Do you have a yoga teacher hidden inside you? Or do you just wish to learn more about yin yoga? Whether you wish to teach yoga or you just want to learn more about yoga (or perhaps a combination of the two) you can do just that with a yin yoga teacher 200 hr certification.
With a yin yoga teacher 200 hr certification, you will be able to teach yin yoga anywhere in the world, both online and in person. But you certainly do not have to go out into the world and teach yoga. Perhaps you simply just wish to learn more about yoga, or maybe you would like to be able to practice yoga easily on your own. Or maybe you have a whole different reason for wanting to get your yin yoga teacher 200 hr certification. No matter what, we are sure it will be a transformational journey for you that you will not regret.
While there are many reasons for becoming a certified yoga teacher, we have tried to come up with 23 reasons to get a yin yoga teacher 200 hr certification.
1- Start teaching yin yoga with a yin yoga teacher 200 hr certification
This one probably comes as no surprise but once you complete your training and get your yin yoga teacher 200 hr certification, you can start teaching yin yoga! With teacher training from Yin Yoga Therapy Training, we will provide you with all the knowledge you need in order to go out into the world and start teaching yoga upon graduation. Teaching yoga has become wildly popular but it requires much more than one might think, which is why it is so important to do high-quality teacher training so you are fully qualified and equipped to teach yoga. This is exactly what we will provide you with so you can teach yoga confidently.
2- You will go on a transformational journey
When you embark on yoga teacher training you will embark on a transformational journey. You will devote four weeks to yoga which will transform you. Things will most likely come up during the training but you will also heal. Transformation can be painful but remember that you will come out on the other side more like yourself, happier, healthier, and more healed. Just like when the caterpillar transforms into a butterfly.
3- Learn about yoga philosophy
During your 200 hr training, you will learn about yoga philosophy. While we cannot teach you everything there is to know about yoga philosophy during the 200 hr training (we could easily talk about yoga philosophy alone for 200 hours), we will teach you the basics. We will tell you about some of the most influential and significant people in the yoga history, we will give you an overview of different styles of yoga, teach you about the eight limbs of yoga, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, pranayama, spiritual concepts, mudras, mantras and more.
4- Learn about the meridians
During your training, we will teach you all about the meridians, which are very important when practicing yin yoga. Perhaps you are already familiar with meridians if you have ever had an acupuncture session, or perhaps you have never even heard of meridians before. No matter what we will teach you all you need to know about the meridians, and how to work with them.
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5- Learn about the theory of yin/yang
You are probably already familiar with the yin/yang symbol but do you also know what yin and yang is and what the symbol actually means? Fear not, if you aren’t actually sure what yin and yang is. During the training, we will dive deep into the theory of yin and yang, and we are sure you will find this very interesting! We will also tell you about the importance of balancing yin and yang (both in life and in yoga), and what happens if yin and yang come too much out of balance.
6- Balance and learn about chi
This could be a whole blog post in itself, but let’s keep it short for this post. In yin yoga we work with chi (we call this energy prana in other styles of yoga), and we try to balance the chi so we thereby become more balanced in life.
7- Learn about the five Taoist elements
During your training, we will teach you in-depth about the five elements of Taoism and how they are relevant and connected to yin yoga and your life.
8- Learn how to create yin sequences for each meridian and element
Once you know about the meridians and the Taoist elements, we will teach you how to create yin classes specifically for each element and the meridians. This will be great because with this knowledge you will be able to have a theme for your classes. Perhaps you would like to focus on releasing anger and cultivate gratitude? Perhaps you would like to create a class all about grounding. Or maybe you want to teach a class that focuses on coming home to yourself and returning to your center. Only your imagination is the limit!
9- Dive deep into the world of yoga
This one probably comes as no surprise but we will dive deep into the world of yoga during this four-week teacher training. It is an opportunity for you to really study yoga, and get to understand this beautiful practice on an even deeper level.
