The Best Online Yoga Teacher Trainings (Including Pros and Cons of online yoga courses)

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I’m not going to lie, if someone had asked me pre 2020 what I thought about online yoga teacher trainings, I’d have probably told them I thought it was a terrible idea.

But times have changed and we live in a very different world since COVID and like every other industry in the world, yoga has had to adapt and change to our new reality.

And adapt and change we have. Most yoga teachers and studios didn’t skip a beat in taking their yoga classes online the moment the studios closed. In fact, online yoga classes became the new norm, and I’m not just talking about pre-recorded classes on YouTube. Teachers began taking yoga classes live on Facebook, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and many other online video streaming programs. Even now that most yoga studios have reopened classes are still live-streamed so students that prefer to take their classes at home can do so. 

Yoga teachers also started putting together online yoga courses for students of all levels offering them a more comprehensive journey into yoga covering specific topics like back bending, inversions, and even how to use yoga to deal with trauma.

So, the fact that studios are now offering online yoga teacher trainings really comes as no surprise and is a natural progression of the new virtual reality yoga teachers are facing.

I’ve written a lot about yoga retreats and yoga teacher trainings on this blog, so I wanted to put this blog post together for those wanting to do a yoga certification online so you could get a better idea of the pluses and minuses of doing an online yoga teacher training and of course I’ve also made some recommendations for the best online yoga teacher training certification.

It also doesn’t hurt to check the school’s yoga teacher training reviews online to see what others have to say.

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The Pros And Cons Of Online Yoga Teacher Trainings
The Pros And Cons Of Online Yoga Teacher Trainings
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I’m going to start with the negatives…

What are the downsides of taking a yoga certification online?

No face to face contact

The biggest downfall is pretty obvious really…no physical face to face contact with your yoga teacher training instructors and other students.

For me doing my yoga teacher training certification one of the things I remember the most, and that had the most impact on me was the people on my course. My group was small and I’m still in regular contact with some of them. Over the 200 hours, I didn’t just learn from my teachers, I learned so much from the other student too. It’s part of the beauty of group learning environments like this.

The other students of an in-person YTT also become your yoga class students when you are teaching the class and after you have taught not only do you get feedback from the teacher who was watching you teach, but you also get very constructive feedback from the students who did the class. Getting all of this lovely feedback really helped me to grow in confidence as a teacher and adjust my teaching thanks to their observations and suggestions. This is something I think I would really miss if I was doing an online yoga teacher training certification.

Full emersion

So, this doesn’t really apply to everyone, as many people choose to do their 200 hours yoga teacher training over a longer period of time at a local studio. I didn’t I did my yoga teacher training in Mexico for over 3 weeks.

During this time, I was able to fully emerge myself into the training and my phone was turned off, my out-of-office email responder was one, and I was living and breathing yoga for 3 weeks. I ate a sattvic ayurvedic diet, I woke at 5 am to meditate, chant, and perform my Ayurveda morning routine. It was intense but I loved it, and I still look back with so many fond memories of that time.

No adjustments

For me, a big part of doing the course was improving my own yoga practice through feedback and adjustments and also learning how to safely adjust students in my classes. For obvious reasons, this one is a bit of an unknown right now as touching isn’t something many yoga students and teachers are avoiding.

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Now the positives…

So now I’ve covered some of the downsides to doing an online yoga teacher training, now it’s time to get positive. And there are a lot of positives!

More affordable

This is a big one! I was actually super lucky with you YTT 200 that I only paid $500 for it! But I have seen courses costing upwards of $2000. And this is just the course fees! On top of that, you need to add flights, travel insurance, books, yoga mat, and yoga clothing, if it’s not included food and accommodation, plus general expenses and of course taking 3-4 weeks off work.

I’m not going to lie, as much as I know my YTT was an investment (and it was one of the best I’ve made) it totally messed me up financially and it took me months to catch back up after taking that month off work.

Doing an online YTT means that you won’t have to travel and bear all of those extra costs, plus I’ve seen some online yoga teacher training courses for as little as $500 USD so if your finances have been putting you off taking the plunge, then this could be just the opportunity you have been waiting for.

121 time with your instructor

I think in 3 weeks I had maybe one 121 sit down with my course instructor. I really valued this time and personalized feedback. Not all online teacher training courses have this, but many do have smaller groups of students and are much more tailored to offering 121 facetime and individualized guidance from your course instructor. So actually doing your yoga teacher training online could result in you getting more individual guidance from your instructor.

