Online Yoga Teacher Training

Save
Online yoga teacher training can be completed in the comfort of your home.
Online yoga teacher training can be completed in the comfort of your home. (Image: Yoga pose image by huaxiadragon from Fotolia.com)

Online yoga teacher training allows an aspiring yoga teacher to complete certification requirements on her own schedule and at her own pace. Although online courses do not replace the importance of contact hours received through in-person training, online training can serve as non-contact hours for Yoga Alliance certification or serve as continuing education for the American Council on Exercise.

Positives and Negatives

Future instructors enrolled in online programs gain the flexibility to tailor the pace of the curriculum to fit their own schedules. In addition, online programs allow future instructors to skip the expense and time commitment associated with travel to another city to attend intensive training programs.

However, online programs leave a student without the benefits of hands-on adjustments and without the development of the class community that is such a part of the body-mind-and-spirit yoga experience.

Online programs afford future instructors the flexibility to set their own schedules.
Online programs afford future instructors the flexibility to set their own schedules. (Image: Yoga on the Porch image by Scott Griessel from Fotolia.com)

Certification

The certification granted by online courses can qualify a yoga teacher for professional liability insurance. In addition, programs teach future instructors the foundations of yoga and how to teach a class. For example, Core Power Yoga's online program teaches instructors to lead the Core Power Yoga Level I class. Programs also cover the history of yoga, chakras, introductions to anatomy, yoga sutras, teaching tips, the business of yoga, adjusting and assisting and contraindications.

Online course certification can qualify yoga teachers for professional liability insurance.
Online course certification can qualify yoga teachers for professional liability insurance. (Image: Yoga girl image by huaxiadragon from Fotolia.com)

Yoga Alliance

The Yoga Alliance (YA) is the most widely recognized certifying organization for the yoga community. Most studios and gyms require instructors to obtain YA certification. However, according to Kelly Monahan, YA program associate, YA currently does not have standards for online yoga teacher trainings. Instead, a trainee can apply online course hours to the non-contact hour portion of YA certification.

Yoga Alliance currently does not recognize online yoga teacher training certifications.
Yoga Alliance currently does not recognize online yoga teacher training certifications. (Image: yoga image by .shock from Fotolia.com)

Continuing Education

Some online courses satisfy continuing education requirements for fitness professionals who are accredited through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). ACE is the world's largest nonprofit fitness certification organization and offers more than 3,000 continuing education opportunities.

ACE offers online courses that allow fitness professionals to learn the foundations of the YogaFit style. In addition, YogaFit courses teach instructors how to tailor classes to individual programs, such as yoga as a complement to a cycling regimen.

Related Searches

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • Yoga Teacher Training Scholarships

    Completing a yoga teacher training course is an important step on the path to becoming a yoga instructor. Most teacher training courses...

Related Searches

Check It Out

Are You Really Getting A Deal From Discount Stores?

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!