Yoga Teacher Training 101

Last updated: 2017-09-26  |  1517 Views  | 

Yoga Teacher Training 101

The practice of yoga is INFECTIOUS.

It starts with one class. Then a class pass. Then an unlimited monthly package – which basically means you’re hooked.

A few months pass by… and you and your yoga practice are now having a serious love affair. Like full on make out session. How did you ever live without this practice. I ask myself the same thing everyday. Don’t feel weird.

Fast forward a few more months… stress levels are decreasing, the body is more relaxed, relationships are richer, the body is stronger, and you feel blissed out. Or as like to call it – yoga stoned.

And now you wonder to yourself, how can I take this to the next level. How can I enrich my life with more yoga, more practice, more spirituality, more self-love, and more, more, more….

Well yogis, that more is yoga teacher training.

This more can be translated into a whole lotta yoga emotional ish:

Deeper practice.
A better understanding of yoga’s history.
A stronger connection with oneself and a higher power.
A coping mechanism for personal life drama.
Or just to d something for yourself – simple as that.
For all of these reasons, many people find themselves pondering the idea of yoga teacher training. And regardless of the reason, it’s always a good idea. Whether you envision yourself teaching or simply learning for the sake of knowledge and self-love – it’s all worth the journey!

The vast majority of 200 hour yoga teacher training programs cover the same topics.

Here’s what to expect:

History behind yoga.
The ancient lineage.
The methodology and alignment of postures.
Sanskrit terms for postures.
Meditation and breathing techniques.
Self-practice and how-to do it.
Health & Wellness.
Ayurveda – the sister science of yoga.
Programs can vary from a 30 day intensive, an 11 month training, or a mixed mode of weekends and week intensives. There is a program that can accommodate everyone’s schedule, yoga style, and finances. Take the time to research what it is that you need!

If just starting out on this quest – here’s the deal:

The 200 hour certification is the first certification – it’s the only way to teach yoga.
The 300 hour certification is in addition to the first 200 – this can be completed separately and usually is.
The 500 hour certification is a combination of the above two. I don’t recommend doing both at the same time but if you got the time and energy, go for it yogi superman!
Once the 200 hour yoga certification is completed, then teachers can expand upon their education with additional workshops and certifications. Such as:

Pre-Natal Yoga
Yoga for Back Pain
Restorative Yoga
Yin Yoga
The amount of education is endless which is why we are all forever students!

Serious Must-Know:

Yoga Alliance is the organization that certifies and registers all yoga teachers who have completed their training. When researching yoga teacher training programs, it is extremely important that they are a RYS – registered yoga school. This means that Yoga Alliance (the mothership of yogis) approves of the program and will award certificates upon completion.

For more information about the certification process – click here.
To search for registered yoga schools with Yoga Alliance – click here.

Intensive is the key word here!

Students can expect to be training ALL DAY – from sunrise to sundown. A typical day can include 2 yoga practices, meditation, teaching methodology, anatomy, and lecture. The structure is very strict and intense. Be prepared to be fully immersed in the yoga practice and lifestyle.

The programs listed barely scratch the surface. If looking for a specific location to complete the program, DO RESEARCH. Yoga programs are spread far & wide with endless possibilities.


Mixed mode is a combination of weekend workshops, week-long intensives, or continuing education and assignments. This style format is great for people who work full-time, part-time, are in school, or simply can’t commit to a 30 day training program. It provides flexibility and a taste of the intensive format.


These programs are great for people who cannot commit to an intensive program, taking time off work, incurring extra costs for travel and accommodations, or for people who simply want to take it slow. Every program has it’s benefits that speak to individuals and their specific lifestyle – this is the beauty of yoga teacher training!

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