How to become a Yoga Teacher
.Nowadays, Yoga is getting more and more practitioners all around the world for all the benefits that it involves as physical strength and flexibility, good health, mind balance, self-knowledge, healthy life. For this reasons the general interest for yoga is increasing and so the needed of yoga qualified Yoga Teachers. Because Yoga is not just a sport or physical practice but a philosophy and a life style. You should have true respect and love for Yoga if you are planning to become a Yoga teacher.
If you already felt in love with Yoga and is into your mind becoming a Yoga teacher, your first stage in becoming a yoga teacher is to complete the 200 hour teacher training course (TTC), which will give you the foundation that you need in order to teach asanas and pranayama safely with a strong background in Anatomy and asanas adjustments, Philosophy and history.
How to become a certified yoga teacher?
Once you decided to study your TTC and become a certified Yoga teacher you need to choose where to do your course. There are many options, you can do it in many countries. But definitely the best option would be attending the course in India where Yoga born. And this ancient and spiritual way of living is a life style and where the understanding of Yoga is integrated in their lives.
Becoming a Yoga teacher in India will also be a life experience that you will never forget. With full immersion into this amazing culture you will have better understanding of Yoga and learn from qualified and experiences teachers.
There are many places in India where you can become a teacher. But most of the better schools are in the North of India, in Rishikesh. It is known as “Yoga Capital of the world” is a town based in the beautiful foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. The city is surrounded by hills of jungle, hidden temples and shrines, and the great river Ganges runs through the center of the town. It is creating an incredible spiritually charged setting that has attracted yogis, spiritual seekers, gurus and sages since ancient times. Rishikesh is also home for the International Yoga Festival every March.
So, if you already practice Yoga regularly and know the basics, if you feel the benefits and want to learn more and go deeper is time to look for and choose a school to get certified from Yoga Alliance recognized yoga teacher training center that will guarantee that you have the knowledge to teach Yoga safely.
200 hours Yoga TTC, what do you get?
Most of the schools usually works with students from all around the world. All students come to India to study and improve their Yoga skills. Yoga school will offer you a full package that will make everything easier for you.
This full package usually include (depending on the school)
- The 200 hours Course (Normally 4 full Weeks)
Classes: Asana (Hatta / Ashtanga / Vinyasa), Pranayama, Yoga History & Philosophy, Mantra chanting, Ayurveda, Asana Adjustment & Alignment, Meditation, Methodology
- An official Yoga Alliance TTC Certification
- Accommodation (single or share room basis)
- 3 healthy Meals base on a Vegetarian Yogi diet
- 1 day off and excursion as visiting Ashram, Hiking in Pre Himalayas, Rafting…
- Books and Material
This will make your stay really easy and will let you enjoy of this experience hundred percent.
Now you just need to prepare your luggage and book a flight.
How to reach Rishikesh?
Delhi is the main international airport where you will probably fly to. And then you can choose any way to go to your final destination. Just keep in mind that transportation in India take a long time due to its roads and traffic so you could check national flight to nearby airports that are really cheap. The schools could also offer a taxi transfer from the airport making it easier once again.
Visa to India
Don’t forget to apply for your visa online in advance (60 days) to be sure there is not any inconvenience. You will not be able to enter India without a accepted Visa. And there is not possibility to do “Visa on arrival”. The price will be around 80$ for the 60 days visa. If you would like to apply for a longer Visa you can go to the closer Indian Embassy and apply for 6 months or 1 year. Also check that your passport have a validity of at least 6 months.
We can recommend to travel with a Health insurance that cover your stay abroad under any medical issue for your safety.
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