Extra flexibility

One of the main bonuses on any online learning is the flexibility. Live classes are recorded and other course material can be accessed in your own time. This is perfect for people who have families, need to work, or just need more flexibility to make it work for them.

Better preparation for teaching online

As yoga teacher teaching classes online is our new reality. It’s something that before COVID19 was never taught in Yoga Teacher Training, but now? It’s going to be an essential part of them moving forward. It needs to be.

Now of course not all online yoga teacher trainings are going to include a module on how to teach yoga online, but some of them will so look out for those if it’s something you think will be useful to you personally.

Wider choice of available courses

When choosing a Yoga Teacher Training that you have to physically travel to many people felt restrictions. This could be that you were restricted to the amount of time you could be away from, the countries you could travel to, or the style of yoga you wanted to teach. Now? You can start with the style of yoga you want to teach and the instructor you want to be taught by as you don’t have the same limitations of time and place to hold you back.

Post-COVID In-person modules

I think this is something that I personally would be looking into. Even before COVID 19, many yoga schools were starting to do their Yoga Teacher Trainings Online. Basically, you would need to do their online course, and then once you did that you would travel for a 1-2 week in-person training where they would just focus on the physical practice.

Personally, I really like this idea. It means you can fully immerse yourself in the yoga theory you will learn online. You can go through and study in your own time at your own pace and then once you get to the 2-week in-person section it’s all about the physical asana practice and bringing the theory and practice together.

For me, if I were in your shoes right now I’d personally be looking for an online yoga teacher training course that will offer an in-person ‘top-up’ where if I choose to I can travel (when it’s safe) to dig deeper into the asana practice. That was you get the best of both worlds.

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How To Choose The Best Online Yoga Teacher Trainings

Hopefully, now you have been able to way up the pluses and minuses for doing an online yoga teacher training certification. But before you start to look for an online yoga training course here are a few things to look out for!

Check the online yoga teacher training is Yoga Alliance Approved

If you want to be able to register and get insurance with them then it’s important to do an online yoga teacher training yoga alliance certified course.

Make sure you have solid WIFI

This goes without saying really. If you don’t have the bandwidth to stream live classes or upload and download videos and other documentation, then you will need to get a device to boost your wifi or talk to your internet provider.

Don’t forget to check the time zone

This may sound obvious, but it’s one that could really catch you out! You are going to want to take part in as many of the live classes as you can, so if you are based in the USA and the course is in Europe and live classes will take place in the mornings, then unless you are cool waking up at 2 am then you probably need to choose a different course. One either in or close to your timezone.

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The Best Online Yoga Teacher Trainings Certification Courses 2021

Ok so now we have covered everything you need to think about before you go booking it’s time to take a look at some of the best online yoga teacher training courses that you can do from the comfort and safety of your own home!

This list is just a small selection of some of the yoga teacher training courses I have reviewed online, if you click the links to learn more you can read the full course information and you will also be able to contact the instructors directly to ask any questions that you may have.

I have not personally done any of these courses (just to make that super clear) this is a round-up of courses from trusted providers with solid reviews.

Ok, so I did actually complete the free trial of this online yoga teacher training course. Just so I could take a look inside and let you know what I thought of the student experience.

The course is well laid out and online classes are easy to find and complete. They also have a support team available to handle any issues you might have, they even have a WhatsApp number you can contact to get fast support. But probably the easiest way of getting fast help is to just hit the chat button within the classroom 

The actual classes are easy to follow, professionally filmed, and I really enjoyed them. I was honestly more impressed than I expected to be… I’m even considering signing up for their online Advanced Pranayama and their online Yin Yoga Course. What I really appreciated was that unlike in real life, you can rewatch the classes! So if you missed something, or didn’t quite understand it, you can simply watch it again. Amazing. 

The course itself is super SUPER affordable at just $390 USD and you have 6 months to complete it. The student reviews are also solid, so it feels like a bit of a no-brainer for me to at least sign up for the free trial and to see how you like it. I was also really impressed by the teaching. The school is based in India so it’s basically like getting an authentic Indian yoga teacher training experience, without it costing a small fortune, and without you having to leave your house!

