I am a certified personal trainer and also certified women's fitness specialist but would
like to go the direction of pilates and yoga. Do any of you have information on becoming a yoga or pilates instructor? Where does one get certified? Also, is this something that can be completed online like many continuing ed credits and my NASM certifications were?
There are several levels. Baseline is the RYT 200. They have had a basic 200 hour yoga training course from an accredited school. The top step is an ERYT 500, who has significant training, and at least 4 years teaching experience as well as training. Of course there are some senior teachers who trained in the old school style, of training with a specific teacher, and who are so well known and respected they may not have gone to the trouble of getting on the register. Most teachers going into yoga now do go on the register.
There are some yoga like paths, that require less rigorous (or long) training. Keep in mind what you want to do. If you want to teach in a yoga studio the requirements may be different than in a health club, for example. But you do not want to go to teach and be asked questions about your lineage, or the science of pranayama, or what a drishti is, and not know.
You may be able to do teacher training without a big residential commitment. There is a real explosion of training programs. But also consider that means there are tons of teachers coming out of those programs.... how well known is the program you do, where do their graduates teach? I do a lot of training at Kripalu. It is within a few hours drive and I can get world class teachers (but I have taught quite a while so my needs will be different than someone building a practice). Where do you live? The second step might be to search programs near you for cost and schedule of training.
Also, what style of yoga do you wish to teach? There are huge differences. Some are very athletic, some are more therapeutic, some more gentle. The training program for Iyangar teachers is very very rigroous, but produces some of the best teachers out there. Vinyasa style is very popular, and there are quite a few varieties of that practice. If you do not have a regular practice yet I would suggest taking as many different places as you can, and finding a place and a few teachers with whom you connect.
Good luck, and feel free to message me to my page if you have specific questions as you look further.
Here is a link for you to check out pilates and yoga.
If you want to teach yoga and are really into it, take the time to explore which practice you are most drawn to and then pursue the best there is to offer.
Online would not be the way to go I don't think
Also, teaching classes out of your home is ok if your home owners insurance covers liability and or if you can provide insurance for this type of business