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MiraCosta College Yoga Teacher Training Program is at the top of the class

“A great program administered by master teachers,” wrote one student. “The instructors are all highly qualified with deep experience in the field,” wrote another. “All instructors for this program are experienced practitioners with genuine care for their students,” commented a third.

The reviews are in, and MiraCosta College’s Yoga Teacher Training Program is at the top of the class. Reviews of the program, part of MiraCosta College’s Career Technical Education (CTE) offerings, are posted on the Yoga Alliance website. Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit representing the yoga community, and its mission includes supporting and promoting excellence in yoga instructors and instructor programs.

“The reviews of our Yoga Teacher Training program underscore what MiraCosta College’s CTE efforts are all about,” said Dr. Al Taccone, the college’s Dean of Career and Technical Education. “So many of our students who have gone on to earn a certificate in Yoga Teacher Training are among the most successful yoga instructors in the region.”

The Yoga Teacher Training program – part of the Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition department at MiraCosta College – offers classes at both the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses. The Yoga Instructor Certificate of Achievement program prepares students to become a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. Courses cover anatomy and physiology, as well as Sanskrit, that are aimed at providing both a broad background and practical experience in the essential elements of yoga. Students who complete the program now work in spas, yoga studios and hospitals. Others have established their own businesses as yoga instructors.

In fact, courses include small business management in addition to intermediate yoga, advanced yoga, and a Yoga Teacher Training Implementation class. The certificate of achievement program also requires an internship of at least 60 hours that enables students to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline into practice under the instruction of a faculty mentor and site advisory.  

“The academic environment lends credibility to this program's learning objectives and both campuses are surrounded by an abundance of Southern California yoga resources and history,” wrote student Irene Encarnacion in a March 7, 2017 review, one of 50 comments posted on the Yoga Alliance website. “Thank you to instructors Stacy McCarthy and Jessica Matthews for furthering my yoga teacher training experience.”

Wrote Claudia Gomez in a review posted on March 1, 2017: “The MiraCosta yoga teacher certification program is wonderful and am having the best experience so far! I cannot say enough positive things about this program. Teachers are professionals in the field and feel fortunate and grateful to have so far learned from not only yoga instructors, but extremely knowledgeable.”

Added former student Anna Eklund: “My training at MiraCosta was thorough and enlightening. The instructors are all highly qualified with deep experience in the field. The program is challenging, but sets you up for success. I'd definitely recommend taking the courses for the 500-hour certification since you get deeper knowledge and much more practice teaching time.”