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Top 10 Yoga Teacher Training Destinations for 2024

by Cris Puscas

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Are you considering enrolling in Yoga Teacher Training in 2024?

As wonderful as it is to take your training closer to home, there’s an abundance of benefits that you’ll get by training abroad. 

For starters, you’ll get to step out of your daily routine and explore a new & exciting destination while you go through your training and undergo a transformational journey.

The good news is, with the growing popularity of yoga, you're spoilt for choice.  No matter where you prefer to take your instructor training, there's a vast selection that’ll suit your needs & preferences. 

Whether you’ll be joining a course set in a serene beachside location or a training center in a vibrant city, you'll have plenty of quality training options you can enroll in. 

Unsure as to which destinations you should be considering? 

Below, we’re sharing our pick of the 10 destinations that are excellent choices for yoga teacher training for the upcoming year.

India

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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. The traditional meets modern aesthetics 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.

»Read more: Top Destinations for Yoga Teacher Training in India

 

USA

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From east to west, north to south, this expansive country is a haven for yoga enthusiasts.

Home to renowned yoga centers, the options for yoga teacher training in the USA are as plentiful as the stars in the night sky. The programs you’ll find stateside will not only teach you the fundamental principles of yoga but also empower you to share this ancient practice with others.

Whether you crave to train in a location surrounded by the serene beauty of serene beaches, breathtaking deserts, enchanting forests, or vibrant cities, The USA has it all.

From east to west, north to south, this expansive country is a haven for yoga enthusiasts. Home to renowned yoga centers, the options for yoga teacher training in the USA are as plentiful as the stars in the night sky. 

The programs you’ll find stateside will not only teach you the fundamental principles of yoga but also empower you to share this ancient practice with others.

Whether you crave to train in a location surrounded by the serene beauty of serene beaches, breathtaking deserts, enchanting forests, or vibrant cities, The USA has it all.

California is,  by far,  the most popular destination for yoga in the United States. It’s the place with the most studios and yoga schools in the country and offers a diverse range of locations. From the bustling cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco to the tranquil charm of Laguna Beach and Avalon, it makes the perfect setting for your yoga teacher training.

Florida, with its lively atmosphere and unbeatable coastal beauty, also ranks high as a top yoga training destination. The Sunshine State offers dozens of great programs to get you started on your yoga teaching journey. Whether you prefer to start with a 200-hour course or go for a 500-hour training course, be sure to set aside time to have some fun in the sun on its many stunning beaches. 

Last but not least, Hawaii, should also be a destination on your shortlist as its Aloha spirit aligns perfectly with yoga. Here,  you’ll be able to achieve lokahi (harmony) as you practice your asanas to the rhythm of crashing waves while, surrounded by lush, tropical landscapes.

 

Indonesia

YTT in Indonesia

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When it comes to yoga, Bali, the renowned Island of Gods, it’s the place to be when it comes to unforgettable yoga experiences in Indonesia. That said, as it's an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, there are plenty of other options for yoga teacher training such as Lombok.

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 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.

»Read more: Why Should You Do Your Yoga Teacher Training in Bali?

 

Mexico

YTT in Mexico

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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.

»Read more: Why Should You Do Your Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico?

 

 

Spain 

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A country of stunning natural beauty, it's blessed with glorious year-round sunshine, vibrant culture, and delicious cuisine. 

For these reasons, it’s no wonder that Spain is one of the most visited countries in Europe - and the world in general.

In recent years, Spain has also become a top hub for yoga enthusiasts. It’s a haven for practitioners seeking to deepen their yoga practice and level up their teaching skills. 

The pleasant weather, stunning views, and historical places in this beautiful country are not to be missed. From the stunning beaches in Ibiza to the peaceful olive groves in Andalusia, Spain offers many things that’ll leave you in awe. 

If you’re looking to enhance your yoga practice or plan to start teaching yoga, Spain has plenty of quality yoga teacher training courses to choose from. 

Ibiza is one of the popular destinations to visit in Spain. It has calm beaches, a charming Old Town, beautiful sunsets, tasty food, and lively nightlife. It's a great place for your yoga teacher training. 

Let’s not forget about Barcelona, the jewel of Spain. It’s another fantastic yoga destination you should consider. This bustling city offers world-class museums, cultural landmarks, and beautiful beaches. Many yoga training courses are in the peaceful hills around the city, which is the perfect setting for those seeking to learn and practice yoga.

If you prefer warm weather, head to Andalusia. Located in southern Spain, Andalusia is blessed with mild winters, and it welcomes visitors year-round. You'll find destinations like Costa del Sol and the Sierra Nevada, where yoga teacher training thrives amidst stunning landscapes.

