially after the experience of completing a yoga teacher training for a month.
You will have earnt the right to chill out for some time.
If you are OK with rains then any time of year. The rains come and go and the yoga courses still go on.
The island can be quite wet during monsoon so if you want to be assured of good weather and not too humid yet then January to April are best.
When the yoga training that you really want to attend is taking place will probably beat the weather though.