Online Yoga Teacher Training
When we started offering yoga alliance certified yoga teacher training courses back in 2013, we didn’t think it would turn into Online Yoga Teacher Training. For those who have dreamt of becoming a yoga teacher, online is the best resource.
Prior to Covid-19, it wasn’t possible to get YTT certification Online through Yoga Alliance. Now, they’ve made allowances so you can become a certified teacher from the comfort of your home. This provision is up to December 31, 2021, for Yoga Certifications to be completed online. They have given “Online Teaching Exemption” to existing RYS (Registered Yoga School) for the existing approved program which was running onsite. Everything remains the same including the certificate. Now you can get the same Yoga Alliance Registration with your Online Training, which you would receive on in-person training.
What are our credentials? At Siddhi Yoga, we have trained more than 2000 graduates from 60+ countries in the last 7+ years. We are not a yoga studio running normal classes and started something just because of Online Yoga Teacher Training demand. We understand the needs and what it takes to become the best yoga teacher.
Is the Yoga School registered with Yoga Alliance USA?
First of all, legally you don’t need any yoga certification to teach yoga. Secondly, Yoga Alliance is not a Certification body but an online registry of yoga teachers. The certificate is always issued by a Yoga School. However, YA has come up with minimum standards a Yoga Alliance Registered School must follow in their program and that program must be registered and approved by Yoga Alliance.
Even though certification is not legally required, in the yoga industry it may hinder you if you don’t have certification. If you’re hoping to run your own studio, certification may be important for students to trust your abilities. Some people are going to ask for credentials and the Yoga Alliance Certification shows you have received the necessary training to teach. Most of the yoga studios accept a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate.
How to select the Best Online Yoga Teacher Training Program?
The first thing you should look into is the “Yoga Teacher Training Program” of the school. No point beating around the bush if the program doesn’t serve a purpose. Everyone has their own needs and preferences. Keep the following things in mind while selecting a program:
1. How old is the school and its program?
Some of the schools were running their normal yoga classes and when demand for online yoga teacher training increased, they started their program. As they are teaching their “Yoga Teacher Training Program” for the first time, chances are quite high that they don’t know the needs of a Yoga Teacher so the Program is not structured properly. The older the school, the better the program is likely to be.
2. What subjects are being covered and what detail?
All the Yoga Alliance Registered Schools must have asana, philosophy, anatomy and physiology, pranayama, and meditation. However, every school covers it differently. Not every human is the same and their body types are different. Universal alignment of asana doesn’t work on everyone. The program must cover all possible alignments of each asana. The program should be covering 8 Limbs of Yoga, Mudras, Mantras, Different Types of Breathing, Different Types of Yoga, all the major Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, and Chakras. Anatomy and Physiology should be covering Respiratory System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Digestive System, Cardiovascular System, and Endocrine System. Beyond all of these, there must be enough practice sessions for you to practice.
3. Is it 100% Live or a mix of pre-recorded videos and Live?
You should ask yourself if you would like to have a 100% Live program where all the classes are being taught Live via Zoom or a similar program. Normally this type of program runs for over 10 weeks at set times. You must be very disciplined and available for 10 weeks during this time.
Time zone is another issue. If it’s not in your time zone, then you are going to have a lot of challenges.
Some Live trainings have 20-40 people attending at the same time. So ask yourself, can a teacher pay any attention to every individual? You will be paying over $1500, attending the training at fixed times for 10 weeks, and not getting any attention. The recording is of lower quality as Zoom only has 640×320 video quality recordings.
Whereas a mix of Pre-Recorded videos and Live sessions have more flexibility. Pre-recorded videos are HD quality and you can watch them as many times as you wish. Attend the Live sessions as per your time zone and schedule. Ask questions in the community and on Facebook. Join the large community of like-minded people around the globe. Lastly, and probably the biggest benefit is you pay a fraction of the cost ($397).
4. Who are the teachers and their experience? Multiple instructors, each with a specific area of expertise OR a single yoga teacher doing the Program?
There are programs run by a single instructor. A good program should have a minimum of 2-3 teachers who have expertise in the respective subject. Remember to check the number of years’ experience the teachers have as well.
