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We Turn Passionate Yoga Students
into Professional Teachers

The Yoga Teachers CollegeTM (YTC) offers master-level training to launch your career as a yoga professional. We combine ancient wisdom with modern science to empower future leaders in health and wellness. YTC graduates are internationally-recognized and job-ready. Whether your goal is to teach locally, travel and lead workshops internationally, or open your own studio, The Yoga Teachers College can support you every step of the way.

Why Train with Us?




Love Your Job
Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life. We’ll help you teach yoga, inspire students, and change lives. Yoga is booming and there are more opportunities than there are qualified teachers right now. Enjoy a flexible work schedule, international travel, and explore exciting opportunities both inside and outside of studios settings.



Master-Level Education
YTC training exceeds every international standard for instructors, and we’re one of the only courses in the world endorsed for university-level credit. Fifty percent of our trainees are hired professionally before graduating, and 98 percent are working professionally within six weeks of graduation. YTC is one of the few courses endorsed by American Council on Education, and it’s also registered with Yoga Alliance, Yoga Alliance Professionals, Yoga Alliance International, and the American Council on Exercise.




Entrepreneurial Empowerment
Build it, own it. YTC students are equipped with a professional website, photos and videos, a job-ready CV/resume, and a business plan to kick start their careers. Our alumni are studio owners, influencers, and local health and wellness leaders. Your success is our success, and we’re committed to both your education and post-graduation success. See real stories from graduates.




Non-Religions / Non-Dogmatic
No chanting, no chakras, no gurus, and no Oms. Forget all the clichés, we teach science-based yoga for health and wellness and have no affiliations with any religion or dogma. We welcome people of all faiths (or none at all), and our focus is on serving our clients’ health and wellness needs.




Personal Mentorship
Our huge teaching and support team consists entirely of working professionals. You’ll be 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 and real-world experience offered is unparalleled and invaluable.

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 and your passion; your ticket to freedom and purpose. 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.

Keep practicing,

Lucas Rockwood
Founder / YOGABODY

 

Our School At-a-Glance

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).

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 Modern Approach to Classic Yoga

Sadly, many yoga schools are nothing more than adult yoga camp experiences where you practice, sing songs, and eat lentils. At the end, everyone gets a certificate, but it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on. You’ll have great memories but no marketable skills. You’ll invest time and money learning to teach, and yet, you’ll be unemployable. I’ve been hiring teachers since 2006, and most fit 'certified teachers' who apply for jobs fit this profile: they are passionate and excited to teach, but despite hundreds of hours of study, they are not capable of working in a professional setting.

We take a different approach…

Our school was founded out of necessity. I needed more staff in my studio and the quality of applicants was so low, we were forced to train them ourselves. The first two batches of trainees were invite-only, and it was a human resources event where we recruited, trained, and then hired our students. And you know what? It worked, and 80 percent of those instructors are still teaching fulltime today. Our graduates were so much better prepared for professional work that when we opened our courses up to the public, it changed the industry.

Our course approach is practical, not theoretical. We train mind-body fitness professionals, local leaders in their communities, entrepreneurs, and tomorrow’s inspiring innovators. We like people with big dreams and big plans. Many of our trainees begin teaching professionally halfway through the course—and we encourage this. What’s more, our teachers are better paid, geographically mobile, and well-connected.

If you were looking for a relaxing experience on the beach where you do some yoga, drink coconuts, and escape from your life, that's not what we offer. Our trainers and mentors are all working professionals with thousands of classes under their belts. Our facilities are fully-functional, urban studios with over 1,000+ members. We use new technology including social media, streaming video, eLearning, and mobile technology to train. There's nothing old school about our approach except its origins.

Your Training Journey

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

STEP 4 | Graduation & Job Placement


Timetable & Schedule Considerations

EXPRESS TRACK:

  • 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

STANDARD TRACK:

  • 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.

  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.

 

Barcelona Immersions

Welcome to beautiful Barcelona! During your first immersion module, you'll join the training team and a group of your peers for an intensive week focused on teaching mock classes, practicing adjustments, developing your public speaking skills, and working toward leading your first public class at YOGABODY Studios. 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.

DAILY IMMERSION SCHEDULE*


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.

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, hands-on 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!).

IMMERSION I (one week in Barcelona) – During your first intensive week, we focus our learning on 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 weeks two and three, we refine your skills, focus on business, and give you 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 job-ready, fired-up, and inspired.


