If you want to become an instructor, then yoga teacher training is essential.
If you are trying to decide between a number of different activities, it's worth considering that while other fitness trends come and go, yoga has remained popular, seemingly rediscovered by each new generation.
Its effectiveness indisputable, its adherents many, yoga teacher training offers a good career route for those interested in working in the health and fitness industry.
For anyone in the UK who is interested in yoga teacher training, the first port of call should be the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY), the national governing body for the activity in the UK.
Only BWY qualified yoga teachers are accepted on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), the gold standard of certification for all British fitness professionals. Becoming qualified in this activity requires a level of dedication.
The BWY Teaching Diploma takes between two and four years to complete, and to be accepted on the course you need to have practised with a BWY recognised instructor for at least two years. The Diploma consists of five units:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Stress and Relaxation
- Health and Safety in Teaching
- Practical Aspects of Teaching
In addition, all teachers must hold current First Aid and CPR certification. Employment opportunities can be found in sports and leisure centres, health clubs and community centres, and as private tutors.
Alternatively, some instructors choose to specialise in areas such as pre and post natal, working with children, even teaching in prisons.