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#1 of 5 Old 01-02-2002, 03:10 AM - Thread Starter
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I have been thinking that I might really enjoy teaching yoga and best of all I could do it very part time. Is there any special certification that you need, or do you just go apply at a studio? Thanks!
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I'm not a yoga instructor but I have been doing yoga for quite awhile- at home with tapes and in a studio with an instructor. I, too, have been interested in teaching to special populations (I'm a special ed teacher and think some of our special needs kids could benefit from yoga) through our local Parks & Rec dept. I asked one of my instructors a while back how to go about getting started. She said that you do need teacher training and certification. There are yoga institutes all over the world and you pay a pretty penny to attend one to be certified, or you can ask at one of your local studios where to be trained and certified. There is a studio in my city that does training and certification. Good luck to you! Now that I've had my babe it will probably be awhile before I persue it.
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Where are you located?
The nov/dec issue of Yoga Journal had a whole bunch of info on studios and teacher trainings, and the mag is a great resource on yoga anyways (or try the web site ) Unless you are already set on a certain style of yoga - do your homework well, there are plenty of trainings around, but i feel that it's essential to get a sound knowledge on anatomy & physiology as well as the asana-practice - to stand above the crowd, so to speak.
Good luck on your search on the path of yoga - and here's my personal reminder - i feel a teacher is never really ready. It's your own practice and example that counts - make it a good one.
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It depends on what kind of yoga you want to teach... Bikram requires 2months in CA (, iyengar requires several years of learning by a certified teacher then teaching before you can get certified ( kripalu has their own courses held in MA ( or .org. Many astanga instructors hold trainings ( The yoga alliance has a listing of all types of styles and training at or .org. Most certs require 250 hours. Ask your local instructors where they got their training too.

Hope this was a help. I just finished an in depth article on yoga (different styles, training etc.) for a natural living website called It will be up and running in several weeks so bookmark it and check back for more info.

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I've been a yoga teacher for many years, and it's a great way to keep in shape and help others!

The best yoga teacher certification program I've found is through The Expanding Light, where I got certified. They are one of the most respected yoga teaching facilities in the world. They have many different kinds of yoga teaching certification. Here's their link

Being a yoga teacher is very rewarding. There's also another group that certifies teachers to teach yoga & meditation to kids, which you may be interested in, too:
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