Completing a yoga teacher training course is an important step on the path to becoming a yoga instructor. Most teacher training courses are not cheap, and a student may need to take out a loan if she is unable to pay out of pocket. Fortunately, a number of scholarships are available to aspiring yoga instructors. The scholarships are usually awarded based on a student's financial need.
Bikram's Yoga College of India Scholarship
Students who wish to become teachers of Bikram yoga, a style of yoga developed by Bikram Choudhury and based on Hatha yoga. The distinguishing feature of Bikram yoga is that it is practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. To apply for the Bikram's Yoga College of India scholarship, a potential student must earn less than $30,000 per year as of 2011. She must also have practiced Bikram yoga for at least six months at a certified studio and include a recommendation from the studio owner with her application. The college awards two full scholarships per 9-week session. The college is located in California.
Usha Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship
The Usha Yoga Foundation's mission is to "bring yoga to marginalized communities and/or people recovering from an illness or trauma around the world." The foundation awards scholarships to aspiring teachers. After receiving the scholarship and completing a training program in their area, the yoga teacher needs to teach at least one class a week to members of the community. Examples of places a yoga instructor could teach after receiving the Usha scholarship include shelters, hospitals or a public school. A student who wishes to apply for the scholarship needs recommendations from a current teacher and from an administrator at the community center she would like to teach at. She also needs to complete an essay in response to a prompt.
Yoga Basics Scholarship
Yoga Basics, a yoga outreach organization, offers an annual $600 scholarship to aspiring teachers, as of 2011. To be eligible for the scholarship, a person must earn less than $27,000 per year if single or less than $37,000 if he has a family. A person also needs to be a premium member of Yoga Basics, which costs $25 per year, as of 2011. The scholarship is good for study at any Yoga Alliance approved course that lasts at least 200 hours. Yoga Basics awards one scholarship each year in July.
Yoga Works Scholarship
Yoga Works, a chain of yoga studios that offers teacher training, has scholarships for aspiring teachers who demonstrate exceptional need. The school has locations in California and New York, but the scholarships may not be available at every location. A student who receives a scholarship will receive a 50 percent discount on her training. In exchange for the scholarship, she will need to work at least 100 hours at the studio. She could work as an assistant teacher or perform administrative or retail duties at the studio.