Choosing your Yoga Teacher Training Location

Choosing the right location is important, as it can play a big part your overall experience. The environment in which your training takes place plays an important role in creating a conductive atmosphere for your learning, self-discovery, spiritual and personal growth.

Where to Do a Yoga Teacher Training

  1. Choosing the Right Location for Your Yoga Teacher Training
  2. How to Choose a Location for your Teacher Training
  3. Choosing an In Person Yoga Course Location
  4. Choosing the Santosha Course for you
  5. Why do your Santosha Yoga Teacher Training in Bali?
  6. Why do your Yoga Teacher Training in Byron Bay?
  7. Why do your Yoga Teacher Training in Sri Lanka?
  8. Why do your Yoga Teacher Training Online?
  9. Ready to Start your Santosha Yoga Teacher Training Journey?
  10. Yoga Teacher Training FAQS

Choosing the Right Location for your Yoga Teacher Training

An inspiring and peaceful location immersed in nature can enhance the spiritual aspect and allow you to connect deeply with yourself and your surroundings. The right setting provides an escape from the distractions of everyday life, allowing you to focus entirely on your study and personal development to embrace becoming the best version of your authentic self.

The environment around you has a profound impact on personal growth and learning during a yoga teacher training program. An accepting, open and supportive setting encourages you to explore your physical and spiritual boundaries, helping you gain a deeper understanding of yoga beyond just the physical postures, as well as gaining the teaching skills and solid foundation required to teach yoga and enhance your self practice.

A positive and nurturing atmosphere fosters a sense of community and collaboration, promoting open interactions and sharing of knowledge. Being surrounded by like-minded individuals and experienced yoga instructors and mentors can fuel motivation and dedication, leading to a more transformative and enriching learning experience for you.

At Santosha we take care to create a supportive and accepting space like no other you have experienced! We’ll work with you where you are at, to help you feel confident and build the skills required to teach your own classes (if that’s your goal) or simply to step into a new more fulfilling and joyous life.

Ready to start? Visit our course pages to get started today:





Early bird discount and payment plans available!

How to Choose a Location for your Teacher Training

When it comes to locations there are so many options, which can be overwhelming! It is best to first start with defining your own desires and preferences, keeping in mind your budget and circumstances.

Some questions to begin with:

  • Can I take time off to study in-person or is online a better fit for me? Or a shorter part time hybrid in-person/ online course?
  • What is my budget for the course – including travel and accommodation if in-person?
  • What am I looking for in a yoga school?
  • In-Person:

    • Do I want to study locally or travel abroad?
    • What locations appeal to me for this experience?
  • Online
    • If I decide to study online, how much in-person interaction do I want from my teachers (over Zoom etc)
    • Do I require a shorter intensive experience, or a longer self-paced option?
    • Do I require mentoring and the ability to receive feedback?
    • Do I want to start teaching upon completion? Or simply deepen my own practice?

Read More: What is a Yoga Teacher Training

Choosing an In Person Yoga Course Location

Many aspiring yoga instructors choose to travel to yoga retreat centres in exotic destinations like Bali or India where you can immerse yourself in authentic yogic traditions and different cultures.

On the other hand, some may prefer local training centers in their own communities, appreciating the convenience and familiarity of their surroundings.

Each location offers unique benefits, and the choice depends on your individual preferences, budget, and the kind of experience you seek.

The climate and natural surroundings of the training location can significantly impact the training experience. Practicing yoga amidst diverse environments offers distinct benefits. Training in the mountains provides a refreshing and invigorating atmosphere, allowing trainees to connect with nature and find serenity in the midst of towering peaks. On the other hand, training by the beach offers a calming backdrop with the soothing sound of waves, creating a conducive environment for relaxation and reflection.

Training in such locations with rich spiritual heritage or cultural significance such as Bali, India or Sri Lanka allows participants to experience the authentic teachings of yoga from experienced gurus and immerse themselves in rituals deeply rooted in the local culture. The cultural immersion enriches the understanding of yoga philosophy and yoga history beyond just physical postures and into a way of life.

Affordability is an essential factor to consider when selecting a yoga teacher training location. Trainings can vary significantly in terms of program fees, accommodation, and daily expenses. Local training might be more budget-friendly, especially if participants can commute from home and have access to lower-cost accommodation options. On the other hand, international training may incur higher expenses, but it offers the added benefit of a life-changing experience in a new and exciting environment!

