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Yoga, a concept which uses physical poses and postures to relieve the body of various ailments, is a unique blend of the spiritual and scientific beliefs. It is a very powerful tool, which if utilized and propagated properly, can cure a surprising number of diseases; both mental and physical. Hence it is very important for proper training to be imparted to people who want to teach Yoga in the future.
Being the birthplace of Yoga, nothing can match up to the level of Yoga teacher training in India. It is so authentic that it sets the standards for yoga teachers training around the world. Courses offered in India include both residential and non-residential ones with durations ranging from 200 hours to 500 hours. They provide a comprehensive training which encompasses all the aspects of Yoga such as relaxation techniques, the different postures and their usefulness, various asanas and pranayams etc. Meditation techniques form an important part of these courses. They also focus on the psychological, physiological and anatomical aspects of Yoga. Teaching techniques are also taught to these future Yoga teachers so that they are able to help in the development of Yoga in its authentic form.
Anyone and everyone can apply for these courses and there is no eligibility criteria set aside for filling and submission of forms. However these applications are then scrutinized and only worthy candidates are selected for the courses. After completion of Yoga teacher training in India, the candidate is given a diploma which is recognized by the International Yoga Federation or IYF, the premier Yoga institution of the world. After successful completion of the course, any candidate wanting to teach worldwide has to apply for an international teacher card from IYF.
The degree of success attained by a yoga teacher depends on the type of training received. Therefore it is very important for every yoga teacher aspirant to go through the courses offered and the teaching method followed by different institutions. Only after conducting a thorough research and comparing the methodologies followed should a candidate decide on the institution to join.
The environment in which the training is imparted also has a bearing on how well the candidate is able to absorb what is taught. Generally Yoga learning needs a spiritual atmosphere wherein he can meditate better and also practice the various forms of Yoga to perfection. Only a person who practices what he preaches and who is well-versed with the different aspects of Yoga can become a successful teacher in future.