The Best ‘YTT’ Yoga Teacher Training Around the World

So you are ready to take the first step in your yoga education?

Or it may be that you just want to learn more intensively to deepen your practice. Maybe to create your own sequences without the direction of a teacher. Or to spend time on your meditation practice and learn more about yoga and yogic history and principles.

The initial stage is to complete your first-level of yoga certification program with your chosen school. So what we have here for you is the most definitive list of the best yoga teacher trainings in the world for 2021 and 2022 to review.

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You may be wondering what place and group of people are calling you. Yoga has a way of putting us where we need to be at the time we need to be there. 

So best is to look through the yoga instructor certifications here and the right opportunity is sure to show itself.

Firstly you will need to know you will be able to make the time, at least two weeks, more likely 3 weeks to a month intensive and residential, or over many weekends in a season if you decide to do this at a studio.

Then you need to choose the right program fit for you, with the yoga styles, schedule, content focus and lead trainers you are interested in developing your yoga teaching practice with.

You can read up for all further details about these retreats’ training requirements, modules and criteria here.

All courses differ. Many styles and disciplines can be practiced together, you could find one that includes Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin, Aerial Yoga, Yoga Nidra and the Energy work of Kundalini and Tantra, all together, and at the same time teaching the required curriculum in areas like yoga philosophy.

All YTT are different at the same time as satisfying the standards which make up the curriculum set by Yoga Alliance for all students to complete. These were updated since February 2020, providing new common foundational-level credentials.

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You can check out the homegrown schools in the USA for those don’t want to go too far if you are in North America; and the popular meccas of Costa Rica and Mexico serving all yogis across the Americas.

Interesting Portugal and culturally exciting Italy for Europeans, and then there are always the large number of incredible programs for those who want to travel to India and Bali. We really are spoilt for choice!

Once you find the tribe of people and the teaching philosophy that speaks to your heart it may well be that the school offers you the opportunity of a yoga training at a destination abroad, or it could be that you find one nearer to home wherever you are based.

Or if there is a specific YTT that you feel a calling to then your question is already answered, but maybe there are many interesting options that appeal so here is a breakdown of the best certification courses to consider, starting with…

….the USA

Living in the States and looking to qualify without leaving the country? Luckily there is a wide range of schools and program content for you to choose from.

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1. 2-Week 200Hr Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Florida

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Cocoa Beach, Florida

From $2500 – includes accommodation, course materials, tuition, and the time of your life!

Certify in just two weeks, feel free and happy staying for this residential course on the lbeach in Florida. Gain a solid foundation in yoga and the yogic lifestyle for a lifetime of practice, plus the skills to teach and pass on the gift.

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2. 2 Week Intensive 200Hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Florida

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Miramar, Florida

From $1500 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Enjoy your time on this Ashram’s lush and tropical beautiful estate grounds in Miramar. Learn all that is on offer on this traditional course covering all the main components required for your 200-RYT which is your first stage in your yoga education journey. Gain a solid foundation to teach Hatha confidently and safely.

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3. 25 Day 200 Hour Online Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training – ONLINE

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Online, PT time for live sessions

From $600 – includes online classes for certification

In these times of upheaval less people are interested in long haul flights and even domestic travel. The emergence of online tuition gives the opportunity to receive your teaching certification without even leaving your home. This course is provided live online at Pacific time USA, from California.

All classes, workshops and learnings can be streamed later at your own convenience. Try it out and see how you feel. You can follow it up with a residential retreat of in person teaching in the future maybe.

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4. 25 200-Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in California

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Topanga, California

From $2900 – includes food, course materials and tuition

Complete your foundational level certification in the beautiful Santa Monica mountains. Learn the Ashtanga Vinyasa System with the development of teaching skills, so you can teach Vinyasa, Power and Ashtanga Yoga classes in the future.

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COSTA RICA

“pura vida” means “pure life” and that is what visitors to this country will find, a focus on living life to the full. From it’s natural biodiversity, exotic animals and incredible scenery between jungle and natural coastline. This makes this country a great choice to spend an extended amount of time on an intensive teacher training and immerse yourself in the relaxed and beautiful environment.

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5. 21 Day 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Nicoya Peninsula

From $2999 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Possibly our most popular course of all. At a great retreat center which is probably the best hangout for yogis here, run by great teachers and always attracting a vibrant and lovely group of students. Take just three weeks to qualify to be a confident Hatha Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor, learn about the foundations of classical yoga, and deepen your physical practice and spiritual sadhana. Create the life you search and live your Yoga.