5. Do I need an authentic program from India providing an authentic insight into yogic thought and traditions OR Western?
If you are looking for an authentic insight into yogic thought and traditions, you should be selecting a program with Indian teachers. Do take note that English is not their first language but they can provide you the best possible, authentic knowledge. Whereas western teachers can communicate well in English and most likely they may have learned from an Indian teacher. If you’re looking for authentic yogic teachings from the source, you may get more out of an Indian teacher and their knowledge.
6. Should I be doing Vinyasa OR Hatha OR Ashtanga OR Multi Style?
Some programs cover only a single yoga style. If you are very clear about the style you wish to follow then select the program with that particular yoga style. If you wish to have a better understanding and learn more than one style, the Multi-Style Program can offer you more.
7. How much is your budget?
If you are very disciplined and wish to attend the 100% Live program then you can expect the cost to be between $1000 to $2000.
If you are looking for a program that is less than $500 with full flexibility then you should be selecting a mix of Pre-Recorded videos and Live sessions where you can interact with teachers directly.
8. Do you need Sub-titles?
If you are selecting a mix of Pre-Recorded and Live programs then you should check if you need Sub-Titles on the Pre-Recorded videos. You may need to opt for Sub-Titles due to the foreign accents of the teacher.
Lastly, before signing up check if the school has a Trial period and if they offer a 100% refund.
Is Online Yoga Teacher Training Worth It and why should I do it?
In this Covid-19 climate, online yoga teacher training is a safe way for you to get your YTT certification. The bonus is that it costs much less than it normally would. Good teacher training has made it possible to get the abundance of knowledge and insight you need. You’ll have the opportunity to learn at your own pace. You’ll have full support and opportunities to connect with yoga masters through Zoom regularly as well. There is no better time to bring yoga teacher training into your living room.
There is no doubt that you will be missing the live adjustments from a teacher, forming valuable friendships in onsite training, and real-life exposure. However, if you are disciplined, you can get training that works around your schedule and at a much lower cost.
It has taken a while to realize that online education works well if it is done properly and this has been one of the benefits of the covid-situation. –The quality of online education and communication has improved a lot. Many organizations in areas like education and therapy believed online was not the way to do things. The pandemic has caused a surge of creativity and challenges. The conclusion is online learning and therapy can be done with fantastic outcomes.
Is it not great now that things are expanding in a way that we can move forward into the future with more options? Both in-person and now online trainings? What was once inaccessible to some is now more accessible. I feel we have to be involved and part of the change as we learn and go forward. In the future, my bet is on some sort of blended experience.
Will I Get Certified With Online Yoga Teacher Training?
Yes, once you’ve completed the training modules, you’ll be a certified yoga teacher (YTT 200) through Yoga Alliance. This is an international certification so you can teach anywhere in the world. As of now, this special provision is available till 31st December 2021 (earlier it was 31st December 2020). This certification allows you to get the necessary insurance you need for teaching as well.
Do I need to register with Yoga Alliance to teach?
You don’t have to register but it’s recommended if you’re looking to teach. You will be part of a worldwide directory. You increase your visibility. You will pay to register with them. It’s $115 for the first year and then $65 annually to extend it every year thereafter. At Siddhi Yoga, we have our directory where you can register for free.
What are the Yoga Teacher Certificate Requirements for Online YTT (Updated Yoga Alliance Standards)?
- Format: Online programs are required to have a blend of synchronous (Learning that requires real-time interaction with either a trainer or other students). Also asynchronous teaching (Learning that does not require real-time interaction. Learning takes place according to the students’ pace).
- Hours with Lead Trainer(s): At least 50% of the total hours, regardless of format, must be taught by the LT(s).
- Lead Trainer Maximum: A maximum of 5 LT per training.
- Competency assessment: Must clearly describe methods of testing trainees’ competency in synchronous and asynchronous spaces.
For detailed updated Yoga Alliance Standards for Online Yoga Teacher Training you can check here.
Below our top picks for Online YTT.
