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,  48-hour 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 teacher training.  Therefore, it may be hard to determine : “What is the best yoga teacher training program in San Francisco?”

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

After pinpointing the lineage / tradition of yoga you want to teach; search out various yoga teacher certifications & yoga classes taught by instructors of that linage / tradition .

Iyengar Yoga Institute Graduate , tony eason

How to choose the Optimal Yoga Instructor Program? 

  • Verify the qualifications of the yoga institution & the yoga teachertraining 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 Advanced 2-yr Yoga Teacher Training 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