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eligibility and Enrollment
No experience is required. We will teach you everything you need to know. All are welcome regardless of experience or ability.
Whether you have been practicing yoga for many years or you are new to yoga, you can enroll in our 200-hour training course. Some people take the course just to learn more about yoga, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation, and more. Others take the training to become certified to teach. All are welcome.
Absolutely! We have students and graduates from North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. We welcome students regardless of location or nationality. Graduates of The American Yoga Academy are certified to teach worldwide.
No. The American Yoga Academy Yoga Teacher Certification is not dependent upon any other educational requirement. You do not need to provide evidence of a high school or college degree to get certified as a yoga instructor.
If you can understand spoken English, you can enroll in our course. Instruction is in English; however, we will accept your summaries and written work in the language of your choice.
Also, we have Spanish language materials available. You can read our instructor training manual in Spanish, submit your written work in Spanish, and complete your practical assessment at the end of the course in Spanish.
What age you are does not matter. What matters is the passion and desire to learn about health and wellness. The American Yoga Academy has trained and certified instructors from all age groups. We have had an 14-year-old to an 87-year-old, and all ages in between! The average age of our students is between 25 and 65. All are welcome regardless of age.
We believe that yoga truly is for everyone. The beauty of yoga is that it encourages us to make the best decisions for our own bodies. Our course teaches everyone regardless of ability, flexibility, or physical limitations. We will work with you to help guide your teaching and personal practice so it is comfortable for you and your future students.
200-Hour online Teacher training course
The American Yoga Academy Online Teacher Training course is a flexible, self-paced program. You’ll study and learn when it’s comfortable for you, and you can choose to use one of our study plans to help manage your time.
You are not obligated to use a study plan, and there is no pressure to complete the course within a certain time frame. Some students take up to a year to complete the course. You do not pay extra for taking longer. Take all the time you need to complete the course.
That is so important! We’ve got that covered with 4 learning modules specifically teaching alignment in the poses, as well as safety and benefits for each pose. Claire shows you every detail of every pose, from fingertips to toes. No detail is left out. You will absolutely be confident and skilled in alignment. And of course, if you have any questions, we are here for you 7 days a week.
All required course materials and lessons are included and provided electronically. There are no additional or hidden fees.
You will receive electronic access to all the materials you will need to complete the course. If you require hard copies, you have choices. You can feel free to print as much or as little of our digital materials as you like. Or, we can (for a fee that covers our printing and postage) mail printed and bound hardcopies to you.
Once you are a registered student, you gain access to our online training course. We have created a self-paced, flexible, state of the art curriculum. You’ll have clear, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions on how to study the course materials and progress through the 15 online learning modules. Each module is comprised of lectures, demonstrations, short readings, and classes, and takes about 4-7 hours to complete. Besides the 15 learning modules, you’ll also accumulate hours reading course materials; taking “elective” classes to explore different styles of yoga, health, and wellness; and practice teaching family and friends.
Absolutely not. Most online courses provide you with videos to watch and expect you to figure things out on your own. That’s not what you get here with us. We know it’s not easy to become a great teacher without support. Claire and The American Yoga Academy staff are available for you 7 days a week via phone, text, WhatsApp, email, and video calls (like Zoom, FaceTime, or Google Meet). One of the cornerstones of our program is that Claire is a pro at explaining the art of teaching, and Martha is an excellent mentor, available to guide you every step of the way.
When you’re not in the online modules, you’ll be gaining confidence by practice-teaching family and friends in-person or virtually. You’ll also be attending in-person or online elective classes that allow you to customize your experience and focus on what brings you joy. You have choices!
Assignments include short summaries of your learning after each module, and a brief practical exam at the end of the course. We offer guidance every step of the way, and even provide you with sample videos of former students’ successful practical exams. We are available to discuss and answer questions throughout the process. Once you submit your video, you will have a one-on-one meeting with Claire via video call or phone to receive her guidance and professional feedback. It’s a wonderful experience!
Yes, definitely! You will be confident, accomplished, and certified to teach nationally and internationally. You will also be eligible to apply for membership with Yoga Alliance, an organization that has set standards for yoga instructors and schools. (They are a voluntary member organization; they do not certify teachers to teach.) You will have learned a variety of classes to offer, including yoga, chair yoga, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, breathwork and pranayama, and more, and you’ll be certified to teach all of it. Also, The American Yoga Academy Training Course devotes an entire section to “The Business of Yoga” and teaching yoga in every field you can imagine.
The American Yoga Academy has been training teachers for the past 30 years and has been training teachers from around the world online for the past 15 years. We are among the most established and renowned yoga teacher training schools in the business.
Claire Diab, Founder and Lead Educator of The American Yoga Academy, will be your teacher. She will guide you throughout the training. She will be with you every step of the way – during and after your training. Martha Kein, School Director, will also serve as your guide and mentor, available 7 days a week to support your studies and learning.
Yes. The American Yoga Academy has been a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance since 2001 and our courses are Yoga Alliance approved.
Yoga Alliance is a voluntary membership organization that created standards for yoga instructors and yoga schools. We have hundreds of positive reviews with Yoga Alliance–check us out on our school profile page.
Fun fact: The American Yoga Academy was training and certifying yoga instructors before Yoga Alliance existed.
The American Yoga Academy is known for its unique blend of hatha yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, and mindfulness, infusing the philosophy of yoga into each class in an easy yet powerful way, so students leave class with simple tips and techniques to incorporate into their daily lives.
The 200-hour teacher training course is a comprehensive program which includes asana, breathing, meditation, mindfulness and relaxation techniques that create strength, flexibility, and balance, mentally, emotionally and physically. It is a beautiful style of yoga practice with different poses and variations for all levels. The American Yoga Academy style is for everyone whether you’ve been practicing yoga for many years or you are new to yoga.
Those who’ve experienced in-person training often think it’s the only way to go, because it’s what worked for THEM. They may also tell you that online trainings are inferior. (Ask them if they’ve done an online training, and with whom!) Excellent and reputable courses exist both in-person and online. When choosing a course, make sure you choose what will work for YOU.
The American Yoga Academy Teacher Training course is a beautiful journey of self-discovery. It changes the way you look, the way you feel, and the way you relate to yourself and others. Experience personal growth and learn to share your wisdom with others and make the world a better and healthier place.
Upon graduation and certification, you will be skilled and confident teaching yoga, meditation, mindfulness, chair yoga, relaxation techniques, breathwork and pranayama, and so much more. You will have learned the art of teaching, and you’ll be a true Health and Wellness Educator, teaching more than just a yoga class. And you’ll forever be a part of an exceptional group of graduates of The American Yoga Academy.
Tuition & Payment Plans
For the latest tuition discounts and payment plan options, see our 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course page.
For the latest tuition and payment plan options, see our Advanced 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course page.
For the latest tuition discounts and payment plan options, see our Workshop: Introduction to Yoga and Meditation page.