Greetings! It's a very important question: how to become certified. Yoga Alliance is generally recognized as the 'top notch' yoga certification. It has set a standard of training for various levels: 200hour, 300hour, 500hour. So, look for a program that will give you a YA certification. Go to their site and they have listed programs, and its an amazing site. Registering yoga teachers and the certification programs is actually in debate in many states. The move is toward more accountability (I agree). Getting certified assures your students that you have met the basic requirements. Afterward, the hours you teach as a certified instructor, and CEU's are required to keep your certification. That's why I'm now an E-RYT (1,000 hours of teaching).
By the way, ACE is also very recognized as an important standard for trainers to get certified.
Starting a Fitness Studio with your gifts....sounds just wonderful. When the Universe moves us, things just fall into place. I'm sure they will for you! Namaste, Jean
Welcome to YB! What a wonderful amount of experience you have and you are willing to help others. The yoga community has a long tradition of helping. Please join the Instructor's Forum and tell us more about your work. Blessings, Jean