Yoga Teacher Training and Certification

Welcome to Yoga Teacher Training. If you have dreamed of being a Yoga instructor but aren’t sure where to start, look no further. We want to assist you as you begin your new career. Below you will find a comprehensive list of yoga training and certification programs offered throughout the nation, as well as other helpful information that will guide you on your journey to becoming a certified Yoga instructor.

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The Power of Yoga

Posted October 12th, 2011 in Types Of Yoga by admin

For years yoga has been revered for its ability to calm the mind, increase the body’s flexibility and help the individual find a center. It has also been credited with health benefits. For those that think the practice is simply about “crazy” poses, breathing and a rule full of “Om” chanters, you may consider that yoga can actually alleviate ailments and increase overall health.

Yoga brings together the mind and body. Through deep breathing and exercises, often times challenging, the body learns to relax, deal with stress and anxiety. Depending on what you are looking to get out of your practice, you can choose to lead a full throttle “yoga lifestyle” which includes a certain diet (often vegetarian or vegan) and meditation or you can choose to practice different styles of yoga.

Perhaps you just need stress management for an often hectic life? Less challenging yoga styles such as Hatha, stress relief yoga or Yin yoga will help with this. These styles are not so aggressive and they focus on breathing (which in yoga represents your energy) and perfecting certain stress relieving postures (poses to increase flexibility and strength).

Let’s face it, we live in a very stressful day and age. Smartphones, laptops, business meetings, family vacations, bills (insert stress-inducing life activity here) run our lives and often times we have nowhere to unload that energy. Having an outlet to put stress into while benefiting your body can work wonders. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, yoga can reduce stress “by drawing the focus away from your day and toward calm.” If you think about it, it’s actually pretty simple. Your mind is allowed to take a break from the deadlines, timelines and “have-tos” of the day. It is a time to focus on you and center in on bringing together the body and mind to increase flexibility and strength. Who knows? You could be less stressed and in better shape at the end of all this and that’s a true double threat.

Teaching Bikram Yoga

Posted June 4th, 2011 in Types Of Yoga by admin

Bikram yoga, or hot yoga as it is sometimes referred to as, is an intense style of yoga. Created by Bikram Chodbury, a practice of yoga since the age of four, Bikram yoga is based on 26 postures. These specific poses were created by Bikram to maximize the body’s health and are to be practiced in a heated room in order to push the body to its fullest potential, encouraging blood flow and warming the muscles.

What Makes Bikram Different?

Unlike other yoga styles, Bikram does not involve any meditation. The entire 90 minute session is devoted to postures, allowing the body to continuously move and flow. Although it is a version of the Hatha style of yoga, Bikram is far more intense. The room in which Bikram is practiced in must be heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot temperature is said to help the body warm faster and flow blood quicker. The class, which Bikram created to be simple enough for beginners, involves 12 floor postures that address the proper alignment of the spine, two breathing exercises, 12 standing postures devoted to reestablishing musculoskeletal balance. The other thing that sets this form of yoga apart from others is that there are no inversions. Bikram believed inversions to be too hard for beginners to grasp.

How to Become a Bikram Yoga Teacher:

Becoming certified to teach Bikram is a bit more involved than other certifications. Because this style is very intense, those instructing it must be strong-willed and passionate. You must also have taken regular Bikram courses at a studio for at least six months prior to applying, as well as a letter of recommendation from an instructor. You must also be at least 21 years old.

Those who meet the requirements, are interested and accepted must attend a nine week, six-day-a-week course taught by the Bikram Yoga College of India. Classes, two a day, are typically longer than the normal time of 90 minutes, as time is devoted to each pose in order for the student to truly perfect it.

Your certification will ultimately depend on your ability to perform the Bikram poses, recite the Bikram dialogue, your ability to pass tests and fulfill the curriculum* affiliated with the course, as well as participate in workshops and clinics.

Remember: Not everyone who attends the Bikram Yoga College of India is guaranteed yoga teacher certification. This course and this type of yoga is a rather sub-category of the practice and requires a determined student.

*The curriculum involved in Bikram yoga is as follows:
Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, athology, the chakra system, therapeutic applications/health benefits of yoga, the integration of medical and yogic systems for total health/well-being and information running your own yoga studio.

Yoga Types

Posted May 19th, 2011 in Types Of Yoga by admin

Yoga can be practiced in many different forms and styles. Benefiting those who want to achieve their fitness goals, increase flexibility or help with self-awareness and inner peace, yoga lends itself to various styles of practice. While each style has the same basic poses, they each focus on one particular area. Deciding which form works best for you and, ideally which class(es) you would like to teach, depends on which style of the yoga practice you can relate to most.

We have broken down the most popular styles below for you:

Hatha: Slow paced and good for beginners, Hatha is the most general and the gentlest of the styles. Focusing on learning the postures (or Asanas), meditation and developing a good yoga breathing pattern (in the nose, out the nose), Hatha is the foundation of all other yoga styles.

Vinyasa: Meaning breath-synchronized movement, Vinyasa is a bit more vigorous and requires the body to focus on deep stretches. This style is based on a series of poses called Sun Salutations, in which your movements are matched to the breath.

Bikram: Also known as “hot yoga,” this style has become increasing popular over the years for those looking to lose weight while doing yoga. Focusing on muscular strength, muscular endurance, weight loss and cardiovascular health, Bikram yoga is a series of 26 poses and takes place in 95 to 100 degree room. The heat is said to loosen the muscles and cleanse the body through getting rid of sweat.

Ashtanga: Otherwise known as Power Yoga, Ashtanga (which means “eight limbs” in Sanskrit) combines stretching, breathing and strength training but puts muscle behind it. Unlike other forms of yoga, Ashtanga is a bit more physically demanding, as it requires you to flow through six series of movements, that become increasingly harder, without pausing and incorporates side bends, push-ups and other forms of calisthenics.
Restorative: This style of yoga is about connecting to the muscles and allowing them to relax. The use of blocks, bolsters and blankets, which allow you to open up and hold the poses longer, is common in this style.

Kundalini: This style focuses all of its energy on the base of the spine, or the “Root Chakra.” Using rapid movements, many seated positions and a focus on the core, Kundalini allows incorporates mediation and chanting exercises.

Prenatal Yoga: Both expectant mothers and those that have recently had children can benefit from Prenatal Yoga. This slow-paced workout focuses on breathing, core strength and hip opening poses.