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5 Great Reasons Why You Should Join an Online Yoga Teacher Training

by Lystia Putranto

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Interested in becoming a yoga teacher? Or have you been looking for a way to take your yoga practice to new heights? 

Whether you’ve been considering a part-time or a full-time career teaching yoga or would like to elevate your yoga knowledge and skills in a profound way, an online yoga teacher training (YTT) course may just be your ideal solution.

Need more convincing? Below, we’re sharing our top 5 reasons why you should join an online teacher training program.

Online YTT’s are budget-friendly

Online yoga teacher training at home

Think that you’d have to save up for years in order to partake in a yoga teacher training program? Think again!

By opting for an online yoga teacher training, you’ll be able to save plenty of money as you won’t have to pay for travel/transport, meals, and accommodation. As you may expect, these usually account for a big chunk of the overall expenses one would incur when going on a ‘regular’ yoga teacher training.

While you may still opt to get new props and gears (e.g: a professional yoga mat) so you can be well prepared for your training, the only other cost that you’d have to consider is the price of the training itself.

As a bonus, online yoga teacher training courses are usually priced more affordably than if you were to go on the same exact training offline!

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Online YTT’s are time efficient

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If you had been doing your fair share of research, you may already know that most (offline) YTTs require you to spend full days, if not weeks, training at the yoga school or ashram.

For many, time and scheduling are the main roadblocks that have been holding them back from taking a leap of faith and joining a yoga teacher training.

Being away for a long period of time may be out of the question for some people. Whereas those that do have the luxury of taking many days off would still find themselves needing to schedule their training far in advance in order to make the necessary arrangements before they depart.

With an online YTT, the only time that you would need to block off is the time required to undergo the training itself. This makes it less challenging for participants to sign up and dive into the course within a short period of time.

That said, in addition to training in asanas, keep in mind that you may also be required to spend some time reading as well as on other training-related assignments. Prior to making your decision, do check in with the YTT organizer or instructor and find out as much insights as you can so that you’ll be able to set aside the required time to complete the course.

If you’re looking to deepen your knowledge and understanding of yoga instead of becoming a certified teacher, some courses may also allow you to do your teacher training at your own pace and are personalized to meet individual needs. As these programs usually offer more flexibility, they may be better suited for those who have a more rigid schedule.

Online YTT’s are convenient

online yoga teacher training outdoors

When it comes to offline YTTs, if you’re considering those which are located overseas, you would probably need to allocate ample travel time just to get to the training facility.

The fact that you can train remotely, in the comfort of your own home, is probably one of the biggest – if not actually the biggest – advantages of joining an online YTT. 

While you won’t have access to face-to-face interaction with your instructor or your fellow trainees, you’ll usually be given the opportunity for 1-on-1 guidance via video as well as the option to connect with other participants.

Tip: Afraid that you’ll get bored training at home? If you need a change of scenery, you can always take your training in a different room, the balcony, or even the backyard or rooftop!

You can access online YTT’s from any device

accessing online yoga teacher training with various devices

Another big advantage of doing an online yoga teacher training is that you can access your training from any device. Whether you choose to access your training via your smart TV, computer, tablet, or phone, the choice is entirely yours. 

The online training usually takes place through live video sessions (via Zoom or other video conferencing platforms) where you are expected to log in at certain times.

When choosing an online YTT, be mindful of the organizer’s time zone as well as the schedule of the classes in advance. This way, you can be sure that you’re choosing one that best suits your schedule too!

As part of your course, you’re likely to have access to pre-recorded training videos and reading materials that you can access anytime. So, you can easily review and refresh your knowledge throughout the training and even after you’ve completed your training. 

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You can become accredited with Yoga Alliance

yoga alliance certified teacher

If you’ve been seriously considering taking up yoga teaching as a part-time or full-time job, you most likely have thought about becoming certified with Yoga Alliance (YA). 

As many in the yoga industry perceive YA certification as a standard requirement for yoga teachers, you’ll have more opportunities to teach at yoga schools or yoga studios. This is particularly true if you’re looking to teach in the United States. 

Up until recently, if you’d like to become a Yoga Alliance certified teacher, you would need to complete at least a 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training at YA registered school or training center.

As most of the world are asked to stay at home due to the Covid-19 situation, going on an offline yoga teacher training is currently not a viable option for many.

Fortunately, Yoga Alliance and some yoga teacher training organizers are quick to adapt to the changing circumstances. 

For a limited time, the organization is allowing all of their registered members to offer their yoga teacher training courses online. Depending on the course, participants have the option to become YA certified teachers throughout 2021!

Interested in online courses that are eligible for YA certification? Rasa Lila by Dijan’s 28 Days 200-Hr Online Yoga Teacher Training and Wonderland Healing Center’s 28 Days 200-Hr Online Yoga Teacher Training are worth considering.

Final thoughts

online yoga teacher training

While doing a yoga teacher training online may not seem appealing for those who prefer physical interactions and a more hands on-on approach to learning, as you’ve read above, it certainly has its advantages.

It offers affordability, accessibility, convenience, and for a limited time, you have the option of becoming a Yoga Alliance certified teacher without having to step out of your home. 

So, what are you waiting for? Take that leap of faith and get ready for a life-changing experience!


Have you got your eyes set on training and becoming a yoga teacher in its birthplace? Be sure to check out our vast selection of yoga teacher training in India.

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