You Have Decided To Become A Yoga Instructor and You Wonder What Are The Requirements For Yoga Instructor?

One of the most common questions we get about requirements for yoga teacher training participation is how much yoga experience is necessary to embark on this journey. This sounds like a very obvious question to ask and yet it’s quite a new question. The first yoga teacher training was in the ’80s by seasoned teachers to loyal students. This created opportunities for many different people to enter teacher training. Besides future teachers, any level student can now join a teacher training to deepen their practice. This means you don’t need much experience to enter yoga teacher training. So here are 5 requirements for a yoga instructor.

Learn Yoga

Start by taking classes at your local gym, in group classes, or with a fitness instructor. Then advance to a studio setting to help you learn about various teaching techniques and styles.

Find a type of yoga that suits you best as well as a person to act as a mentor, to assist in your journey and ask questions through the process of becoming certified.

Complete A 200 Hour TTC

To become an RYT (registered yoga teacher), you must first complete a 200-hour teacher training course approved through Yoga Alliance. A 200 hour TTC is the most common yoga certification and can be taken in a few different ways:

  • Two weeks to one-month long intensive training
  • Six months to a year module style
  • Or online

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Network

According to Elephant Journal, the business of yoga is 20 percent knowledge, teaching, personal growth, and 80 percent networking and business. Know your market and find a niche that support’s your calling within the industry.

Register With Yoga Alliance

Yoga Alliance is the world’s most popular yoga organization and is a non-profit which sets standards for teacher training and continuing education programs, among other roles in our yoga community.

While it’s not a requirement, many studios and retreat centers prefer you are registered through Yoga Alliance to ensure your knowledge and training align with certain standards. After you complete a TTC applying is easy

With your Yoga Alliance certification every three years you must log 45 hours of teaching experience and 30 hours of continuing education classes. These requirements can be met in a variety of ways.

“being CPR and first aid certified is not a requirement for RYT’s but many studios and retreat centers prefer their teachers to have this qualification”.

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Cover Yourself

Accidents happen, even to the most experienced teachers and long-standing yogis. Be safe, cover yourself with insurance.

So here is an explanation of what are the requirements for a yoga instructor, but I believe the most important requirement is the intention of yourself.

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