Yoga is a discipline, a philosophy of life that attracts more and more French people every year. And among its followers, many wish to follow a yoga training and become yoga teachers in order to live from their passion ! However, there are many institutions and schools that train to this profession in France and abroad, so it is not easy to choose the one that suits you.
So if this is your case, if you are passionate about yoga and want to reconcile your passion and your work, this article is for you!
- Why do yoga training?
- What type of yoga training should I do?
- Where to do the training?
- What are the prerequisites for yoga training?
- How to choose your yoga training ?
- Hélène Thiercelin’s yoga training in Toulouse
- TheYogiInMe yoga training in Montpellier
- Saji’s yoga training in India
- Yoga Mountains Training
In the Indian tradition, the transmission was done from master (Guru) to students in small groups or even individually. During his apprenticeship, the student lived with his teacher and every moment of their existence was permeated by the yogic teaching. Nowadays, the studies to become a yoga teacher have considerably evolved, but it remains just as essential and we will see right away why!
These years of learning allow us to to build a complete yoga course but above all how to teach ! This allows you to be a complete yoga teacher, by combining the theoretical and practical aspects, to transmit yoga to your students.
The theory of yoga, i.e. the deepening of the knowledge concerning the philosophy of yoga and its historyThis course is designed to improve one’s approach to the physical practice and to legitimize it through a global knowledge of the aspects of yoga. This adds value to the session by making it more interesting and entertaining for the students. Yoga is a physical discipline but with a great spiritual and philosophical dimension that is impossible to neglect if you want to teach it!
The practice of yogaThe use of the different asanas, and more precisely of the different asanas, allows to give judicious advices and clear and precise indications, but also to create correct asana sequences. Learning yoga poses is not only about knowing how to get into each posture, but more importantly the benefits of each posture, as well as the methods to correct them. This is why lessons of anatomy are given to better understand the internal functioning of the body, the meridians…
Advance your own practice
This allows you to to progress in his personal practiceto become a better yogi, both in terms of spiritual approach and in terms of spiritual approachas well as the technical approach.
This allows you to know how how to do the asanas but also whythanks to the learning of the human anatomy, the Chinese meridians And allows to give better instructions and advices, and thus allows to help better the students, and so and thus allow them to progress in their turn.
The best yoga teacher is the one who remains a student for life!
Be autonomous in your yoga practice
After finishing his studies, the future teacher will be fully capable ofteach this sport independently. He will have all the cards in hand to become a good teacher and help his students progress. Because it also allows them to progress in their personal practice, which is very enriching for a yogi, even if he or she already has a very good level of yoga.
Indeed, thanks to his perfect mastery of the postures, their benefits on the body and mind and breathing techniques, he will be able to create a complete and original program, adapted to the level of his students, their needs and their expectations. He will not need any external helpHe will simply have to keep abreast of new developments in the world of yoga!
Intensive teacher training
Long training in 4 yearsMany yogis choose the 4-year courseIt is reliable and serious. In general, it consists of approximately 900 hours of training, of which 700 hours are dedicated to practical training and 200 hours to theory. The advantage is that it is perfectly compatible with a full-time professional activity ! Indeed, the teaching is given on weekends and weeks of internships as well as a seminar. The number of participants may vary, but is generally around 20 people.
Training over a year in several weeksThere are also training courses spread over 1 year, the courses are given on weekends, which allows you to continue your professional activity in parallel. They are much more flexible, their rhythm depends on the school in which they are done.
The Allianz Yoga label
Yoga Alliance is an international professional organization for yoga teachers founded in 1997 and is a non-profit organization based in the United States. She offers yoga instruction from high quality, safe, accessible and fair. It allows schools and teachers to obtain certifications allowing them to be recognized internationally.
It offers in particular RYT certification: this is a designation that recognizes a yoga teacher who has completed between 200 and 500 hours of training to become a yoga teacher at a registered yoga school accredited by the Yoga Alliance.
This label is a guarantee of serious training courses but do not turn away from those that are not certified Yoga Allianz which can if recommended to you be of high quality too.
In some cases, it is preferable to stay in France in France because they are more flexible and less expensive. Indeed, they require a smaller budget: they are generally less expensive and you have neither plane ticket nor hotel night to pay!
You also have the option of continuing to work on the side to support yourself, as schedules are often spread over several weekends throughout the year.
Moreover, staying in France can be a real plus, because everything is in FrenchYou don’t need to understand and speak another language, nor do you need to translate your courses! They are less physically and mentally demanding than when you are cut off from everything and your family on the other side of the world.
