If you have a passion for yoga, want to teach but don’t have the time to attend a month long retreat or hands-on teacher training, consider online classes. Many popular yoga studios offer online courses for first time teachers seeking their certification and for current teachers seeking to further their education.
Here are some benefits of Online Yoga Certification:
• Cost: While retreats and face-to-face training can cost upwards of $3000, online courses are far less expensive. They will also help save on gas money and other unseen costs involved with traveling away from the home.
• Convenience: For those who may work from home, have small children at home or who simply don’t have the time to attend 200 hours of course work in person, online certification can be the perfect way to obtain a yoga certification.
• Online support: Many online courses offer forums for students to share questions, worry and concerns. If you tend to work better with team support or like to bounce ideas off of others, this is a great outlet.
For most courses, you will need a computer with internet capability, basic understanding of anatomy and medical terms and required textbooks.
It is important to remember when earning your Yoga Teacher Training Certification that you have to do what feels right for you and your practice. Remember: Your comfort level, personal schedule and finances should factor into your decision. While onsite classes may seem right for some people who prefer to saturate themselves in the practice or eat, sleep, breathe yoga at a retreat, studying yoga online may work for those with more will power and self-motivation.
Before paying for or beginning any online yoga course, make sure it is recognized by the Yoga Alliance and the classes have been designed by a Yogi or Guru.