Where is the Best Yoga Teacher Training in San Francisco?

Iyengar Yoga Institute| Advanced Teacher Training Diploma
Iyengar Yoga Institute Graduate 2002 | Yoga Teacher Tony Eason

30 day yoga retreat certifications,  2 day yoga teacher Immersions, and 5-Star Yoga Alliance accreditations are abundant in San Francisco. And nearly every yoga institution offers a handcrafted 200 hr. yoga curriculum or 500 hr. yoga training.  Therefore, it may be hard to determine : “What is the best teacher training program in San Francisco?”

Yoga students are encourage to “Taste The Fruit of The Tree.”  Experience various hatha yoga styles to find the linage / path that “you could envision  yourself teaching” [ex: Iyengar, Bikram, Asthanga, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Power Yoga, Intergral, Ann Forrest].

After pinpointing the style / lineage / tradition of yoga you want to teach; start searching out various yoga teacher certifications and yoga classes taught by instructors of that tradition .

How to choose the Optimal  Yoga Instructor Training? 

  • Verify the qualifications of the yoga institution & the yoga teacher faculty.
  • What reputable yoga instructors did each yoga school faculty member apprentice / study under?
  • Check the reviews /feedback of individuals whom have completed the particular yoga teacher training.
  • Check the value of the yoga studio diploma.   Is the certification recognized throughout the world or just within a particular city or region? Will the yoga certification open doors?
  • Compare each yoga school’s curriculum.  Is the training a 200 hour, 500 hour or 24 hour certification?  What does the yoga education cover? [ ex: Anatomy, Pranayama, Yogic Scriptures, Teaching Ques, Adjustments, Marketing]



Iyengar Yoga Teacher Certification Curriculum | IYISF

  • Asana I – Yoga theory and practice of basic asana. – 36 Hours
  • Asana II – Yoga theory and practice of intermediate asana. – 36 hours
  • Asana III – Review and further intensive work on the Asana I and II poses – 27 hours
  • Asana IV Theory and practice of more advanced asanas for the personal practice of the serious yoga student and yoga teacher – 27 hours
  • Teaching I – Practice yoga teaching techniques, visual and verbal skills.- 36 hours
  • Teaching II – Study ethics, student / yoga teacher relationship, practice teaching Asana I poses more intensively, and focus on the theory and practice of physical adjustments and the use of props. – 36 hours
  • Teaching III – Teaching Asana I poses and key poses from Asana II, using the list of poses from the Introductory Certification Assessment. –   27 hours
  • Yoga Apprenticeship – The student is required to complete 50 hours of apprenticeship with an Iyengar teacher certified at the Junior Intermediate I Level or above. – 50 hours
  • Student Teaching – The student must set up his/her own yoga class / yoga studio, and teach for at least 40 hours, with a minimum of four yoga students in each yoga class. – 40 hours
  • Introduction to Pranayama – Exercises to increase awareness of the breathing process preparatory to practicing pranayama. – 18 hours
  • Pranayama I – Discussion and practice of body alignment and breath flow. – 18 hours
  • Pranayama II – Further study of pranayama for the serious yoga student. – 18 hours
  • Yoga Sutras – A study of classical yoga philosophy based upon a reading of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. – 18 hours
  • Bhagavad Gita – The Gita, as a practical handbook for yoga, will be studied and related to daily life – 18 hours
  • Anatomy I – The study of the skeletal, muscular and soft tissue structure of the vertebral column, pelvis and lower extremities – 18 hours
  • Anatomy II – The study of the bones, muscles and soft tissue structure of the chest cavity, shoulder girdle and upper extremities. – 18 hours
  • Physiology – How the body systems function, with some consideration of specific physiological mechanisms activated or affected by yoga practice. – 27 hours