Online Yoga Teacher Training Programs
Find information about online yoga teacher training programs, especially those that have been approved by the Yoga Alliance, and online options for training. Learn about contact hour requirements and course topics.
What is the Yoga Alliance?
The Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) is an organization in the United States that provides educational support and information for yoga. It acts as a nationally acknowledged registration organization for yoga schools and instructors. Its website allows you to search for registered schools and registered teachers in the United States and other countries. It can be a good idea to participate in a Yoga Alliance-approved teacher training program to increase your professional credibility and ensure that your training is accepted by potential employers, students and yoga studios.
|Yoga Alliance||Provides educational support and info; has a list of registered schools; participation in a Yoga Alliance-approved program increases credibility|
|Online Availability||Majority of training has to be in person; about 10% of training can be completed through distance learning|
|Program Options||200-hour or 500-hour training programs, with courses such as technique teaching, anatomy and physiology, teaching principles and yoga philosophy|
|Median Salary (2019)||$27,500 (for all yoga teachers)*|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||10% growth (for all fitness trainers and aerobics instructors)**|
Sources: *PayScale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Can I Complete an Approved Program Online?
The Yoga Alliance standards require 90% of your training hours to be contact hours. Contact hours are training hours completed in the classroom with an approved instructor. Due to this policy, you can't complete a yoga teacher training program online at this time.
However, some of your required hours may be non-contact hours. According to the standards, non-contact hours can be completed by taking online or distance-learning yoga-related courses and reading relevant books or material, among a few other options. If you can find online courses, be sure to check with your school or the Yoga Alliance to make sure they count towards your required hours.
What Are the Requirements and What Courses Will I Take?
You can complete a 200-hour training program or an advanced 500-hour training program. The 200-hour program doesn't require any prior experience. The 500-hour program requires completion of an approved 200-hour program (these hours are counted towards the 500 hours) and 100 hours of teaching experience. Both programs are divided into the following categories:
- Yoga technique teaching
- Yoga technique practice
- Teaching principles and fundamentals
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Yoga philosophy and ethics
- Teaching practicum or internship
In addition to the Yoga Alliance standards, some schools also require courses that develop a deeper understanding of the roots of yoga. These courses might cover the following:
- History of yoga
- Indian devotional practices
- Raga singing (a type of classical Indian music)