How to Choose a School in India for Yoga Teacher Certification

Have you been practicing yoga for years now? Do you want to take your practice to the next level? Do you want to know more than what you already know? Do you want to embrace yoga as a profession?

If your answer to all the aforementioned questions is a “yes” then make sure you’re preparing yourself to enroll in a training program designed for aspiring yoga teachers. There are several schools offering these courses and all you need to do is to find out about the fundamentals of these courses and then enroll for one. We will help you do that. Read on to know more.

Basics of these training programs for aspiring teachers

First of all, you should make yourself aware of the fact that each steps towards advancement is equivalent to the total hours for which each program is conducted. For instance, the first program has a total duration of 100 hours. Once you clear this one, you qualify for the program extending for 200 hours, then for 300 hours and finally for 500 hours.

Once you complete the 500-hour teacher training course, you are certified to teach yoga. An overview of the general curriculum followed in these schools is provided here:

  • Ashthanga
  • Modifications
  • Hatha
  • Pranayama
  • Mudras
  • Correcting techniques
  • Art of Transitions and Vinyasa
  • Philosophy of Yoga
  • Asanas
  • Bandhas
  • Breathing technique


Rishikesh, which is known as the Yoga capital of India is home to many such institutions imparting yoga teacher training. The main aim of these courses is to help you get into the depths of this ancient practice. Since, Rishikesh is nestled along the bank of the serene Ganga, it offers practitioners the perfect ambience to evolve in mind, body and spirit. This is the reason why so many yoga teacher training institutions have been set up here.

Choosing the right institution: What should you keep in mind?

Aspiring teachers play particular emphasis on the quality of training imparted in these institutions, before selecting a program. You can secure an idea about the credentials of the institution (and eventually figure out whether it will be able to fulfill your aspirations or not) by taking a few steps:

  • Find out how experienced the teachers are
  • Who is the yoga guru responsible for setting this school up? What are his credentials?
  • What are the present and ex-students of the institution saying about the quality of training imparted here?
  • Have the ex-students been able to follow their dreams to inspire others to stay in shape?

Once you pass out with a certificate (after completing a 500-hour teacher training course) you can pursue your ambitions either by helming your own school or by visiting different reputed institutions as an instructor or for that matter, do both at the same time.

Please make sure you are following these steps on your way to choose a school in India for Yoga Teacher Certification. I hope they will help you select a course with prudence.