Top 10 Yoga Teacher Training Destinations for 2022
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While many countries are seeing a revival of domestic tourism in 2021, international travel is still heavily restricted.
The gradual easing of restrictions, the ramp-up of vaccinations across many countries, and the reopening of destinations to fully vaccinated travelers, however, provide an increased sense of hope for the months to come and the year ahead.
Without a doubt, yoga practice has helped many around the world cope with the uncertain times and even start a new career, whether they joined classes online or were able to attend in-person yoga teacher training courses.
With things looking even brighter for the upcoming year, here, we are sharing the top 10 yoga teacher training destinations for 2022. Choose your favorites, add them to your bucket list, and plan your trip once it’s possible to do so.
Note: BookYogaTeacher Training offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you to alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.
Disclaimer: At the time of writing, some countries are still subject to restrictions. While some countries have already opened for visitors, we strongly advise you to stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 restrictions from official government sources. Our list of countries is based on data over the last 12 months.
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From coast to coast, the US abounds in beautiful places where you can deepen your yoga practice.
Whether you are looking into an intensive month of training or a weekend course to specialize in a certain style, there are plenty of yoga teacher training courses in the US to choose from.
The retreat centers are typically built against scenic natural backdrops and provide the tranquility and relaxation necessary for reflection, rejuvenation, and discovery.
By far the most popular destination for a yoga teacher training course in the States is California, a hip place where world-renowned instructors come to share their knowledge with the students.
If you prefer a more secluded option, where you can find peace and work on your practice, Hawaii is a great place to choose for a course. There’s nothing quite like striking your asanas on the beach surrounded by lush vegetation and the soothing waves crashing against the shore.
Back on the mainland, the great weather, colorful atmosphere, and excellent beaches make Florida a great choice for your teacher training course, no matter your goals.
»Read more: Your Guide to Yoga Teacher Training in the USA
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Known for its world-class beaches, colorful culture, rich food, and intriguing history, Mexico is the 7th most visited country in the world.
It is also a great place to work on improving your yoga practice. A yoga teacher training in Mexico offers the opportunity to find harmony and balance while being immersed in ancient wisdom.
Probably the most popular area for a teaching course is the Caribbean coast. Places like Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen are not only the most visited in the region but also offer bohemian vibes and a wellness culture ideal for focusing on yoga.
Another popular destination, albeit not on the same coast, is Puerto Vallarta. Strike your asanas on the beach, then go snorkeling or spend the afternoon exploring the charming area.
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Located close to both the US and Europe and blessed with a tropical climate, Costa Rica is one of the hottest destinations in the world for yoga teacher training courses.
The lush vegetation, outstanding beaches, and incredible wildlife draw instructors from across the world, helping to make this small Central American country even more popular for yoga.
Living up to their Pura Vida philosophy, the locals created one of the most vibrant cultures in the world.
Most of the yoga tourism can be found in the Nicoya Peninsula. The training centers cluster around sleepy villages, offering practitioners the chance to practice yoga on jungle-fringed beaches.
Guanacaste and Puntarenas provinces are both popular destinations in this area. Puntarenas is a favorite beach destination, whereas Guanacaste offers a slightly different vibe, mixing the shoreline with stunning mountains and impressive volcanos.
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Blessed with year-round sunshine, vibrant culture, stunning natural beauty, and scrumptious cuisine, Spain is Europe’s second most visited country.
If you are looking to enhance your practice, there is a wealth of yoga teacher training courses to choose from, no matter if you prefer the mainland or want to spend time on the gorgeous islands.
While the entire country is magical, offering spending places for your training, some destinations are just perfect for striking asanas against a backdrop of sensational sunrises.
Well-known as a party island, Ibiza also offers quiet beaches, a charming Old Town, and draws international instructors that love to host their yoga teacher training courses here.
On the mainland, Barcelona is not only a cultural jewel, but also offers excellent beaches and mouth-watering cuisine. Whether you prefer to soak up the city vibes or retreat in the hills in the surrounding area, you’ll have no problem finding the yoga teacher training course to achieve your goals.
»Read more: Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Spain
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Constantly ranking among the top 10 visited countries in Europe, Greece offers stunning coastlines, outstanding history, friendly people, and drool-worthy Mediterranean cuisine.
It also has a long history of meditation and yoga practices which only adds to the depth of knowledge you will get from attending a yoga teacher training course here.
The typical white-washed houses and the blue shutters and domes dotting the landscape have made the Cyclades popular among travelers from all over the world. There’s nothing quite like striking your poses with a view of colorful beaches or endless bodies of water. Santorini and Mykonos might be typically crowded, but Paros and Naxos offer the same beauty and great food, without the crowds.
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is home to the legendary Minotaur and the Minoan culture. Offering excellent hiking, gorgeous beaches, and one of the healthiest cuisines in the world, it surely is a great place to immerse in your yoga practice.
On the mainland, the capital of Athens is steeped in history, offering an outstanding selection of historical sites to check out. Just a short drive away, the Temple of Poseidon’s location is perfect to watch the sunset. There are plenty of yoga teacher training courses taking place in the suburbs of Athens, with quick access to both the coastline and the splendid city.
»Read more: Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Greece
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The most visited country in the world, France features some of the most remarkable sites known to human kind: from Paris with its iconic Eifel Tower and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to the gorgeous Alps and Pyrenees and the glitzy Côte d'Azur.
With a lot of yoga practitioners in the country, it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of courses to choose from for your yoga teacher training program. Most of them are set in idyllic countryside locations, away from the hustle and bustle of cities.
Occitanie is one of the regions that seem to have it all, including the mind-blowing peaks of the Pyrenees and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean. Aside from striking your asanas amongst gorgeous scenery, you’ll also have the chance to go hiking, cycling, or horse riding.
