Choosing a yoga teacher training – at home or away?

Over the last few years I have completed three yoga teacher trainings (540 hours). I chose the courses that I did due to situational, personal and financial reasons, although ultimately my decisions were based on intuition. I chose to do my first training abroad and my second in the UK. The courses were wildly different in structure and style but both were invaluable in their own way.

At home or away?

An intensive course abroad over a substantial period of time can immerse you in the world of yoga, away from the discractions of your day-to-day life. In India you can often find courses that practice cleansing practices (kriyas) or focus on other traditions rooted in yoga philosophy. Training abroad can also be more financially viable for some.

To train at home means that you can do a course that fits around your life schedule and you do not need to arrange anytime away from work or other commitments you may have. It means that you can train over weeks, months or weeks; possibly providing the opportunity to process and absorb information differently from an intensive course. It can also prepare you well for teaching in your home country.

Rishikesh, India

How I made my choices

200 hours in India

I chose to do my 200 hour teacher training in India for several reasons:

  1. I was drawn to the country due to its vibrancy, energy, culture and life. You often hear people say that India feels authentic, that it is ‘the source’ of yoga. For me yoga is an ever evolving practice or way of life that shifts and changes overs years, drawing from numerous philosphophies, groups and socio-political events and meaning different things to different people.  What is important is how a school and teacher feels or speaks to you not their culture or race.
  2. At the time I was also ready to travel and I knew I wanted to immerse myself fully in a world of yoga.
  3. I am fascinated by Eastern and yoga (Samkhya) philosophy so chose a course that would focus heavily on this.
  4. I also knew I wanted to train for as long a period as possible.

Due to these fours things after a lot of research and talking to a lot of yoga teachers I settled on a course at Rishikesh Yog Peeth. It proved to be a life-changing professional and personal experience; providing the foundations to become the teacher I am today.

River Ganges, Rishikesh
340 hours in London

The following year I decided to do my children’s yoga teacher training with Triyoga and then a few months later my 300 hours with Yoga London. These choices were made because:

  1. I wanted to combine my background in museum education with yoga.
  2. Despite my first course being incredibly indepth and well-rounded I still wanted to carry on learning.
  3. I wanted to study and teach yoga in unision.
  4. I wanted to focus on a particular style; my grounding in hatha yoga would become influenced by ashtanga and flow yoga.
  5. I then needed a flexible course that fitted around my freelance work schedule. Yoga London provided this, as well as incredible teaching.

My 300 hour course helped me to find who I was as a teacher and what I wanted to offer.

The main way to make the decision…

Ultimately, there is no one way to train as a yoga teacher. It is an individual choice often not just based on your dream but influenced by a multitude of practical factors. As long as you let the heart, intuition and your true intentions guide you alongside the practical considerations you will find the course that is perfect for you.


Teacher Training Recommendations


Yog Peeth, Rishikesh

Sampoorna Yoga, Goa

Sivinanda, various locations in India and around the world


Yoga London

The Shala


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