10- Develop your own yoga practice
When you do a yoga teacher training you will naturally develop your own yoga practice. During the training, we have both morning and afternoon classes (yang classes are in the morning, yin classes in the afternoon), which by itself will develop your practice but combined with studying yoga you will experience an absolute magical development in your yoga practice.
11- Learn how to teach a yin yoga class confidently
When you are a new yoga teacher it can be daunting at first, and you will probably be a bit nervous (which is just fine). We provide you with all the tools and knowledge you need for teaching a yin class, and you will also get to practice teaching during the training (we believe students teaching during the training is very important) so that by the time you receive your yin yoga teacher 200 hr certification you will feel confident about teaching yin yoga.
12- Dive into the history of mindfulness
In yin yoga, we integrate the principles of mindfulness, and therefore you naturally have to be familiar with mindfulness. In recent years mindfulness has become a bit of a buzz word but it is a very old practice and concept, and we will teach you all about the history of mindfulness, the concept, and how it can change your life.
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13- Explore beautiful Sri Lanka, India, or Bali
Our 200 hr teacher training is either in Bali, Sri Lanka, or Goa, India which are all absolutely magnificent destinations and every yogi’s dream. Both destinations are incredibly beautiful with rich cultures to explore. We guarantee you that you will never be bored during your time here. There will always be something to explore, and if you feel like simply relaxing by the pool or on the beach and enjoying the spectacular views there will also be plenty of time for that.
14- Learn about specific points on the meridians and how to use them
As mentioned earlier, we will teach you all about the meridians and how to create yin classes for each meridian. But that is not all! We will also teach you about important points on each meridian that you can use yourself and in your classes. For instance, we will teach you about the most grounding point on the body, the point to use if you experience nervousness and anxiety, the points for balancing hormones and so many others!
15- 35 yin yoga poses
We will teach you about the 35 regular yin yoga poses plus additional upper body poses, wall poses, modifications, and how and when to use probs. By the time the training is done, you will know everything you need to know, in-depth, about each yin yoga pose and how to modify them.
16- Tools for transformation
With a yin yoga teacher training from us, you will go home with a holistic healing toolbox with tools such a yin yoga, acupressure points, how to balance your chi and so much more!
17- Learn about basic anatomy
While yoga teachers are not physiotherapists or chiropractors, yoga teachers do need to have a basic knowledge about anatomy, and we will teach you that. This is important when you have students with injuries and you need to modify poses, and to know what each pose targets. But remember, you do not need to know everything, just the basics.
18- Yoga Alliance approved teacher training
All our teacher training courses are approved by Yoga Alliance. Many yoga studios across the globe ask that their teachers have Yoga Alliance-approved teacher training. With our training, whether online or in-person, you can be sure they are Yoga Alliance approved.
19- 4 weeks dedicated to yoga
How often do you get the chance to spend four weeks that are solely dedicated to studying and practicing yoga? Probably, not that often. Sure, we can study and practice yoga in our everyday life too but we cannot dedicate all waking hours to yoga; there is work/school, laundry, dinner that needs to be cooked, bills that need to be paid… The list is truly endless. Here, you have the opportunity to just focus on yoga for four weeks and nothing else.
20- Support others in their healing journey
With a yin yoga teacher 200 hr certification, you have the tools to support others in their healing journey as well. Whether it is your yoga students, your relatives, or your friends you will be able to provide them support in their healing journey, whether physical, energetic, or mental.
21- Teach at yoga studios
As already mentioned you will be able to teach yoga after completing our 200 hr training, and it is Yoga Alliance approved. This means you will be able to teach yoga at yoga studios across the globe. Yin yoga has gained a lot of popularity in the last few years, and therefore qualified yin yoga teachers are in demand! So whether you are looking to teach regular classes at your local yoga studio or teach while traveling, you can do that with your new yin yoga certification.
22- Teach online with a yin yoga teacher 200 hr certification, you will be able to teach yin yoga anywhere in the world, both online and in person.
