Find the perfect yoga teacher training
So you want to attend a yoga teacher training? Or maybe you just want to study yoga out of a personal interest, without the desire to actually teach. In any case, that’s awesome! You might have already noticed that a yoga teacher training can be very expensive. I’ll share some insights I gained during my own search for my 200H yoga teacher training. With the tips below, you’ll find the perfect yoga teacher training for you that’s within your budget.
Yoga teacher training booking site vs training center website
You have booking.com for hostel reservations, and bookyouryogateachertraining.com for yoga teacher trainings. This site bundles trainings from all over the world. Have a look here to scan through the offer available at your preferred destination. You’ll get a good idea of average prices and packages. The next step is to have a look at the training center’s own website of course. And compare both to see where you’ll can get the best deal.
Location location location
The price of a yoga teacher training is highly dependent on the location.
India and Nepal have by far the biggest offer and thus lowest prices. Keep in mind that accommodation also tends to a bit more basic here compared to other places.
You’ll quickly notice prices tend to be quite high in Thailand and Indonesia. You’ll find more luxurious training centers here.
The offer in Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines is rather limited. So you’ll need a bit more luck finding a yoga teacher training center that resonates with you in these countries.
Choose low season over high season
Most yoga teacher training centers are on tropical holiday destinations. So make sure to have a look at the high and low seasons as this has a great impact on the price of the flight tickets. Consider doing your training in low season. The weather might not be as good as during high season. But your airplane tickets and maybe even the training itself will be cheaper. And to be honest if you’re doing a 200 hour training in less then a month, you won’t have a lot of time to soak up the sun anyway! :-p
For me this means visiting the north of India in January. So I’ll be bringing warm clothing with me!
Look for countries that offer a free visa on arrival
Depending on your country of origin you might not need to pay for a visa in some countries. Coming from Belgium for example you can get a free 30 days visa on arrival in Indonesia. An Indian 60 day e-visa is €50. Some other visas are even more expensive. So choosing for a country that offers free visas to tourists of your country of origin is a great way to spend less on your overall travel expenses.
Looking for other more general (non yoga related) Asian travel budget tips? Have a look here.
Some yoga teacher training centers don’t include meals in their offer, or put it as an additional option. This way they can keep their prices down. Keep in mind to add €5-€15 a day depending the country for food. This means on a 28 during course you’ll have to add €280-€420 for food cost. A center that’s €200 more expensive but includes meals might be the cheaper option in reality.
Just as with the food, some schools offer accomodation optionally. Also for this you’ll pay up to €5-€15 a night in a dorm or €280-420 for the entire stay. So again a training that is €200 more expensive but offers accommodation might be cheaper than choosing a less expensive yoga teacher training that doesn’t include a bed 😉
If you do decide on going for a center that doesn’t include accommodation, please be selective on where you stay. Your training will be exhausting ( or so I’ve heard, I’ll update once I complete my training), so avoid party hostels by all means!
Keep in mind that you’ll be expected to be in class early in the morning. Sometimes even as early as 5 o’clock in the morning. So don’t expect to get some breakfast at your hostel before that time. Another side note, I’m not sure how happy your roommates will be with you getting up every morning at 4 o’clock…
So personally, I would recommend to stay at the yoga teacher training center if possible.
Airport transfer included
Some yoga teacher training centers include the airport transfer. This can save you some taxi/bus/train money. In some cases this will be just a few euros, in others it can go upto €25-€50 or even more.
This can also be a very good thing regarding safety. I you arrive alone in a foreign country it is never a bad idea to arrange a pickup by your accommodation. This way somebody is expecting you. Always do this when arriving at night, and always try to avoid arriving at night…
Hotel vs ashram
This is an Indian topic specific, maybe even Rishikesh specific. Think about what type of experience you want. If you want an authentic yoga teacher training experience, then do your training at an ashram. Accommodation and food will probably be more basic than in a training that offers hotel accommodation. But chances are you’ll really learn about the essence of yoga. And not just be in an overly commercialised training, that’s only doing it for the profit and maybe even hired cheaper unexperienced trainers.
