What is the difference between 200-hour and 500-hour yoga teacher training?

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So you’ve just become a yoga teacher. You’ve got your gigs. You’re wondering what’s next?

What do the terms 200RYT and $500RYT really mean?

Does it matter if the name of your Yoga teacher contains more letters or numbers?

The 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification

Your yoga teacher will have completed the 200-hour certification requirements as outlined by the International Yoga Alliance. This means that the teacher has studied yoga philosophy, anatomy, postures, and history. Yoga Alliance specifies the number of hours that each subject must be explored to obtain the Yoga Teacher certificate.

A 200-hour yoga training is just a small ripple in a vast ocean of knowledge about the practice. It is a kind of introduction. It allows us to get our feet wet and test the water before we decide whether to dive in or not.

Find another yoga teacher if any teacher feels they have mastered the ancient art of teaching and practicing this tradition after 200 hours of training.

500-Hour Teacher Training in Yoga

The next step is a 500-hour course. The next level is a 500-hour training. It includes a deeper study of philosophy, sutras, and other specialized modules.

Some 500-hour yoga training specialize in a particular area, such as advanced studies in Yin Yoga, advanced anatomy, a specialization in inversions, and so on. A 500-hour certification in yoga teaching also indicates that the instructor has at least taught 100 hours.

Teachers with a 500-hour yoga teaching certificate can also offer workshops and classes for yoga instructors at all levels.

The International Yoga Alliance adheres to the honor code. It would be nice to assume all yoga teachers were honorable. It is up to individual schools to register their curriculum to fit with yoga.

Each yoga teacher must also register their training, credentials, and teaching hours to receive a 200- or 500-hour distinction.

Does Your teacher love yoga?

Word of mouth is the best way to find out if a yoga teacher is talented and qualified. Ask around. Ask about your yoga teacher’s experience or training.

If they are enthusiastic, passionate, and well-educated about yoga, it will be evident. If we do not back up our words with actions, then they are worthless. In the end, there are no exams in yoga. Yoga teacher training doesn’t have too many standards, and no one doesn’t.

If you are a yoga instructor and it’s important to you that your education continues, go for the next certificatiit’sevel. Many instructors have the credentials you want as a student.

Well-educated yoga teachers will continue to learn, be passionate, and explore their practice despite their formal certification.

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