The Curriculum

The course was created in-line with international undergraduate curriculum standards and was formally reviewed by a select board of university-level educators. Our teaching methods and structure are based on Bloom’s Taxonomy and include the following elements:



Remembering. There are elements to yoga that involve rote memorization including pose names, anatomical terms, and sequences. This aspect of the course is crucial but can feel mechanical, so we use flashcards, audio drills, and physical movement practices both virtually and in-person to make it fun and natural to learn.

Understanding. Anyone could memorize and recite yoga pose names from a book, but that doesn’t mean they understand how or why they should be practiced. During our program, we use a 3x3 approach to each pose, where you learn a minimum of three teaching instructions and three applied anatomy references.

Applying. The academic learning in yoga can easily stay "on the page" unless it’s integrated into public and private classes. At the Yoga Teachers College, as part of your graduation requirements, you’ll apply your academic and practical learning to a 60-minute guided class as well as a 10-minute applied anatomy lecture that can immediately translate into the real world.

Analysis & Evaluation. Giving and receiving feedback is a daily practice in the course. You are assessed by both your trainers and peers, and you learn to assess others competently and professionally as well. We score each other on 12 different categories, but the big areas are "show" (visual cues), "touch" (physical adjustments), and "tell" (verbal prompts). To grow as a teacher, you need to be self-aware but also able to see strengths and weaknesses in others.

Creating. Your largest project during the course is your Custom Sequence Class. This is where you take your academic and practical knowledge and craft a cohesive, 60-minute experience for a beginning student walking in off the street. This process involves innovating what you know, applying what you’ve learned, and planning according to theme.


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Why Choose Us?

With more than 8,000 yoga teacher training schools across the globe, the logical question is: "Why choose the Yoga Teachers College?" Before making any decision, you should consider the quality and depth of the training itself, the level of support offered, the potential career opportunities after the course, the value versus your financial investment, and the organization you're partnering with.

CURRICULUM
OTHER COURSES
International Certification
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
TRAINERS  
Working Professionals
Mentorship & Coaching
Pre & Post-Course Coaching Available
Senior-Level Instructors
Personalized Help
COMMUNITY  
Post-Graduation Support
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)
Home Study

Our School Is Different...

Great Value Investment - Education costs have reached an all-time high around the world. This is often due to bloated operational costs, pointless real estate, and business infrastructures that have nothing to do with your learning. At YOGABODY, part of 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, including a resume (CV), cover letter, recommendation letter, video and photos that will help you find your first job. How can we guarantee you'll get your dream job? We can't, but we can guarantee you'll find your first paid teaching gig during our program (and yes, it might just be your dream job too).

Academic Excellence - The Yoga Teachers College offers an international degree program that provides more than double the education offered in a typical certification course, at a level that surpasses every industry standard. On top of that, 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. 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.

Personal Support - We've revived the age-old tradition of apprenticeship. During your studies, you'll have support and guidance every step of the way. You'll have real-time access to ask your mentor questions, get feedback, learn, and grow. If you're struggling with an anatomy module, your mentor will help you get through it. If the public speaking sections are presenting a problem and causing you anxiety, again, your mentor will be there to talk you through it. 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 to keep you on top of your game.

eLearning Platform - Technology is changing education worldwide, making it more efficient, fun, and cost-effective. The Yoga Teachers College leverages eLearning for many of the theory-based aspects of yoga teacher training. 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.

Flexible Scheduling Options - How are you going to fit study and practice into your already busy lifestyle? What if you have work or family obligations that make it impossible to take four to eight weeks off to attend a long-term, residential course? To solve the problem of 'not enough time,' we developed a unique program schedule that couples distance learning with in-person immersions. The result is a training program that is not only more convenient, but also gives you more education and more experience at a fraction of the cost.

Exciting Business Opportunities - In addition to job placement, graduates can also qualify to be an authorized YOGABODY regional teacher, a product distributor, or a licensed YOGABODY studio owner. Graduates have the option for total autonomy, of course, but also the option for a true partnership with YOGABODY, where we collaborate to make our shared dreams become a reality.

Join a Global Movement - Graduates have access to our retail manufacturing, studio contacts, graduate’s database, world-renowned experts, and on-going support. The college and brand serve as a support system that you can leverage throughout your teaching career.


Student Testimonials

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.


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"Life changing experience. The instructors and rest of the team are welcoming and supportive. Extremely well-organized training with beautiful yoga facilities. Thank you all, I can't wait to go back!"


- Selda Tahrir Guy



"A life changing experience! Amazing teachers will guide you perfectly to become a yoga teacher, even if you have not so much previous experience! An incredible time with them!"


