So, you’ve decided to do an Immersion-style Yoga Teacher Training to get your 200HR Yoga Teacher Training certificate, but how do you tell the difference between a 20-day, 16-day, or 14-day training (or any option in between)?
It can be confusing and confounding, and unless you know the specifics of what the certifying body of Yoga Alliance requires of Yoga Schools, it may look like shorter is better and often cheaper.
But, beware, like most things in life those yoga training programs that are short or cheap are usually not always what they seem.
Here are a few things you should know:
- A YTT course has to have 180 hours 1:1 student/teacher class time during the course, live and in person. These hours cannot be homework, online, reading or working with other students. This is time you are in class in some way with your primary teacher.
- The remaining 20 hours can be reading, practicing, homework and assignments not in the presence of a teacher.
- At the end of your training, all your hours must add up to 200HR or you won’t be in compliance with Yoga Alliance, which is important if you want to be an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher).
So, let’s say you see a 14-day course advertised and wonder how you can get 200HRs into 14 days? Well, the truth is you really can’t. Yes, you can rise at 5am and go to bed at 9pm, but this still won’t account for 180 hours with your teacher in a class time.
It’s important to consider what you want out of your destination immersion training. More than likely you want to enjoy your surroundings, have time to relax, maybe play, do some excursions and also study hard.
You’ll want time to integrate, allow your body to recover, and be spacious in your learning and development process.
Most trainings less than 20 days will not be able to schedule an experience like this because of the pressure of the hours. Even then, you won’t get all your hours, and your experience and training will be short and inadequate.
At Awakened Life we offer 20 day, 200HR courses that are immersion style and have spaciousness while at the same time you are learning and absorbing a lot in a short time to get it done quickly.
You get over 180 hours’ time with your teachers and you finish your course with 220+ hours of training under your belt. You’ll be trained as an advanced teacher and will outshine most other students graduating from a 200HR.
A Yoga Teacher Training is an education and investment. Think wisely about how fast and cheap you do this before making your decision. You might find that you short-change yourself and your experience by picking an option that gets it done too fast.
Sure, you might save some days and some money, but you’ll pay the price by short-changing your teaching and ultimately short-changing your students down the road…
Research, ask questions like these, look closely at the schedule and understand exactly what you’re getting.
Remember, this is your Yoga College, pick wisely!