Whatever your reason for enrolling in a 200-hour course, you will be dedicating 200 hours to intensively studying yoga, its philosophy and history, yoga terms and anatomy and the physiology needed to teach yoga.
If you are choosing a 200-hour course, you have the choice of studying locally with your favourite yoga studio or tutor or traveling abroad for an immersive class, or even better, you can now train online from home. If your yoga studio offers a teacher training programme, it’s probably designed to accommodate demanding schedules and people working full-time too.
This means that it will split into modules that will take place in small blocks over a long period of time. (For example, it could be formatted with 10-hour training sessions taking place every Saturday for 3 months, plus a requirement to attend a minimum number of classes each week for the duration of the training. This may be a similar format if you are training online, with live and recorded sessions and OM work.
Your essential reading list will probably include texts like the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, or a range of other books of literature on anatomy and physiology, and at YogaBellies, specifically on women’s yoga and health. Once the training programme begins, expect a lot of your contact hours deepening your personal yoga practice and gaining a powerful, strong and supple and aware body. This practice may extend to advanced yoga postures and include a solid introduction to meditation and breathwork, or pranayama, as well. In your 200-hour certification, you’ll learn and practice teaching methodology, gain teaching expertise by leading your fellow trainees through the practice of yoga, and learn the practicalities of really being a yoga instructor.
As with a university degree, a 200-hour yoga teaching qualification gives you a broad base of basic yoga knowledge to get you started. Most programmes focus on one or more specific yoga styles as a lens for further study. “Specialization” in the bachelor’s degree, but mostly still a relatively broad branch in the yoga tree. Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, or Ashtanga Yoga are common styles for beginners to yoga certification. At YogaBellies we train you in hatha yoga for women.
You can find out more about our YogaBellies 200-Hour Online Yoga Teacher Training here.
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I’m an inclusive, not scary, totally normal yet heavily qualified yoga instructor and founder of YogaBellies® and the Birth ROCKS Method. I’m trained in self hypnosis and meditation and what I love is helping women (ALL women) enjoy yoga without having to whisper all the time and wear fancy activewear that cost a month’s rent.
I believe Yoga is for everyone.