How to Choose Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC)

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How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Course?


Yoga Teacher Training Courses (TTC) are an incredible transformational experience.

Most former students describe them as probably the best-spent month(s) of their lives.

Whether you are thinking to become a Yoga teacher or just get deeper in your practice and self-discovering, TTC are definitely life changing.

That’s why it becomes really important to choose the correct one and why was created to help with.

After experiencing many different Yoga Teacher Trainings (TTC) I can confirm outright that:

THE best Yoga TTC doesn’t exist. But the best one for YOU does.


There are many ways to understand and practice Yoga. Furthermore, there are as many reasons behind the decision of enrolling in a Yoga TTC as individuals.

Therefore, the first step to chose the right Yoga TTC is inner research:

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What are you looking for?                What is your intention?

-8 questions to ask yourself before choosing a Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC)-

If you already clear about which kind of course you are looking for (yoga style, hours, location …), these are the keys points you should check and compare to make the final decision:

1. Accreditation: Yoga Alliance

Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community and provides accreditations in the field of Yoga teaching. Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) and Registered Yoga Schools (RYS) will guarantee that the TTC program you enroll in meets the yoga teaching standards and that the training is conducted by experienced teachers.

Yoga Alliance is globally recognized so it would increase your credibility and widen your array of possibilities to teach yoga in centers in any corner of the world. In the Yoga Alliance website you can find they have certified more than 46.000 Yoga teachers and 4.000 Yoga centers worldwide (2015 data).

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All Courses on are guaranteed by Yoga Alliance.

2. Course Curriculum.

If they are certified, you can be sure that you will receive the basic curriculum required by Yoga Alliance which includes:

1. Techniques, Training and Practice
2. Teaching Methodology
3. Anatomy and Physiology
4 Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers
5. Practicum

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3. Reputation of the school

Schools like Shivananda or Agama are well known in the Yoga Scene. Being under their protective umbrella can be a great plus and door-opener, especially if you are planning to begin a professional career in yoga, it will always be a bonus.

If this is an important aspect for you, consult the Yoga community offline and online to figure out which centers have better reputations for each yoga style.

4. Yoga Experience of the teachers.

There is some controversy about this point.

Although in the beginning it seems obvious that the more experienced the teacher the better, in some cases you will find your best ally in a fresh-out-of-the-oven one. Most of them empathize better with the difficulties of the nervous newbies, pay more attention to detail, and are more devoted to assist you.

5. Teaching style

It is not only about expertise in Yoga, but also in teaching.

Imitation is a strong way we humans learn. So it is highly advisable to assure you mesh with the teacher and his/her style.

Most ideal would be to attend  a class beforehand or ask former students.

Another way to increase your possibilities to be sure would be to choose a TTC with a wider and diverse teacher team.

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7. Practical

If the aim of your TTC is to become a Yoga teacher, you should confirm that you will have as many hours as possible performing as one.

This is a key aspect of your training, as you will be able spot your strong and weak points in a real scenario and to receive valuable feedback from yoga experts.

8. Post-course support.

After just one month, you may not feel totally confident to consider yourself a Yoga teacher. Some of the centers will provide you with internships and other kinds of opportunities to build up your self-esteem.

Normally, accomplishing a TTC is not the end of a course, but the beginning of a long-term relationship with a community that will be always willing to support your Yoga path in many ways.

Some lasts tips:


  • Get feedback from graduates. Check testimonials, Facebook comments, videos or even send messages to them with the doubts you may have. This is definitely the best way to get the feeling and figure out if this is the TTC you are looking for.
  • Take some time before and after. Especially if it is intensive, you will need to warm up and starting to build a routine. After accomplishing it, you will be tired and filled with deep knowledge and emotions. You have earned a well-deserved rest, so indulge yourself!

  • Open up as much as you can. This is a great premise that will allow you to receive as many benefits as possible out of your TTC. Its a great opportunity for transformation, to discover your inner self deeply and to create strong, beautiful and nourishing relationships with other yoga lovers.

  • Don’t be afraid to fail! Certified TTC are very well planned and their experienced teacher will provide you with all the support you need. This formula ensures that almost 99% of the students finalize the TTC with success. In the very improbable case that you do not, the center will most likely give you more opportunities to accomplish successfully.

  • Once you choose one… don’t look back! Yoga is all about being fully present. So you should practice it during the TTC to make the best out of it. Don’t forget to release all expectations and let it surprise you. Remember the power of manifesting that you have and it will easily be the best Yoga TTC for you.

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We hope this post would be helpful in your TTC quest.

If you have any further doubts or we can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the Team!

Aldara could be described as a professional Yogini, in the sense that she is mastering how to "join" together her passions: Education + Travel + Yoga. She has a wide open heart and mind, always welcoming new projects and collaborative proposals which can help to keep "joining the life dots" of the beautiful Mandala which is this world we live in.
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