HOW TO BECOME A YOGA TEACHER IN INDIA

Ever thought of becoming a yoga teacher? If you did, you’re at the right place. In this article we talked about how to become a yoga teacher in India, What is the criteria/eligibility, how long does it take to be a yoga teacher, what are the skills needed, Yoga Teacher Training Course, and its details, career scope, and everything else you need to know to make the right decision.

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Who can become a Yoga teacher in India? Are there any
prerequisites or criteria?

The short answer is anyone can become a certified yoga teacher in India. The long answer is anyone with a passion for yoga and is disciplined to learn and teach. As we always say, yoga is not just a form of physical exercise, it is a lifestyle itself. A lifestyle that asks for commitment, discipline, and an open mind (because you will always be a learner & what you learn with yoga needs you to have an open mind). Your biggest motivation to learn has to be your interest & passion. It is extremely difficult to be a yoga teacher if your only motivation is to earn from it because yoga requires you to be dedicated, and consistent and also to surrender which is only possible when you are passionate about it. Becoming a yoga teacher requires you to learn, understand, and most importantly respect cultural & traditional values, ethics, and ways.

How to become a yoga teacher in India?

Yoga Teacher Training Certification by Yoga Alliance accredited yoga school

A certification course from any Yoga Alliance accredited school allows you to teach yoga Internationally. There are 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses, 300 Hour and 500 Hour Yoga teacher training courses for different levels of training at physical, mental, philosophical & spiritual levels. Every level is designed as a step by step progression into becoming a yoga teacher. While 200 Hour Yoga teacher training certification makes you eligible to teach yoga internationally, 300 Hours and 500 Hours Yoga teacher training courses involve advanced asanas and help you dive deeper into Yogic science. The Yoga teacher training courses provide holistic knowledge about asanas, yoga philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology, and more.

Course Duration:
200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Course: 21-25 days
300 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Course: 28-30 days
500 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Course: 50-60 days

Age limit: Teacher training courses do not have any age limit and can be perceived at any point in life.

Degree/ Diploma

One can also secure a diploma/ graduation/ post-graduation in Yoga or Yogic Science. Ministry of Ayush in India offers following popular courses :
B. Sc in Yoga
M. Sc in Yoga
D. Y. Sc – Diploma in Yogic Science
DYT – Diploma in Yogic therapy

Other Courses offered by the Ministry of Ayush India:

CCYWI – Certification Course in Yoga for Wellness Instructor
CCYTA – Certification Course for Yoga Therapy Assistant
CCYPI – Certification Course in Yoga for Protocol Instructor
CYSSIG – Certification Course in Yogic Science for Special Interest groups
FCYSW – Foundation Course in Yogic Science for Wellness.

Course Duration:
The course duration ranges between 6 months to 2 years and these courses require a minimum educational qualification of 10th or 12th grade. Details of courses from the Ministry of Ayush can be accessed from here.

Self-Practice:

Along with the above cited prerequisites and certifications, practice is a key element to becoming a yoga teacher. Self-practice before and after you become a certified yoga teacher is the most essential & important way to become a yoga teacher. Sure, the certifications make you eligible to teach, but what enables you to be a ‘good teacher’ is your self-practice.

Career scope as a Yoga Teacher in India & globally

With a fast paced lifestyle & the health concerns that are rising with it, our world is turning towards traditional practices like yoga to deal with them. People are more health conscious than ever after the pandemic shocked us all. There is a huge demand for good yoga teacher across the country and globe.

Beginners can expect to make $300-400 per month however with the internet making accessibility easier than ever, there is no limit to how much one can earn as a yoga teacher.

Best yoga schools in India

Yoga originated in India and spread it’s wings across the globe. India is one of the best countries to learn yoga and here are some of the best yoga schools in India: 

1. Rishikesh Yoga Valley, Rishikesh – Situated in Rishikesh – The Yoga Capital of India, Rishikesh Yoga Valley provides best in class 100, 200 and 300 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Courses. They teach multi-style yoga with the best teachers & infrastructure in place.

2. Ashtanga Yoga Mysore – It is one of the best yoga schools in India that specialises in Ashtanga Yoga. They provide 200 & 300 Hour Teacher Training Courses.

3. Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Center, Lonavala – It is one of the oldest & best yoga schools in India that offers certifications courses as well as diploma, graduation & post-graduation courses.

4. Art of Living, Bangalore – It is one of the popular yoga & spiritual schools in India offers various wellness & yoga teaching retreats & courses.

5. Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai – It is one of the oldest & best yoga schools in India that specialises in contemporary yoga.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How long does it take to be a Yoga teacher in India?
    The quickest way is to complete the beginner-level teacher training certification which takes upto 21-25 days, however, as mentioned it requires self-practice before and after the certification to be able to teach confidently.
  2. Is there any age limit to become a yoga teacher in India?
    There is no age limit to become a yoga teacher in India. However one has to consider their physical abilities/disabilities and health concerns before practicing yoga.
  3. How long should you practice yoga before teaching?
    A disciplined & dedicated practice of a few months of practice is good enough to start teaching to the beginners. The learning in yoga will however continue forever, both as a student & teacher.
  4. Is being a yoga teacher hard?
    Any work is hard or easy based on how much you love what you do. As long as you don’t over-do or burnout, teaching yoga is a very satisfactory career.

Additional tips from an experienced yoga teacher to a newbie yoga
teacher

– Start as soon as possible – Do not wait for ‘feel ready’ because you will never be ‘completely’ ready, start soon after your teacher training course and learn along the way.
– Register with Yoga Alliance – This gives you credibility & also allows you to conduct teacher training courses.
– Build online presence – Online presence can help you increase your reach & visibility, hence it can help you get clients.
– It’s okay to not know it all – Yoga is a continuous learning process & you can never know it all, it is okay to get back to your students after you find it out.
– Choose a good yoga school & style that suits you – Your training Institute plays an important role in your career, choose wisely.
– Always respect all the aspects of yoga – Cultural, traditional, Ethical & spiritual and be true to yourself and your work.

Conclusion

We hope this article helped you with everything you need to know about how to become a yoga teacher or how to make a career switch to yoga teaching in India.

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I’d like to end this blog with a quote that my guruji quoted to me and it has stayed with me throughout my journey as a yoga teacher – “Be a Yogi first, you will naturally become a guru” Hari Om!