How to become a yoga instructor

Yoga Poses

Alternative medicine treatments

In the recent years alternative medicine treatments have moved from being something that hippies from the 60s practiced, into treatments that are growing in mainstream medicine. While many people think of yoga as an exercise class at the local gym, in truth, to many it is an alternative medicine that is one of many in a list of holistic medical treatments.

One mainstream University involved in integrative medicine takes traditional western medicine and integrates it with alternative medicine such as yoga. Duke Medicine claims that integrating the "best of Western scientific medicine with proven complementary therapies to address the whole person—body, mind, spirit, and community" is the best approach to medical treatment.

What it takes to become a yoga instructor

Yoga Teacher Training Certificate - 200 Hours

Many yoga training courses can be found throughout healing arts centers around the country. Most of these programs are self- directed. Many offer classes in the evenings and on weekends, allowing students to take the program at their own pace. Certification can be achieved quickly-- if you go full time you can be finished in just10 weeks. The program emphasizes mediation, philosophy, and yoga therapy as it teaches you how to approach yoga as an alternative medicine.

Some of the material you will learn covers:

  • Lyengar
  • Power/Ashtanga
  • Kundalini Restorative
  • Vinyasa.
  • Asana Mechanics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Modifications & Adjustments

The 500 hour yoga teacher training

The 500-hour Level Teacher Certification expands on the 200-hour program, and is for those students who finished this basic level of training. The program Consists of 300 hours of training. It is divided into three two-week intensive courses over a 9 month period. Completion of the 500 hour yoga teacher training will result in you reaching a professional level where mastery is the goal.Coursework includes study in the following:

  • Meditation
  • Anatomy
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle
  • Teaching Yoga
  • Prānāyama
  • Health and Healing
  • Sequences and Series

To become a yoga instructor

To become a yoga instructor requires you to take one of these two courses. Once you have finished the program you will be qualified to become a certified yoga instructor. You will be qualified to teach yoga--including the art of meditation, various poses, proper breathing, and pilates. Some believe each of these elements helps students to achieve a healthier lifestyle as you teach them a balance of body, mind, and spirit.

Online yoga certifcation

The Yoga Alliance is a nonprofit organization that offers a Registry of Yoga Schools that meet with the standards yoga teacher training programs. "Registered schools are authorized to use the initials RYS® (Registered Yoga School) after their names, and receive certificates of registration as well as registry marks," according to the online yoga certification process as listed on the Yoga Alliance website.

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vrbmft 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California

I like the information here. Interesting. Stuff I don't know.

Several thoughts. I like Yoga, first of all. After a yoga session, believe it or not, I was invited to a table of donuts. I have never in my life eaten a donut as slowly as I did that day. Totally in slow motion. I thought i was in some other dimension, and Yes I was.

There are probably many people who have been practicing Yoga for a long time and one of those courses seem really great to be able to certify all your experience so to speak, and legitimately instruct others.

There may be some people who may be "naturals" so to speak and 200 or 600 hours may just be sufficient.

But I am not sure if I would go to a brain surgeon with 200 hours or not even 500 hours of training, altho, to be honest, I haven't sat down and calculated what 200 hours or 500 hours actually looks like. For my license, in addition to formal training, I had a 3000 hour internship requirement. And I think Yoga may be as important as what I do, altho I know, demanding 3000 ours might be ridiculous. But I don't know. It is a very serious and helpful method of changing body and soul. So I want people out there to be well trained and experienced. Anywho, just some thoughts


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks Vern for your comment. I agree with you, 500 hours is little training compared to what you went through!!

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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

This seems a bit beyond me physically,but I still enjoyed reading it. Thank you.

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bayareagreatthing 4 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Dim- I was with you on that so I checked out doing yoga for people "my size". I think there are many people who have restrictions to doing the bendy stretchy yoga we are all familiar with. There is adapted yoga however. Check out this hub about yoga for people like me who are overweight:

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