How Long Does it take to Complete a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training?
Jake is a yoga and meditation teacher. He loves stream-of-consciousness…
Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) is an intensive program that helps aspiring yoga teachers develop the skills and knowledge to lead safe, effective classes.
But the question is: how long does it take to complete a 200-hour YTT program?
Generally speaking, most 200-hour in-person yoga teacher trainings can be completed in four weeks. With some in-person programs lasting around three months, and part-time programs for up to a year depending on the structure of the program and individual commitment level. The devil is in the details on this one.
In this article, we will discuss more on the length of time it takes to complete a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program and what else it really takes.
So how long does it really take to complete a 200-hour yoga teacher training program?
Getting a yoga certification takes 4 weeks, but depending on the program can take much longer than that. Let me explain.
To become RYT (under Yoga Alliance –RYT– means Registered Yoga Teacher) you need to complete a 200-hour program that is accredited by the organization. So, 200 hours, means 200 contact hours (plus homework and self-study).
This comes out to just under 8 contact hours (7.5 to be exact) with a yoga teacher trainer every-day six days a week for one month. If you add in self-study the time needed per day is closer to 10 hours a day if you are doing a 1 month immersion. Now that’s a lot.
As someone who has completed three 200-hour yoga teacher training programs, I can tell you that they are grueling to say the least (but this is in the best way possible).
Duration of YTTC: Online vs In person
One month is about as fast you can get to get a 200hr certification for in-person training. There are, however, online yoga teacher trainings that can be done at your own pace, and so theoretically you could do it faster than one month, but that means doing 10-12 hours a day or skipping sections entirely – both of which are not ideal.
The format of the program, whether it’s in-person, online, or hybrid, will determine how long it takes you. In-person programs mean you go in person to a retreat center and typically do an immersive course that takes place over 4 and sometimes 6 weeks, where you attend classes and workshops on a full-time basis.
|Format of the program||Schedule of the program||Number of hours of training per week||Average duration of a 200-hour YTT|
|Online||Self-paced||3hrs-45hrs||4-12 weeks (up to 1 year)|
|Hybrid||Varies||8-16 (varies)||2-9 months (depending on the program)|
Online programs, on the other hand, can take anywhere from 4-12 weeks and even some programs give you 1 year to finish the program (which is nice if you want to do it at your own pace) as you have the flexibility to complete the coursework and training at your own pace.
Hybrid programs, which combine both in-person and online elements, can vary depending on the program. Many of these hybrid programs can be live classes online, together with pre recorded videos, while others cater to people who have careers and live in the city where the program can stretch between 6 months and 1 year. These courses generally have classes on weekends with several long weekend immersions sprinkled in.
How Does Time/Duration affect a Yoga Teacher Training?
The time you put into your YTTC and the duration of a yoga teacher training can have a significant impact on the overall experience and outcome of the program.
- Intensity: A shorter duration program will likely be more intense, with a greater focus on cramming in as much information as possible. A longer duration program, on the other hand, will have more time for integration and practice, allowing for a more gradual and in-depth understanding of the material.
- Balance: Choosing a program that fits your schedule is important for maintaining balance in your life. A shorter program may require you to take time off work or other responsibilities, while a longer program may allow you to continue with your normal routine.
- Cost: A shorter program will likely be more expensive as the costs will be condensed into a shorter time frame. A longer program may be more economical in the long run, as the costs will be spread out over a longer period.
- Retention of information: Longer programs may provide more time for students to absorb the information, allowing for better retention and understanding of the material.
- Practice: A longer program will allow for more time for the students to practice and integrate what they have learned, which is essential for becoming a good teacher.
No need to rush
I wouldn’t be so in a hurry to finish your 200hr yoga course. I know you probably are really wanting to become a teacher as quickly as possible, but doing a yoga teacher training course is so much more than just getting the certificate of completion.
It can be one of the most rewarding and mind-expanding journeys of your life. If you are so concerned about finishing you might just miss out on everything in between.
Jake is a yoga and meditation teacher. He loves stream-of-consciousness writing, good coffee, and a quiet mind. Not necessarily in that order. You can find him pursuing that wherever he goes.