Originally published on A Conscious Collection.
By Stefanie Blanch
Yoga practice is on the rise around the world as we all seek to immerse ourselves in self-discovery and tranquillity in an incredibly fast-paced world. For those wanting to learn how to become a yoga teacher, it is often recommended that you learn by way of immersive retreats and teacher training abroad for the most memorable experience.
While yoga can be practiced anywhere under a relatively standardised 200 hour Yoga Alliance-approved course, we have discovered the five best places to do your yoga teacher training for an extra special experience.
As the spiritual practice of yoga originated in the motherland of India, this is the obvious first choice to undertake yoga teacher training. Traveling to the original point of spirituality means far less will get lost in translation, and you will engage with the practice in its purest form. You will have the incredible opportunity to engage with self-reflection and truly learn and understand the philosophies of Yoga. With a beautiful natural landscape, you will also be surrounded by some of the most stunning views in the world. If you choose to undertake teacher training in India, be mindful of the weather at different times throughout the year to make sure you are comfortable.
We all know Bali from Eat, Pray, Love, but this island has been on the map for much longer than this. Bali is the home to Indonesia’s Hindu religion, bringing spirituality to the forefront. Yoga teacher training is an intense examination of self as well as the chance to heal and change both yourself and those around you. Bali offers an inexplicably beautiful location to study yoga at this high intensity. A location where the mood is hypnotic, Bali has the potential to add something truly special and unique to your yoga training experience.
- Los Angeles
Yoga studios are widespread in LA – you could find one on every main street. For this reason, it can almost be daunting to decide where to learn here. Naturally, however, there is a gravitational pull towards the deep transformation that yoga is known for, and Los Angeles offers this in one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. Los Angeles is a wonderful place to meet like-minded people in your training, and make lasting connections. However, try not to get distracted while you are there and instead focus on the yoga itself.
- Byron Bay
Known to be one of Australia’s most stunning and equally relaxed coastal cities, Byron Bay is the perfect place to unwind and reflect while undertaking your yoga teacher training. With multiple options available, you can bask in the warmth of Byron Bay and it’s chilled out residents while you undertake your intense studies.
- Cape Town
When you think about Table Mountain, it is easy to see how this could be one of the bets places in the world to do your yoga teacher training. With frequent teacher training and immersive retreats, here you can study yoga in the most beautiful natural settings. Often led by a dynamic group of senior instructors, courses in Cape Town while inspire and awaken you.
Remember that yoga teacher training is a huge undertaking for anyone and while this can be daunting, it is also an incredibly stepping stone towards a more connected future. There is always something new worth learning, and undertaking your yoga teacher training will immerse you in a new world.