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How to Become a Yoga Instructor

Paul M. Jerard Jr.
May 21, 2008
Is yoga a key part of your health and fitness routine? Are you interested in becoming a yoga instructor? Teaching is a wonderful opportunity to enrich your life, and make a difference in the lives of others. If yoga is one of your talents, consider sharing your gift, and teaching yoga professionally.

Choosing to be a yoga instructor is easier than you think. If you are a natural leader, who has been practicing yoga for years, you are a great fit for the position already. The next step, in the process, is to learn how to teach others properly.

In order to do this, you must make sure that you have mastered your own positioning and alignment in the various poses. Take an advanced level class, rent or buy an advanced course on DVD, or order a book online, to make sure your skills are top notch.

Consider taking a certification class for teaching yoga. While certification isn't legally required in the United States, Canada, and most of the world, a certification will boost your confidence.

It is a credential, worthy of note, when speaking with perspective students. Minimum requirements vary from teacher to teacher, so make sure you research the certification program you want to join carefully.

Make sure your teacher is someone you respect and admire, and ask questions about the certification process. How much time is involved? What do you teach? What are the graduation requirements? The answers to these questions will help you find the program that is the best fit for you.

The type of yoga you prefer to practice will guide you in choosing your training and the particular instructor certification process. Bikram yoga, vinyasa yoga, and hatha yoga, all take you down different training paths.

Be cautious of training programs at your local yoga studio that require you to spend thousands and thousands of dollars to become a yoga teacher. Shop around until you find a program you like at a reasonable price. Many studios require at least a 200 hour certified yoga teacher (CYT) credential to teach classes.

If you want to become a yoga teacher, gather as much information as possible on the subject. Look for books about teaching yoga online, at local book stores, and at your local library.

Also, ask a current yoga instructor for their advice on the subject. They can help you find the facts you need to choose a preparatory program. They may even offer to be your mentor.

Teaching yoga is one of the most fulfilling jobs available. Not only do you get to enhance your own personal sense of joy and well-being, you also get to share your happiness with others. However you choose to prepare for this wonderful vocation, be sure to enjoy your training and development.

Copyright 2008 - Paul Jerard / Aura Publications
About the Author
Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA. He is an author of many books on the subject of Yoga and has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995.

http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org
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