Does yoga play a central role in your life? Perhaps you’ve been studying yoga for a while and want to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the practice. Or maybe you feel that you already have an in-depth knowledge of yoga and feel like the next natural step is to teach others this transformative practice. Then there are those who are already teaching yoga but lack international accreditation.
Whether you’re looking to challenge yourself, change careers, or take your yoga teaching to the next level, a yoga teaching training course may be exactly what you need.
The unique combination of Hindu religion and philosophy, healthy living practices, and beautiful surroundings make Ubud a major centre for yoga devotees from around the world. Besides yoga classes, retreats, and festivals, you can also find many highly respected yoga teacher training courses in this small town. From relaxed 200-hour courses spread out over many modules to gruelling 500-hour intensive courses, you can find a programme to suit any ability and lifestyle here.
Another thing to think about is what exactly the course involves. Some yoga teacher training courses in Ubud are a complete package deal and include accommodation, meals, lectures, practice teaching sessions, mentoring sessions, excursions, and optional activities. Others are simply classes and practice teaching sessions, and you will be required to find your own accommodation, transportation, and meals. Many courses also require you to do homework outside of class hours.
When it comes down to it, the programme you choose rests entirely on your own personal preferences, your budget, and the time you have to commit to the course. Some great places that offer yoga teacher training courses in Ubud include the Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio, Taksu Yoga, Yoga Barn, and Intuitive Flow Yoga.
Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio
Taught by talented and experienced international yoga teachers who are highly respected in their fields, the Yoga Alliance-accredited Yoga Teacher Training programs at Radiantly Alive dive deeply into a range of yogic styles. Here you will learn about philosophy, pranayama and mediation with a huge focus on awareness of the self in order to accelerate your own practice and better assist others in their practice. The course includes villa accommodation, organic meals from the Radiantly Alive Living Food kitchen, access to all classes at the studio and daily support from mentors, faculty and alumni.
The Yoga Teacher Training courses at Taksu are 200 RYT or 300 RYT courses, and they cover all aspects of yoga teaching including practice, sequencing, and adjusting, as well as yoga theory like the history of yoga and the major points in the philosophical texts. The courses include course manuals, use of yoga mats and props, free flow of water, coffee and tea, and a certificate upon completion of the course. They only offer a few courses a year, so be sure to check their website for the next available training session.
Throughout the year, Yoga Barn offers a variety of teacher training sessions like the Level 1 Yoga Alliance-approved 100-hour Yoga Teacher Training course that will give you a solid foundation in your own practice, plus the tools you need to teach and read your student’s energy levels and physical, mental, and emotional states in order to best assist and guide them. They also offer advanced 200-hour Specialised Teacher Training courses that can be combined to reach your 500-hour Yoga Alliance RYT accreditation. These can focus on anything from yoga therapy to mindfulness to Embodied Flow™.
Intuitive Flow Yoga
At Intuitive Flow, the 200-hour Yoga Pranala Intensive Teacher Training programs are all Yoga Alliance-approved and internationally accredited, so you can apply to be a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) upon successful completion. Students should have at least one year of existing yoga practice under their belt because the course is quite demanding in that you cover everything from asanas to pranayama, physiology and anatomy, and yoga scriptures to name just a few topics. Besides all classes and course materials, the training includes accommodation in the gorgeous Ananda Cottages, as well as a Balinese initiation ceremony.