In the last couple of years yoga injuries have come to the forefront of conversation. Many articles and blog posts have been written about how to stay safe. Perhaps the best piece of advice is to make sure you’re studying with a teacher who is experienced and has enough training to safely guide you. A single 200-hour teacher training might not be enough, so continuing education is important for both teachers and the students they teach.
Yoga Alliance, the nonprofit governing body of yoga that regulates the training programs and specifications in the U.S., requires that teachers take at least 30 continuing education units (CEUs) every three years, from the date they first registered as yoga teacher (in addition to teaching at least 45 hours during that time, as well). While in-person trainings are the best, through workshops at your studio or at yoga conferences, teachers can also get CEU credits through non-contact hours. One CEU hour is credited to teachers for every five hours of non-contact study, which could be studying through yoga books, magazines, DVDs, participating in webinars or online courses, publishing your own work on yoga, or even creating class materials.
Of course, even if you’re not a teacher, these resources can help you dig deeper into your practice. Here are a few convenient options for continuing education.
Yoga U Online
Yoga U is what its name says: a university for yoga. You can find online courses, webinars, articles, and downloads on all things yoga (from yoga therapy to yoga nidra) at this great, thorough website.
This is an online educational resource by yoga teachers for yoga teachers. Teachasana is home to weekly articles written by yoga teachers from all over the world, reviews of products for yoga teachers, free online workshops, and even suggested playlists to use in your classes.
My Yoga Online
Developed in 2004, this first online yoga school offers one of the largest and most diverse Mind-Body video and article libraries in the world. Teachers include Shiva Rea, Cyndi Lee, and Mark Whitwell. This site also has a page dedicated to teacher education.
This online yoga school allows you to search specifically for videos and workshops by style, duration, specific use or body part, and experience level. YogaGlo features trainings being taught by teachers such as Jason Crandell, Kathryn Budig, and Seane Corn. The YogaGlo blog also has regular blog posts with teaching tips from Jason Crandell.
Yoga Journal’s website has an entire section devoted specifically to teachers. You can find everything here from live downloads of courses and articles on yoga therapeutics and philosophy, to how to conduct your yoga business.