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Choosing An Online Yoga Teacher Training Course

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If you’re reading this then it’s likely you have made the amazing decision to become a yoga teacher!

This is a massive step to taking your life in an exciting new direction, and the next move is choosing which course you will enroll on for your qualification.

Opting for an online yoga teacher training course — as opposed to an in-person course — is something more and more people are deciding to do.

Learning online is an amazing way to bring more flexibility into the process, and this is something we have all had to embrace more as the pandemic continues.

Becoming A Yoga Teacher

Choosing to become a yoga teacher is an amazing way to encourage others to fall in love with this spiritual practice, and to share the wisdom of self-care, self-love, body confidence, and more. As a qualified yoga teacher, you will be able to guide your students towards a life full of positivity and abundance.


When you are choosing your course, there are several important things to keep in mind. Today I want to explore these things and share some of my own thoughts on what makes online teacher training such a great option!

The Course Leaders

One of the most notable things about the courses that stand out to you will be the people who are leading each one. There will usually be one main teacher and a number of guest teachers.

The teachers who are leading the course are people that you are going to interact with a great deal throughout the duration of your training. It is therefore super important that you feel comfortable with the approach that each of these people has, and also that you have confidence in their abilities.

Getting to know the course leader before you sign up to a teacher training course is always a good idea. It may not be possible to get along to an in-person class right now. However, it is possible that this person has taken their yoga lessons online. So sign up to a class to get a taste for their teaching style and personality.

Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t inspired by a particular teacher. Try to understand what was missing for you, what you feel they could be doing better, and then continue with your search!

Ask Questions

Reading reviews from previous students of the course is a good way to get impartial advice for each of the courses you are interested in. You may also want to speak directly to some of these people if possible.

If you are going to reach out to past students to ask questions, then make sure you approach this in a patient and gentle way, and always express your gratitude for their time and input. Be clear in what it is you are asking and use this guidance to shape your final decision.

meditation-online-yogaFinding out where your favourite yoga teachers completed their training can be a helpful way to make up your mind. These are probably people that you already know and trust, and you can be confident in getting honest and sincere advice from them.

Choose A Style

You will find that different courses often focus on slightly different styles of yoga. This is worth thinking about so that you are fully prepared for what lies ahead.

Although it is a good idea to be able to teach varying styles of yoga so as not to limit yourself, it is also a good idea to choose a course that resonates with you most.

Having said that, it is also conducive to your development as a yoga teacher that you try new things and experiment with different styles. This will help you to create classes that are exciting and beneficial to your students.

So, spend some time considering what your needs are in relation to this, and how flexible you can be on the style of yoga that you move forwards with.

Professional & Personal Development

When it comes to considering which training course you want to embark upon, you have to consider the type of yoga teacher that you want to be!

All accredited courses will teach you the basics of yoga philosophy, and how to teach yoga, but it is also possible to find courses that go above and beyond.

With Whole Self Yoga, I go further than just learning about the typical components of yoga. Through my training, I want to encourage my students to truly understand their passions, and to discover more about themselves during the process of studying yoga.


Furthermore, once you have graduated as a yoga teacher, it is always worth continuing your education with additional courses. This will help to ensure that your knowledge and skills stay fresh and creative.

My Mandala and Mentoring course is an example of the type of further training that you may wish to explore. During this four day training, I present the exact strategies you need to pack your classes and build your dream yoga business. This involves the step by step strategies to develop your brand, land positions in the best studios, and use social media to grow an online community.

Yoga Alliance Certified

One of the very first things you should look for when choosing an online training is whether the course is certified by the Yoga Alliance. This is fairly standard for yoga teacher training courses and won’t be difficult to check for.

Becoming a registered yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance is a mark of professionalism and quality within the industry. It helps studios to know that you gained your qualification from a teacher who is registered and recognised within the yoga world.

Additionally, Yoga Alliance is simply a wonderful community to be a part of, and will support you in many ways as you progress in your career. It is a great place to discover resources, information, and to connect with other yoga teachers.

Online Yoga Teacher Training

Signing up to an online course might seem like a scary decision right now, but learning online could actually turn out to be the very best way for you to qualify — especially if you want to put the next few months to good use.

Click to read my past post on Five Reasons Why Online Yoga Teacher Training Is A Great Choice!


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