Siddhi Yoga Online School
Siddhi Yoga is one of the top teacher training academies in India and is a Registered Yoga School through Yoga Alliance. If you’re looking for an authentic experience with masters of all kinds teaching you specific disciplines, this course is for you. Siddhi Yoga, “one of the best yoga academies in India” has made it their mission to offer affordable, deep teachings with the utmost honor to the discipline of yoga. Their online teacher training consists of a 300+ page yoga manual, 200 hours of self-paced teachings, and more than 220 video lessons. You’re also getting weekly interactive classes on Zoom every Saturday and Sunday. Recorded versions can be accessed in your exclusive account so if you miss the meetings, you can catch up at your convenience. You will always have support throughout the program. Once you submerse yourself into the Siddhi Yoga family, you will always be a part of it.
You’ll be blessed with teachings from masters who have been involved in yoga throughout their adulthood. Dr. Sumit Sharma is located in Rishikesh with a master of anatomy, asana, and alignments. He has taught thousands of students in multiple countries. Your practice will be deepened by the teaching of Shobhit Ghanshyala. He also teaches out of Rishikesh with mastery in asana and teaching techniques. Yogacharya Sandeep Pandey will be teaching you hatha yoga, philosophy, and meditation. He has been teaching students from all over the world at Swami Rama Sadhka Grama and holds a master’s degree in Yoga and Indian Philosophy from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University. He also teaches at the world-famous International Yoga festival. You’re going to be getting lessons from the source of yoga with masters that understand the multi-faceted meaning of yoga.
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Yoga Alliance YACEP Ayurveda Certification Course By Dr. Vikas Kumar
You’ll be able to design yoga classes that bring the wisdom of Ayurveda into it. The program is going to allow you to expand your knowledge and services as a yoga teacher beyond the mat. Topics such as the 5 elements, 3 doshas, and subdoshas, along with Ayurvedic Nutri will all be introduced. This can expand your abilities as a yoga teacher and allow your teachings to be more impactful for your students. This is a $197 Value.
Yoga Alliance YACEP Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification by Shobhit Ghanshyala
The Restorative yoga program is going to give you additional, specific knowledge on offering students a gentle practice. Restorative offers alternatives to basic yoga poses, often with the use of props. You will learn how restorative works with the fascia in the body and how to put together poses. This is an excellent addition to your teachings. This is a $147 Value.
Here are some of the reasons people are taking this program:
- Yoga Alliance approved.
- Bhakti yoga Kirtan included.
- Multiple instructors, each with a specific area of expertise.
- Based in India.
- Provides authentic insight into yogic thought and traditions.
- It Covers asana, philosophy, pranayama, alignment.
- Siddhi Yoga Teachers have onsite real experience of teaching more than 2000+ teachers from 60+ countries in the last 7+ years.
- One of the best Ayurveda programs has been included Free which is taught by the experienced ayurvedic doctor ($197 Value)
- Restorative Program has been included Free ($147 Value)
- Live Interactive Zoom sessions every week included.
- Subtitles available.
- Lastly the affordability.
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- Duration: Self-paced
- Cost: $397 (payment plans available)
- Refundable: Yes. Within 7 days get 100% refund if you don’t like the course
- Website: https://siddhiyoga.online/courses/ryt-200-hours-yoga-teacher-training-certification
- Yoga technique: Vinyasa Yoga + Hatha Yoga + Karma Yoga + Bhakti Yoga + Mantra Yoga + Raja Yoga
My Vinyasa Practice
When looking for a great alternative to in-person yoga training, the online course by My Vinyasa Practice stands out near the top of our list. This course ensures the integrity of training you would get from an in-person course is maintained. In addition, you’ll still receive and walk through materials giving you a broad depth of learning, and just as important it will be as close to personal experience as possible.
Once you’ve completed My Vinyasa Practice you’ll feel confident to begin a career in giving back and facilitating yoga practices, whether they are in studios, gyms, retreats, and through this certification, you’ll be eligible to teach in a variety of client settings. My Vinyasa Practice is registered with the Yoga Alliance and students completing this course of instruction will be able to register once completed. This provision, for now, lasts at least through the end of December 2021.