Highlights Include

  • Primary Yoga Styles: Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Alignment
  • Additional subjects: Meditation, Pranayama, Philosophy
  • Live classes via zoom on every weekends
  • Books and course manual for the course
  • 6-month access to all the course materials
  • You can complete the course at your own pace within 6 months
  • Yoga Alliance course completion certification
  • Eligible to register for 200-RYT in the Yoga Alliance

This online yoga teacher training is another amazing budget-friendly course put together by experienced yoga teachers from a popular yoga school in India. 

Considering doing an in-person YTT will set you back at least $1000 USD, plus flights, plus time off work, food, etc, I’d say even if you were on the fence at $299 USD it’s worth taking the risk and making that investment in yourself and your personal development.

The curriculum looks solid and the teachers are all very experienced. 

Highlights Include:

  • HD video lessons
  • 100% traditional
  • Flexible duration: Flexibility to complete the course at your own pace (within 1 year)
  • Q&A sessions every weekend
  • Comprehensive manual with illustrative photos, theory, practice exercises, and much more information in PDF, downloadable and printable
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion before December 31, 2021

I’m a BIG fan of this yoga teacher training course online. It’s for a super good price ($599) considering it has a mix of live and prerecorded lessons. 

The course content and schedule look solid and the school and teachers are well established. 

This course is based on recorded classes of 28 days of practice, with the highly experienced teachers of Nirodha

Timing of sessions / daily schedule (GMT +5:30)

  • 07:00 – 08:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:00 – 09:30 Vinyasa or Aerial Yoga class
  • 09:30 – 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 – 13:00 Lecture (anatomy, history, etc.)
  • 13:00 – 15:00 Lunch/free time to enjoy the pool and relax
  • 15:00 – 17:30 Asana lab or workshop
  • 17:30 – 18:30 Practice teaching

Highlights Include

  • 200-hour online yoga teacher training
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • 60 live contact hours
  • 140 non-contact pre-recorded hours
  • Live online sessions will be held over Zoom
  • Online sessions’ timezone: Mysore, India (GMT +5:30)
  • Live class times TBD and are subject to change. They will be adjusted according to the time zone of the group
  • Customized instruction for every student: Lindsay will work with each of you during and after the training, to help you enjoy the experience and be able to share it with your own students
  • Self-paced: the course starts right after your subscription and you will have to complete the course before December 31st, 2021
  • Access to the members-only Facebook group for support after the training
  • Download all course content and keep for a lifetime
  • Video replays and all slideshows will be available to all students within 48 hours of each day if you cannot make the live times
  • Discount code for future events and/or products
  • Free bonus guided audio meditation for all students who register
  • You will be required to teach a 1-hour practice class for each module via video (Yin, Vinyasa, and/or Aerial) as well as complete a written exam to receive your certificate

The course covers

  • Breakdown of Vinyasa and Aerial Yoga postures
  • How to sequence a full yoga class
  • Sanskrit and English yoga terminology defined
  • Anatomy, physiology, and injury prevention
  • Energy body and the chakra system
  • Mantra and mudras
  • Pranayama (breathwork) and meditation
  • The language of yoga and how to speak effectively
  • Hands-on adjustments for yoga postures
  • Yoga history and philosophy from a Vedantic perspective
  • Living the yoga lifestyle
  • Yoga business and marketing strategy for new teachers

Wonderland Healing Center are taking their popular Yoga teacher training course online. They believe this is the perfect opportunity for potential YTT students to turn the crisis into an opportunity.

This course is based on recorded classes of 28 days of practice, with the highly experienced teachers of Nirodha Yoga School and your recommended daily schedule should look something like this:

  • 08:00 Asana, pranayama, bandhas, and kriyas practice
  • 09:30 Breakfast break
  • 10:30 Philosophy, anatomy, and meditation
  • 12:00 Lunch break
  • 15:00 Meditation, methodology, and students teaching each other
  • 16:30 Asana, pranayama, bandhas, and kriyas class
  • 18:00 Dinner break

Highlights Include

  • 200-hour online yoga teacher training
  • Eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance upon completion before November 30, 2020
  • 25 online contact hours for 28 days
  • 7.5 non-contact hours per day for self-study
  • 4 online yoga sessions per day
  • You can accomplish the course within 90 days from your start date

The course covers

  • Yoga philosophy
  • The history of yoga
  • Postures Alignment
  • The subtle body (chakras, nadis, koshas)
  • Pranayama
  • Anatomy
  • Teaching skills (use of voice, language)
  • Adjustment
  • Meditation (different kinds)
  • Different styles of yoga – Hatha, Vinyasa, etc..
  • Mantra – chants
  • Kirtan

At the end of the training module, you will complete an online practical exam

 Their online yoga teacher training has been designed in accordance with the 200-hour requirements for registration with Yoga Alliance. Therefore at the end of the course, you will be a certified yoga instructor, eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.