- Sergio Artzvila



"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


Yoga Alliance Reviews   [Verify]

Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association in the yoga community, upholding quality standards for yoga teachers and yoga schools. Here’s how our graduates have rated their experience:



"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
United States


"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
Ireland


"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
United Kingdom




"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, I am very happy."

Suzanne Hoyos
Belgium


Tuition

Your Yoga Teachers College tuition is an investment in your career. Typical graduates recoup their investment within 2-6 months of graduation, and our trainees are among the highest paid and most-employable in the industry. This program not only gives you the practical skills needed to become a great yoga teacher, it also provides the business and marketing to support your success.

TUITION RATES (subject to change)

  • Financing Plan: 500 USD/month x 6 months (400€ or £380/month)
  • Full Tuition (save 10%): 2,700 USD (approx 2,395€ or £2,065)

Payment Options: Credit Card, Paypal, Bank Transfer

Tuition Fees Includes

  • Three weeks of training in Barcelona (either in two separate trips or one intensive)
  • 24-module eLearning program (distance learning with coaching, completed at home)
  • Roundtable live video classes every Friday
  • One-on-one mentorship and assistance
  • Practice journal, Yoga Wheel, Massage Balls, Block
  • Training manual

Other Expenses (not included)

  • Travel, food, and accommodation in Barcelona
  • Yoga classes/membership at your local studio(s) for your 100-class requirement
  • Required reading (see full list here).

Additional Graduate Services (optional)


Tuition Tax Deductible? (usually yes!)

The Yoga Teachers College is 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.

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Meet Your Trainers

LUCAS ROCKWOOD 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 international 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 massive, 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 (learn more). 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.

Find Lucas online: Instagram | Facebook | Linkedin | Podcast

Lucas' full bio here

CAMILO CARREIRO
Trainer
E-RYT® 200, YACEP®

A certified yoga teacher in Hatha Vinyasa Yoga by Yoga Alliance (200 hours), Camilo decided to train as an instructor to deepen his practice. From his first training course, he knew that he wanted to dedicate himself to teaching yoga.

Camilo has been teaching classes in different studios in Barcelona for many years. In January 2015, he joined the YOGABODY Barcelona team as a full-time teacher and trainer. He teaches groups of all sizes and levels.

  • 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training
  • Yoga Teachers College
  • Yoga Barre Training with YOGABODYTM
  • 50-hour YogaTrapezeTM Training

EKATERINA ZYRINA
Trainer
E-RYT® 200, YACEP®

Ekaterina (Katy) took her first yoga class while studying at university. At the time, she couldn’t do a single Chaturanga, her hands would shake after class, 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 with It’s Yoga and immediately began teaching private classes and working part-time at local yoga studios.

In 2016, Katy joined the YOGABODY team full-time, and today her focus is entirely on yoga teaching and training. As a passionate instructor and dedicated yoga student, Katy constantly broadens her horizons. Currently she is completing the certification of Therapeutic Yoga at Fisiom Yoga Institute and continues her personal practice of Ashtanga-vinyasa yoga (Mysore style).

  • Yoga Teachers College® Diploma
  • 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training
  • 48-hour Pregnancy Yoga Training (Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Yoga with babies)
  • Yoga Barre Training with YOGABODYTM
  • Yoga Trapeze® Teacher