With My Vinyasa Practice, headquartered in Austin, Texas, you’ll be able to begin your journey towards becoming a certified Yoga Instructor for as little as $50 a month.
Covered in this course are a variety of topics and resources intentionally included to ensure you’re confident from day one in leading your first flow! These topics and resources include but are not limited to:
- 200 Hour YTT Manual
- E-copy of Light on Yoga
- E-copy of The Yoga Sutras
- Pre-recorded lectures & written content
- Access to content for life
- Recorded practices with Michelle
- Direct feedback from your mentor
.. and so much more!
The tuition price includes the above-listed materials as well as so much more, all hand-selected by the course founder Michelle Young.
- Duration: Completely Self-Paced
- Cost: $375 (50% off) when paid in full. $750 with installment payments
- Refundable: Yes. Within 7 days get 100% refund if you don’t like the course
- Website: https://myvinyasapractice.teachable.com/p/200-hour-ytt
- Yoga technique: Vinyasa
The YogaRenew Online Yoga Alliance Approved 200-hour yoga teacher certification offers you the opportunity to deeply enrich your practice and understanding of yoga. At such a low price this comprehensive YTT will give you a strong foundation for yoga philosophy and practice through detailed videos, readings, workbooks, handouts, and lectures.
The YogaRenew team is led by Nadia Goudy, yoga teacher, yogi, and owner of Recharge Corporate Yoga, – a company dedicated to bringing yoga and mindfulness to the workplace.
You will go through Yoga History & Philosophy, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yoga Anatomy, Understanding 8 Different Styles Of Yoga, 6 Principles of Yoga Alignment, Learn 5 Categories of Asanas, 5 Bandhas of Yoga, advanced study of over 50 yoga poses; including adjustments/modifications for each, Teaching Cues, Injuries & Modifications, Yoga Sequencing, Hands-On Adjustments, Meditation, Pranayama, Chakra Yoga Therapy
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5. Access to Yoga Inspiration Class Playlists
6. 50 Class Sequence Plans For You To Use Today
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- Duration: Self-paced
- Cost: $437 (payment plans available)
- Refundable: Yes. Within 30 days get a partial refund if you don’t like the course
- Website: https://www.yogarenewteachertraining.com/
- Yoga technique: 8 Yoga Styles + Meditation + Asanas (50+ Asanas covered across 5 Asana Categories)
The Kaivalya Yoga Method
This Online Yoga Teacher Training Course is run by Allana Kaivalya, Ph.D. who is the founder of this school and practicing and teaching yoga for the last 20 years. She had studied with many great teachers from the USA, India, Bali, and Europe.
This is Yoga Alliance approved course and upon graduating from The Kaivalya Yoga Method Academy online certification program you’ll be able to register with the Yoga Alliance if you have completed your course before 31st December 2021. Here is what you will get:
- Lifetime access to the course content.
- Other than 200-Hour, 300, and 500-Hour options also available for higher education.
- Optimization of your growth with accountability and assessments.
- Individualized feedback from elite mentors.
- Private Facebook group with 24/7 support and additional live content.
- Certification upon completion and lifetime registry with TKYM
- Duration: You will get 6 months to complete certification for the 200 and 300-hour programs, and 12 months for the 500-hour program
- Cost: $397 when paid in full. $462 with installment payments of $77 for 6 months.
- Website: https://shop.alannak.com/
- Yoga technique: Vinyasa
Akasha Yoga Academy
Akasha Yoga offers its 200 hour YTT training online. Videos come to you from their exclusive “Baliwood” studios. They have many senior teachers with a lot of experience. You will learn about all aspects of Yoga and learn the deepest parts of the practice. You’ll learn how to teach breath-based asana, pranayama, meditation, and anatomy. Your experience will be authentic, which will allow you to become the best teacher you can be for your students. You’ll learn key teaching techniques like alignment and being safe during practice.
You can learn at your own pace with the 200 videos and a manual. You can get it done in one month or spread it out over 3 to 6 months. You’ll have access to your teachers in real-time as well. You will be able to connect with a worldwide community of practitioners and teachers. You get access to videos and training materials for life and they even have mentoring for your professional development. They teach you how to market and network yourself to gain exposure and students.
