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Is a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course enough to become a Yoga Teacher?

There are various misconceptions regarding a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course. Aspiring yoga teachers believe that by enrolling in a 200-hour YTTC they can become a certified and qualified yoga teacher. This isn’t true because this course is only the first step to immerse oneself into yoga.

As a professional and certified yoga instructor, I would like to clear some facts with respect to this course:

  • Nobody can become a yoga teacher in 21 days or through a one month course.
  • In India, there are yoga courses that go on for 2 -3 years. They cover in-depth philosophy, yoga therapy, hatha yoga asanas, Kundalini kriyas, Bandhas mudras etc.
  • A one month or 21-day course gives the participants some knowledge about yoga but sadly it is not enough time to cover everything. Yoga is a way of life and one has to do self-study (svadyayah)
  • A month long course is not enough time and you have to upgrade yourself in your area of expertise. For example, if you are interested in yoga therapy you should find a school which specialises in therapy (back pain, diabetes, knee pain high blood pressure). Similarly, if your focus is only ashtanga, find a school which covers only ashtanga. Same for yin yoga also.
  • Upgrade to 300-hour courses if you wish to eventually teach yoga. Attend workshops, in back bending, handstand, or meditation which will help you to gain more knowledge.

The bottom line of my point is to stop having high expectations from a 200 hrs yoga teacher training course. Surrender yourself to the teacher in charge to gain knowledge and information needed. The best way to have a fruitful experience is to stop comparing other teachers and do a lot of self-study and research.

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