Choosing the best yoga teacher training program – A step by step guide for India

Stepping into the halo of a Yoga teacher, is a massive responsibility. Therefore, choosing the best Yoga teacher training program is of utmost importance. I am a 500 hours RYT certified Yoga teacher and Yoga Therapist, here to help you exactly with that – in a step by step guide for India.

What is your why, The Purpose

Establishing a Yoga studio

In case your aim is to establish a studio or get hired by a reputed one, you should be looking for accreditation from an internationally recognized body. In which case, you should be looking for RYS – Registered Yoga Schools giving RYT – Registered Yoga Teacher certificates. These two are the certifications given by Yoga Alliance International – an American organization.

Choosing the best teacher training program in India - Inteyoga community Mysore

Picture courtesy – Krishnananda Hatha Yogashala Mysore

This however, does not mean anyway that all the Yoga schools that are RYS shall provide you same quality of education. It can differ immensely, because the body only demands a basic curriculum to become RYS. That is also not verified by any physical visit by the organization – you just propose a curriculum on email and that is it.

So a school may be over-qualified or under-qualified for the certificate – in which case, they only need to make changes in their proposed curriculum to Yoga Alliance.

Therefore, going for an RYT certificate is a technical requirement, because that is how the Yoga world is running for now. However, do enquire about the quality of education from past students of every school you shortlist, before making the final choice.

Teaching Yoga while travelling

In case, seeing the world and sustaining the travel expenses by teaching Yoga is your goal – its an idea hundreds of travellers are following successfully already.Choosing the best teacher training program in India - Yoganomads

Picture courtesy – Yoga Nomads

Learning different styles of Yoga shall pay you off better, if this one is your motive. It is only logical, because in different parts of the world, different styles are more popular. Schools hire accordingly and hence knowing Hatha, Ashtanga, Acro, Yin and Yan etc. etc. shall pay you off. You shall always have an opportunity – wherever you go.

In terms of locations, well, the world is your ground if you are talking about Yoga – you will find a job, almost everywhere in the world. Provided you know the style they are looking for. And obviously experience is always preferred – so start teaching today!

Yoga Therapy – Treating Medical conditions through Yoga

Yoga is not just a physical practice, it is also the most evolved form of medicine. Out of the 5 bodies that we have as per ancient Indian medicine –

  • Modern medicine works on the physical sheath
  • Chinese acupuncture works on physical and the energy sheath
  • Homeopathy works on physical, energy and the emotional sheath
  • Ayurveda works on physical, energy, emotional and the intellectual sheath
  • Yoga works on all five – physical, energy, emotional, intellectual and the inside most sheath of bliss!

Yoga therapy is the discipline that uses the therapeutic aspects of Yoga for the benefit of people. Which means that this is the certification you should be going for, if you are looking for using Yoga to address health challenges in people’s lives.Choosing the best teacher training program in India - Yoga therapy in Yogavahini

Picture courtesy – Yogavahini, Chennai

Go to a normal Yoga school – even a reputed one most of the times and the teachers wouldn’t know how to deal with that knee pain you have had for few years. Go to a Yoga therapist, and he will know exactly what to do.

Yoga therapists are like doctors – in practice of course – so the quality of result also depends upon whether you went to a good one, an average one or a bad one.

Some great Yoga therapy teacher trainings in India are –

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai (Main School)

Swami Krishnananda Hatha Yoga Vidyapeeth, Mysore

Yogavahini, Chennai (Krishnamacharya tradition)

Yoga for personal growth

Yes, there are some people who may not be thinking of becoming a teacher while choosing the best Yoga teacher training course – like myself.Choosing the best teacher training program in India - My 300 RYT certification

I did my 200 hours and 300 hours, only for my personal growth. It started with my curiosity into digging the mind deeper and I only had a hunch that Yoga could help. It completely blew me off with the fact, that ‘only Yoga can’!

Here I am today, a confirmed Yogi and practitioner – living a happier, healthier, more useful and aware life. Committed to evolve every moment – all with the tools given by Yoga.

If you want to do a Yoga course for personal growth, there are many other choices than the regular Teacher Training courses.

