How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Abroad

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Wondering how to choose a yoga teacher training abroad? If you are thinking of going abroad to do your 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training there are some things you should consider before paying your deposit. In this post, I will go through some key areas to consider and give you the lowdown on my top 5 countries to do yoga teacher training.

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What Style of Yoga should you train in

This is a really important point to consider. If you want to study a more generic form of yoga then choosing an Ashtanga Vinyasa course is a steady option. But there are so many different styles of yoga out there don’t be afraid to do some extra research and find the style of yoga that best suits you.

I personally practice Ashtanga yoga, however, my teacher training was in Ayurveda and Shivananda Hatha Yoga. It really was the perfect course for me and I had never even heard of it until researching teacher training. If you find something you like the sound of then see if there are any classes in your local area and go and try one out.

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The Ratio of Practical to Theoretical classes

Some yoga training courses are weighted more to the practical aspects of yoga than others. If you already have a strong yoga practice and some teaching experience then you may want to consider a more theory-heavy course with lots of spiritual and philosophy classes. Ask to look at an example timetable before you make up your mind.

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What kind of accommodation do you prefer

Is the accommodation included? If it isn’t then before you go any further do some research into accommodation the local area and make sure that accommodation is available in your price range. Although I’m normally a dorm bed girl, I actually really (really) appreciated having my own room on YTT. Especially as I was studying Ayurveda and giving myself morning oil massages! For me, it was worth paying a little more and being close to the school with my own bed. The hours are long and full, having a good space to rest is essential.

Do you want the food included with your Yoga Teacher Training Course

If you choose an all-inclusive Yoga Teacher Training then most likely food will be included. I would strongly recommend this option if possible. For me, this was the hardest thing as I was so tired I just didn’t want to cook! Be prepared to eat a clean Satvic diet (no meat, eggs, sugar, onions or garlic!) for the whole course. I actually felt fantastic for eating so well and continued to cut Rajistic foods mostly out of my life. I still eat garlic and onion when I’m eating out but I never cook with them now at home.

What did other teachers experience on the course

Check out your yoga teachers, teachers. Who are they, where have they worked? What do they believe in, and most importantly what can they teach you. You will be spending a lot of time with your teachers over the training so this is very important and a lot of people don’t think to check this.

Learning Abroad | How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training AbroadWhat country to do your Yoga Teacher Training Course

Is there a country that you really want to visit? Or somewhere you really don’t want to go? You also need to take into consideration the cost of flights. India is often the cheapest place to do teacher training. However, if the flights are twice as much as they are to Costa Rica then it may be financially better to go to Costa Rica. Many teachers work internationally so it’s worth contacting people to find out where they will be running teacher training and match up with a country you want to go to.

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How to choose a yoga teacher training abroad

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My Top 5 countries to do Yoga Teacher Training (in no particular order)

Mexico

This is where I studied. It’s cheap to get to as there are so many international airports. The cost of living is cheap and if you study with Yoga Veda in Ajijic it’s the perfect temperature all year round. Sunny but not too hot! It’s also a great place to stay for a while after and take some time to explore.

Costa Rica

The Central Americal home of the yogi. Costa Rica is full of Ashrams offering teacher training with international teachers. Cost of living is high compared to other places and transport is expensive. But it really is a beautiful place and if you do train here you must take at least a week to do some exploring on the coast or in the rainforest!

Guatemala

Now I know Guatemala might not be on the top of your list, but here are some reasons why it should be! It’s a beautiful country. It’s cheap to travel around and  I couldn’t think of a better place to study than Lake Atitlan. That place isn’t called a vortex for nothing. You could also easily see the sights of Guatemala in a week after your YTT without needing to spend much money! Check out this post I wrote about yoga retreats in Guatemala too.

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Bali

The Oceanic home of Yoga. Like Costa Rica, Bali is also full to the brim of Ashrams offering teacher training with international teachers. If you know who you want to study with it’s very likely they will host a Yoga Teacher Training in Bali at some point during the year! If it’s luxury you are looking for and money’s no object then you should definitely choose to go to Bali for teacher training.

India or Goa

The actual home of yoga. Traveling to India is something every good Yogi needs to do at least once (I’m going in 2019) but not everyone chooses to do their yoga teacher training in India Although doing your training somewhere like Rishikesh you are possibly going to get a more authentic experience. You are going to have to forgo a lot of western comforts. If you want to go to India but would like a little more luxury then look for training in the North of India or opt for Goa which is very different to India.



How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Abroad

Final Thoughts

I hope this post has helped shine some light on things to consider before undertaking Yoga Teacher Training. I took my teacher training with Yoga Veda Institute in Mexico and I really can’t recommend them enough! They run Teacher Trainings and Retreats all over the world as well as offering a large program of online courses (including a FREE Ayurveda Course). Feel free to PM me to ask any questions!

PS. Be sure to check out my review of The Best Travel Yoga Mats so you can pick out the best one to travel with!

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Wednesday 4th of November 2020

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Wednesday 6th of May 2020

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Thursday 26th of March 2020

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Tyler Johnson

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

That's good to know that you should look into different styles of yoga to train in. I would think that would help you to specialize in your class a bit more which would be good for people who want to learn more about yoga. I have been enjoying yoga quite a bit lately, so if I continue to enjoy it, I might have to look into some styles of yoga to train in for teaching.