By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500
Let’s say, you have decided to become a Yoga instructor, but you do not have weeks or months, of free time, to spend away from your family, friends, and obligations. You have researched Yoga certification classes around the world. The typical training course for Yoga instructors will also require you to pay fairly large sums of money, which creates another hardship.
Are there any other instructor training options for the working person, with family obligations, and a budget? Yes, there are, and a Hatha Yoga certification home study program meets the needs of many practitioners who aspire to teach Yoga. With Internet technology, we also have online Yoga instructor training study programs.
Hatha Yoga Certification home study courses, correspondence courses, and distance learning courses, have existed for decades. Not everyone has the financial resources, or free time, available to “fly off” to Tahiti or India.
In an ideal world, it would be nice to have the time, and money, to attend a teacher certification class in Honolulu, but maybe it’s just not realistic thinking, at this time. Is a Hatha Yoga certification obtained through home study course starting to sound more realistic?
What should you be looking for in a home study course designed for instructors? What material should a Hatha Yoga home study course contain? Will there be certification videos or DVDs? Should the whole Yoga instructor training course be designed for online learning?
There are many options these days. A basic Yoga instructor’s training course and certification should consume a minimum of 200 study hours. This 200 hour standard has become the generally agreed minimum requirement for most of the world's Yoga teacher certification organizations.
There are some Yoga teacher certifications that require less than 200 hours, but will you learn about modifications, contraindications, anatomy, physiology, the subtle body, chakras, mudras, bandhas, doshas, kriyas, asanas, meditation, and Pranayama in less than 200 hours? Remember that 200 hours is the generally agreed “minimum” number of Yoga teacher training study hours.
Online video has become the most popular international format for learning new information, so certification videos should have the option to be viewed online. DVD should also be an option for interns. If you have previous experience as a student and a Yoga teacher for guidance; your instructor internship will be a smooth process. Experienced practitioners can easily grasp the concepts presented within certification videos.
However, if you have no previous experience, as a student, you can make life easier on yourself by seeking the guidance of a competent Yoga teacher in your local area.
Lastly, the ability to turn in written assignments by Email speeds up the instructor certification process, but it also helps to get tutoring by Email or phone. These are options to consider when choosing a Hatha Yoga certification home study program.
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