Teach Yoga, Inspire Students & Change Lives...
DATE: January 25, 2020
TO: Future Yoga Teachers
Have you ever had a job that felt meaningless? Monotonous? Whether you showed up and did your job well or not didn’t matter? Yoga teaching is different. When you teach health, wellness, and personal transformation, a world of rewarding work opens up.
Yoga has become a healing tool for you, right? Whether you use it to unwind after work, whether yoga found you during a difficult time in your life, or whether it helps you strengthen your mind-body connection, you want to dedicate your life to sharing all those amazing benefits you’ve felt... with the world. That's because there is no better feeling than to know what you want, what you have to offer your community and to focus 100% on delivering that.
While teaching yoga, you can finally live on your own terms. There is work in health resorts, fitness centers, and gyms, not to mention a high demand for teaching private yoga, which means you can live off yoga and have a profitable career doing what you love to do.
In fact, the demand for classes and teachers has greatly outpaced the supply of qualified instructors, so it’s a great opportunity to travel, teach, and live wherever you’d like. From 5-star hotels in London to resorts on Bali, you can travel and teach comfortably.
Yoga teachers are passion-driven. They are excited by their work and energized by their clients. Purpose and passion are not something you can earn or buy, they have to be felt, and yoga teachers embody these qualities.
If you want to earn a great living doing something you love and inspire others health and wellness through yoga, the Yoga Teachers College is recruiting passionate students to become future industry leaders.
We Take a Modern Approach to Yoga
There are 8,000 yoga teacher training programs in the world – so why choose us? After more than 4,000 yoga students have graduated from our program, we’ve collected a list of what they found the most valuable.
A Science-Based, Mind-Body Fitness Focus. No chanting, no chakras, no gurus, and no Oms. Forget all the clichés, we teach yoga for health and wellness and have no affiliations with any religion or dogma. We welcome people of all faiths (or none at all) because our yoga classes aren’t sacred… they’re sweaty.
Business-Positive, Entrepreneurial Training. Yoga is your passion, but we know you want to create a profitable career and become your own boss. Whether you want to work in a local studio, travel and teach workshops, or open a studio, we’re here to guide you. Graduate with the tools and a business plan to land clients straight away. See real stories from graduates.
An Internationally Recognized Certification. Ninety-eight percent of our graduates are working professionally within 6 weeks of graduation. With our certificate in your hands, you can teach in over 41 countries, get insurance quickly, and obtain work permits easily. We are one of the few courses in the world endorsed by the American Council on Education. We're also registered with Yoga Alliance, Yoga Alliance Professionals, Yoga Alliance International, and the American Council on Exercise.
Access to Personal Mentorship. We're a modern school but we fully embrace old school student-teacher relationships. You are matched with a mentor who will be your guide through your home-study course. During your in-person immersions, you’ll work with at least five different trainers in a professional setting. The level of interaction, support, and real-world experience offered is unparalleled.
The Yoga Teachers College Advantage
|Trainees Teach and Assist in Public Classes|
|Physical Adjustments Taught|
|100% Practical, Focused Training|
|Highly-Acclaimed eLearning Center|
|Diverse Sequences & Styles|
|Hindu, Buddhist or Other Religious Affiliation|
|Dogma, Rules & Rigid System|
|Incense, Chakras, Chanting, Gurus|
|Mentorship & Coaching|
|Pre & Post-Course Coaching Available|
|Business & Marketing Support|
|Free Post-Graduate Education|
|Diverse & Body-Positive Group|
|Competitive & Exclusive|
|BUSINESS & TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES|
|Real Business Opportunities|
|Business Positive Community|
|Retail Product Line for Teachers|
|Guaranteed Job Placement Assistance|
|Strong Ownership Opportunities|
|Business Opportunities Training|
|Done-for-You Marketing Options|
|TUITION & SCHEDULES|
|Affordable Payment Plans|
|Flexible, Part-Time Study Options|
|Your Own Pace (4-12 Month Program)|
OUR VISION: Science-based yoga in every school, hospital, and fitness center in the world.
