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Discover the Very Best Yoga Teacher Training Retreats and Yoga Certifications

If you feel the desire to deepen your practice & understanding and to become a yoga teacher then you are sure ready to start this journey.

A yoga course will reveal to you the philosophy of yoga and give you more practical experience to go on to further deepen your knowledge & practice.

Yoga teacher training intensive retreats have grown in numbers and popularity.

But how to choose which yoga training course is right for you?

What to consider when choosing a yoga teacher training
1. Where to go - Yoga Teacher Training Abroad and at Home

There are so many beautiful places around the world that you can complete your yoga certification.

Where do you want to go?

Possibly the best Yoga Teacher Trainings are in India, birthplace of yoga and with the holy city Rishikesh where you can truly immerse yourself in your spiritual journey.

Or maybe you would prefer the energy and freedom of the beach and the ocean's horizon.

If so check out Goa for affordable options.

One up and coming location is Sri Lanka.

Or maybe think about going somewhere completely different and off the beaten track. If you are feeling adventurous there are quite a few certification courses in Nepal.

Yoga Teacher Training Retreats in the Tropics

Undoubtedly this is a great option with so many yoga schools offering diverse yoga courses.

Consider Yoga Teacher Training in Bali, Thailand, Costa Rica or Mexico.

It doesn't stop here though, even places like Cambodia offer you great choices.

Just check the weather for the time of year so you don't hit the monsoon where you are.


Where are the other destinations for yoga teacher training?

Yoga Teacher Training Near Me in Europe

There are great courses at registered yoga schools throughout, top picks would be between Spain, Portugal or Italy.

And then there are some interesting programs to discover in France and Greece too.

If you are based in Europe the ease and convenience of a short trip is hard to ignore, to a beautiful destination, inland or on the coast, to devote the time to complete your YTT. 


Or on the other side of the world in the Americas consider Guatemala.

In South America there are great trainings in Peru and Ecuador.



Yoga Instructor Certification Near Me in USA

If you are based in the States and would like to stay home then review the reputable schools available and 'near me' for your convenience.

Think about Florida for it's warm weather, cool lifestyle and varied choices available to you. Or maybe Hawaii, what an awesome place to explore and discover more about yourself, the land, culture, and your yoga.


2. The curriculum

Yoga Alliance with the yoga community has set a standard curriculum for learning how to start teaching yoga.

The content includes yoga classes covering the topics below, yoga practice and practice teaching with yoga instructors.

The main content areas are as follows

  • yoga traditions, the lineage and history of yoga
  • yoga philosophy
  • yoga poses & postures (asanas)
  • pranayama & meditation
  • yoga anatomy and learning the body energy works
  • teaching methodologies where you discover your inner teaching voice & philosophy

The content of the modules change depending on the course and style.

Search for the course and style that you are most comfortable with.

Research the yoga school, lead trainers, teaching practices and graduate reviews.

If you are able to you could attend their yoga classes first.

What isn't in the curriculum?

Dropping your ego, being vulnerable, every piece of your baggage is important to the process, leading you to grow and develop off the mat and your heart opening in ways you didn't expect; and finding out that Yoga isn't actually about the physical practice ... it really truly is a personal development experience of a lifetime.

3. The Yoga Styles to choose from

Search for the course that touches your heart and the yoga style that you are comfortable with.

With its sequence of asanas Ashtanga is physically demanding producing internal heat.
Ideal for building core strength and preparation for even more dynamic practice.

With asanas and pranayama focus Hatha Yoga encompasses most yoga styles.
Offers a slower pace that can be a good introduction to yoga.

Vinyasa may well be the most popular yoga style in the West.
By moving from one posture to the next using breath it creates the 'flow' it is so well known for.

4. Yoga Instructor Certification

Yoga Alliance has a standard for yoga trainings and furthering your education as a yoga teacher.
Deepen your practice and further your knowledge & understanding with these yoga certifications.

This is the standard intensive course everybody starts with to attain their first level of certification.

The yoga school and course will need to meet the Yoga Alliance standard.

It doesn't mean they are all the same though.

Find the course that matches the classes, content, and yoga teaching & experience you are looking for.

Furthering education after your 200 hour course these 300 hour programs give you the opportunity to go deeper into your practice and the philosophy of yoga.

By completing the 300 Hour course certification you are eligible to be a RYT 500 registered yoga teacher which is the highest qualification as a yoga teacher.

Advanced education for yoga instructors looking to deepen their knowledge and foundation.

This can be an option if you wish to complete both levels of certification at one time, combining the 200 and 300 hours.

What else do you need to know?
Are the schools registered?

Every course listed here is Yoga Alliance certified. That means the school is registered and meets the requirements to provide you with your teaching certification.

What's included?

The majority of intensive courses are 20 days to one month long.

Most schools have different accommodation options in their pricing. 

This will generally include two meals a day, the course training and materials,

aswell as the all important yoga teacher certification at the end.

What are the requirements to attend?

Most Yoga Alliance accredited schools ask for a minimum period of practice, at least 6 months or a year. 

