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What Does It Take To Get A Yoga Certification?

With so many New Yorkers now interested in yoga, the demand for trainers is at an all-time high. If you have a passion for teaching others and are looking to take your yoga experience to the next level, now's the time to consider becoming a yoga instructor. Read on to learn more about the yoga teacher certification process.

Getting Started

The first step is to register in a yoga teacher training course. Although you must pay for the cost of tuition, it’s more affordable than you may think. Some studios like The Hot Yoga Spot even offer payment plans so you can pay for your program over time. Or, you can further reduce your cost of tuition by applying for a meal/trade scholarship.

As you know, there are different forms of yoga, so consider what style you enjoy the most and look for programs that focus on those teachings. Classes are typically held on Saturdays and Sundays, so it's best to sign up for a program when you know you're weekends will be free. Also keep in mind that before receiving your certification, you'll need around 200 hours of training.

What Can I Expect During the Training Classes?

A Yoga certification class involves more than just hands-on training. There’s also some reading required. These books are designed to give you greater knowledge about the subject of yoga, and you’ll learn about the various poses and anatomy.

During yoga teacher training, you’ll learn how to communicate more effectively. A good teacher knows how to use clear, direct speech. Even if you are not accustomed to leading a group, you’ll gradually become more comfortable with practice. Things, like giving directions to your class, will eventually become second nature. Not only can you use your training to become an effective yoga instructor, but you can also these valuable communication skills in other aspects of your life.

How Can I Prepare?

Fueling your body right is an important part of yoga teacher training. Healthy vegetarian meals will keep your mind and body energized throughout the day and can help you focus on learning without experiencing fatigue. The Hot Yoga Spot offers students a light vegetarian lunch/dinner each day of training.

It's also important to get adequate sleep throughout the training program. Resting your body and mind will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the training course, and will help your body recover from the amount of yoga you'll be practicing.

What You'll Receive

When participating in a Yoga Certification class, you’ll not only be working towards your certification, you'll also be surrounded by others who share your same passion. You won’t have to worry about making mistakes. The goal is to encourage everyone to be their best. Nothing beats being able to meet new people. After the course, you’ll likely walk away with a life-long friends, an increased mind-body awareness, and an appreciation of yoga that you can teach to others.

Our Upcoming Courses

See our upcoming course availability on our teacher certification page, and contact the Hot Yoga Spot for more information today.