OUR PROMISE: We turn passionate yoga students into qualified teaching professionals.
YEAR FOUNDED: 2007
HEADQUARTERS: Barcelona, Spain
FOUNDER: Lucas Rockwood
CREDENTIALS: American Council on Education (endorsed for university-level credits), Yoga Alliance, Yoga Alliance Professionals, Yoga Alliance International, American Council on Exercise (ACE).
MORE INFO? Check this: Yoga Certification Explained.
Our Core Values
- DO WHAT YOU LOVE: and you’ll never work another day in your life.
- BUILD IT, OWN IT: create a career on your own terms.
- STUDENT FOR LIFE: never stop learning, never stop growing.
- SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY: share the powerful practices of yoga with as many people as possible.
- PRACTICE IS EVERYTHING: your personal practice is your greatest teaching asset.
A Letter from the Founder
Dear Yoga Student,
Let me guess... you love yoga. Your social media newsfeed is filled with handstands, travel pics, and smiles. You know that to be fulfilled, your life a year from now needs to be different than your life today. It’s time for a change. Am I right?
Here’s my story…
In 2002, I worked for a New York City book publisher doing a job I hated. I drank seven nights a week, abused drugs, and smoked a pack of cigarettes a day. For food, it was pizza and takeout—anything quick and easy to keep me going.
No one consciously decides to destroy their health, but over the years, that’s exactly what happened to me. I was bloated and flabby, unable to sleep without alcohol. My eyes were red and puffy, and I struggled to get excited about anything. I had so much potential, so many opportunities, but when you’re sick and numb to the world, everything feels impossible and uninteresting.
Enter yoga. A friend dragged me to a yoga studio where I suffered through one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my life. In that first class, I was sweating and dizzy, unable to do even the most basic postures. I was the youngest person there, but the way I moved, I felt like I was 90 years old. I couldn’t bend forward, sit cross-legged on the floor, or balance in a tree pose. Looking at myself in the mirror, I remember thinking, “How did I end up in such bad shape?”
I hated that first class so much, yet I knew it was exactly what I needed—so I kept going. People assume yoga classes are meant to be wonderful, peaceful experiences. That is not true. A good class should be the most challenging and uncomfortable hour of your entire day. When you push yourself on the mat, real-life problems become lighter and more manageable almost immediately. Hard yoga = easy life.
For the next 380 days, I practiced yoga every single day. While traveling, I used audio or video recordings. If I was in a new city, I’d go to any studio I could find. When my teacher told me to take a day off to rest, I’d ignore the advice and go to a class at another studio. The same way I’d fallen in love with things that were killing me (drugs and alcohol), I’d now fallen in love with something that was feeding me and fueling my growth.
And it worked. Within the first six weeks, I lost 41 pounds (18 kg) and had to replace my whole wardrobe. I quit drinking and smoking altogether, and most importantly, I found a renewed passion for life that is truly priceless. I remember walking around New York, still dripping with sweat from class, with a big, stupid grin on my face as if I’d unlocked a special secret. My life was changing.
Within six months, I had quit my job and moved to Thailand. Within a year, I was teaching full time to packed classes in Bangkok and later, in Hong Kong. I opened my first studio in 2006 and began training teachers that same year. To date, I’ve taught more than 30,000 students and trained more than 4,000 teachers in 41 countries. I love my life and my work, and as a result, I’m in better health mentally and physically than I was in my early 20s.
And now it’s your turn.
I’m not sure where you are in life right now, but I’m guessing you’re in a time of transition—or preparing for one. Maybe your job is unfulfilling, maybe you don’t like where you live, or maybe you need to follow your passion for once instead of following along with the rest of your peers.
What’s your big idea?
