If you have been practicing yoga for over a year now, you have probably pondered taking a yoga certification program. But with over two thousand schools out there, choosing the right course can feel a bit intimidating. There are many considerations you will need to take into account if you want to evolve your practice in this way. In this article we will explore something all students need to consider before taking a yoga teacher certification course.

Do You Want To Teach Yoga Professionally?

One of the first things you are going to need to think about before you enroll in a yoga instructor certification program is if you want to teach professionally. While some do go on to launch a career, many students are just looking to deepen their practice. Meaning that they are only interested in taking the course so that they can explore the practice for their own personal reasons.

If you want to teach yoga professionally, you will also have to take into account that you will be running your own business. You will be responsible for marketing yourself as a yoga teacher and for many people; this can be a bit overwhelming since marketing may not be their forte.

If you decide to launch a career as a yoga teacher, then you will want to make sure that the school you select has a marketing and business program. There are many unique facets of the industry that are very specific to this community that only some schools will be aware of such as insurance, branding, and building your teaching practice. So make sure that the school offers this type of lesson plan in their curriculum.

Do You Want To Study Abroad Or Closer To Home?

There are different benefits to taking a yoga teacher training closer to home versus abroad:

Closer To Home – If you take a teacher training closer to home they generally run their classes on the weekend which means it will take a lot longer to finish. But for those of you who have a full time job then this can be much easier for your schedule.

Studying Abroad – A yoga certification course abroad generally take place over the course of three weeks which means you can finish much sooner. Another benefit is that you are outside of the country that allows you some time to reflect on your teaching away from home. Of course you will need to pay for travel expenses that adds more monies to your tuition.

Once you make the decision on whether you want to teach professionally or just deepen your practice then this will help to identify the appropriate school for you. If you are serious about becoming a yoga teacher then you can check out Yoga Training Guide that offers resources and tools for aspiring instructors.

Author's Bio: 

As the founder of Yoga Training Guide, Sergio Diaz has been supporting students who are interested in learning more about becoming a yoga teacher. For the past ten years he has been working in the wellness and fitness industry where he worked with Gaiam, one of the largest producers of yoga DVD’s and products