Have you ever considered becoming a yoga teacher? If you have, one of the most harrowing decisions you’ll have to make is where to get certified.
This will become even more overwhelming when you turn to the internet for advice. Hundreds of YTT centers and schools will pop up, and from all over the world.
You might think, “That sounds expensive — it’s probably out of my budget,” but here’s the thing: YTT schools abroad, especially in India, are much more affordable than what you’ll find in the U.S.
So if you have the means to pay for your training and certification here, you might be surprised how similar the cost of traveling somewhere else to get the same thing (and so much more) would be.
Being a travel junkie myself, I pretty much look for any excuse to leave the country and discover new places. Sure, I knew I could get trained to teach yoga somewhere down the road, in the Atlanta area. But I saw the opportunity to go abroad to get my certification, and took it.
What I didn’t realize until meeting and talking with fellow certificate-seekers in India was that most training centers back home charge about what I paid for flights, training, certification, housing and meals combined.
I can give some flight hunting tips in another article, but the point here is travel. Go immerse yourself in another culture for a few weeks or months, whatever you can manage.
In this case, you really don’t have an excuse not to when it’s actually the CHEAPER option — of course, depending on which country and city you choose.
In my next post I’ll go deeper into the topic and tell you why you should or shouldn’t get your YTTC in India, but realize that in general, getting your certification to teach yoga abroad is actually much more sensible than you probably thought!
You’re investing in yourself. You’re getting the same thing, training and a certification, but on top of that you’re traveling. You’re learning about another culture, and maybe even another language on top of Sanskrit.
You’re seeing amazing places and things and meeting people you never would’ve met back home. You’re making friends from all over the world who have all come together for the same reason. For a few weeks, you’re all a part of one unified purpose.
Whether you want to actually teach yoga and make a career of it, or you simply want to deepen your own practice and take a little break from society, going abroad is ends up costing about the same as training at home, but it comes with so much more in the end.
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