 

Greece

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With gorgeous beaches, gorgeous islands, a wealth of historical sites, and vibrant cities, Greece is another destination that offers unforgettable yoga retreats. Feel the sand between your toes, witness memorable sunsets, and indulge in mouthwatering cuisine.

You have the option to join a YTT course set on a Greek beach or in a historic city while soaking up the sun and enjoying some of Europe’s most beautiful sceneries.

Athens is the capital and largest city and one of the world’s oldest cities. Steeped in history, the cradle of Western civilization offers plenty of exciting things to do and discover. 

The major sites, including the Acropolis and the Greek Agora, are easily accessible, making it a gem worth exploring on foot. This is made possible by the establishment of a car-free archaeological walk.

With its own riviera, a lot of charming nearby islands to explore, and stunning countryside on the mainland, if you’re looking to combine your training with some downtime, Athens is an ideal place to be.  It’s a lovely vacation spot and it offers plenty of quality yoga teacher training programs.

If you're a beach lover, you won’t to miss out on Crete. Home to gorgeous beaches, the island is also a great choice for those who enjoy hiking. During your free time, you can indulge in tasty cuisine, unravel the mysteries of the labyrinth, explore nature, or spend some time on its breathtaking beaches.

 

Thailand

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Friendly locals, gorgeous beaches, beautiful 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 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.

»Read more: Why Choose Thailand for Your Yoga Teacher Training?

Colombia

YTT in Colombia

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Latin America appears to be dominating our list of top destinations for Yoga Teacher Training in 2024 as we close it out with yet another country within the region.

Another new entry, Colombia is a vibrant up-and-coming wellness hub that is fast becoming one of the favorites of yoga enthusiasts. 

From its more than 300 pristine white-sand beaches on the Caribbean coastline to the vast Amazon rainforest and the amazing Andes, there’s an abundance of different settings where you can enjoy stunning views while holding your asanas in the heart of nature. A Yoga Teacher Training in Colombia will certainly deliver a wholesome yoga-focused experience that you’ll never forget.

One of the best destinations for a Yoga Holiday in Colombia is Medellin, a fitness hub that offers perfect weather for yoga all year round, and a vibrant atmosphere that will keep you coming back for more.

On the Caribbean coastline of Colombia, you can also find great hotspots for yoga teacher training like Palomino, a small village known for its excellent beaches and seafood. 

Santa Marta and Minca are two of the most popular choices; in the former, you’ll find unspoiled tropical beaches surrounded by coconut trees and clear blue water, while the latter is famous for its lush green hills, majestic waterfalls, and delightful clear-water swimming holes.

 

France

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The most popular travel destination in the world, France features some of the most remarkable sites known to humankind: 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 plenty 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!

 

Portugal

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One of the oldest countries in Europe, Portugal is blessed with historic castles and palaces, pristine beaches, bustling cities, and charming villages. While it's definitely gaining in popularity, it remains 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. Here, you’ll find that 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

 

Honorary Mention

Nepal

YTT in Nepal

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What comes to mind when you think about Nepal? If it is serenity, spirituality, and breathtaking scenery, then you’re right on the money.

Home to the world’s tallest mountain and having part of its history intertwined with yoga, Nepal is also an outstanding destination for a yoga teacher training course. You’ll have a chance to learn an authentic teaching methodology and multiple yoga styles from world-renowned professional instructors.

Where else can you strike asanas in fabulous landscapes, enjoy the fresh air for your pranayama, and hike in some of the world’s tallest peaks? And all this while you take your passion to another level.

Landlocked between Tibet, India, and Bangladesh, Nepal has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, forested hills, and tall mountains. But if you're considering a yoga teacher training course in Nepal, chances are you’ll either be heading to Kathmandu or Pokhara as these are the top destinations for yoga enthusiasts.

Kathmandu, the country’s capital and home to its international airport, is a living museum, where you can find plenty of Hindu and Buddhist temples, Newari architecture, and quite a few tourist places.

Admire Kathmandu Valley from the top of the Monkey Temple, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, or spend quiet time in the Garden of Dreams.

Pokhara is the perfect choice if you are looking to combine a yoga teacher course with hiking, boating, or cultural activities. It is the number one destination for adventure and leisure travel in the country. If you are looking to strike asanas with a backdrop of the Himalayas, this is the place to be.

 

Final Thoughts

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 training in the new year.

That said, we understand that travel restriction are still somewhat unpredictable. So if you are still unable to join a course in your dream travel destination but would like to enhance your yoga practice in the near future, there are plenty of online yoga teacher training courses available that allow you to get certified from the comfort of your own home.


Looking to delve deeper into your practice but don’t want to break the bank? Join an affordable yoga teacher training course in one of these stunning destinations!

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