 

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6. 21 Day 200 Hour MultiStyle Yoga Teacher Training, Costa Rica

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Nicoya Peninsula

From $3800 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Not only does this yoga teacher training offer physical benefits, but it works on the energetic and spiritual forms as well, tapping into the wisdom of ancient yogic teachings while connecting to Earth Medicine and exploring the Elements as a path to transformation and Union with all that is.

The experience of each day is one of learning and living yogic theory and healing practices through interactive workshops, classes and dynamic group discussions. 

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MEXICO

Quick and easy to get to from the United States with a great choice of Yoga Alliance registered yoga schools on either side of this wonderful country, from Tulum in the Gulf to the Pacific Ocean side.

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7. 19 Day 200 hour Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Mexico

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Tulum

From $2499 – includes course materials and tuition

Learn to teach Sivananda Hatha class and Vinyasa flow.
Practice teaching, learn yoga philosophy, pranayama, meditation, and Ayurvedic nutrition. 

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Or it could be that you find an interesting opportunity in SOUTH AMERICA.

The most popular options here to get your mat time with a great group of new souls on a fabulous learning adventure are…….

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8. 21 Day 200 Hr Shamanic Yoga Teacher Training in Peru

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Sacred Valley

From $3900 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Run in cycles following the four cardinal directions, the group is called together to form a tribe for the cycles of release, understanding, growth and empowerment.

Learn yoga theories and healing practices through workshops and interaction. Deepen your understanding of yogic living, Ayurveda, and the Yoga Sutras. Discover the physical and mental elements of healing, as well as earth medicine, energy work and shamanic practices. 

There will be personal retreat days of silence and fasting to support this unique learning journey. With a strong Bhakti component this training helps you experience bliss, devotion and self realization through songs, mantras and chanting.

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9. 21 Day 200Hr Earth Medicine Yoga Teacher Training in the Guatemalan Highlands

Dates- March 2021; Location – Highlands

From $3000 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

The sequence learnt here is traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa evolved to meet modern needs. Movement with breath creates meditative practice and stillness in motion.

This course offers a holistic approach to yoga, in harmony with the Yin and Yang, the passive and active, the feminine and masculine to create balance and peace. 

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Europe

With many different countries, cultures, places and landscapes – by the sea, in rolling hill countryside, on a Mediterranean island or in urban cool, everything is on offer here so it’s just up to you where, when and with whom. The idea of choosing and attending is in your heart’s desire.

Yoga Teacher Training in Spain

An old favourite for yogis, with great food, the siesta lifestyle to enjoy, and their ‘live life in the present’ attitude to soak up. Enjoy deepening your practice in the most beautiful surroundings with a newly found great group of people.

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10. 24 Day 200 Hour Anatomy Yoga Teacher Training in Spain

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Costa Blanca

From $3600 – includes accommodation, course materials and tuition

Anatomy focused with a mind-body fitness approach, accessible to all ages, backgrounds and skill levels.

The team will also help you put together an exceptional “teachers packet” including a resume (CV), cover letter and a recommendation letter that will help you begin your career. 95% of past students are working professionally in the yoga world right now.

Enjoy 3 days off over the 24 days to qualify in Vinyasa, on this enchanting and peaceful coastal area in Spain.

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PORTUGAL

A new found love of traveling yogis with picturesque seaside villages and traditional towns and way of life, plus miles of incredible rugged coastline, beautiful beaches and great surf, this country offers some of the best trainings available worldwide now.

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11. 27 Day 200 Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Portugal

Dates- October 2021; Location – Algarve

From $4200 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Learn to practice the Ashtanga Vinyasa System with advanced teaching skills, enabling safe and effective practice. 

Immerse yourself in Ashtanga at this stunning seaside town.

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ITALY

With so many different regions with their unique landscapes, people and cuisines, from the hills of Tuscany in the north to the magnificent awe-inspiring Amalfi coast in the South.

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12. 28 Day 200 Hour Hatha Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training, Italy

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Frontino, Pesaro e Urbino

From $2900 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

This RYT Teacher Training establishes students with a solid comprehension of yoga and practices related to it, as well as theory and practice, for all levels of abilities.