The course is 100% pre-recorded so you can choose to work through it in 1,2, or 3 months. You can go at your own pace as the only thing that is actually scheduled is the final video conference exam you will need to pass to successfully complete the course. 

Even though everything is pre-recorded you can ask for live face-to-face time with the teachers at any time to clarify things and ask any questions you might have.

Highlights Include

  • 200-hour online yoga teacher training
  • Eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance upon completion before December 31, 2020
  • Bilingual instructions and sessions: English and Spanish
  • 20 contact hours including live final exam
  • 180 non-contact hours for self-study
  • 10 online yoga sessions
  • Online sessions will be held over WhatsApp
  • Online sessions’ timezone: Barcelona, Spain (GMT +2)
  • The duration of the course is 1 month to 6 months
  • The course can commence 48 hours after Spirit Sadhana Low-Cost Yoga Teacher Trainings receive payment or you can schedule to start at a specific date

One Yoga online yoga teacher training program will release each video lesson in the same order as their onsite program. Meaning you can follow the same schedule as if you were actually there in person.

All classes are recorded so if the timezone doesn’t work for you, you can watch the videos at a more convenient time. 

Highlights Include

  • 200-hour virtual yoga teacher training
  • Eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance upon completion before December 31, 2021
  • Around 20 hours of contact hours online live webinars
  • 120 hours on recorded videos and the rest on required exercises
  • Flexible duration: can be completed in 4 weeks to 12 months
  • One-on-one guidance
  • Live online sessions will be held over Zoom
  • Online sessions’ timezone: live sessions will be at different times to suit the time zones of both Asia, Europe, and America

The Online Bend It Like Buddha Blueprint is an inspiring program that has been taken online in response to COVID19.

The bonus is that they have been able to slash the price making it much more affordable. It’s still one of the most expensive options, but it is a solid online YTT covering Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles of yoga.

Together, the teachers on this online yoga teacher training course, have 50+ years of knowledge teaching yoga, facilitating retreats, and leading yoga teacher training worldwide in Taiwan, Goa, Mysore, Portugal, and Ubud, Bali. 

This course will only be available for a limited time and it is approved by the Yoga Alliance. 

Highlights Include

  • 200-hour online yoga teacher training in Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series
  • 7 modules, 11 lessons in each module available on the teachable portal
  • 180 contact online hours and 20 non-contact studies and lesson review
  • Live online sessions will be held over Zoom Weekly. Monday – Friday 12:30pm – 5 p.m.
  • Online sessions’ timezone: Lisbon/Portugal /London (GMT+1)
  • Takes about 1 month or 4 weeks to complete the course
  • Bonus 6-hour Ayurveda massage therapy course
  • Eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance upon completion before the end of 2021

Been dreaming of doing a YTT in India? Well, maybe now you can live that dream from the comfort and safety of your own home!

The course is made up of a mix of pre-recorded videos and live classes and Q&A sessions. All of the pre-recorded material is available for you right from the beginning when you sign up. The live sessions are on India time so do check that workers for you in your current timezone.

Living Yoga School is one of the best yoga teacher training schools in Rishikesh, India, and their online Yoga Teacher training 200 is yoga Alliance Accredited. 

This is one of the most affordable options out there as it is priced at just $299!

Highlights Include

  • 200-hour online yoga teacher training
  • Contact hours – 50 hours of live sessions.
  • Non-contact hours – 170 hours of recorded videos, study books, self-practice, and self-study
  • Live Q&A Sessions
  • Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, anatomy, philosophy, meditation, and pranayama
  • Ayurveda, massage tutor, tantra, Reiki, Indian classical dance, and lifestyle
  • Course Access: 1-Year
  • Flexible duration: The course can be completed anytime within 1 year
  • All the live sessions will be recorded and shared with you
  • Live online sessions will be held over Zoom
  • Online sessions timezone: India (UTC +5:30)
  • Eligible for registration on Yoga Alliance upon course completion before December 31, 2021

Westchester Yoga Arts

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

This blog was worth reading. looking forward to see more of these blogs.

Lakshmi Rising

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

It is a really professional course. All the classes and subjects are perfect.thanks for this valuable information