Hey everyone! On February 4th I will be leaving the U.S. to go to Nicaragua for 4 months. I have been wanting to become a yoga instructor for years but have never had the time or money to commit to it. I mostly want to become a yoga instructor for my own personal development and not to make money. I have heard that it can be a lot less expensive to become a yoga instructor abroad (I once heard teacher training in South Korea is $800). I am really interested in looking to become certified in Central America, but all the programs I find run about $3000-$5000 which is even more expensive than a lot of schools in the U.S.!
Is anyone here a yoga instructor? Does anyone have any advice about how to find a good but inexpensive program abroad?
I do yoga but am not an instructor.
But to be honest, it’s a challenge to make big bucks. Most teachers get by, but then it’s not as lucrative as some may think.
Also though, it’s best you best a training school with a good reputation. In the US, these are certified by the Yoga Alliance. If you’re in Nicaragua, then perhaps befriend a locally rated teacher and ask him or her about training options (either under him or her or by a body in the country).
And price is key obviously, but then IMO like in any training the quality is important too.
I am in a program now in Michigan, paying 2500 for 200 hrs. That’s pretty cheap for the caliber of training. I would suggest finding as traditional a teacher as possible because that is really worth the money. I don’t know much about programs abroad but there is a wide range of approaches to yoga and you want a program that is heavily focused on alignment and philosophy as opposed to just asana as a fitness practice. Yogafit is becoming very popular but its not really authentic because it’s mostly just calisthenics with an emphasis on relaxation. And don’t trust Bikram!! lol You could also get the cheapest you can find while you’re traveling and educate yourself more deeply because there are some amazing books. Besides the Sutras, I would suggest Light On Yoga by Iyengar and Yoga Body Mind and Spirit by Donna Farhi.
@anjelica, Yoga with fitness as the top priority makes me sad. I am more interested in philosophy and personal growth. Haha I’ve heard Bikram is kind of a perv and greedy. I have actually done Sumit Hot Yoga, though, for a couple years. Sumit is apparently Bikram’s nephew. It emphasizes spirituality, balance and peace much more than many other yoga classes I’ve been to and I love it. I’ve heard it is a lot different from Bikram.
I am hoping to get a balance of a high quality class at a lot cost without sacrificing either. The cost of living in Central America is pretty low compared to home so I feel like there HAVE to be good and inexpensive classes out there, the ones popping up online are probably more tourist oriented. Perhaps I could find a class in Spanish. Thanks for the book recommendations!
You’re welcome.. Bikram has been noted to say “Americans are stupid. I will be the McDonald’s of yoga and they will eat it up.” haha he was right!
My teacher really disapproves of heating the room above what a the body temperature can actually reach, like 117. I am taught that heating from the inside out is the only healthy way and rooms should be no higher than 105.
I am so excited for you! Message me if you want to chat… since yoga is a moral code and not a religion you get a lot of leaders pushing their personal beliefs and I find that inappropriate since yoga is about discovering your own truth. I would find the non-dogmatic people, or at least ones that are tolerant of all belief systems.
Bikram sounds like such an ass. I’ve never EVER heard of a class where they heated the room to 117! In my experience it has been 105 tops, usually right around 100. I have been taught that the science behind it is that Indian natives couldn’t believe that Westerners were doing yoga in the “cold” (70ish degrees) and were afraid we would injure our muscles that way.
I do it because it makes the practice more mentally challenging and helps me to better cope with difficult situations in my life.
I have personally found that the heat is my favorite way to practice, but I naturally prefer warmer environments. I just got to Nicaragua and it is about 90-100 degrees here every day and I find it extremely comfortable.
I think I am going to try to find a yoga class in the city but it is extremely hard to navigate so far. A police woman saw my roommate and I on a bus outside of town after dark and basically told us we were going to get robbed either by a taxi driver or walking on the street and told us to go find a hotel. Eek. I still have some safety issues to figure out but once I do I plan to do yoga classes all the time. Hopefully this will open up doors to teacher training opportunities. We will just see where life takes me :)
Thank you so much for your help!
I would love to chat, but I would like to keep our conversation here for now in case someone else wants to look up the same topic later. I have learned a lot by pulling up old threads on HE.
Here is the program I like the most but I am not sure. Maybe I could go down and visit the school before I make a decision. It’s a YTT 200.
I read the whole description. That looks very authentic. Couldn’t find the price, although I wasn’t looking like my life depended on it. I’m curious though. My studio is a small business in the midwest owned by an apprentice of Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller who are the people in the original Pattabhi Jois yoga videos. So it is a humble studio but with a lot of real lineage. Even though its the only studio I’ve experienced, I trust the owner’s perspective a lot and I know the program you want would be right on the same level.
Don’t underestimate the amount of time the academic work will take.
I thought it looked authentic too. They have the program in many countries and it is yoga alliance certified so I think it is genuine (as in they won’t steal my money and run or it won’t be a terrible program) and I like the philosophy behind it.
There are so many programs in the world. I wish I had the time and money to study at many different schools. For this one, the price is $2900 which includes meals and lodging for the 3 week course. This isn’t bad and it is on the beach and I believe all of class is outdoors so I think it will be a wonderful environment for study.
I understand the commitment it takes. Actually, I can’t wait to spend a lot of time and do a lot of academic work for it. I want to learn. That is my purpose for doing it :)
How long will you be doing your training? Is it a “blitz” course like this one where you study and do yoga intensively all day every day for a few weeks or is it more spread out?
“For this one, the price is $2900 which includes meals and lodging for the 3 week course. ”
Oh damn that is awesome.
My program is friday, saturday, and sunday all day for 2 months and then during the week you have to do 2 classes, and a certain amount of observations and assists on your own time. Plus written work. No meals haha, But lots of love :)
Well since the US is a traditionally Christian country, it’s natural that “full on” yoga wouldn’t necessarily fly there. I do it for fitness largely, does this make me a “bad yogi”? Doesn’t spirituality teach non-judgmentalism?
Many people start out doing yoga for fitness reasons. I started it just to try something new and challenge myself, but it has become much more than that to me. I think you will develop more and excel if you make the philosophy and spirituality that yoga offers your main goal, or at least part of your practice. I do not think there is any such thing as a “bad” yogi. Everyone is on their own journey. But I think you will find that your practice and life improve when you make your physical fitness secondary to your mental and spiritual fitness. When I did this, I learned to accept myself and not compare myself to others. I learned to make yoga about the practice itself and not the result, which has been a beautiful transformation. :)
I am also looking for a decent yoga teacher training program. If I can get one done abroad at a fraction of the cost, I’m there. I’m in Toronto and have checked out a couple of them. One can be done for around $2500, but I’ve never been to their studio to check out the classes. My favorite yoga instructor does a 1000 hour course certification over the course of a year. He doesn’t want to tell me the price until I have a few classes under my belt, which suggests to me that it’s expensive as hell. The upside is that I would be insanely awesome in the art of yoga. I really want to do this, and not for the money, although it would be a nice side effect. Please let me know if you find something.
that sounds awesome. where is that?