The information is taught in a straightforward, clear and concise manner. No matter how mature is your comprehension of classical texts, this training will guide you to a more evolved degree of mastery of the yogic concept.

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FRANCE

A special country with distinct provinces that have their own people, way of life and all with something different to offer. With grand chateaus, converted farmhouses in peaceful countryside, and a lively southern coastline to enjoy. Trainings are limited but offer an opportunity to spend time in the beautiful countryside.

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13. 21 Day 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in France

Dates- September 2021; Location – Occitanie, Toulouse

From $2999 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Spend time on the philosophy of yoga, different meditative techniques, rituals and sacred spaces, Ayurveda, anatomy and more. 


Not only deepen your practice, you will come away with all of the tools to teach and share your passion. 

This intensive immersion includes organic farm to table vegetarian food thermal hot springs, massage therapy and healing body work.

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Yoga Teacher Training in Greece

A special favorite with it’s many small romantic islands, all different and inspiring, and not to forget the eclectic towns dotted all along the coastline of the mainland.

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14. 21 Day 200 hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training in Greece

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Paros, Aegean Island

From $3200 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Practice asana from all category of poses including standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, backward bends, twists, inversions, balancing supine, seated and prone. 

Modifications for all levels of practitioners, all skill levels welcome to attend.

Students are shown frameworks to inspire each trainee to adapt the practices, be creative and find their own authentic voice.

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GERMANY

With a big yogi community, Germans attend courses throughout Europe and the world.

For those who wish to stay at home there are some great home grown yoga schools running programs in different parts of the country.

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15. 21 Day 200 Hour Ashtanga, Hatha & Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training, Germany

Dates- April 2021; Location – Krummenau

From $3500 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Explore asanas (Postures), meditation, yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, alignment, as well as the fundamentals of Ayurveda.

Weekend excursions and Kirtan nights are included.

Yoga Teacher Training in the UK

With everything happening in the world one of the busiest countries for yoga has seen an explosion of YTT’s on it’s own shores, especially seeing as Brexit means European travel is not so easy now too.

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16. 19 Day 200 Hour Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Manchester UK

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Manchester

From $4000 – includes accommodation, course materials and tuition

This popular yoga studio FX offers a great range of foundational trainings – Multistyle, Bikram and also program content specifically for parents.

This training is hot with high-energy modules of the 26 and 2 classic yoga poses in a fixed Bikram Yoga sequence, promoting balance, strength and flexibility. The heat allows you to stretch deeply, cleanse the body, and calm the thinking mind. 

This course is well structured for beginners, intermediate, and even advanced students.

Asia

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The popular destinations of Asia like India and Bali wait for you with the most amazing variety of course content, of all different yoga styles, focus and in many different awesome locations with varying levels of accommodation and budgets. Here’s our top picks –

No.1 INDIA Featured TrainingGoa

17. 22 Day 200 Hour Vinyasa Flow & Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, India

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Patnem Beach

From $2250 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Develop your own practice of Vinyasa Flow and learn alignment through Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. The yoga school offers a residential stay and the packages will ensure that you can fully immerse yourself into your training, your practice and your studies.

This is a 3-week course combining the traditions of yoga and western contemporary life.

No.2 INDIA Featured TrainingRishikesh

18. 20 Day 200 Hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Rishikesh in India

Dates- All Year Round

From $1250 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Possibly one of the best schools in India for traditional Hatha yoga teaching practice taught to you in the spiritual heart of India. Open to beginners and intermediates with the aim of developing you as an all-round confident and good teacher through the mastery of yoga asanas, and with their effect on the anatomy.

Includes river rafting and trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas on your time off!

No.3 INDIA Featured Training – Dharamsala

19. 24 Day 200Hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Dharamsala

Dates- All Year Round

From $1600 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Study Vedic literature amidst Himalayan culture. On this course you will focus on the Ashtanga Primary & Secondary Series with Vinyasa Flow Yoga based on Ashtanga Mysore style and led style, based on the Patanjali yoga sutras and the Eight Limbs of Yoga. Deepen your knowledge of traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa flow, and Ashtanga Yoga.

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No.1 BALI Featured TrainingUbud

20. 21 Day 200 hour Bali Bliss Yoga Teacher Training in Ubud, Bali

Dates- All Year Round

From $3500 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Each day flows within a safe container, held and guided by experienced space holders in an inspiring and heart opening location. Breath and movement are linked to emphasize the meditative nature of the practice and to find stillness in motion. 