Yoga can be your livelihood, your passion, and your ticket to freedom. I’m the quintessential yoga bum, and yoga has allowed me to live an incredible life around the world. I now have the good fortune to help thousands of my graduates do the same.
Our graduates are studio owners, published authors, social media influencers, trainers, health coaches, public speakers, and local leaders in their communities. They work in studios, gyms, and sports facilities. We have grads teaching in their home, working with professional athletes, and so much more.
YOGABODY was built on practice, sweat, and struggle. It’s the physical manifestation of everything I care about in life, and my greatest hope is that some of my passion for this practice and lifestyle rubs off on you when you walk through these doors. Nothing worth doing in life is easy. Movement is more powerful than meditation. And practice is everything.
Founder / YOGABODY
Application & Training Process
Your training journey starts with your application. We review each application individually to make sure we’re the right school for you based on your goals. Once accepted, you'll begin your eLearning Home Studies which include video-based classes, practice at your local yoga studios, and live mentorship (from a distance) with our trainers.
Next, you'll schedule your in-person immersions in Barcelona. You can choose Standard Track with Immersion 1 and 2 completed in two separate trips, or you can opt for our Express Track where you come for three consecutive weeks.
STEP 1: Apply & Get Accepted
STEP 2: eLearning & Home Study
STEP 3: In-Person Immersions in Barcelona
STEP 4: Graduation & Job Placement
- 3 months of home study, one Barcelona trip (for three weeks)
- Express Track includes one three-week study period in Barcelona
- Your eLearning Home Study is self-paced, but we recommend setting aside four hours per week for your studies, and you should plan to take at least three to five yoga classes per week at local studios to meet your requirements
- 4-6 months, two separate Barcelona trips (one week + two weeks)
- Standard Track includes two separate visits to Barcelona, the first time for one week, the second time for two weeks
- Your eLearning Home Study is self-paced, but we recommend setting aside two hours per week for your studies, and you should plan to take at least three yoga classes per week at local studios to meet your requirements
HEADQUARTERS: Barcelona, Spain (three professional studios)
DATES: Immersions are offered every two to three months, so it's very easy to find times to match your schedule. Home study is self-paced with new class intakes on the first of every month, so you can mix and match classes and study hours to fit your life.
WEEKLY LIVE VIDEO CLASSES: Every Friday, we have a Roundtable Class. This is a live video class offered for both active students and alumni where we go module-by-module with key learning, visual demonstrations, and live questions. These are optional but highly recommended to keep you motivated and connected to the team.
eLearning & Home Study Overview
We use eLearning for many of the theory-based aspects of yoga teacher training so you are well-prepared for your in-person immersions. The course, based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, has been formally reviewed by a select board of university-level educators. Watch the video below for a sneak peek at how and what you’ll be learning at home.
Want to Learn More About Our Curriculum?
Join Us in Barcelona
Our yoga immersions take place in beautiful Barcelona, Spain, at our YOGABODY headquarter studios! Meet our experienced training team—Lucas, Camilo, and Katy— and join other passionate peers for three intensive weeks full of hands-on training. This immersion is 80 percent practical hands-on learning, and the remaining 20 percent of the experience includes posture clinics, conferences with your trainers, and assistant teaching.
Your day starts with a morning yoga class, initially led by your trainers and later taught by you or one of your peers. Some days, classes are longer and workshop-style; other days, you'll practice two back-to-back classes to ensure maximum practice and teaching time.
There are three daily workshops to give you pose-specific knowledge, experience in physical adjustments, and to break down each pose one at a time. From day one, you'll begin co-teaching with your peers, and before the end of your week, you'll lead an entire class on your own. Evenings are all about adjustments, and you'll assist our full-time teachers in our regularly scheduled, public classes (with real students!).
- 07:30-09:30 Group Class
- 09:30-11:00 Breakfast Break
- 11:00-14:00 Workshop I: Teaching
- 14:00-15:00 Lunch Break
- 15:00-17:30 Workshop II: Methodology
- 17:30-19:00 Dinner Break
- 19:00-20:00 Workshop III: Assists
- 21:00-22:00 Public Class Assisting / Adjusting
* Subject to changes, for example only.
