DATE: August 19, 2019
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. Plus it’s 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
|TRAINERS|| || |
|Mentorship & Coaching|
|Pre & Post-Course Coaching Available|
|COMMUNITY|| || |
|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.