Not only will you be able to teach yin yoga in-person. You can also teach yin yoga online if that is more your style. Whether you wish to create videos for social media, teach on zoom, or something else online, you can do just that! Only the sky’s the limit!
23- Live your dream life
Most importantly, this will be the first step in creating your dream life. Remember anything is possible, and with the tools for transformation and manifestation that we will share with you, you can make just about anything happen, including your dream life.
Still in doubt whether a yin yoga teacher 200 hr certification is for you? Just take a look at these beautiful words from one of our yinster, and how the training changed her life.
“An experience of a lifetime! It’s hard to find the words to describe this yin yoga teacher 200 hr certification course. It was a mix of challenging, soul searching, beautiful, safe and so many other things. I truly feel so many of us came out the other side with a different view on life and yin yoga. Alex has such a beautiful approach to TCM and yin yoga, and she teaches it in a way that challenges the experienced and makes it understandable for beginners. The teachers are all very knowledgeable and inspiring. I loved every minute of my time here, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a yin yoga teacher 200 hr certification.”
Marte Nerdahl, Yin Yoga Therapy Ambassador in Norway
Watch the video testimonial of Yin Yoga Therapy Ambassador Anneliese Piers in Bangalore.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can you teach yoga with a 200-hour certification?
You can teach yoga if you know what you are doing and if you follow the regulations in the country you are teaching. But in general, a 200-hour certification is seen as the standard education to be recognized and respected as a yoga teacher. Many yoga studios do expect a certificate from their teachers. Insurance companies and booking platforms often ask for a certificate as well.
Do you need to be certified to teach Yin Yoga?
The short answer is no, but certification can help you a long way to be recognized and respected as a yin yoga teacher. Many yoga studios do expect a Yoga Alliance certificate from their teachers and if you want to teach yin, specific proof of education in this type of yoga. As yin yoga especially is practiced in a very yin-specific way, regular yoga training will not be sufficient.
What does RYT 200 stand for in yoga?
RYT 200 is the Yoga Alliance label for a Registered Yoga Teacher who has successfully completed a 200-hour certification program. This is considered the minimum standard of education required to be a yoga teacher. The requirements set by the alliance are based on the content and hours of the certification, for example, 200 yoga teacher training must teach at least 20 hours of anatomy training.
How long is 200-hour yoga teacher training?
The 200 hours can be sometimes packed into very intense short full time 10 hours a day training, and part of the course can be studied online so you will be able to find courses which last only three weeks. Other courses are spread over a long period of time with just a few hours in regular frequency, you can also find courses which can take one to two years.
What is the highest yoga certification?
Within the Yoga Alliance system after a general 200-hour foundational certification you can follow up with a 300-hour certification course. With successful completion, this will provide you with a RYT 500 label. Additionally, there are plenty of other specification courses as for example prenatal or kids yoga teacher. Different organizations have their own certification systems, in India, there are even university certifications as well.
What should I do after 200 hours of YTT?
- Register yourself as a teacher with Yoga Alliance.
- Start teaching right away, don’t allow time to get in the way and lose touch.
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Trust in the magic of new beginnings and dare to put yourself and your offering out there.
- Once you feel confident teaching you can look into Continuing Education Programs to specialize and deepen your knowledge.
- Follow up with the next level: a 300 hours certification course.
What does YTT mean in yoga?
YTT is the short form of Yoga Teacher Training. Often the form TTC is also used and is short for Teacher Training Course. There is a lot of yoga-specific lingoes, but as you dive into your teacher training course you will easily get a hang of it.
How do I maintain my yoga certification?
Your certification is valid for a lifetime, your registration with Yoga Alliance requires maintenance. You must complete 75 hours within three years from the date of your initial registration. This total number of hours must include:
- 45 hours teaching yoga; and
- 30 hours of yoga training that is directly related to one of Yoga Alliances educational categories.