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GenoaGale2010-07-05 04:12:32 +0000 #1
Hi, I'm wondering about how much other teachers paid to get certified and how long it took. I'm currently trying to decide whether its worth my time and money to get certified, since there is no law stating the you must be certitfied to teach. Any guidance would be great.

xela2010-07-05 04:26:07 +0000 #2
Hi Genoe and welcome to the forum!

I just wanted to let you know that I moved your thread to a different sub-forum that was better suited for it.

Enjoy your time here and I hope you find all the answers to your questions.

InnerAthlete2010-07-05 04:33:17 +0000 #3
Hello Gale,

It is true there is currently no legal requisite for yoga teachers. Therefore anyone can do it and needn't be licensed, accredited, or certified.

Here are a couple of my thoughts regarding certification. I will assume you are well aware that different programs, different disciplines, different lineages have different requirements for their certifications.

Just as Yogafit, for example, requires a weekend of 18 hours to be "certified" to teach yoga there are also programs at the other end of the continuum that require a great deal more. The more you get, the more you would likely pay since you are being trained and the folks doing said training are giving you their time, which has value.

Second is the concept of worthwhile. This depends on you and your intentions. If your intention is to simply get a few teaching assignments at a local fitness center then one only needs what that particular employer requires for the hire.

If however your intentions are to make this yoga thing a part of the rest of your life (your personal practice I mean) and help others through it without leaving an enormous wake then I would think one would want as much training as possible; not for the certificate itself but for the honing of an ability and depth to share with students.

For me the study of yoga is an integral part of who I am. And I thirst to know more whilst knowing full well that yoga is too vast for me to completely know. It is, after all, the wisdom behind the training that is critical, not the paper. The paper is nice but when it is not backed up by training it is hollow.
Nichole2010-07-05 04:55:12 +0000 #4
Welcome Genoa,

There are quite a few threads on this subject already in the General Forum. Some threads include information and opinions on Yoga Alliance registered schools vs non-resisted schools; this may weight into your decision on which program to choose should you go that route.

I recommend searching out these posts for even more info and guidance.

Om Shanti
GenoaGale2010-07-05 05:56:57 +0000 #5
I would love more than anything to make yoga my lifestlye. I am a ballet dancer and recently became a mother, so yoga feels like a very natural awakening in my body and my mind.

There in only one woman in my city that certifies and her energy doesn't feel good to me. She certifies in Hatha yoga and it costs a total of $1400 and takes two months. She won't give me anymore information unless I pay for a $90 consultaton. I would love to do it but I'm get the slight feeling that I'm being ripped off, and I wonder how long it will take just for the cert. to pay for itself.

Thanks for all your help, this is such a wonderful resorce.

InnerAthlete2010-07-05 06:18:32 +0000 #6
Hello Gale,

I don't know the person to whom you are referring and I don't know where you live and perhaps it is better that way on both fronts

If an energetic doesn't feel good to us, AND we've examined it internally to make certain it is not our own block, then we honor that sense/feeling/intuition. So I would advise my student coming to me with this same issue to search themselves first and make sure they were not in their own way. Then, once that was cleared from the radar what is left must be true (for them).

There is little hope of getting great benefit from a training of any sort when the student enters with a tingling like the one you are sharing in the text of your post.

Without knowing how many hours you are training and without knowing what the curiculum would be, how could you be expected to make a soung (no, YOGIC) decision about your life path? To me it sounds out of integrity. However there may be a very sound reason for such a position.

I personally would not pay money to be allowed to pay money.

For the amount you are mentioning I would expect between 80-90 contact hours of training in the two months.

You are more than welcome to come and study with us for a week here in Seattle (Bellevue)Nov 12 - Nov 17 for the Beginning Teacher Training. I am sure there are other such programs and you can read more about this one here: . You will get more than your money's worth, more than you expect, and almost anyone will tell you more about it



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