- Duration: 3-6 months
- Cost: $850 USD
- Website: https://online.akashayogaacademy.com/courses/200-HourYogaTeacherTraining
- Refundable: No
- Yoga technique: Hatha
Yoga Farm Ithaca
Yoga Farm Ithaca is a Yoga Alliance RYS (Registered Yoga School), and our Online Yoga Teacher Training certification fully upholds the integrity of our in-person training.
This training is an ideal match for you, if you are a K-12 educator, parent, working professional at home, or someone who is seeking a new direction and career change.
You will learn to teach with skill and confidence, individuals or groups, in-person, as well as be trained to teach yoga to individuals or groups utilizing a variety of virtual and online technology.
This is not a ‘work by yourself’ training. Instead, this is a highly interactive, self-paced training with multiple points of live contact with your trainers and classmates each week. Our training includes live classrooms, over 40 recorded videos, daily live online yoga and meditation classes, a year of our online subscription, and training materials.
We are WITH YOU, step-by-step until you complete this certification training.
- Duration: Self-paced + Interactive = as few as 6 weeks or up to one year
- Cost: $1,499 (payment plan available)
- Website: https://www.yogafarm.us/online-yoga-teacher-training-200-hours-certification-program-full-details
- Yoga technique: Vinyasa + Mindfulness + Meditation + Inquiry
Zazyoga Online Yoga Teacher Training offers a highly personalized experience with extensive one-on-one support from the teacher. Students have the flexibility to complete the full 200-hour certification over 30 days or to study at their own pace. The course format is highly interactive, and the emphasis is put on understanding how the tools and techniques learned in this course can be applied to your life.
Conscious of the increasing rate of yoga injuries, Zazyoga promotes a safe and inclusive practice. The school philosophy highlights that everyone has a different body, a different skeleton shape, and different emotional experiences that must be taken into account in the alignment of the postures. They detail the biomechanics involved in the practice, the purpose of each posture, and how to adapt it to different bodies so that people get all the benefits without the pain. Students don’t simply learn to do the poses; they understand them so they can better explain and teach them.
This functional approach is reflected throughout the curriculum. Zazyoga gives you the tools to know which specific yoga practices can bring you to balance in various situations. Because of this approach, the Zazyoga graduates are ready to teach yoga confidently as soon as they complete the course.
Each of the 30 modules of the course covers:
1. Morning practice of meditation, pranayama, and creative vinyasa yoga
2. Deep dive into the safe practice and teaching of asanas
3. Lectures on Functional Yoga Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, and Teaching Methodology
4. Relaxing practices or lectures alternating between Restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra, or Chakra Anatomy
The tuition price includes all books and material as well as bonus videos and personal coaching calls with the Zazyoga Founder Marylene Henry.
- Duration: 30 days or Self-Paced
- Cost: $1397
$2800(Currently offering 50% Discount) Payment plans available.
- Refundable: Yes. Within 7 days get 100% refund if you don’t like the course
- Website: https://onlinetraining.zazyoga.com/
- Yoga technique: Vinyasa Yoga, Meditation, Restorative
The Online Yoga Teacher Training with Gyan Heilyoga covers all main modules such as Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Philosophy, Ayurveda, Anatomy, and Teaching Practice according to traditional hatha yoga. The descriptive and interactive Teaching Methodology Classes will prepare you to teach yoga with confidence and provide many useful insider Tips.
The 200 Hours are divided into Live Classes via Zoom, Self Study, Course work, and Q&As.
A highlight is that you can complete your course work, teaching practice, and exams in multiple languages: English, German, French, or Spanish.
Gyan Heilyoga provides very comprehensive and descriptive course materials such as high-quality books and PDFs that you can keep forever.
The course can be completed according to your availability between 21 days and 12 months.
All live classes are very flexible and run Thursdays till Sunday all day. You can choose which classes suit you and sign up without pressure.
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- Duration: 21 days and 12 months
- Cost: $799
- Website: https://www.gyanheilyoga.com/online-yoga-ausbildung.html
- Yoga technique: Hatha