Santosha offer different locations and formats of accredited yoga teacher trainings, which allows our trainees to select the option which best suits their budget and desires:

For students who cannot take three full weeks away to complete our Bali or Sri Lanka courses we also offer the option to complete the course as a hybrid online/ in person student, joining us in person for 1-2 weeks of their course then completing the rest of their studies online.

Choosing the Santosha Yoga Course for you

Our in-person Bali and Sri Lanka courses provide a traditional, immersive experience over a short period, with direct interaction and mentoring from teachers – and the opportunity to spend three weeks in a tropical surf paradise!

Our Online YTT offers flexibility and accessibility, allowing you to learn part time from the comfort of your home and at your own pace with our online learning portal and live zoom yoga teaching classes and teaching skills practice.

Find out more about why Santosha Yoga Institute is such a highly-rated online Yoga Teacher Training experience on The Yogatique!

Our hybrid Byron Bay YTT format combines in-person and online components, offering a blend of hands-on instruction, face to face learning and virtual learning.

You are also able to attend our three week Bali or Sri Lanka courses for a shorter amount of time (one week, 10 days or two weeks) for a hybrid Bali or Sri Lanka experience!

Each course format has its benefits, so consider your circumstances and personal preferences when selecting the teaching option that suits you best.

Why do your Santosha Yoga Teacher Training in Bali?

Bali, often referred to as the “Island of the Gods,” stands as a highly sought-after destination for yoga teacher trainings. The island’s enchanting beauty, stunning beaches and serene natural surroundings create a tranquil environment conducive to deepening your yoga practice and inner exploration. Bali’s rich cultural heritage infuses a sense of spirituality and mindfulness into the training experience.

Bali’s vibrant culture, delicious organic cuisine, and healing therapies complement the experience, making it a holistic and transformative destination for those aspiring to become skilled and knowledgeable yoga teachers.

A Yoga Teacher Training is one of the most incredible adventures you will have in your lifetime… so at Santosha we want to ensure that you dive into this adventure in one of the most beautiful places in Bali!

Nusa Lembongan is an island paradise with incredible surf, mystical sunsets, relaxed tropical vibes, Balinese spirituality and beaches galore.

The island’s warm and welcoming community and our caring and supportive Bali teaching team fosters a supportive and encouraging atmosphere for growth and study. Connect with like-minded individuals from around the globe, forming lifelong friendships and valuable networking connections within the international yoga community.

Surf breaks, sparkling clear seas, stunning sunsets and incredible food and culture make this blissful tropical island the most magical location for your dream yoga training experience. For ocean-lovers the island offers so much – world-class diving/ snorkelling, excellent surf breaks and crystal clear swimming waters – or just soak up the famous sunsets from a cosy bean-bag.

FIND OUT MORE: Santosha 200 Hour Bali Yoga Teacher Training

Why do your Yoga Teacher Training in Byron Bay?

Byron Bay is a captivating yoga teacher training destination that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, spiritual ambiance, and a vibrant yoga community.

Nestled along the eastern coast of Australia, this coastal town provides an idyllic setting for aspiring yoga teachers to embark on their transformative journey. With its pristine beaches, lush hinterland, and serene atmosphere, Byron Bay fosters a deep connection with nature, allowing trainees to find tranquility and inspiration.

The town’s laid-back and bohemian vibe creates a welcoming space for self-exploration and personal growth. Moreover, Byron Bay is renowned for its diverse range of experienced yoga instructors and renowned training centers, ensuring a high-quality and comprehensive study experience.

Whether practicing on the beach at sunrise or immersing in the local wellness culture, aspiring yoga teachers will find Byron Bay to be a truly enriching destination.

FIND OUT MORE: Santosha 200 Hour Byron Bay Yoga Teacher Training

Why do your Yoga Teacher Training in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and spiritual serenity that makes it a remarkable destination for yoga teacher training. Nestled amid lush landscapes and pristine beaches, this island paradise provides a tranquil environment conducive to deepening one’s yoga practice and knowledge.

The diverse yoga retreats and teacher training centers in Sri Lanka offer a holistic approach, combining traditional teachings with modern insights. Participants have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Sri Lanka’s vibrant culture, fostering personal growth and self-discovery.

The warm hospitality of the locals and the island’s spiritual ambiance create an ideal setting for introspection and learning. With its serene temples, tranquil beaches, and lush forests, Sri Lanka offers a unique and enriching backdrop for embarking on a transformative journey towards becoming a certified yoga instructor.

