The life of a Yoga Teacher can be a complicated balancing act. Between teaching classes, running your own business, your own practice and life there’s often not much time left for study and self-improvement.
Yet, study is a must. Not only to maintain your registration with whatever body you choose but also to deepen your practice and offer your students the best experience possible when they attend your classes.
It’s hard to replace hands-on, in-person training, but increasingly online Yoga courses are taking advantage of modern technology to offer time-poor teachers a chance to deepen their knowledge and understanding of yoga, teaching, and other areas through distance learning.
Many courses offer videos and webinars that allow discussion and visual learning, meaning that taking some of your cpd points from online study can be a genuinely valuable way to expand your scope of practice.
Here are 5 of the best resources to find online study.
Yoga International offer a range of courses to both members and non-members. There is a specific section of courses aimed at Yoga Teachers which specifies the number of Continuing Education credits awarded for each course.
90 Monkeys is an educational resource aimed specifically at Yoga professionals, aiming to help them develop their practice and their business skills.
Courses include anatomy and physiology, foundations of yoga and courses on teaching Yoga in the digital age. Online courses are delivered by video lessons split into modules
There are also in person training events available from 90 Monkeys
Yoga Journal deliver their online courses through the Aim Healthy portal and have a range that includes several different styles of yoga taught by different teachers.
The page can be a little difficult to navigate and we haven’t found a way of filtering those courses that provide Continuing Education credits, so it can be a bit hit or miss to work out which courses are best for students, and which are ideal for teachers.
Yoga Campus offer online courses with specific start dates. Some are delivered in real-time through Webinars with mandatory attendance, others have pre-recorded classes that are released weekly and others simply have a time limit to complete the material.
A certificate of completion is awarded on after all assessments and assignments are submitted, but Yoga Alliance CE’s are not specifically mentioned on all courses, so it’s worth checking if your registration body recognises them.
Human Kinetics is not yoga specific, but is instead targeted at health and fitness professionals. They offer REPS CPD points, which is useful if you have chosen to register with REPS.
Although not yoga specific they do have “Mind and Body” section which contains a selection of yoga courses with specific populations in mind as well as a “Business and Management” section which is useful to all fitness professionals.
Need more online continuing education courses? Look at our database of online course providers.