IMMERSION I (one week in Barcelona) – In your first week, we focus our learning the Standing and Finishing Series, foundational adjustments, public speaking, and leadership. Your week culminates with a 30-minute peer class, a sunrise excursion, and a celebratory dinner. It’s an amazing week.
IMMERSION II (two weeks in Barcelona) – During your second and third week in Barcelona, you refine your skills, learn the business side of yoga, and gain more real-world experience. You’ll learn four different class sequences and create your own custom sequence as well. You’ll teach classes every day including a public class in our studio with real students. You’ll create a professional employment pack that includes a CV/resume, cover letter, and your photos and videos. You’ll walk away with a breadth of knowledge, a pack of peer support along your journey, and undoubtedly ready for your new career.
Our School Is Different...
Great Value Investment - Our mission to democratize yoga means offering professional education at a price that almost everyone can afford. To make this feasible, we run a lean operation optimized for learning. We leverage our existing facilities in Barcelona, we've pioneered eLearning in the yoga market, and our intensive immersions deliver maximum education at the best possible price.
Guaranteed Job Placement - During Immersion 2, we’ll help you put together an exceptional employment packet. It includes a resume (CV), cover letter, recommendation letter, promotional video and studio photos that will help you land your first job. We guarantee you'll find your first paid teaching gig during our program (which just may lead to your dream job).
Academic Excellence - Our commitment to excellence means that a degree from the Yoga Teachers College holds real market value and demonstrates masters-level knowledge earned through study and practice. We require all graduates to achieve an 85 percent (or higher) average score on all tests and assessments, while most schools simply require you to show up in order to graduate.
Personal Support - We've revived the age-old tradition of apprenticeship. You'll have real-time access to ask your mentor questions, get feedback, learn, and grow. Mentorship happens via phone and email, as well as in-person during your immersions in Barcelona. Post-course, the support continues with job hunting and networking opportunities, monthly refresher courses, and optional annual meet-ups.
Flexible Schedule & Platform - Whether it's memorizing pose names or learning the anatomy of the knee, our eLearning platform makes deep learning possible in many aspects of yoga education that are often skimmed over at other schools. If you lead a busy life, our unique program schedule couples online learning with in-person immersions so you can move at your own pace.
Exciting Business Opportunities - You can qualify to be an authorized YOGABODY regional teacher, a product distributor, or a licensed YOGABODY studio owner. You can choose total autonomy after graduation or you can create a lasting partnership with YOGABODY. You’ll also have access to our retail manufacturing, studio contacts, graduate’s database, world-renowned experts, and on-going support.
Tuition & Registration
Yoga Teacher College®
Tuition Fees Include:
- All course materials
- 24-module eLearning program
- Mentorship and assistance throughout the course
- Weekly check-ins with mentors and peers
- Practice Journal (mailed to your home)
- Props Kit: yoga block, Wonder Wheel, massage balls (received during Immersion course)
- Immersions I & II (total 3 weeks) in Barcelona at YOGABODY Fitness studios (offered quarterly)
- Guaranteed job placement
Total: $2995 USD
(approx. 2700€ or 2400 GBP*)
(approx. 450€ or 400 GBP/month*)
*All tuition charged in USD only. Conversion rates are estimates only.
Other Expenses (not included)
- Travel, food & accommodation in Barcelona (average budget $60-$90/day)
- Yoga classes/membership at your local studio(s) for your 100-class requirement
- Required reading materials (see full list here)
Is Tuition Tax Deductible? The Yoga Teachers College is a registered trade/professional school, and in most tax jurisdictions, some (or all) of your tuition is tax-deductible. Please consult with a qualified tax advisor. USA residents, please refer to tax codes §1.162-5(a)(1) & §1.162-5(b)(2). All other countries, please ask your advisor for relevant tax codes, and email our support team for a formal tax receipt for your records.