This is quite rare, but some yoga teacher training center offer a free laundry service. In Asia it it often quite cheap to have your laundry done ( less than a euro per kilo). When you’re sending 2kg to the laundry per week, you’ll save about €5 or so per month. You can’t do much with €5 in Belgium. But in most asian countries you can stay an extra night in a dorm , buy some souvenirs, get a spa treatment, … You get the idea 😉
Take a shared room not a private one
Most yoga teacher training centers offer you the choice between a private or a shared room. The price for a single room can be up to a couple of 100 euros more expensive than a shared room. Most often you’ll share a room with just one other same gender trainee. Dorm rooms, with more than 2 roommates, are quite the exception.
I personally found a low budget yoga teacher training center that only has single rooms. So I lucked out 😀
Some schools organise fun group activities on your rest days (most of the time on Sunday). For example in Riskhikesh, where I’ll do my training, some schools offer river rafting, cooking class, a visit to the Beatles ashram, camping trip, … depending on the season. I have even seen schools offering a free massage. Doing 4 of these trips by yourself can easily set you back € 50-75 or even more!
Yoga alliance certificate
Make sure you pick a school at which you’ll get a Yoga Alliance upon successful termination. Not only is this a quality indication of the school itself and the level of their trainings. So You know your paying for a qualitative training. This internationally recognised certificate will also help you later on when you’re actually looking for a yoga teacher position.
This tip doesn’t save you money right now, but might make it easier for you to make money teaching yoga.
Yoga kit included
Some schools include the price of your textbooks, a notepad, yoga mat, neti pot, … in their fee. Double check this to make sure you won’t need to pay extra for these items.
Make a short list
By now you should be able to make a short list with a number of schools you are interested in. Based on their location, price, package, .. Make a list with about 5 to 10 yoga teacher training centers.
Read all the reviews you can find
Have a look on social media to do some research on the schools that are on your shortlist. And use all sources available: Facebook, Tripadvisor, Instagram, Youtube, Google reviews, … You are investing quite some money and time in your training. So do everything in your power to make sure you’ll get what you’re expecting.
I even contacted some people who wrote reviews on the 3 schools on my shortlist. Some answered and gave me quite valuable input.
Join facebook groups
Another fun thing to do is join some relevant Facebook groups like ‘yoga teacher training prep – let’s get ready together’, ‘Yoga Teacher Training (TTC) Advice’, ‘Rishikesh Yogis Community’ and ‘Rishikesh Community’.
Ask in these groups if somebody has experience with a particular school. Most people are happy to share their own yoga journey with you.
Email your top 3
Send your top 3 yoga teacher training centers an email with all the questions you might still have. Not sure what questions to ask? Lucky for you I made the ultimate list of pre yoga teacher training questions to ask.
The way they respond and the time it takes them to respond might also give you a better idea of the school itself and if it’s a good match.
Be true to yourself
The perfect yoga teacher training for me might not be right for you. So be honest about what you want and expect and go from there. I want a budget friendly and authentic training, so I have chosen to do my training in an ashram in Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world. This also means, no meat, no beaches, no alcohol and no parties.
You might like to take a swim and nap on the beach? Or go to the occasional party at Saturday night? In that case, Thailand or maybe Indonesia or the Philippines might be a better fit.
Asia yoga teacher training comparison*
The list below offers a general idea of the prices you can expect of yoga teacher trainings in a number of Asian countries (based on info found on bookyouryogateachertraining.com).
*This short list is based on the information of bookyogateachertraining, not on own experiences. Prices may vary over time.
With these tips you’ll without a doubt be able to find the perfect yoga teacher training for you. Now count up all the small savings you’ll make by applying these tips. That’s right, it’s about €1.000!!
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