When we discovered Dots Bay House we knew right away this place had the perfect vibe to make our Sri Lanka experience even more amazing!

Hiriketaya is loved by yogis and surfers for its incredible surf breaks, pristine water, lively community, organic cafes, massage and relaxation.

And our Sri Lankan accommodation partner, Dots Bay House, is Hiri’s yoga and surf hotspot, with a lively communal vibe and stylish set-up designed for optimum connection and fun.

We feel passionately about making this experience accessible to all; which is why we worked with Dot’s to offer a variety of room options – meaning all budgets can experience paradise and no-one misses out on the fun!

Fully enjoy your time, knowing Dot’s will take care of the details for you. In one step they will not only book your room with your chosen meal package – but also arrange pick up from the airport, making your travels effortless and stress-free.

Delicious meals, snacks and juices are available all day at Dot’s comfortable and chilled out cafe onsite.

Spend 21 days enjoying Sri Lanka’s best kept secret: a hidden horseshoe of white sand, stunning sunsets and amazing surf. Chill out in this charming beach village, while enjoying daily surfs, swims and massages.

In your time off enjoy exploring rain-forests, climbing waterfalls, discovering ancient temples, spotting elephants and leopards in the wild and much more – there are so many fun-filled experiences on offer in one tiny island!

Discover the life-changing health benefits of Ayurveda, with authentic practitioners easily accessible to you. Receive massages and treatments under expert care. Enjoy healthy and delicious local cuisine, packed full of medicinal herbs and spices. You’ll leave the island thriving, full of renewed energy and wellbeing.

FIND OUT MORE: Santosha 200 Hour Sri Lanka Yoga Teacher Training

Why do your Yoga Teacher Training Online?

Participating in a yoga teacher training online offers a multitude of advantages that cater to modern-day yogis seeking flexibility and accessibility.

One of the most significant benefits is the convenience it provides, as trainees can complete the program part time from the comfort of their homes or any location with an internet connection. This eliminates the need for travel, saving time and expenses.

Additionally, online training offers a self-paced approach, allowing individuals to fit the coursework around their existing commitments, whether it be work, family, or other responsibilities. The virtual format also opens up opportunities to learn from highly experienced instructors and renowned yoga schools.

Trainees can access a diverse range of resources, including video lectures, live classes, and interactive forums, enhancing their understanding of yoga philosophy, pranayama, meditation, anatomy, and teaching methodologies. Embracing technology, online yoga teacher training empowers individuals with the skills to guide their own practice while developing a deeper connection to yoga’s ancient wisdom.

On Santosha’s certified online course, you can begin your self paced studies right away with immediate access to video modules, pre recorded posture labs, in-depth teaching sessions and pranayama, meditation and yoga classes taught by our master yoga instructors, physiotherapists, yoga therapists, yoga philosophy teachers and anatomy specialists – experts in their respective fields – to deepen and evolve your personal practice and teaching skills.

Alongside our comprehensive pre-recorded content, access optional live interactive zoom classes, workshops and practice teaching sessions which you can attend live via Zoom in your time-zone – or watch the recorded sessions later in your own time with lifetime access.

You will have unlimited access to your dedicated tutors and mentors in live sessions (including pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy and practice teaching) giving you a valuable chance to ask questions and learn directly from master yogis and experienced yoga instructors.

Receive continual feedback and guidance throughout the course as you make the step towards teaching. Leave the course with the practice and knowledge to begin teaching yoga straight away.

Find out more about why Santosha Yoga Institute is such a highly-rated online Yoga Teacher Training experience on The Yogatique!

FIND OUT MORE: Santosha 200 Hour Online Yoga Teacher Training

Ready to start your Santosha Yoga Teacher Training Journey?

Selecting the ideal yoga teacher training location is a pivotal decision that can significantly impact your overall experience. To make the best choice, consider various factors such as the training program’s accreditation, curriculum, reviews, and the expertise of the instructors.

Introspection plays a crucial role in aligning individual preferences, study styles, and goals with the right location and training style.

By prioritizing your own preferences and conducting thorough research, you can embark on a transformative journey that aligns with your personal aspirations.

The right yoga teacher training program, situated in a supportive and inspiring location, can be a life-changing experience that not only nurtures one’s passion for yoga but also empowers them to share this ancient practice with others, promoting wellness and positive change in the world!

