200 hours sounds like a lot of hours, doesn’t it?
In a 200-hour course, you will not only practice but learn in-depth about yoga poses – how to execute the poses correctly according to your own physical abilities. You will be practicing yoga for at least two hours daily, so that you can really understand the mechanics of the poses and what they entail. In addition to that, of course your physical health and strength will improve too.
You will also learn anatomy and physiology, and how they are related to yoga. The benefits and contraindications of the poses will be discussed. Once your physical practice is combined with the knowledge of anatomy and physiology, then the study of alignment in the poses comes into play. This is a very important aspect of any good yoga teacher training course, as we want to practice yoga for health, and not to create unnecessary injuries to our bodies.
On top of that, there will also be sessions on the philosophical aspect of yoga, which is based on Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga. Yoga is all about how we to live in harmony with ourselves and others, and during these philosophy sessions many questions will arise within you as to how you have been living and what changes you would like to see within your life.
Then there is also the practice of Pranayama (breathing techniques). According to the Eight Limbs of Yoga, Asana is the third step and Pranayama is the fourth step towards Samadhi (Divine Union). Your breath affects the quality of your physical, emotional and mental health. So it is important to learn and understand the proper ways to practice Pranayama.
Throughout the course, you will be immersing yourself in yoga. This is not only for your own benefit, but also for others; because you can only teach what you truly understand. Along the way, the trainers will guide you on how to assess and adjust others into the poses, which also includes the use of props or proper verbal cues to help others into poses.
In the end, 200-hours seems like too short a time frame! As with everything else in life, the learning does not end there. In fact, after a teacher training course, you will begin to realize how little you know, and that this is only the beginning of your journey.
One more step to becoming a registered yoga teacher!
After you’ve completed your teacher training, you will need to register as a yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance of America. Being registered with the Yoga Alliance, you will be listed under their global directory, which is a list of teachers who meet their minimum requirements for teaching and have completed their training with one of their registered yoga schools.
You are now ready to teach yoga. Remember that the role of a teacher is very important. Keep learning and expanding your own practice, so that you can share this wonderful gift of yoga with everyone.