If you’re interested in changing your career and becoming a yoga instructor or just simply want to learn more and deepen your practice then yoga teacher training in India should be on your radar as India is the birthplace of yoga! Not only does this mean that the country offers a rich history of the practice, in India, you’ll also learn from instructors that have lived yoga as a lifestyle, and immerse yourself in this same vibrant, spiritual energy throughout your YTT experience. It’s also a lot cheaper doing a yoga teacher training course in India compared to the West and you’ll likely have a life changing adventure.
India is an amazingly diverse country with so much to explore (see my recommended India itinerary if you plan to also spend time traveling India before or after your YTT) This country offers up diverse landscapes from tropical beaches to deserts, exciting cities and the Himalayan mountains. Imagine becoming certified as a yoga instructor with a view of the Himalayas!
Best destinations to do yoga teacher training in India
As well as the Himalayas, there are many Holy places in Mother India and the land itself holds a very profound spiritual energy that is difficult to describe but can be life changing to experience. You’ll discover there are loads of reasons to travel to India, including holy places to visit, epic cultural festivals, and the unique energy that comes with visiting the yoga capital of the world and the birthplace of Ayurveda, among other important yogi stomping grounds.
Yoga teacher training courses can be found all over India but the best places are:-
- Rishikesh – the yoga capital of the world situated on the banks of the holy Ganges river
- Kerala – laid back, luscious backwaters and the birthplace of Ayurveda
- Goa – a popular beach holiday destination
- Dharamasala – the home of the Tibetan government in exile in the Himlayan mountains
- Mysore – colourful town in South India famous for Ashtanga yoga and it’s flamoyant palace but most yoga schools here are hard to get into.
(Click on the links above to read other articles and travel guides on these places that I’ve written.)
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Tips for choosing a school to do yoga teacher training
My top tip would be to consider what style of yoga you want to do (go for traditional Hatha if your unsure) and then decide which destination you’d like to visit and then start your search there. Remember that yoga teacher training is no holiday – it’s an intensive and challenging physical, emotional, mental and spiritual journey. If you’d prefer a relaxing yoga holiday then you’d be better off going for a yoga retreat in India.(Click on the link to see ones I recommend) There are also many amazing ashrams and meditation centers you can visit in India. Don’t forget that you’ll need an Indian visa too.
As you research your options you’ll want to be sure and check program details and reviews for yourself before choosing the program that is right for you. There are alot of fake gurus out there so always make sure your YTT is Yoga Alliance approved and see here for more things to look out for when choosing your YTT. A great site I use for finding yoga teacher training courses across the world and checking out real reviews is www.bookyogateachertraining.com Through this site, you’ll discover top YTT programs, check read reviews, and learn details regarding accommodation, food, instructors, and more! You can even book your program through the site, making for a simple and trustworthy process right from the start.
To make it easy for you here are my recommendations for the best schools for yoga teacher training in India from personal experience, recommendations from friends and years of research. All these programs contain lectures on anatomy, alignment, the art of teaching as well as yogic history, philosophy and lifestyle in addition to daily asana practice.
Here is my pick of the 5 Best Schools for Yoga Teacher Training in India
If you decide to do a yoga teacher training in India, why not go straight to one of the most popular programs in the world capital of yoga!? At Yoga Vidya Mandiram in Rishikesh, you’ll do just that. This program offers a 22-day, 200-hour YTT on the banks of the holy Ganges River in the foothills of the Himalayas. This program is taught in Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa styles and is affiliated with Yoga Alliance.
The program includes accommodation and three healthy vegetarian meals a day. You can stay in a single room or a shared double room, and all rooms have Wi-Fi connection available. You’ll be able to visit local holy shrines and temples, go hiking or rafting, or go on a short walk to visit the town or the river ghats. You’ll work with instructors that have been steeped in traditional yoga teachings from a young age and are eager to share their wealth of knowledge with you. See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!
This yoga teacher training program at beautiful, laid back eco village on Palolem beach is a 26-day, 200-hour program set in a beautiful jungle by the Arabian Sea. The sea breeze, combined with the lush green scenery, provides a tranquil scene for your yoga training. You’ll participate in Hatha and Vinyasa classes, among others, and receive Yoga Alliance certification.
Earth Yoga Village creates an intentional community atmosphere. You’ll be able to stay in a cute eco beach hut and have access to healing and chill-out spaces and a library. You’ll eat three traditional vegan meals per day and have access to skilled instructors and therapists throughout your stay. See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!
An excellent choice for an authentic yoga teacher training in India is Sarvaguna Yoga, tucked into the mountainside at the base of the Himalayas in the serene village of Bhagsu close to McCleod Ganj, the home of the Tibetan government in exhile. The program is 28 days, 200 hours, and incorporates yin, Vinyasa, restorative, and Hatha yoga styles. Classes are taught by experienced instructors, one of which is Dr. Keshava, who has taught over 100 yoga teacher training courses.
Your modern and comfortable guest house accommodation will include Wi-Fi, 24-hour hot showers, and everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay. You will be able to participate in trekking excursions, mantra chanting, and daily meditation on top of your yoga teacher training. You’ll eat traditional Indian meals prepared to accommodate vegetarian and yogic diets. See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!
Mysore is famous for Ashtanga yoga and has a couple of world famous yoga schools but these are hard to get into. The program at popular Yogadarshanam is 30 days and 200 hours, with a focus on Ashtanga, Nidra, and Hatha yoga styles. Mysore is a colourful and fairly large city in the south of India, so unlike more remote YTT locations, this program will allow you the option to explore urban Indian life and the many things to do and see in Mysore like temples, markets and palaces.
You will take courses from an experienced instructor who trained under BKS Iyengar, one of the world’s most famous yoga masters. Most programs in Mysore also require students to arrange their own accommodation but Yogadarshanam will help you to find accommodation in a nearby guesthouse or apartment. While you will not have on-site accommodation, you’ll still receive three vegetarian meals a day during your program. See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!
Kerala is one of the most luscious and relaxing places in all of India – perfect for practicing yoga. This 28-day, 200-hour yoga teacher training is located in the heart of the beachside town of Varkala. This location gives you access to beaches, temples, nearby authentic fishing villages and countless outdoor activities. The program features Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa training led by passionate, qualified doctors of yoga with expertise in a wide variety of styles.
Your included accommodation will give you access to beautiful scenery, and you will be able to participate in extra activities such as painting, cooking, and Sanskrit classes. You’ll eat three meals a day of fresh, delicious food that can be prepared to accommodate vegetarian and yogic diets. See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!
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