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Discover the Best Yoga Teacher Training Retreats and Yoga Certifications 2021/2022

If you feel the desire to deepen your practice & understanding and to become a yoga instructor then you are sure ready to start this journey.

A yoga course will reveal to you the philosophy of yoga and give you more practical experience to go on to further deepen your knowledge & practice.

Intensive retreats have grown in numbers and popularity.

Here you will find all the information you require, about the types, locations, standards, requirements and the costs of participating.

It's an exciting adventure that's the start of a long incredible journey, it can lead anywhere.

Once you have made the choice to participate then you best to embark on a journey of self-discovery on the all-important questions around what course and school to attend.

Take your time to think about what's important to you, and yoga will do the rest for you, making sure you find yourself in the right place.

The most important reading you will find anywhere to consider everything involved in this decision is this -

BLOG>>>How to choose the right yoga TTC for you

We have compiled the most important factors below in a quick read format so you can easily find what you are looking for.

Most Important considerations when choosing your yoga instructor course
1. Where to go - Yoga Teacher Training Abroad or at Home

There are so many beautiful places around the world that you can complete your yoga certification.

Where do you want to go?
Trainings in the Tropics

Undoubtedly this is a great option with so many yoga schools offering diverse yoga courses.

Consider Costa Rica or Mexico as great first options.

Or further afield there is Bali (there's a great variety of trainings in Ubud up high in in the hills, and Canggu on the beach), and don't forget about Thailand too.

It doesn't stop here though, even places like Cambodia offer you great choices.

Just check the weather for the time of year so you don't hit the monsoon where you are.

Or consider.....

Possibly the most popular option India, birthplace of yoga and with the holy city Rishikesh where you can truly immerse yourself in your spiritual journey.

Or maybe you would prefer the energy and freedom of the beach and the ocean's horizon.

If so check out Goa for affordable options.

One up and coming location is Sri Lanka.

Or maybe think about going somewhere completely different and off the beaten track. If you are feeling adventurous there are quite a few certification courses in Nepal.

What are the other destination for Yoga Teacher Training Retreats?

Yoga Certification Near Me and Far Away

There are great registered yoga schools throughout Europe, top picks would be between the UKPortugal and Italy.

And then you could consider discovering France and Greece too.

The ease and convenience of a short trip is hard to ignore, to a beautiful location, inland or on the coast, to devote the time to your yoga education.

Or on the other side of the world in the Americas consider Guatemala.

In South America there are great trainings in Peru and Ecuador.

If you are based in the States (USA) and would like to stay home then review the reputable schools available and 'near me' for your convenience.

Think about Florida for it's warm weather, cool lifestyle and varied choices available to you. Or maybe Hawaii, what an awesome place to explore and discover more about yourself, the land, culture, and your yoga.

We know it may seem daunting, there are so many places to go. And then you have the consideration of what is the best yoga certification out there for you.

To make it easier for you we have put together a not-to-be-missed teacher training program list, all running this year and next, as follows -

The Best ‘YTT’ Yoga Teacher Training Around the World

2. The curriculum

Yoga Alliance with the yoga community has set a standard curriculum for learning how to start teaching yoga by setting the education criteria required.

(BLOG>>>Yoga Alliance - All you need to know)

The content includes yoga classes covering the topics below, yoga practice and practice teaching with yoga instructors.

The main content areas are as follows

  • yoga traditions, the lineage and history of yoga
  • yoga philosophy
  • yoga poses & postures (asanas)
  • pranayama & meditation
  • yoga anatomy and learning the body energy works
  • teaching methodologies where you discover your inner teaching voice & philosophy

The content of the modules change depending on the course and style.

Search for the course and style that you are most comfortable with.

Research the yoga school, lead trainers, teaching practices and graduate reviews.

If you are able to you could attend their yoga classes first.

3. What isn't in the curriculum?

Letting go of ego, being vulnerable, all your emotional baggage is important to the process, leading you to grow and develop off the mat and your heart opening in ways you didn't expect; and finding out that Yoga isn't the physical practice only... it really truly is a personal development experience of a lifetime.

It's a big decision to make. It may take you some time to be in the place that you feel the ability to commit to the experience, it may be that you need time to keep focused on achieving the goal of being there on the first day of your training.

This may mean making sure you are keeping up your personal practice enough or it could be more about scheduling and saving. Just remember, if you want it to happen then it truly can happen for you.