FREE! Bonus Materials (
When you train with the Yoga Teachers College, you get access to dozens of resources that come along with a school that is owned and operated by YOGABODY, a large, international yoga brand. Our constantly expanding bonus materials, support offerings, and resources make the course the obvious choice for career-minded teachers.
FREE! Block, Wheel & Massage Balls
You’ll learn how to incorporate these YOGABODY props into your classes, so you'll get these yoga props for at-home practice.
Pick up during your Immersions in Barcelona only
FREE! Practice Journal
You’ll use this book to log your training journey, connect and network with local studios, and ultimately to mark your successful practice completion requirements for the course.
FREE! All-Access Yoga Membership x 3 Weeks
During your Immersions in Barcelona, you’ll have unlimited access to our public classes so you can experience our studios first hand, try new classes, and connect with our instructors.
FREE! Business Card & Postcard Templates
Save time and money by using our done-for-you designs. Simply customize with your contact information, and you can get printing done for pennies per card.
FREE! Professional Video
We'll feature you in a short promotional video that you can then use to help you land job interviews, get hired abroad, and easily stand out from the competition in your area. Watch examples here.
FREE! Professional Photos
During Immersion II, we’ll take professional photos of you that you’ll own the rights to and can use for marketing yourself and your classes. See examples here.
FREE! Facebook Business Page Cover Art
We try to check as many things off your to-do list as possible, so before you leave Immersion II, we’ll produce a Facebook-ready cover image you can use for your Facebook Business page.
FREE! New Student Form / Liability Waiver
For insurance and data privacy reasons, it’s essential that you have a new student form with a liability waiver for your classes. We’ll give you our template that you can adapt and use immediately.
FREE! PDF Pose Charts x5
We'll send you five PDF pose charts that we recommend you print out, laminate, and use with your students or for your own quick reference.
FREE! Yoga Playlists on Spotify x20+ Lists
If you’ve ever tried to make a yoga playlist, you know how challenging it can be. In our studios we release new lists every 3 months, and all our trainees get access.
FREE! Dinner Celebrations x2
We end in style at the end of both Immersion I and Immersion II. Join your trainers and peers and let's celebrate all the hard work you've done with a dinner on us.
FREE! Framed Certificate*
Your teaching diploma is a symbol of your hard work, dedication, and certification to teach internationally. We frame it nicely so you can display it with pride.*Free framed certificates are given during in-person graduation. If you graduate later, a digital certificate is sent, or you can order a framed version from our store.
FREE! 10 Hours of Continuing Ed Per Year for Life
All trainees, even after graduation, get free access to up to 10 hours of online continuing education (certificate provided) per year at no cost. This allows you to stay current with all the Yoga Alliance organizations. Many yoga schools require re-certification and more fees each year to stay current—not us.
Meet Your Trainers
Lucas Rockwood | Master Trainer & Director (E-RYT, YACEP)
Lucas is an internationally-renowned yoga trainer, TEDx Speaker, podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur. His early yoga and meditation teachers include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka. Lucas left the USA in 2003 and traveled and taught extensively before making Barcelona, Spain his home base. In a previous life, he worked in theater, publishing, and as a vegan chef and nutritional coach. He's the father of three multicultural kids and remains as passionate about yoga as when he first began practicing in 2002.
YOGA STUDIOS (learn more). Lucas opened his first studio (and restaurant) in Koh Samui, Thailand in 2006 and franchised a second location in 2011 in Amsterdam. His newest studio group, YOGABODY Fitness, launched in 2012 and is the largest and most influential in Spain with daily classes, workshops, and international training programs.
YOGA PROPS & PRODUCTS (learn more). From the back of his first yoga studio, Lucas launched a yoga props and nutritional supplement division that has grown into a large, international company in its own right. YOGABODY now distributes yoga props and products in 81 countries including the Yoga Trapeze®, Wonder Wheel®, and Hurts So Good® Massage Balls.
