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October 27, 2012 - 11:36 pm
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The field of job opportunities for yoga instructors around the world has recently opened up, and the many new "fusion" styles are offered to provide teachers with even more material to cover. Considering this, the question of how long it takes to become a yoga teacher is on the minds of many.

Yoga is a diverse, polyglot, multinational phenomenon, so to define standards for yoga in totality would be impossible. Within the United States, a respected resource for yoga education and support is Aura Wellness Center. They provide a basic framework for yoga teacher training, which suggests that a teacher complete 200 hours or more of training. The training should be made up of study, practice and teaching hours - spent in teaching, observation, writing, researching and other activities.

Beyond this minimum, teachers may be certified at higher levels (such as the 240, 250, 300, 320 hour yoga certifications) and in specialties, such as prenatal yoga or children's yoga. Training programs offered at various institutions for 200 hours of training last about three months.

As yoga is a spiritual practice, there is no mandate for teachers to register. Anyone studying to become an instructor may choose at any time to begin teaching. Online courses and correspondence courses of yoga training also exist, lasting as long as six months to a year or more.

If you wish to become a yoga instructor in a specialized style, such as Bikram, training is usually proprietary. Bikram teaching must be handled only through Bikram's Yoga College, which owns the trademarked name. Such training is nine weeks long and offered only at his location. Others studying traditional styles may choose to receive training in India, where many yoga schools cater to English-speaking interns. Training at a yoga center in India lasts from one to four months on average. Although the plane ticket to India may be prohibitively expensive.

Building a solid foundation in your yoga certification course and learning how to teach classes can launch you on your career path for years to come.

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One point to mention is that any instructor with minimum ambition can find teaching positions. As said in the above posts, there is much more work outside the yoga studios, but this is where teachers look first. Any activity center that serves people of any age can have a class. Kids are learning yoga in preschools, seniors are practicing in chairs at activity centers and moms are practicing in the basements of churches. The sky is the limit for opportunities.

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Thanks Julie. This is a good reminder for some of us and and education for new teachers who think that it's all about the studios.

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Your Welcome Amylandon, Hope you can share it with your fellow Yogi practitioners.

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The 200 hour standard is a good one. Many teachers have been teaching for thousands of hours, which makes the 200 hour designation a modest label at best. Yet, we had to find some kind of a label. About opportunities: Most are outside of the studios. Corporate yoga, wellness centers, spas, health clubs, teaching sports teams, preschools, senior centers, recreation centers and many more clubs have yoga classes.

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Inclusion to this, I have often talked to yoga teachers in Facebook, many of them are having opportunities to visit other countries to teach yoga, countries where yoga is still young like Japan, Singapore and Australia. One of my friends in Singapore even told me that a park near by their home is always full of Yogis, local citizens and foreigners alike.

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Julie, you are brilliant. Some teachers have classes on cruises and vacation spots around the world. Any place that is a vacation or business spot is a good place for yoga.

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Thank you Amylandon 🙂

In one vacation of yours, casually set a yoga class in a foreign country. Bet it will be one great experience, and a very notable vacation too.

You might even get free trips from invites 🙂

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This is a great idea and many resorts have opened their doors to having classes and teacher trainings at their facilities.

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Yoga in the airport is such a great idea. If you are changing flights and waiting around during a lay over, Yoga is great after being cramped up in a seat for hours.

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That is probably this airports has implemented such a thing. The only remaining problem will be the initiative of people to use this great facility.

Sometimes all we need is a little creativity, research and network to be able to find new opportunities in teaching.

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cool way to spend the time for waiting for your flight. good.

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I agree. Sometimes, traveling is very stressful.

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I think the reason why some teachers are fooled into the idea of believing the studios are the only place to teach is because they don't see the full picture. I have a friend who only teaches seniors, because she loves to teach them. Some people teach corporate classes during office hours. Others teach little league athletes in multiple sports. The list of ideas is endless. I love Julie's ideas. The point is, this is a great place to brain storm. Yoga can be taught in any community. Boy Scouts, gyms, country clubs, spas, wellness boutiques, hair salons, gymnastic schools, senior centers, nursing homes, hospitals, chiropractic centers, Girl Scouts, little league teams, running clubs, martial arts schools, dance schools, churches, synagogues, temples, community centers, clubs and any place where people meet have yoga classes. Compare that to the local studios and you start to realize that studios might only teach 10% or less of the classes within your community.

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Five Things to Know About Teaching Yoga

With the recent influx of health conscious consumers, yoga has become a very popular hobby and profession. Many people are turning to yoga to help manage their health and enjoy their overall well being. This has also increased the demand for yoga instructors. If you are looking to enter the yoga professional field then this is a very productive career path to go in to. A commonly asked question is: Do I really need to obtain a yoga certification in order to teach? The answer is no. In reality, everyone can teach yoga. However, having credentials does help to reach a larger amount of students. Yoga instruction is not something that you should go into lightly. A person's health and wellness will be in your hands, and if yoga is not properly instructed then it can result in injury for the student. There are 5 ways that you can actually waste money by obtaining a yoga certificate:

  1. The Cost and Delay: In order to obtain a certification, you have to study a required amount of 200 hours. The cost for this certificate ranges anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000. In some cases, a person is not at the right point in their life to totally dedicate their life to yoga. If you are that person, then spending this large amount of money would not only be wasting your time but also your money.
  2. Change of Heart: In order to help your students shine, you must apply the eight limbs of yoga to your daily life. Practicing the bliss of yoga only in front of your students will not balance your life. A student can usually see through a fake yoga instructor and if you are not applying the happiness rule in the rest of your life then it will show through. You have to be dedicated not only to the well being of your students but also to your own life. Eating healthy and practicing good habits is essential. If this is not something that you are prepared to tackle, then you will be wasting your money with a certificate.
  3. Accredited Program: In yoga this word is a joke. The word is tossed around, but have you ever checked into who accredited the alliance? You might want to Google that one. When researching different certification programs, you will first want to make sure that the program is well developed. Research the training that they offer, look at the books that you will have to study, and learn about the overall certification requirements. Investigating the guest teachers also helps to find out if the school is legitimate. Unfortunately, some teachers are more interested in your money instead of helping you become certified. Reviews from other yoga students can help you find out the truth.
  1. Choose the Right Style: There are many different types of yoga available, with numerous training options. Try out different styles before you waste time on training for one that is not suited for you. You might surprise yourself by learning a new style that you never expected to love, and decide to master that instead. After you find the type of yoga that suits you best, you can then find a school or instructor that will help you meet your certification.
  2. Time Will Tell: Before wasting your money on an expensive certification, decide what type of time limit you are on. If you would rather learn over a longer period of time then be sure that the certification program works at this tempo. Figure out what would work best for your lifestyle.

Some of the yoga certification programs will let you take the courses no matter who you are or how well you are able to handle the final results. Anyone can pay to get the certificate. However, not everyone will use his or her educated experiences to become an instructor. The yoga instructor success process is thought of with an 80/20 ratio. Twenty percent of the process is learning the facts, or in your case: earning the certification. The other 80 percent is being business knowledgeable, and being skilled at obtaining trusting student relationships. 

Another factor to keep in mind is the payment process of charging for your classes. If you are starting out by teaching at someone else's studio then find out if you are paid per class or per student that attends your class. You should also make sure the studio advertises the classes effectively. One of the biggest issues for a yoga instructor is a student who attends class consistently. Knowing how you are going to market your talents, via fliers and a website will guarantee that you are on the right path to gaining a revenue return on your certification fees.

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