4. The Yoga Styles to choose from

Search for the course that touches your heart and the yoga style that you are comfortable with.

There are Yoga Teacher Trainings in all styles, combinations and disciplines.

Hatha and Vinyasa is a popular mix, as is Ashtanga and/or Vinyasa.

Some offer the opportunity to focus on a holistic modality, like the Meditation or the increasingly popular Yoga Therapy, which can include Ayurveda, Yoga Nidra, Tantra...

You can also find trainings in Sadhana Yoga, building discipline and inner peace through letting go of the ego, and mix this with Shamanic practices.

There are trainings for groups of people too - women only, children with mothers, prenatal and postnatal mothers, yogis who surf.

A Teacher Training is commonly a combination of yoga styles, leaving you with the ability to run a simple class.

Below are the 3 most common yoga styles links in search, but it doesn't just stop with these - there are courses that include teaching practice in all styles we know of - there is the slower Restorative and/or Yin Yoga; the heat of Ashtanga and Vinyasa, and different mixes of all these styles in classes.

If you enjoy focus on precision and alignment then there are Iyengar courses for you.

And you will find Kundalini yoga too, the feminine power, and Tantra, combining asana, mantra, bandha and chakra. Then there is Aerial Yoga, a combination of Pilates and dance using a hammock, and Bikram or Power Yoga, hot yoga.

Here are the top 3 but please consider that all combinations and methods are shown in style search, so if you are interested in a training that includes a style below but also has other practice included, then you will find them in your search. Namaste.

With its sequence of asanas Ashtanga is physically demanding producing internal heat.
Ideal for building core strength and preparation for even more dynamic practice.

With asanas and pranayama focus Hatha Yoga encompasses most yoga styles.
Offers a slower pace that can be a good introduction to yoga.

Vinyasa may well be the most popular yoga style in the West.
By moving from one posture to the next using breath it creates the 'flow' it is so well known for.

5. Certification Levels of Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Alliance has a standard for yoga trainings and furthering your education as a yoga teacher.

There is a specific pathway to the professional credentials to becoming and continuing to be the most qualified practitioner and teacher that you can be.

Deepen your practice and further your knowledge & understanding with these yoga certifications.

This is the standard foundational-level course everybody starts with to attain their first level of certification.

The yoga school and course will need to meet the Yoga Alliance standard.

It doesn't mean they are all the same though.

Find the course that matches the classes, content, and yoga teaching & experience you are looking for.

Furthering education after your 200 hour course these 300 hours give you the opportunity to go deeper into your practice and the philosophy of yoga.

By completing this certification you are eligible to be a RYT 500 registered yoga teacher which is the highest qualification.

Advanced education for yoga instructors looking to deepen their knowledge and foundation.

This can be an option if you wish to complete all levels of certification at one time.

6. Cost

Price does vary by country.

India & Thailand have many affordable options; Bali & Costa Rica can be more expensive as the locations themselves cost more to visit.

Generally expect to pay 2000 USD minimum and upwards for attending, that includes accommodation and food except you may be able to find cheaper options in India.

Maybe check out what we have as our Yoga Teacher trainings in Goa India.

Goa could be one good option for you to consider with many schools dotted along the different village beaches and you get the added benefit of the large yogi community, therapists and practitioners that swarm here every year outside of the monsoon season.

If you would prefer luxurious accommodation, comforts and first class facilities at your venue, then you can always search by price descending on our website here to look at the Luxury Teacher Trainings available to you.

Many of these can be found in Bali and Costa Rica has many good options for you. 

There are European schools and classes in different countries, cultures and landscapes.

Some even in beautiful old Chateaus or amazingly converted farmhouses in rolling hillside country.

Where can I find a cheap school

Amongst other factors Yoga teacher training costs are based on their length, location and accommodation type.

The teacher trainings which generally last for a month mostly cost around the same as each other, which is between 2,000 to 3,000US. The cost can be higher than this if it is being held at an up-market venue and all the food is included too.

You are on the right booking website if you are looking to browse trainings with different prices and in different locations.

We list all of the training courses available and make it very easy to view the results so you can find the 
affordable training you are looking for.

What else do you need to know?
Are the schools registered?

Every course listed here is Yoga Alliance certified. That means the school is registered and meets the requirements to provide you with your teaching certification.

What's included in a Yoga Teacher Training?

The majority of intensive courses are 20 days to one month long.

Most schools have different accommodation options in their pricing. 

