How to become a certified yoga instructor

Are you one of the 36 million Americans who practice yoga regularly? If so, and your practice has developed into something more profound, it may be time to take it to the next level. 

Pair an affinity for teaching and love of yoga by becoming a yoga teacher. You can teach classes in your studio, online, or use your training to uplevel your practice.

As an added benefit you’ll also deepen your connection with your mind, body, and spirit by immersing yourself in the world of yoga. 

Keep reading to learn how to become a certified yoga instructor. 

Pick a program

There are no legal requirements for yoga certifications anywhere in the world. If you want to become a yoga instructor, you only have to choose the program you’re passionate about. 

There are no legal certification requirements. We recommend choosing a program that’s recognized by Yoga Alliance, though. This is an internationally recognized education organization for yoga teachers and schools. 

Give yourself time to try different yoga styles to see what speaks to you most. If you’ve only ever done Hatha classes, give Ashtanga or Bikram a try. 

Courses range from 100 to 500 hours. Most people choose to start with a 200-hour program. These programs tend to focus on how to teach yoga to the general population. 

500-hour training is the highest international standard for teachers. After completion, you can register as an Advanced Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. This program takes your practice deeper, adding in meditation and concentration techniques. 

Find a mentor

A mentor can help you on your path to becoming a yoga teacher. They can teach you about other styles of yoga and even help you choose your program. 

Your mentor might be your current instructor. If you find you don’t resonate with them, keep searching. Your mentor should be someone who inspires you and encourages you to develop your skills. 

Complete your course

There are many different facets to your yoga teacher training.

Before you become a yoga instructor, you need to learn anatomy and physiology. Deepening your knowledge of the human body will make your practice available to everyone.

Everybody is different. Knowing how to approach injuries and medical conditions is essential. Remember, we practice yoga for health, not to injure ourselves. 

You’ll learn instructional techniques to help you be a great class leader. Putting together a yoga class is more than peppering in vinyasas and savasana. 

Your training will spend some time on the philosophy of yoga, too. You’ll learn about breathworkand how breath affects every facet of our lives. 

Allow yourself as much time as you need to complete your course. It’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready to complete it.

Become a certified yoga instructor today

Has your yoga practice changed your life? Would you like to pass on the benefits of yoga to others in your community? Find certification training that speaks to you and get started. 

Choosing to become a certified yoga instructor deepens your relationship with your body and mind.

Photo by Avrielle Suleiman