There are many resources for finding a reputable and excellent Yoga teacher training program. We recommend you consult the Yoga Alliance website. Yoga Alliance (YA) is the national education and support organization for Yoga in the United States. It is the organization that registers Yoga teachers and teacher-training programs to make sure they comply with the standards set by YA.
Below, you will find a listing of teacher training schools from the major Yoga traditions/lineages. To find a style to train in, take classes and see how you feel. Some programs require that you are a student of that school for a prescribed period of time.
Yoga Teacher Training Schools (alphabetical)
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Ananda Yoga was developed by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. This course emphasizes the highest goal of Yoga practice: Self-realization. The certification is a unique, integrated approach to working directly with the body’s subtle energies for spiritual growth and wellness on all levels.
Anusara (a-nu-SAR-a) was founded by John Friend. The Anusara-Inspired Yoga curriculum is registered with the Yoga Alliance under their 200-hour level. Once a teacher has become a licensed Anusara-Inspired Yoga teacher, he or she may also register with the Yoga Alliance in the Anusara-Inspired category. Due to the training required by Anusara to become an Anusara-Inspired Yoga teacher, you may expect a quality Yoga class inspired by Anusara Yoga’s Universal Principles of Alignment and ethics.
Ashtanga (with TIm Miller)
Ashtanga Yoga was developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The Yoga Alliance Certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training program is a practical training designed to make you a confident and effective Ashtanga Yoga Teacher—for all levels of students. The training includes the opportunity to learn five different routines based on the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. The routines range in skill level from the basic beginner to the most advanced. We will share our expertise about marketing, pricing, teaching group or private classes, and setting up your own Yoga school.
Spend nine weeks immersed in an in-depth study of Bikram Yoga with Yoga masters Bikram and Rajashree Choudhury and their staff of senior teachers. The course, leading to a certificate of completion, will introduce you to the basic knowledge needed to begin teaching this powerful healing Yoga.
Developed by Swami Satchidananda, the Yoga Master who taught the crowds at the original Woodstock to chant “Om,” Integral Yoga classes put almost as much emphasis on pranayama and meditation as they do on postures. Integral Yoga is used by Dr. Dean Ornish in his groundbreaking work on reversing heart disease. Integral Yoga is a complete science that cultivates and maintains the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the individual. The non-competitive approach and meditative exploration of the practices of Integral Yoga create an indrawn awareness allowing students to come in touch with deeper and more subtle aspects of their being.
Yoga in the style of B.K.S. Iyengar. The Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco has been training students and teachers from all over this country and around the globe since 1974. They welcome students who wish to deepen their practice and understanding of the art and science of Yoga, as well as those who want to learn to teach this ancient tradition. The school offers a comprehensive 500-hour Teacher Training Program that has been approved by the State of California for vocational education and approved by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) for assessment preparation. They also offer a 200-hour program for those who are looking for teacher training in the Iyengar tradition, but are not in a position to commit to the 500-hour program.
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Founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life. This course will give you an opportunity to acquire the skills and confidence necessary to teach a Jivamukti Yoga class, which incorporates chanting, asanas, music, meditation and scriptural study into a challenging vinyasa practice. The program is a one month residential program at the Omega Institute, located in Rhinebeck, NY.
Founded by Kali Ray. To certify to teach TriYoga, one enrolls in the internship program. Enrollment is by level and includes the teaching manual for that level. To attain the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to present the teachings with integrity, attending classes, workshops, and teacher training intensives is required. Guidance is provided so that progress is systematic. To accommodate different learning styles and scheduling needs, various options for study are available.
Watch a video: (A Kripalu Yoga certification program at Discovery Yoga with Deva Parnell).
Kripalu offers comprehensive, inspired and transformational Yoga teacher training. In the training, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to become an exceptional—and successful—teacher, able to work in any environment you choose. There are both 200- and 500-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Trainings. The integrated curriculum offered is not based on theories or prescribed methods but derived from rigorous practice and experimentation, and is led by expert teachers with decades of experience. Students report that the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training faculty deeply impact their development as Yoga teachers because they embody what they teach.
Kundalini Yoga in the tradition of Yogi Bhajan. There are three levels of training: Level 1, Aquarian Teacher: Foundations and Awakening which certifies you as a Kundalini Yoga teacher. Level 2 , Aquarian Teacher: Transformation. Completing this stage makes you a certified Practitioner of Kundalini Yoga. Level 3, Aquarian Teacher: Realization. Completing this stage makes you an acknowledged and certified Teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Developed by Swami Vishnu-devananda who was the first in the West to develop a training program for Yoga teachers. He did this not only with the vision to develop Yoga professionals, but also to give sincere aspirants the skills of personal discipline and to develop messengers of peace. The Course is a profound, personal experience, based on the ancient gurukula teaching system, integrating the student’s daily life into the Yoga training. By the end of the intensive four-week course the student will possess a firm foundation for teaching others, in addition to strengthening his or her own Yoga practice with self-discipline and awareness of the nature of body, mind and spirit. Upon graduation from the course, students receive a certificate of qualification.
Developed by Rama Berch. Each training component is both compassionate and rigorous, while it grounds you in your own inner experience. You learn to teach from your rapidly expanding knowledge and experience, while they prepare you to work with specific techniques that give profoundly healing results. The core YTT curriculum provides you with 685 hours of training and support, far exceeding the national requirements of Yoga Alliance.
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (India)
KYM held its first International Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2009 in affiliation with the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation. Split into three modules between 2009 and 2011, this intensive program equips participants to become KHYF certified Yoga teachers
Healing Yoga Foundation (San Francisco, California, USA)
Since September 2007, the Healing Yoga Foundation (HYF) has been offering rich holistic-based 500-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings in the Tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya.On successful completion of the Training, a certificate is issued by the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF), valid for five years, and the student will be registered as a Yoga teacher affiliated with the KHYF.
American ViniYoga Institute (Gary Kraftsow)
The AVI Yoga Teacher Training Program prepares students to teach safe and effective group and private Yoga classes integrating asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting. It emphasizes the personal practice of the Yoga teacher as the foundation of the training program. The AVI Yoga Teacher Training Program is an opportunity for beginning or experienced Yoga teachers to immerse themselves in the ViniYoga™ approach to Yoga. Serious students of Yoga who wish to deepen their personal practice and health care professionals with an interest in Yoga and health are welcome to attend this program. Upon completion of the AVI Yoga Teacher Training Program, students may enroll in the AVI Yoga Therapist Training Program.
These other sites have directories with links to Yoga teacher training programs, though a listing doesn’t represent our endorsement of the program.
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