You can do a special course in balancing your Chakras, helping you to live a more balanced life. You can learn how to work with energy and heal yourself and others – with Prana Vidya. And you can also do a special course in Yoganidra and learn how to work with your sub-conscious and other’s. Yognidra can bring about immense improvement in lives, with lesser effort, as the required resolve is planted while one is asleep.

A special course is available combining these three at Swami Krishnananda Hatha Yoga Vidyapeeth, Mysore.

Rejuvenation with Yoga

Doing a Yoga course is also one of the best ways, you can rejuvenate and find a new you! And I am not just talking Yoga retreats here.

My first dive into the world of Yoga on a longer period was with Sivananda Ashram Neyyar Dam Kerala. Now, it may not be my topmost choice personally for a Yoga Teacher Training Course, but it did give me my first glimpse of ‘Peace of mind’, quite literally.Choosing the best teacher training program in India - Yoganidra in Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram Chennai

Picture courtesy – Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram Chennai

After doing my basic and advanced Yoga learning from Sivananda Neyyar Dam, I went back to the city and my corporate life. There was this strange but blissful and peaceful silence that surrounded my mind – I didn’t feel like talking, forget getting upset for about 15 days straight.

This is what happens when you go from an absolute state of chaos to a serene and high spiritual energy place like that. Keeping your phone aside for 15 days itself can bring about that herculean change in your life, that you have been looking for.

There must be more to life, you are right when you think so. Choose a Yoga course for a completely rejuvenating experience. It is tiring and challenging initially, but you come back a completely transformed person – from the inside, forever.

Once you have figured out your WHY – everything else is much easier comparatively. Here are the rest of the steps – that are India specific.

Where should you do the Yoga teacher training in India

India is a subcontinent, and the size can be a challenge in terms of choice.

Would you rather be in the lap of Himalayas or tanning yourself on a beach? Or would you stick to a place where the weather doesn’t vary into extremes at all. Or if you don’t mind extremes, you can also be in places that may challenge you with weather but soothe you with their appealing surroundings or places of interests.Choosing the best teacher training program in India - Seethu the founder of Enteyoga Udaipur

Picture courtesy – Enteyoga Udaipur

Here are some varied choices –

Himalayas –

Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

Himalayan Iyenger Yoga Center, Dharamsala

Great weather round the year

Swami Krishnananda Hatha Yoga Vidyapeeth, Mysore

Sivananda Ashram Neyyar Dam Kerala

Kaivalyadhama Ashram, Lonavala, Maharashtra


Aashiyana Yoga Goa

Himalayan Iyenger Yoga Center, Goa

Appealing surroundings/ Places of interest

The Yoga Institute Mumbai

International Center for Yoga Education and Research, Puducherry

How much should a Yoga Teacher Training Course cost

This is a golden question, but with not one answer – obviously. However, undoubtedly, India is one of the cheapest places to do a Yoga teacher training course. Even the most expensive courses offered here are one fifth the cost of courses offered in the states or in any European country.

If a Yoga course might cost you 5 to 6 thousand dollars in the US, the best of courses in India will be sub thousand.

And we even have some outstanding schools with the lowest prices possible, because all they want is to propagate true knowledge. Swami Krishnananda Hatha Yoga Vidyapeeth, Mysore is one such gem and my personal favourite.

The Tradition of Yoga

Since we are talking about India, the motherland of Yoga – we do have the most authentic and traditional schools here.Choosing the best teacher training program in India - Yoga, a spiritual pursuit

Picture courtesy – Krishnananda Hatha Yogashala Mysore

Because Yoga is a spiritual pursuit and not a physical one, it is a very good idea to read about these traditions and see what you resonate with the most. That shall bring out your innate purpose even more clearly, and you shall be connecting with the teachings better.

Here are some of the major traditional ones that you can look at –

Bihar School of Yoga, Munger

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai

Swami Krishnananda Hatha Yoga Vidyapeeth, Mysore

Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

Kaivalyadhama Ashram, Lonavala, Maharashtra


India is undoubtedly the most preferred choice when one thinks of becoming a Yoga Guru. And choosing the best Yoga teacher training program can be overwhelming – given the wide choice one has.

So follow these steps, and do let me know what else would you like to know from me about Yoga teacher training programs in India.

Om Namah Shivay!


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