So you want to become a yoga teacher? Where should you start? There are plenty of yoga teacher training courses in the UK. It just depends how long you have to do the training and what kind of yoga you want to teach.
Next where do you want to train? Most major cities across the UK have yoga teacher training courses on offer. Many yoga teacher training courses are run through either the British Wheel of Yoga or Yoga Alliance. The British Wheel of Yoga is yoga’s governing body in the UK but you don’t have to train through them. Yoga Alliance are an American organisation with registered schools all over the world.
Different yoga schools will also have their own yoga teacher training courses. For example, Bikram yoga schools will train you specifically to teach Bikram yoga. You will need your own yoga equipment including a yoga mat, block, brick and strap.
Once you are qualified by an accredited teacher training centre, you need to get yoga teacher insurance and you are ready to start teaching. Most entry level yoga teacher training courses range between £3,000 to £4,000, some will be more expensive especially if they are based outside of the UK.
DO I NEED TO BE A SUPER ADVANCED YOGI TO BECOME A YOGA TEACHER?
No, but generally training centres ask you to have practiced regularly for at least two years before joining a course.
You can be advanced in the ashtanga primary series, for example, but that doesn’t mean you are going to be a top yoga teacher. As with any kind of teaching, you’ve got to be able to convey ideas well to your class, have a loud clear teaching voice and empathy for others, especially those with injuries.
In short, you do need to have good fitness plus have practiced regularly for two years, but you don’t need to be busting out handstands to become a yoga teacher.
HOW LONG DO YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSES LAST?
It varies from course to course. In general, most first-time yoga teacher training courses are 200 hours of training, which equates to roughly six hours per day, every day for one month. You’ll hear of lots of people going to India or Thailand going to do intensive teacher training courses for one month.
Alternatively there are other options more suited to people that can’t take a whole month off to do a teacher training course. Some courses run over three months with training every weekend. Others can take up to a year or even two years.
It’s good because you can fit becoming a yoga teacher around your own schedule by finding a course that offers the hours you want.
WHERE CAN I FIND A YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE IN THE UK?
Yoga London are one of the biggest yoga teacher training schools in Europe. They offer a whole range of courses from one month intensives up to year long part-time courses in London. They are accredited by Yoga Alliance and offer 200 hour ashtanga vinyasa training, 500 hour training plus some specialist courses like pregnancy yoga teacher training. You can go along to a free 200-hour trial session to see if you are ready for the course.
BRITISH WHEEL OF YOGA
British Wheel of Yoga offer their own yoga teacher training courses around the UK - from Scotland to Dorset. They have a 300 hour course and a 500 hour course which takes between one and three years to complete. Start with a 60 hour foundation course and then see if you want to take the full 300 hour course.
Yoga Campus offer Yoga Alliance yoga teacher training courses across the UK in London, Manchester and York. Their Teacher Training Diploma is a 360-hour course over 18 months run by teachers from a variety of different yoga fields. You can go on specialist add-on training, including yin yoga, pregnancy yoga, yoga for teens and more. They also offer free taster days so you can decide whether you want to sign up to the full course first.
Yoga Scotland is the governing body for yoga in Scotland. They run a 60 hour foundation course for yogis who want to eventually become yoga teachers, plus a full 500 hour yoga teacher training course over two years. It’s a part-time course that offers an in-depth insight into the practical and philosophical side of yoga. The courses run in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.