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What's the best certification?

Philippe2010-07-05 01:25:41 +0000 #1

I'm a new member to the forum.

I introduced myself in the new members part.

I was wondering if anybody knows what is the best certification to teach yoga. There seems to be a few schools out there and I'm wondering if one or a couple of schools are better regarded than others.


justwannabe2010-07-05 01:36:39 +0000 #2
paper certification does not mean much, when you heart tells you that you are qulified enough to be an authoritative figure in something as important as this, then you are ready
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 01:40:29 +0000 #3
What does "best" mean?
Philippe2010-07-05 02:25:06 +0000 #4
Best means:

Does the training teach anatomy, anatomy of the spine?

Will you be able after your training to tell which movement will destroy somebody's already weak rotator cuff? As for the first answer on this thread, well, i agree,. I "feel" ready to perform brain surgery on you, are you ready?

As a fitness instructor and personal trainer I've taken many physiology classes, on top of my B.S. in Biology and If I'm not always sure how to improve somebody I'm always sure how NOT to destroy them. And yes, I see people at the gym who got hurt doing Yoga. They go to the instructor and tell them they have a particular kind of injury and the Yoga instructor is more or less always clueless, much much less competent that your average fitness instructor.

By best I mean which one gets the most respect by the most disciples.

I think you know exactly what I meant, why play smart?
justwannabe2010-07-05 02:07:48 +0000 #5

Inner athlete was not being smart, he was reffering to ego. the term "best" is an egotistical term. In yoga subduing ones ego is of the utmost importance. So you understand a lot of about the human body, you have told us of your accolades, but you focused solely on postures. What do you know about fasting, chakras, energies, prana, diet, etc.......

you say your heart says you are ready to give brain surgery, is that you heart saying that or your ego? study yoga, all of it, and when you heart, with no blinders of your ego, says you are ready, then you are ready.
Karin2010-07-05 02:33:29 +0000 #6

Originally Posted by Philippe

I was wondering if anybody knows what is the best certification to teach yoga. There seems to be a few schools out there

Hello Philippe,

I don't think that you can judge a yoga education to be the best. This is a very individual thing.

Yoga is a very big subject and every yoga school has its preferences and every teacher is different.

Anyway even in getting a lot of certificates does not really make you a "good" yoga teacher.

I think the most important thing is your OWN EXPERIENCE.

How can you teach if you havn't really experienced it yourself?

Then it is about how you teach, how do you present it to people and most important how do you relate to your students. Are you compassionate without feeling pity? Are you authentic and professional at the same time while you teach?

After that comes the knowledge about anatomie, historie, ....

My teacher just talked about that it is an art to teach ... .

Well I'm doing a second yoga teacher education in the moment. One reason why I choosed this one was that I wanted to learn more about this technikes they use in that tradition. But the more important thing is: my teacher lives yoga and I have a good connection to her! And thats werefrom I'm learning the most.

My suggestion: go to different yogaclasses and find YOUR teacher before you enrole somewhere.


and I'm wondering if one or a couple of schools are better regarded than others.

This point might be important if you want to teach in centers where they want to have a special certificate.

In Europe you could look if it is following the guidelines from the European Yoga Teacher Fellowship (which is a member of the International Yoga Federation).

Or best ask in the places were you would like to teach what certificate you would need.

But often teachers don't have to show in any certificate, but have to do give a lesson.

Wish you a successful search!




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