Tips For Choosing Yoga Training Courses

Yoga in Western countries may have started life as something of a hippy niche, but over the last 20 years, it has entered the mainstream at a phenomenal rate. With this popularization of an ancient Indian tradition, there has been a huge growth in organizations offering yoga teacher training.

Gone are the days when students had to travel to India to gain qualifications. But the plethora of courses has created its' own problems – not least in the question of quality and whether a course is recognized by the appropriate local and international associations.

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The prospective student must also ask themselves a number of important questions, the most fundamental of which is the type of yoga they wish to be trained in. But also, the wider question of what direction they wish to take their training in once completed. This article will address all of these points, and help provide a framework with which students may better choose amongst the many courses offered.

There are more styles of yoga available today than there have possibly been ever. Some represent a continuation of older traditions, that are relatively unchanged. This includes hatha yoga and styles by Desikachar and Iyengar.

Others represent a synthesis of different methods, even whilst being shrouded in mystical origins. For example, some have suggested that Ashtanga yoga is not derived from the yoga Korunta, but from a synthesis of traditions that may have included early acrobatics!

Some styles of yoga are very modern and evolved more out of an adaptation to the West. Bikram yoga is a good example of this – and perhaps a very extreme one, given that Bikram copyrighted 'his' yoga poses and the way they were taught, despite yoga being essentially in the public domain.