Ready to start? Visit our course pages to get started today:





Early bird discount and payment plans available!

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Bali, Byron Bay, Sri Lanka and Online 200-Hour Courses

Will I be accepted into the Santosha YTT?

Yes, we believe that all people are deserving of changing their lives! Subsequently, the only prerequisite is a sincere desire in your heart to transform and grow. If you are ready to dedicate yourself with an open heart and mind to study and practice during your time with us, we would love to have you join us – in Bali, Byron Bay, Sri Lanka or Online.

I don’t want to be a teacher – is this course for me?

Santosha courses are much more than just teacher trainings; they are a chance to personally transform and grow. Even if yoga teaching is not your goal, this yoga course will help you deepen your yoga practice, share a unique transformational experience, and be supported by open-hearted mentors and friends. If you want to transform your mind, body, and life then this yoga course is for you!

I do want to be a yoga teacher – is this course for me?

Yes, this is the one for you! The Santosha Bali, Byron Bay, Sri Lanka and Online Level 1 200-Hour YTT is a Yoga Alliance / Yoga Alliance International accredited RYT-200 training – meaning you will learn the skills to gain your certification and register as a RYT-200 yoga instructor immediately upon graduation from your Bali, Byron Bay, Sri Lanka or Online studies – qualifying you to teach in gyms and yoga studios around the world.

How proficient do I need to be at yoga to join the Santosha YTT?

During the Level 1 RYT-200 program you will have asana practice every morning and afternoon. We recommend that students have some form of asana practice and are comfortable practicing daily. An advanced practitioner is not necessarily one who can move deeply into advanced poses; it is someone who comes to the mat with a level of maturity, a willingness to learn, and an appreciation of the limits of their own body. This course is not only meant for aspiring instructors. It’s also for people who want to take their practice to a deeper level and share an incredible experience with like-minded souls.

What Style of Yoga do Santosha Teach in their Yoga School?

The Yoga we teach is an authentic ‘vini’ flow – which connects traditional hatha yoga poses in short flowing vinyasa yoga sequences. This teaching style draws from the Sri T Krishnamacharya lineage – a therapeutic and holistic approach to teaching the goal of which is to create healing and wellbeing in mind, body and breath.

As all of our teachings have been passed down through the Sri T Krishnamacharya lineage, this builds a strong and authentic foundation for your teaching and practicing, ensuring what you teach is safe and effective and from a legitimate source. You know what you are sharing is the real deal – based on authentic wisdom built upon by yogis for thousands of years.

When will I be ready to teach public classes after the YTT?

You will be ready to teach straight away once you graduate, having gained the skills, knowledge, expertise, and confidence to sequence and lead a yoga class with ease! Many of our graduates are teaching yoga online and in person all around the world.

Can I join even if I have injuries or am not that flexible?

At Santosha, we believe that yoga is for everybody and all bodies; and therefore we teach safe and sustainable practices for all yogis. You don’t need a perfect, injury-free body to be a teacher, or to join our course. Instructors who have had injuries themselves are often better at being aware of students’ limitations with flexibility or mobility and keeping them safe.

Can I join the course even if I feel nervous about teaching?

Yes, of course! It’s normal to feel hesitant about starting something new. Many of our students come into the feeling fear of teaching, public speaking, or doing something new. We take care to create a supportive and accepting space like no other you have experienced. We’ll work with you where you’re at to help you build the confidence and skills you’ll need to share what you have learned (if that’s your goal).

I am older and cannot do all the postures. Can I still join you?

At Santosha, we believe that yoga is for everybody and all bodies – and that your practice should meet you where you are at. It’s no problem if you cannot access certain poses. There is no age barrier to accessing the incredible benefits of yoga and sharing them with others through yoga teaching! We are getting an increasing number of students joining us in their 50s, 60s, and beyond on the YTT and stepping up to teach yoga – and we hope to see more!

I feel a bit nervous! Should I Still Do It?

Yes! This probably means you are ready to step into something new but you just need that extra encouragement to make the next brave step. We are here to offer this to you! You are welcome to email or WhatsApp us and let us know about anything standing in the way of following your dreams, and we can happily provide extra support – both before and during your time with us on the YTT – in a way that best suits YOUR individual nature and strengths.

Ready to start? Visit our course pages to get started today:





Early bird discount and payment plans available!

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