How to be a yoga teacher

Which are the requirements? How much time do I need? If you are interested in the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Course, we clarify here what our training consists of:

The Sivananda Teacher Training Course was designed by Swami Vishnudevananda, a yoga teacher from India, with the vision of spreading peace in the world through yoga.

It is the oldest yoga teacher training in the West, with more than 51,000 graduates around the world, it has existed since 1969, being a pioneering course in this format.

The objective of this program is to train inspiring and experienced yoga teachers who can transmit yoga from their own practice, always in an intensive 4-week format and with all the guarantees regarding the qualification. What do we mean by this?

  • With a diploma and certification from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta International Centers
  • 401 45-minute teaching units (300 hours)
  • Adapted to the professional qualification of yoga teachers in Spain
  • Internationally recognized certification that is accepted by the Yoga Alliance with the 200-hour standard required by Registered Yoga Schools (RYS)

What requirements must I meet to take this Course?

It is not necessary to have a high level of asanas. What is required is a sincere desire to learn and openness to yoga techniques – it will always be better if you already have a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy, but it is not essential. During the Course you will develop the skills to teach yoga asanas and improve your own personal practice. From the Sivananda Yoga Center in Madrid we can guide you on how to prepare, the books you need and other questions.

Are there several modalities to do the Course?

You can take the Yoga Teacher Training Course in any of these two modalities:

  • In-person: 300-hour course, for 4 weeks (six days per week).
  • Online: 200-hour course. You can complete it with the optional 100-hour module in the form of a 9-day in-person retreat.

All this without forgetting that following a yoga teacher training course is always more related to experience and personal practice than to our subsequent ability to share what we have learned. Most people who take this course do so more to live or relive the experience of systematically practicing asanas, pranayama and meditation than to later teach them to others. The daily experience for four weeks is the best way for the practice to be incorporated every day of the rest of our lives and thus be able to share yoga with others from our own experience. Sharing Yoga is sharing health, vitality and Peace. Nothing better.

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