TEACHER TRAINING. Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy (2006-2018), one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world in its time with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines. In 2016, he founded The Yoga Teachers College, a cutting-edge new approach to professional yoga education and one of the only college-credit recommended courses in the world offering diploma courses for mind-body fitness professionals.
Camilo Carreiro | Trainer (E-RYT, YACEP)
Camilo enrolled in his first yoga training course to deepen his practice, but he fell in love with teaching and made a quick career change. Camilo joined the Barcelona YOGABODY team in 2015 and immediately became involved in the management of sequence development, course planning, and new teacher mentorship. Camilo teaches and co-teaches The Yoga Teachers College Diploma program, the Trapeze Teacher Training, and Yoga Wheel. His favorite after-class ritual is grabbing fresh fruit.
CREDENTIALS: E-RYT Registered Trainer / YACEP Provider, Yoga Teachers College® Diploma (YTD), Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Cert (200hr), Yoga Trapeze® Cert (50hr), Yoga Barre Cert (20hr)
Ekaterina Zyrina | Trainer (E-RYT, YACEP)
Katy took her first yoga class while studying at university. At the time, she couldn’t do a single Chaturanga and she swore she would never go back—but she always did! After five years of dedicated practice, Katy completed her first teacher training course and officially joined YOGABODY in 2016. Today her focus is entirely on yoga teaching and training. Her personal practice remains an Ashtanga Vinyasa (Mysore style). Katy is a big fan of the ocean and loves to surf.
CREDENTIALS: E-RYT Registered Trainer, YACEP Provider, Yoga Teachers College® Diploma (YTD), Ashtanga Vinyasa Cert (200hr), Yoga Trapeze® Cert (50hr), Yoga Barre Cert (20hr), Therapeutic Yoga (200hr)
Below is a small selection of the hundreds of reviews we've collected as well as third-party verified testimonials. If you’re considering one of our programs, we encourage you to connect with our past trainees for first-hand feedback and advice.
"This was a life-changing experience. The instructors and the rest of the team were welcoming and supportive. Everything was extremely well-organized with beautiful yoga facilities. Thank you all, I can't wait to go back!"
- Selda Tahrir Guy
"Amazing instructors, an exceptional value, a highly organized program that delivers far more than expected. I walked away from my training with the knowledge and confidence to teach, as well as the ability to run a business."
- Ana Cadena
"Before the course, I felt anxious, but now I feel really good about my future. It's nice that all the students have the same mentality; we all want to better ourselves through our practice and turn our practice from a lifestyle into a livelihood."
- Jasmine Mensen
"I think that Lucas is bringing together a system that is accessible to a lot of people, but is still strong and challenging. Also, no one can complain about being in Barcelona for a week doing interesting stuff with interesting people. What I also liked about the Yoga Teachers College was that from day one we were up in front of our classmates teaching. It's a good way to get rid of any lingering discomfort, stage fright, or problems quickly."
- Donal Quirke
"Personally, this was the right course for me because of its strong foundation in Vinyasa Yoga. Once you start the course, you come to realize that no matter how long you've been practicing yoga, you still have so much to learn—not only asanas and movements, but also the deeper biometrics and physiology behind yoga. Another aspect I enjoyed was meeting a range of people from really different yoga backgrounds with different experiences."
- Nicola Ross
"The online content is very easy to watch, and because it's not only about yoga, it's also interesting. I am learning a lot and am super happy."
- Suzanne Hoyos
Frequently Asked Questions
Now Accepting Applications
- Experience: two years or 50 classes minimum as a yoga student
- Mindset: long-term, positive, career-focused
- Culture: international and open-minded (we embrace diversity)
- Resources: access to at least one (if not more) local yoga studios
- Tech: online access, a personal computer, basic computer literacy, a microphone/headset
- Language: conversational English (English as a second language is most welcome)