Yoga Teacher Training / April 10, 2021

How to become a yoga instructor

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Are you thinking about how to become a Yoga instructor? Joining us at PYC Academy promises to help you on your journey by providing a network of expert support. You will also be positively challenged by in-depth Yoga exploration and asana practice. Here are a few things you should be aware of before embarking on your way to becoming a Yoga instructor.

What qualifications do you need to be an instructor?

As it stands, there are no necessary qualifications required by law to become a Yoga instructor. This means there are no ‘governing bodies’ for Yoga. With that being said, there are various Yoga Teacher Associations that self-regulate the Yoga industry to ensure the highest quality of teaching is maintained. The biggest Yoga accrediting associations to know about include:

– Yoga Alliance
– The British Wheel of Yoga
– Independent Yoga Network

PYC Academy meets the rigorous requirements of Yoga Alliance US and has done for over 13 years. As a prerequisite to take on our teaching training course, you will need a minimum of 2 years of asana practice. You must also have a sincere passion for Yoga knowledge and have a desire to teach. Aside from the qualifications, it’s important to think about the personal attributes required to be a Yoga instructor too. For example, are you a peoples person? Do you have the capacity to motivate and inspire people to be better versions of themselves?

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How long does it take to become a yoga instructor?

The length of time it takes you to become a qualified Yoga instructor can range between 100 to 500 hours of training. It is all dependent on which Yoga Teacher Association your training is accredited by. In line with the requirements of Yoga Alliance US, those who choose to train with us at PYC Academy will undergo 200 hour Yoga teacher training courses. Our courses run over 5 long weekends, perfect for those who have weekday commitments and prefer the weekend flexibility.

Once your training is complete, you can register as a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and begin your meaningful work as a Yoga instructor. If you choose to, you can also branch into further intensive training, such as yin and yoga therapy. All of which can count towards RYT Continuing Education requirements or as a YACEP towards advanced certification.