By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Different hatha yoga disciplines, such as Iyengar or Bikram, require you to study under their own certified instructors. Some forms are more lenient in their training programs. The school you choose assists you on your path to becoming a yoga instructor.

You also want to see the length of each certification program. Some classes will meet on weekends only, and run six months. Others will meet nearly every day, but only last a month. Inquire at a school and find a class that fits your schedule.

Besides yoga certification, it is important to have a basic understanding of human anatomy in order to accommodate students. For example, a thoroughly trained teacher must know how to advise someone with back problems or arthritis.

Besides knowing the positions and techniques of yoga, it is a good idea to understand the philosophy. Study some of the important texts, such as the Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, to gain a deeper understanding of yoga. These works teach a prospective instructor about the philosophy of yoga.

Though there are important texts in yoga, remember that yoga is not a religion. It requires no adherence to a belief system and there are no deities. It is a discipline designed to enable self-awareness. Some teachers adhere to different religions, but they are not connected to yoga.

Becoming a yoga instructor can provide you with the lasting knowledge that you are improving the lives of your students. You will also bring yourself great joy as you learn more about advanced studies in yoga. However you decide to pursue your certification, your new career is certain to bring you much happiness.

© Copyright 2008 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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