Have you always wanted to be a yoga teacher? Have you wanted to get a yoga certification? Have you considered coming to India, the land of yoga, to learn yoga in person? Have you searched several yoga schools and have got confused as to which yoga teacher training course to choose and which yoga school to select?
Many yoga schools in Rishikesh as well as in other Indian cities are offering 200 hour Yoga teacher training course, 300 hour yoga teacher training course and 500 hour yoga teacher training course. But which is the best? What is the difference between these and which should you go for?
What is the difference between 200 YTTC, 300 YTTC and 500 YTTC?
The difference is merely the number of yoga asanas (yoga poses) covered. While the 200 hour program covers about 100 yoga asanas or yoga poses, the 300 covers about 100 more and the 500 covers about 100 more yoga asanas.
So, in 200 hour YTTC, you learn about a 100 yoga poses, in 300 YTTC, you learn about 200 yoga poses and in 500 YTTC, you learn about 300 yoga poses. But if you have to choose between these, then a beginner would choose the 200 hour YTTC, the intermediate student will choose the 300 hour YTTC and the advanced yoga student will probably go for the 500 YTTC.
If you have just about 1 month to spare for learning yoga, you should do 200 YTTC, if you have 1.5 months go for 300 YTTC, and if you have 2 or 2.5 months go for 500 YTTC.
But while choosing any yoga course or the so called YTTC – Yoga teacher training course, do not forget to learn yoga. Just doing yoga poses will not suffice, it is not what real yoga is all about. Real Yoga is ultimately the art of living your life that calls for self-realization. Getting a certificate from a yoga school will not make you a yogi. And if you think spending 200, 300 or even 500 hours to learning yoga can make you a yogi, then you are wrong.
What really matters when it comes to selecting a yoga course?
You must learn Yoga in its truest form. Also, try to go for a course that does not offer certification. That is not teaching you hundreds of yoga poses but is teaching you one simple thing – to realize yourself!
You will understand that the yoga course that makes you realize yourself is the best course on the planet!
Such yoga courses are very rare and in fact such Yoga Gurus are very hard to find. Nowadays, you can even learn yoga poses online on social media channels, and getting a certificate is not a big deal. Anybody can print and give you a certificate. But anybody cannot give you the right knowledge of yoga.
So, next time you ask yourself whether to go for a 200 hour YTTC, 300 Hour YTTC or a 500 Hour YTTC, ask yourself whether it will really teach you yoga or it is only for namesake. Real Yoga is beyond asanas. It is not mere yoga poses, it is really connecting with yourself. So, any emphasis on just the external yoga poses will be futile towards your spiritual growth and inner journey towards peace and happiness.