I just booked my flight ticket to India and, wait for it, paid my deposit for my 200 hour yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world!
It still doesn’t feel real. Wow. I am beyond beaming inside. But on the outside, it’s almost too good to be true, so I feel kind of numb to it right now. Anyway, let me share some tips on how to choose the right yoga teacher training course for you.
So let’s get started! Here are the initial decisions that you need to make:
- Part time or full time
Part time is usually over 6 months, running over most weekends and full time is over 4 weeks, with one or two off days in a week.
- Style of yoga
This was a difficult decision for me as I enjoy many styles of yoga, but since most of the courses in India cover the same traditional and popular styles – Hatha, Ashtanga, or both – it made it easier for me to choose to learn both and then cover a more specific yoga (eg. Kundalini Yoga) in my second teacher training course. Also, most of the courses include introductions to the different forms of yoga and meditation anyway, which is just great.
[Not to mention pranayama, mudra, bandhas, mantras, yoga philosophy, yoga sutras, Ayurveda, yogic anatomy, adjustment and alignment, and much more – subjects that I’ve been self-studying for years, the stuff my dreams are made of!]
Next, you have to decide on the country.
Asia has the cheapest yoga teacher training courses in the world! Living in Vietnam, I was spoilt for choice as I’m so near to many yoga hubs of the world.
Here is the price range, by country, for 200 hours teacher training courses in the Asia:
- India: > $950 (including meals and accommodation)
- Nepal: > $1400 (including meals)
- Philippines: > $1700
- Thailand: > $1700
- Cambodia: > $2300
- Indonesia: > $3000
Here’s a very helpful link where you can filter by date, country, teacher training course and price range.
And finally, here are the most important factors to consider:
- Timing to suit your schedule, along with the location and its weather
The Indian monsoon starts in the beginning of June in the South and in July in the North and lasts through to October. Because of the monsoon weather, I am choosing to spend just a few days after my training course exploring the Golden Triangle of India (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) before I head out. I do, of course, plan to come back in order to continue my endless Indian love affair!
There are scams out there, so search the yoga school on the YA directory to ensure that it is, in fact, a registered school.
- Accredited teachers and Reviews
- Pictures and videos of the studio and accommodation
I found this to be extremely helpful as it gave me the overall vibe of the training, studios and teachers.
- What’s included in the cost
Accommodation and food. Other benefits such as: T-shirt, yogic cleansing (Shatkriya) kit, teaching manual, Yoga Alliance certificate and airport transfer.
After 2.5 full days of intense research (thanks Google, I really love-hate you), these teacher training courses made it to my Top 5, due to them falling within the June/July timing that I was looking for:
- Shiva Yoga Peeth
- Rishikul Yogshala
- Upaya Yoga
- Himalayan Yoga Bliss
- Association for Yoga and Meditation
I chose Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh, as the dates best fit within my schedule and their pictures and videos sealed the deal for me.
And there you have it. All the best on your journey 🙂