Abroad: India, Asia, USA
Each country in the world has different requirements for the curriculum leading to the profession of yoga teacher:
-In IndiaThey are very intense, more traditional, and the true source of yoga is studied. A typical day starts at 5:30 a.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m., we start with “shatkarma“(purification of the body), then comes the study of pranayamas (breathing technique): the art of controlling one’s vital energy, which is rarely taught in the West. Then, the future yoga teachers warm up to begin the practical learning and theory of asanas. It is a real life lesson, people leave with a new outlook on the world.
-In Indonesia, lndonesia is a paradise for learning where you can discover beautiful landscapes and new cultures. There is usually one day off per week that allows students to visit and enjoy the setting. They also have an intense rhythm: from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a 1-hour break to eat! The program is always more or less the same: learning breathing exercises, asanas, philosophy…
-At United States The hourly volume varies between 95 and 300 hours, generally spread over 18 days. They are more modern, and the teachers are recognized gurus like Shri Yogi Hari for example, but one must be particularly careful, because often the historical and philosophical aspect of yoga is totally put aside, in favor of a standardized and “Americanized” yoga.
Under what conditions?
Love and know yoga!
It seems obvious that to be a good teacher, you must first love everything about yoga! Being a yoga teacher is a vocationit is essential to like to exercise, but also to like deepen your knowledgeDiscover new things about yoga on a regular basis, learn continuously because yoga is not fixed, it evolves a lot over time!
To keep abreast of new trends, to become familiar with the founding texts of yoga (the Vedas, the sutras of Patanjali…) in order to have both theoretical and practical knowledge about yoga and to make your sessions more entertaining!
A good teacher has an excellent knowledge of all knowledge of all the yoga postures, their benefits and how to improve them.A good teacher has an excellent knowledge of all the yoga postures, their benefits and how to improve them, because it is necessary to be able to give corrections and advices to his students, it is not only to dictate them the asanas to adopt.
The knowledge of breathing exercises and techniques is essential, because as you know, the place of breathing in yoga is fundamental! The goal is to allow her students to keep their figure while immersing themselves in the history and philosophy of yoga!
You don’t have to be a great athlete!
To be a good yoga teacher, you don’t have to be an athlete! But you still need to have good health, physical condition and the habit of doing sports on a regular basis A teacher can do up to 8 hours of yoga a day just to teach. In addition, a to meditate, knowing how to manage one’s breath is essential, in order to show his students how to accompany each movement with the breath, as required by yoga.
It is also necessary to have a certain knowledge of yoga: most schools only accept people who have at least 2 or 3 years of regular practice (1 hour/week) with a certified teacher.
Be a teacher
It is also necessary to be in agreement with the philosophy of yoga, to have some qualities like pedagogy, open-mindednessto have a certain capacity of listening, to be available, attentive, benevolent and empathetic with all his students: beginners as well as advanced.
It is preferable to enjoy the contact with your students, and to have a good ability to adaptYou must be able to adapt to your students, to their needs, expectations and physical abilities for example.
To best carry out the day-to-day duties of a yoga teacher, one must be proactive, determined and organized.
The profession of yoga teacher is not listed in the list of regulated professions in France, there is no diploma or official federation recognized by the state. However, there are some very good ones offered by independent associations, they are all very different, especially in terms of admissions, duration, requirements and curriculum…. It is therefore important to be well informed in order to choose the one that is the most adapted to your expectations, your needs… Here are some criteria to consider:
The location of the training
This is a determining criterion, this choice is not to be taken lightly! If you want a change of scenery, if you want to put your daily life on hold for a month and if you have the means to put your professional activity on holdso choose a retreat on the other side of the world and live the experience to the fullest ! But you should know that this is a real ordeal with its share of joy and sadness. This implies a physical, emotional and psychological investment. And on the contrary, if you want to stay close to your family and reconcile studies and full-time work, there are many in France that will satisfy you!
THE PRICE OF THE TRAINING
If this is your dream but you do not have the means to finance your training, you can apply for funding from local authorities, public bodies, associations or private companies.
THE PACE OF TRAININGThere is a wide variety of training courses, and each one has different time volumes and rhythms, which can range from 50 to 500 hours, It all depends on the level you wish to acquire. There are continuous training of one month at the end of which you will emerge as a yoga teacher, some are spread over several years and others are short and must be repeated several times to acquire a certification.The pace can be exhausting, especially in month-long training courses, which is why it is necessary to prepare in advance.
FEEDBACKIt is highly recommended to to get information from people who have already followed this training, to have their opinions, advice, indications and thus make the best choice! Before committing, it is wise to compare schools by attending school open houses, to meet teachers or alumni for example.