Frequently Asked Questions

Three to six months. We know you have a busy life, so the program offers a flexible schedule.
Immersion 1 (one week) and Immersion 2 (two weeks). Many students do them at separate times of the year, but you can also do both immersions in one visit, in other words, three weeks of training—it’s up to you.
Our tuition is extremely affordable. Either pay six monthly payments of 500 USD or one payment of $2700 USD. You’ll need to budget for your books and travel expenses, but everything else is included.
You have two options. You can come for one week (Immersion 1) and then two weeks (Immersion 2) on separate trips. Or, you can come for a single three-week trip.
This is the Home Study portion of the course with video-based learning, live weekly classes in our Facebook group, and one-on-one with your mentor.
Most of those short courses are just for fun. Their graduates don’t go on to teach. Students who come to our course come with a plan to do big things, start a new career, and really help people transform. When you stand up in front of 25 students to lead a class, you can’t fake it. The skills you need to be successful take time to develop.
Yes. Our training exceeds every international standard for instructors, and we’re one of the only courses in the world endorsed for university-level credit 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.
Your diploma allows you to work in any facility type, get insurance, and travel and teach internationally. Fifty-one percent of our trainees are hired professionally before graduating, and 98 percent are working within six weeks of graduation.
No. No chanting, no chakras, no gurus or religion. Forget all the clichés about yoga. We teach science-based yoga for health and wellness and have no affiliations with any religion or dogma. We welcome people of all faiths (or none at all), and our focus is on serving our clients’ health and wellness needs.
No, the franchise model has never worked for yoga studios. Instead, we offer an extremely low cost, high value, program where you can become a YOGABODY Affiliate and act as a licensed teacher or studio in your area. It’s 100% optional—we also support you creating your own brand.
If you can use a computer, write an email, and have Facebook, you'll do just fine. We leverage new technology for learning, but the technology we use is simple by design.
Like any job, salaries vary. CNN Money reported that the average senior teacher (teaching 7+ years) was making $67K/year, and some teachers were earning more than $100K/year. Teaching yoga does not put you on the fast track to wealth, but it can be lucrative and surprisingly profitable if you are business-minded. We find most starting teachers earn $20K-$30K/year in traditional teaching gigs, and as much as double that in non-traditional settings, such as schools, hospitals, and corporate programs.
That all depends on you. There are so many different ways to design your life. We have YOGABODY teachers who teach 15 classes per week, have a regular work schedule, and take two days off just like a "normal" job. We have teachers who teach one or two weekend workshops per month around the world. And we have other teachers (like Lucas) who spend most of their time creating platforms for other teachers to shine. Each person is unique, and as time goes on, your interests and focus will change. What's best for you is what's best for you. We're here to open doors and create opportunities.
We recommend three to six months for the training period. Some can complete it faster, and you could take up to 12 months (max) to complete the course. At the recommended pace of one module per week, six months is a good target length. If you're concerned about going more quickly or slowly, simply talk with your teaching mentor to see if that is an option.
If you want to be a great teacher, you have to be a dedicated student. Your 100 classes need to be logged during your training period. As you transition from a student to a teacher, you'll experience classes in a whole new way. Many of our trainees are hired by the studios they practice at, many before they even complete the course. Your Practice Journal will become a huge source of pride and also help you land great jobs.
Everyone struggles with self-motivation, that's normal. We've structured this program so that you have at-home assignments coupled with personal mentorship and group accountability. If you slack off for more than a couple weeks, your phone will start ringing. We're here to support you, motivate you, and help everyone graduate together.
Our typical student is atypical. We currently have trainees ages 19-73. We have working mothers, retired executives, teachers, therapists, and medical doctors. A typical course will have at least 13 different nationalities, and you’ll hear five different languages on breaks (we teach in English, of course). Our students are global thinkers, smart, and ambitious. They’re also friendly and non-judgmental.
Welcome to the real world. We all have challenges we have to deal with. Some of us are strong, some of us are weak. Some of us have too much weight, some of us are too skinny and lack strength. At YOGABODY, we define a “yoga body” as a body that does yoga. You need to commit to practice and growth, but your only competition is yourself. You’ll find our trainees come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and abilities. We’re not here to judge you, we’re here to support you on your journey.

 

Imagine Your New Career...

Help People Transform Their Lives - Have you ever had a job that felt meaningless and empty? Whether you showed up and did your job well or not, it didn’t make much of a different, right? Yoga teaching is different. Teachers are respected in every culture around the globe. Knowledge is power, and teachers are local leaders. When you teach health, wellness, and personal transformation, it’s even more rewarding. To have a career focused on empowering others, it’s truly rewarding.

Find Your Purpose & Passion - 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. Yoga teachers tend to be passion-driven, 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 seem to embody these qualities.

Escape the 9-to-5 - Yoga teachers tend to march to the beat of their own drum. They tend to be rebels and non-conformists, people who see and experience the world slightly different than the rest. When they imagine their dream life, it doesn’t include a 9-to-5 office job, a corporate career track, or forever working for tomorrow. Yoga teachers tend to live life on their own terms.

Live Anywhere - Yoga teachers are always in demand. From health resorts in Bali to 5-star fitness centers in New York and London, yoga teachers have become an integral part of so many wellness programs. While it might seem like there are already lots of yoga teachers, this is not the case. Since 1995, the demand for classes and teachers has greatly out-paced the supply of qualified instructors, so it’s a great opportunity to travel, teach, and live wherever you’d like. YTC graduates currently teach in 41 different countries.

Be Your Own Boss - As the saying goes “Get to work building your dream or someone else will hire you to help build theirs.” Yoga teachers tend to realize that the life they want is self directed. They work for health resorts, fitness centers, and gyms—but they do it on their own terms. And they always have options including private classes, products and services, traveling, training and more.

Now Accepting Applications

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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)


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