The Rhone-Alps region also features incredible natural scenery, with crystal-clear lakes, pristine forests, and awe-inspiring mountains. On your time off, you can explore medieval villages or go on hikes on the incredible trails.
In the south, the glitzy French Riviera comprises glamorous ports, superb beaches, and charming coastal villages. If you are looking for a place to get pampered, then this is where you need to go for a teaching course!
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While the founding year is not clear, Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe and in the world. Boasting old castles and palaces, pristine beaches, bustling cities, and charming villages, Portugal is still one of the hidden gems on the Old Continent.
Its laid-back atmosphere and gorgeous weather year-round draw instructors and yogis alike. There are plenty of yoga teacher training courses to choose from here, especially if you are looking for 2-4 weeks of intensive training. Most schools teach traditional Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga.
Algarve is, without a doubt, the most popular place for a yoga teacher training course in Portugal. Its clean and beautiful beaches and wealth of budget-friendly options make it a popular travel destination, in general. Aside from practicing yoga and meditation on the beach, you can also learn to surf and, of course, explore the beautiful area during your free time.
The center of cultural life, the capital of Lisbon offers plenty of history and eclectic street life. Facing the ocean, it offers a unique charm hard to find in other capital cities. If you enjoy the urban lifestyle, there’s no better place than Lisbon for a yoga teacher training course. In your spare time, there are plenty of activities to try and places to visit.
A charming port city, Porto was built along the hills overlooking the Douro Valley. Famous for the fortified wine that’s produced here, the city mixes medieval with modern architecture, offering incredible scenic walking opportunities.
»Read more: Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Portugal
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Kind people, gorgeous beaches, nice weather, majestic Buddhist temples, and affordability make Thailand a popular travel destination in Southeast Asia.
The unique spiritual vibes and the abundance of top notch-instructors who choose to hold their courses here also make Thailand a popular choice for a yoga teacher training program.
Divided into six main regions, the country offers a myriad of splendid locations for a course, no matter if you want to be in the mountains, in the jungle, or near a beach.
If you are looking for a quiet, chilled atmosphere, head north to Chiang Mai. The cultural capital of the country offers amazing views of the stunning mountains and the endless rice fields.
In the south, you’ll find beaches and vibrant nightlife. Koh Samui and Koh Phangan are two of the most popular islands for yoga teacher training. Located just a few miles from one another, they both offer a nice mix of relaxation and partying, as well as temples and beaches.
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When it comes to yoga, Indonesia is synonymous with Bali, the famous Island of Gods. But the country is an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands and there are plenty of other options for yoga teacher training here.
A health and wellness hotspot, Bali draws instructors and yogis from across the world. The spiritual culture on the island, together with numerous temples, breathtaking scenery, and sandy beaches act like a magnet drawing travelers to this exotic paradise.
Lombok, Bali’s neighbor to the east, is a good option for those who want to avoid the crowds. Mount Rinjani, an active volcano, dominates the island. The stunning beaches, amazing food, and great surf spots make it very appealing for a yoga teacher training course. Just off the coast, the Gili Islands offer an interesting mix of party islands and more isolated, smaller islands to explore.
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The birthplace of yoga is, without a doubt, where you’ll find the best gurus in the world.
The second most populous country on Earth, India is vibrant and full of contrasts. Traditional meets modern to create an exoticism that’s unique to this Asian destination. From the Taj Mahal to the holy city of Varanasi and the Red Fort in Delhi, visitors will discover cultural, spiritual, and historical treasures.
Across the vast country, yoga is practiced in many ways depending on the styles of the region and the instructors in the ashrams. That’s why, when choosing where to go in India for your course, you need to consider your preferences.
Rishikesh is certainly the best place for a yoga teacher training course, especially if you want to immerse yourself in all aspects of yoga, on and off the mat. It could be said that you’ll find the purest form of yoga taught here and, if you choose to join a course, you’ll understand the ancient history of yoga and absorb the spiritual culture.
Kerala, on the Malabar Coast, is where Ayurveda was developed. It should come as no surprise that you can get certified as an Ayurveda instructor and pass the knowledge to your students. And if you are interested in the Sivananda style, you’ll find that here, too.
Mysore should be your choice if you want to become an Ashtanga yoga teacher. This fluid, acrobatic, and dynamic style is widely popular across the US and Europe, so learning traditional Ashtanga in depth will give you an advantage.
Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, offers nice beaches and is filled with artistic and cultural traditions. If you want to specialize in Vinyasa yoga, this is where you should do your training.
Honorary Top Yoga Teacher Training Destinations
These destinations barely missed the top 10 list but are highly recommendable and deserve a mention:
Peru is home to the Amazon Forest and the outstanding ruins of Machu Picchu. Full of culture, history, and adventure, it’s starting to be quite popular among yogis. A unique destination on the American continent, Peru is a lovely choice for a yoga teacher training course. In your free time, take up surfing, take a cultural tour, walk on the beaches, or embark on a trek.
Italy needs no presentation when it comes to the scrumptious cuisine and superb historical landmarks. An outdoor museum, Rome is filled with ancient ruins waiting to be discovered. A bit south, Naples is the birthplace of pizza, and the looming Vesuvius still reminds visitors and locals alike about the fate of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Plus, the lovely weather and outstanding natural sights make this European country a lovely choice for a yoga teacher training course whether you love the mountains, prefer the beach, or want to spend your time on an island.
With so many destinations to choose from, we hope that our list enables you to narrow down your very own list of destinations to consider for your next yoga teacher training course.
That said, we understand that travel restrictions are still unpredictable and rapidly changing across the globe.
If you are still unable to join a course in your dream travel destinations but would like to enhance your yoga practice in the near future, there are still online yoga teacher training courses available that allow you to get certified from the comfort of your own home.
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