Are you currently interested about joining yoga teacher training but don't know which one would be suitable for you? Are you getting confused about what to expect from different levels of yoga certification? Would you like to know the difference between 200h, 300h and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training? Then you are in the right place and continue reading. In this article we would like to elucidate details and bring you more clarity in the terms of Yoga Alliance requirements, content of yoga teacher training and also answers to frequently asked questions. Let's start with basics and answer the question which levels of yoga teacher training exist regarding Yoga Alliance certification in terms of teaching hours?
This is a basic level of yoga teacher training that is suitable for beginners or yoga practitioners who would like to deepen their knowledge in yoga. 200h YTT will bring you more clarity and useful information, whether you want to become a yoga teacher or just want to improve your own practice.
200 hour Yoga Teacher Training
It is the first step for you if you would like to become a yoga teacher. In this program you can find a basic knowledge from all the segments that yoga teaching consists of. Because physical practice is only a small percentage of what yoga really is. Almost every good teacher will tell you that your personal yoga practice starts once you roll your mat and take the step to the "real world". A real yogi is not someone who is pressing hard in a gym, focusing on building muscle but the one who is observing the whole complex teaching and taking it in a daily life as a way of life, as a life philosophy and approach to life.
What is in a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program?
Are you curious about what you can actually learn in 200h ytt?
You also have a chance to explore other types of yoga, which are becoming more and more popular these days because they work on removing blockages, the parasympathetic nervous system and our subconscious mind. We are speaking about:
Yoga is not just about asanas and physical practice. That's why during the 200-hour yoga teacher training you will also be able to gain knowledge from all other parts of yoga teaching, like:
Yoga history and philosophy
Subtle body energies
The basics of 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training
The 200h YTT is suitable for people who want to explore yoga teaching, are thinking of becoming a yoga teacher in the future or just want to level up their knowledge. There are no teaching requirements to be able to join this course, you can be a beginner. To become a certified yoga teacher you have to complete a 200-hour teacher training with RYS 200 and you have to do all 200 hours with one yoga school - you cannot divide hours between 2 or more schools. There has been an upgrade in the last 2 years thanks to the global situation and the fact that you can get certified online. Almost all RYS yoga schools offer this option, so that you can study from home and choose your own pace that suits your daily life schedule. House of Om also offers online yoga teacher training courses at several levels.You can check the details about YTT 200 online on our website.
Requirements of 200 hour course
Due to the growing influence and popularity of yoga, the Yoga Alliance decided to set a standard that defined how many hours a yoga teacher training course should be and what topics it should cover. As a result, the 200-hour yoga teacher certification course has become an international standard for aspiring yoga teachers. 200 hours of training is considered the minimum requirement to begin teaching.
Legally, you do not need to be RYT 200 certified to teach yoga, but nowadays many yoga studios require their instructors to be certified. We absolutely recommend that you take the 200-hour yoga certification course before you start teaching professionally. This is an essential step to begin your journey of development as a teacher. Yoga and yoga teaching is a lifelong learning path and it's beautiful that you are considering following it.
Is 200 hours enough to teach yoga?
Are you saying to yourself that it is nice to have all this information about the 200h yoga teacher training, but you would also like to know more about the 300h yoga teacher training? Let us briefly explain to you what you can find in this type of training.
300 hour Yoga Teacher Training
The 300h yoga teacher training course is considered the second level on the way to yoga teacher certification. It is recommended as an advanced level for those who have already completed 200h. The main difference between the 200h and 300h YTT is that it is more intensive, as there is more time dedicated to practice and study, and students learn advanced asanas, pranayama and cleansing kriyas, going deeper into yogic philosophy, meditation practices, anatomy and physiology, as well as teaching methodology.
What is in a 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training program?
You can join 300 hour yoga teacher training after completion of 200 hour YTT. After completion of 300 YTT, students and yoga practitioners can register as a 500 RYT.
Requirements of 300 hour course
Asking yourself, for whom is this type of certification suitable?
The 300h advanced yoga teacher training course is perfect for those who:
are craving for more knowledge, teachings, self-care and higher wisdom
if you have completed 200h (with us or at another school) and want to teach or are already teaching, but feel a lack of confidence
you want to clearly define what you want to do in the field of yoga as an expert
you want to conduct your own trainings in the future
This is the best opportunity for you to devote all your attention and energy to your inner development, and recommended ways to take your practice to the next level.
If you complete 200h first and then 300h YTT later (the online option is also possible and accepted), then you will become a 500h Registered Yoga Teacher.
What exactly can you expect from this level of ytt?
Students will learn more advanced knowledge and asanas, and the scope of topics is broader compared to 200h yoga teacher training. Overall, during 300h YTT you will gain a deeper and more advanced knowledge of:
Anatomy & Physiology
Deeper meditation techniques
Yoga history and philosophy
Subtle body energies
Our 300h yoga teacher training program is specific and unique because in addition to what we have listed above, we also raise personal spiritual awareness through some interesting techniques and practices. We provide both 300h YTT options - in person (Bali) and online.
What do you learn in a 300 hour yoga teacher training?
The 500h yoga teacher certification is open to any level of yoga practitioner, but it is recommended to have at least a basic knowledge of yoga practices, as well as at least one year of regular practice to be able to join and maintain the pace of training. But it is optional, not mandatory, meaning anyone can join the 500h yoga teacher training program and immediately jump into the beautiful magic of yogic life in an intense way. Being wise, courageous and dedicated is the primary key to be part of this beautiful spiritual journey, because it will affect all areas of your life.
Requirements of 500 hour course
You will earn your 500h yoga certification after completing 200h and 300h yoga teacher training at different times or you can do it all at once during the 500h yoga teacher training. 500YTT is not currently offered by House of Om, but you can follow the first option and join our 200YTT and immediately follow up with 300YTT.
General curriculum of 500h yoga teacher training program is the following:
Teaching methodology and sequencing
Designing classes and conduction
Yoga philosophy and Yoga Sutras
Circles and group discussions
Each school has designed its program specifically related to their core teachings and values, so you can find different and unique parts of the curriculum in each school.
Becoming a certified and registered 500h yoga teacher is the best way to have a serious career in the yoga world, because after that you can not only teach students in yoga studios, but also conduct yoga teacher trainings and this certification will bring you many other benefits. If you are interested, you can find more information on the website of Yoga Alliance or House of Om.
What can i do with RYT 500?
All levels of programs are different and specific for every RYS so do your research and choose wisely which one speaks to you the most, and consider your abilities which length and pace would be suitable to your current life circumstances and physical level. YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE and it's NOT ONLY ABOUT ASANAS AND PHYSICAL PRACTICES. There is a lot of beautiful knowledge that you can use in your daily life and take it to a higher level, where you are more connected to yourself and the world, because we are one, and the concept of unity is very important for the further direction of humanity.
There are also different certifications in terms of types of yoga, but we have dedicated another article on our blog to this topic to keep it simple and structured. We hope this article has brought you more clarity on where to begin your journey as a yogi or even a professional yoga teacher or instructor. House of Om wishes you good luck and lots of energy to embrace your new potential that is right in front of you. If you'd like to learn more, you can check out the House of Om website, where you'll find our vision and mission, as well as details about our trainings, teachers, etc. or you can also check out our profile on instagram where you'll find lots of useful information before you begin your path in this beautiful and life-changing way of life and community. We are excited to see you as part of our students soon.