This yoga teacher training offers a holistic and well rounded approach to yoga, balancing the Yin and Yang, the passive and active, the lunar and solar, the feminine and masculine energies to leave one feeling centered and harmonious. 

Throughout this process you will explore different paths to Union including movement, song, dance, chanting, ceremony and more. 

No.2 BALI Featured TrainingCanggu

21. 21 Day 200Hr Transformative Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Canggu in Bali

Dates- All Year Round

From $2500 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Learn to teach yoga at the same time as developing your energy and healing work through ritual, crystals, oils, meditation and Ayurveda. Master your yoga teaching practice with an understanding of Prana and spirituality. These elements are part of the course segments on anatomy, sequencing, and breath — and don’t be afraid, this amazing tribe is inclusive and accepting of everybody, whether you arrive with experience of transformation and cleansing change, for sure you will leave with deep experience.

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22. 3-Week 200-Hour Classical Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Ubud Bali

Dates- All Year Round

From $2500 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Immerse yourself in authentic and traditional Hatha yoga, covering the practice, breathing with body movement, the spiritual roots, and the teaching philosophy.

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23. 23 Day 200 hour Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Thailand

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Koh Phangan

From $2950 – includes accommodation, course materials, tuition and free accommodation for first ten signups!

Learn the art of adjustments, key pose alignments, the use of basic yoga props, and how to approach yoga as a business. By day 10, you will be ready and prepared to start a self-practice. That’s the way of practicing called Mysore style and can be considered as the Heart of Yoga. 

During the class, the teacher will work on a one on one basis, providing you personalized feedback and guidance to improve your practice and go deeper in your body. 

Upon graduating, students will be able to create and enhance their own class sequences, incorporating elements of Ashtanga and Vinyasa asana practice combined with pranayama and yoga philosophy.

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24. 24 Day 200 Hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Nepal

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Pokhara

From $1700 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Learn Vinyasa Series, alignment Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, train the breath focus the mind, learn Yoga Nidra, discover how to teach Meditation, study anatomy, yoga philosophy and learn Yoga Therapy.

Practice focuses on Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga.

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25. 22 Day 200 hour Alignment Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Sri Lanka

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Koggala lake, South Coast

From $3100 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

Designed to prepare you to be a great teacher, all while transforming your practice and posture. As one of just 20 aspiring students, you will be part of sessions that delve into Asana, alignment and movement, Teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, Injury prevention, Yoga history and philosophy, Meditation, Pranayama and as healthy yogic lifestyle living.

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CAMBODIA Featured Training

26. 20 Day 200hr Intensive Yoga Teacher Training(Non-Profit) in Cambodia

Dates- All Year Round; Location – Siem Reap

From $1600 – includes accommodation, food, course materials and tuition

This training center is a non-profit social venture and profits go directly back into community programs in Siem Reap. During each training, they also donate a spot to a Cambodian student so they can become an instructor and help to empower their community.

The core focus is on Hatha Yoga, also with teaching in Ashtanga Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Rega Therapy, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Yoga Meditation. You can also join the 20hr add-on yoga therapy course for three days afterwards.

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There surely is the right people, place, yoga and teaching practice that suits you perfectly waiting for you when you are ready to make the move.

What you will find out too is even more happens off the mat than on the mat on these YTT’s. With the space to decompress from ‘everyday’ life and through deepening your connection to self and spirituality comes loss of ego and a time of vulnerability. With this comes realizations and significant change in yourself and your outlook. It can be an incredible time of self reflection and renewal.

For your yoga, by going through a training program you will make the first big step towards becoming a certified yoga instructor yourself.

There are a range of courses and teaching hours for you to complete that make up the Yoga Alliance pathway of a RYT from student to the professional track qualifications, starting with the 2. Whatever your reason for completing a training the experience will be so much more than just a certificate; the experience is sure to be one of deep transformation and a spiritual deepening of your understanding of the yogic lifestyle and yoga as a discipline.

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Kelly Fielding

Kelly is a passionate writer, enthusiastic yogi and professional sunrise chaser. Kelly has traveled and worked extensively around the world in health resorts, detox centers, and wellness retreats. Specialising in health and wellness, her written work is regularly published in both print and online media. A gypsy heart and lover of nature, Kelly finds inspiration in the world around her and translates her visions into whimsical stories and creative projects.

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