This will generally include two meals a day, the course training and materials,

aswell as the all-important yoga teacher certification at the end.

What are the requirements to attend a training?

Most Yoga Alliance accredited schools ask for a minimum period of practice, at least 6 months or a year. 

For yourself if you are committed to going deeper into your practice, growing and expanding your knowledge then your desire is the only requirement.

What's the schedule like on a one month yoga teacher training?

A typical schedule starts at dawn and ends at dusk with a well earned big break in the middle.

Its normal that there is one day off a week to stop and play.

Your practice, knowledge and flexibility will grow week by week.

We refer to these yoga courses as intensive because that's exactly what they are.

Aswell as the classes and learning to teach yoga, there is a considerable amount of study so your evenings after each day's practice will be mostly spent reading and learning.

Commonly asked Questions
1. When am I ready to begin my yoga teacher training?

If you have a desire to go deeper into your practice and expand and grow then a life changing experience awaits you.

This is an important decision for you, so we want to help you by making sure you have as much information as possible to make the right informed decision for yourself.

It could be that you are still asking yourself the question Is a Certification worth it for me?, if so it is best to consider everything involved before making the commitment of this study.

If you are thinking about changing your life vocational choice, and looking to earn a living teaching yoga, then first you should ask are you ready to become a yoga teacher. It could be the most amazing decision you ever take.

If you are interested in teaching then there is an amazing and revealing journey ahead of you, with a continuing education as a student too.

(BLOG>>>Find your voice as a Yoga Teacher)

(BLOG>>>Yoga Sequencing Flow Ideas)

2. How much experience do i need?

Most of the yoga community agree that about a year is the right time although there is no correct answer here. Experimenting with different styles and teachers at the start can help.

When it comes to selecting your first teacher training, a course that focuses on the style that you are most comfortable with makes sense

When are you planning this life changing trip?

Above in search you can find all the yoga courses by month of the year if you know when you will have time already.

Training Courses By Month of the year 2021

In each month search link above you can sort the courses to find what suits you quickly.
You can sort them by location, style, certification type, duration and price.
Each training has a detailed page with information about the curriculum, schedule, philosophy, instructors, lead trainers, location, accommodation & food.
There are reviews by recent graduates for you to gather more insight.
Ask partners questions by sending an inquiry - they are always happy to help here.

The Top-Rated Yoga Teacher Training Abroad

Here are our best yoga certification courses which are all run by registered yoga schools in different parts of the world.

Now they may not all be near you but if you really want to make the change for yourself and attend one then it may take some planning to travel to where you need to be.

Sometimes life moves us and puts us exactly where we need to be and right when we need to be there.

The most popular country for these experiences has to be India, with so much spirituality and different centres in different places.

Plus it's cheaper and can be more authentic here in the birthplace of Yoga.

Having said that it really does depend on what program content you are looking for, and maybe you have a desire to travel to a specific location.

If so just check out all the content, pictures and reviews available here.

Here are the Best Yoga Teacher Training for 2021

    So where are the other possible YTT courses, and at what time of year?

    At the start of the year, DecemberJanuaryFebruary to March, you could consider Australasia (but not Bali, as it's rainy then), so

    - New Zealand - Australia - India - Thailand - Sri Lanka - Myanmar - Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos - Nepal - Bhutan -Bangladesh

    At the same time of year South America is active with good weather and there are many options in

    - Brazil - Venezuela - Colombia - Argentina - Chile - Peru - Ecuador

    And of course this is also high season in Costa Rica and Mexico, two of the most favorite hotspots worldwide.

    If you would prefer to attend a course sometime between Spring, Summer and Autumn (AprilMayJune, JulyAugust, to September) in the Northern Hemisphere, then this is the time that there is great weather and many yoga schools running in the US and Canada.

    For the European Spring to Autumn there are quite a few choices for you in

    - Portugal - Italy - Spain - France - Ireland - Germany - Greece - Austria - Croatia - Russia

    A lot of people decide to travel just either side of the peak summer season months, that way you have more comfortable weather to enjoy and less crowds traveling to deal with.

    It is at this same time that Bali is in high season, with so many options for you to choose from. But hey, it is so popular here that there are teacher training retreats that run all year round.

    And it is this same time of year ( April - September) there are a lot of courses taking place everywhere as the weather is more favourable in so many different locations for you, such as -  

    - Japan - South Korea - South Africa - China....and so many more, as we have outlined for you above....

    Even in October and November you will find many trainings to choose from.