For yourself if you are committed to going deeper into your practice, growing and expanding your knowledge then your desire is the only requirement.

What's the schedule like on a one month intensive yoga training?

A typical schedule starts at dawn and ends at dusk with a well earnt big break in the middle.

Its normal that there is one day off a week to stop and play.

Your practice, knowledge and flexibility will grow week by week.

We refer to these yoga courses as intensive because that's exactly what they are.

Aswell as the classes and learning to teach yoga, there is a considerable amount of study so your evenings after each day's practice will be mostly spent reading and learning.

Commonly asked Questions
1. Am I ready?

If you have a desire to go deeper into your practice and expand and grow then a life changing experience awaits you.

2. How much experience is necessary?

Most of the yoga community agree that about a year is the right time although there is no correct answer here. Experimenting with different styles and teachers at the start can help. When it comes to selecting your first yoga teacher training, a program that focuses on the style that you are most comfortable with makes sense.

3. Do costs differ by destination for YTT?

Yes, the costs do vary by country.

India & Thailand have many affordable courses, Bali & Costa Rica can be more expensive as the locations themselves cost more to visit.

Generally expect to pay 2000 USD upwards for an intensive course that includes accommodation and food except you may be able to find cheaper options in India.

Goa could be one good option for you to consider with many schools dotted along the different village beaches and you get the added benefit of the large yogi community, therapists and practitioners that swarm to Goa every year outside of the monsoon season.

So maybe check out what we have there, which are the very best yoga teacher training in Goa, India.


Luxury Yoga Teacher Training

Not to be confused with luxury retreat holidays, if you would prefer luxurious accommodation, comforts and first class facilities at your venue, then you can always search by price descending on our website here to look at the very best Luxury Teacher Trainings available to you.

Most of these are in Bali (Hot tip - Yoga Teacher Training in Ubud is the go-to place for these types of courses) and Costa Rica has many good options for you. As does the USA too.

And Europe has schools and classes in different countries, cultures and landscapes.

Some even in old French Chateaus or amazingly converted farmhouses in rolling hillside country.

When are you planning this life changing trip?

Above in search you can find all the yoga courses by month of the year if you know when you will have time already.

Training Courses By Month of the year 2020

In each month search link above you can sort the courses to find what suits you quickly.
You can sort them by location, style, certification type, duration and price.
Each training has a detailed page with information about the curriculum, schedule, philosophy, instructors, lead trainers, location, accommodation & food.
There are reviews by recent graduates for you to gather more insight.
Ask partners questions by sending an inquiry - they are always happy to help here.



So what are the other possible locations, and at what time of year?


At the start of the year, December to March, you could consider Australasia (but not Bali, as it's rainy then) - possibly New Zealand, Australia, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.


At the same time of year South America is active with good weather and many travelers, in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador.

And of course this is also high season in Costa Rica and Mexico, two of the most favorite hotspots for teacher trainings worldwide.


If you would prefer to attend a course sometime between Spring, Summer and Autumn (April to September) in the Norther Hemisphere, then this is the time that there is great weather and many yoga schools running in the US and Canada.


For the European Spring to Autumn there are quite a few choices - Portugal, Italy (Tuscany is beautiful in the Spring), Spain, France, Ireland, Germany, Greece, Austria, Croatia, and Russia.

A lot of people decide to travel just either side of the peak summer season months in Europe, that way you have more comfortable weather to enjoy and less crowds travelling to deal with.


It is at this same time, the European Summer, that Bali is in high season, with so many options for you in terms of yoga schools, course content and locations. But hey, Bali is so popular there are teacher trainings that run all year round. Just like in India and Thailand too.

It is this time of year ( April - September) that a lot of yoga courses are taking place as the weather is more favourable in so many different locations worldwide - such as Japan, South Korea, South Africa, China....and so many more, as we have outlined for you above....



The Best Yoga Teacher Training Retreats of this Year, 2020, and 2021

Here are our top-rated yoga certification courses which are all run by registered yoga schools in different parts of the world.

Now they may not all be near you but if you really want to make the change for yourself and attend one then it may take some planning to travel to where you need to be.

Sometimes life moves us and puts us exactly where we need to be and right when we need to be there.

The most popular destination for these yoga teacher trainings has to be India, with so much spirituality and different centres in different places.

Plus the certifications are cheaper and can be more authentic here in the birthplace of Yoga.

Having said that there really isn't a best place to complete your instructor certification, it all depends what program content you are looking for and is best for you, and maybe you have a desire to travel to a specific location.

If so just check out all the content, pictures and reviews of the YTT available there.

Now here are the top-rated picks of 2020 and 2021 for you to browse and consider

Where can I find a cheap school

Trainings range in price based on their length, location and accommodation types.

The intensive retreats which generally last for a month mostly cost around the same which is between 2,000 to 3,000US. The cost can be higher than this depending.

You are on the best booking website if you are looking to browse trainings with different prices and in different locations.

We list all of the best yoga teacher training courses and make it very easy to view the results so you can find the 
affordable yoga teacher training you are looking for.