The technological revolution of the twenty-first century has brought about profound changes to every aspect of our day to day lives, and education has not been spared. Online yoga teacher courses vary widely in their formality, accreditation and cost, but one thing is certain: They can be a huge help in these tough economic times. Online courses can provide convenience, individualized pacing and often a reduced cost that is simply unparalleled by any brick and mortar options. Even the less obvious benefits do have an economic effect. A complete lack of commute and the ability to take yoga courses on your own schedule, making it much easier to work, are a huge boon.
There are many different kinds of online courses that can meet different individual needs. At the barest level, there are lectures posted with no other component. These are sometimes free and are excellent for personal enrichment or as an introduction to a topic, but they provide no accreditation of any kind. They are also likely not ideal to learn a skill in-depth, as there are no practice exercises or measures for progress. Inspired by the open-source movement, some big name universities, such as MIT, do release course materials in addition to lectures. At this stage, these are still largely in this category. As exciting as this development may be, these materials often don’t contain the tools for learning with the reward of a credential, and they certainly don’t provide accreditation.
There are courses available that feature no formal accreditation from recognized academic institutions, but nonetheless do provide a certificate of completion. These are sometimes free and contain many practice exercises and opportunities to expand the concept. These are great for learning marketable skills, though the completion of the course itself is not guaranteed to be marketable.
Another type of online course is a natural evolution of Yoga correspondence learning. These typically do cost money, though at a reduced rate, and are accredited by official Yoga institutions. They are offered by yoga schools that deal only online and by brick and mortar schools who are expanding their reach. These courses provide all the advantages of any other yoga course with a real resume building credential at a reduced cost and can fit into your schedule.
Online yoga teacher training expands our opportunities exponentially by providing the flexibility that so many of us need by lowering costs and also by leveraging the power of the Internet.