I would like to get certified in yoga. There are so many certifications and they all consist of different time frames and all range in cost. I looked into bikram and that certification consists of traveling to Thailand for a month. It sounds fabulous however with family and work responsibilities it all sounds unlikely. What would you recommend?
Go to the yoga alliance website and do a search for yoga schools in your zip code.
Yes, there is a HUGE variety in the price and timing of yoga programs. There are minimum requirements in order to register a school with the YA, such as the total number of contact hours with faculty, total number of contact hours with the lead instructor of the faculty, and minimum hours in areas such as anatomy, poses, teaching skills, etc. Even with those minimums, there is much leeway.
I had 25 schools to choose from and I’m in a much smaller city than you (Portland, Oregon). You’ll probably have dozens and dozens. I narrowed it down to 10 schools, talked directly with three, and selected one that I thought was the best fit for me. Since I’m a mom in addition to a trainer, leaving town for an extended period wasn’t possible for me, so I picked a school that was one weekend a month for 20 hours, for nearly a year. In between, there was homework, class attendance, and home practice also required. All in total, I spent about 350 hours on my 200 hour certification, and I felt very well taught. For slightly less, I could have done 3 twelve hour days a month for 4 months and 50 hours of homework. Very different approach, appealing to a lot of people but not as appealing to me.
What I recommend is – do your research. Take at least 2 classes from the lead instructor of the school you might attend. Ask to talk to graduates. Find out about the homework and attendance requirements.