The topic of a 200-hr teacher training is more popular and slightly more controversial than ever before. Let’s dig in a bit!
I’ll start by sharing I signed up for and took my 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 without any awareness of the philosophy, history and deeper teachings of yoga. I, like so many, loved the mind-body connection and the physical experience I had during a yoga class.
If your path includes standing in front of a class room filled with other bodies and beating hearts, I encourage you to continue your training beyond your 200 hour. Let’s approach each class, each story shared and each sutra read, with a beginner’s mindset.
200 hours seems like a lot of time (and money!) to dedicate to a training, and it is! But the reality is, it's not very long at all when you consider the deep history of yoga and the numerous different lineages.
Because hiring a guru is a practice of the past, we must take it upon ourselves to deepen our learning of yoga philosophy, history and self study. If you are looking for a place to start, I recommend doing the following:
- Get comfortable singing the universal sound of ‘om’ and be sure to know what Namaste means (I bow to the divine light in you)
- Start to read the Sutras (recommended translation=The Secret Power of Yoga Nischala Devi)
- Understand and practice the yamas and niyamas in your daily life
- Develop a meditation practice
- Find a teacher that teaches beyond the Asana (physical poses)
- Baron Baptiste
- Ryan Leier
- From the Vedas to Vinyasa by Amy Vaughn
- Betsy Weiner
- Minneapolis Zen Buddhist Center