The content of the training
The content can vary, you can also choose to specialize in a discipline (Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga, Nidra, Kundalini, Iyengar, Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Sivananda Yoga…) Some offer only a theoretical and anatomical knowledge module, and others add an internship, or even a thesis. However, it is necessary to privilege the formations which propose an education :
– Scientist Anatomy and physiology: studying anatomy and physiology is essential to know the internal workings of the body, and thus to give sound advice, especially when a student is suffering from a pathology.
– Practice Learning the different postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (Pranayama) is essential to give constructive advice: these are the bases of yoga.
– Pedagogical To build a session, a program, to learn to teach, to advise and to adapt one’s teaching to the public one has in front of. This is the main objective, we must not lose sight of it.
– Theory Theory : this aspect should not be put aside, knowing the history, the philosophy of yoga allows to give another dimension to your sessions, and to acquire complete knowledge.
The training proposed by Hélène Thiercelin in Toulouse is very interesting, it is a double training of 200h and 50h certified Yoga Alliance , which teaches both Vinyasa and Aroma Yin Yoga for the price of 2900€. It is not reserved to the person wishing to become professional in the field, it also allows to obtain a certain autonomy, and to discover the world of yoga (philosophy, history…) beyond asanas and pranayama. It will take place in the Peacock yoga studio in Toulouse (20 rue de la Bourse) over 7 months: the dates are between May 2022 and December 2022, with as main teacher Hélène Thiercelinbut also Margot DelahayeYin & Asana lab teacher. Assistance with alignments & adjustments, Marine Descamps teacher in Anatomy and Physiology, chiropractor and finally Laura Arley Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative yoga teacher. It will start with a full week followed by a long weekend of 3 days per month. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory to obtain the diploma.
The 200-hour training course This course is a base for teaching but also for thinking about the practice and the transmission of this sport in order to train you to be a competent teacher, to listen, and to be able to adapt to any kind of public: beginner as well as expert, in a public or private structure, to supervise individuals as well as groups… The pedagogical fees are 2400€.
The first module takes place from June 13 to 18, 2022, the second from September 26 to 30, 2022, the third from January 9 to 4, 2023 at the studio in Castelnau-le-lez (34). The fourth module takes place from April 3 to 8, 2023 in a residential setting at Morocco.
Advanced training in 30 hours is reserved for teachers with a 200H teacher training. It lasts only one week and allows you to improve your teaching, increase your legitimacy as a teacher, overcome your blocks and find inspiration again. It is punctuated by 3 to 4 hours of practice, pranayamas and kryas but also times of exchange, workshops and individual follow-up, the educational costs are 680€.
Flying Yoga in 30 hoursIt is also reserved for teachers who have completed a 200-hour teacher training course or for those who wish to take an intensive course. She brings the bases of flying yoga: this yoga realized in suspension thanks to hammocks, a yoga specially conceived to play with gravity.
Saji is the director and founder of the International Vasishta Yoga Research Foundation:
-A YTT yoga teacher training in 200H on Hatha and Tantra, the registration fee is 1700€, you will discover a systematic approach to the classical disciplines such as Asana, Kriya, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, Relaxation, Mantra and Meditation, the courses start at beginner and progress to intermediate.
–AYTT Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in 300HThe focus is on understanding classical Hatha, Tantra, Raja and Kriya Yoga. The structure of the course is 75% practical and 25% theory, the registration fee is 1800€.
– Yoga therapy YTC in 300h, explores the healing potential of the science of holistic yoga, examining theory, philosophy and psychology, as well as the diseases and disorders that can be treated by yoga. The registration fee is 1800€.
It is necessary to pass written and oral exams in order to obtain these 3 highly valued and internationally recognized diplomas.
The initial training offered by Yoga Moutains is 220 hours, it includes a 10 day immersion in Chamonix (120 hours) as well as 5 modules in Annecy during the weekends (20 hours each). It is taught by a team of professionals and yoga enthusiasts, the level of yoga practice required is more than 2 years, and the number of participants in the training is 14 people maximum. This course costs a total of 3250€: the cost of the immersion in Chamonix is 1950€ and each module in Annecy costs 390€ (accommodation not included).
This training allows you to discover the foundations of the technique, methodology, pedagogy, philosophy, psychology and anatomy of yoga…
The next training will take place in Chamonix October 7 to 16you will be accommodated in the mythical chalet of Chamonix of 280m2 named “la Gare des Glaciersand you will complete the remaining modules in the Daleas space in Annecy, a private dance school founded in 1965 in Annecy by Maryse DALÉAS.
Other articles on the blog may help you learn more about how to direct your professional life in yoga , how to use yoga to find your life mission or even how to become a yoga teacher ! See also the article on the Awake Space training in Biarritz .