It has officially been two weeks since graduating from my 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Ubud, Indonesia. 23 beautiful days spent studying and practicing all things yoga. An experience that I dreamed of for a while was nothing short of amazing! Here is a complete guide to your next 200 hour yoga teacher training!
My Journey With Yoga
Ironically I started practicing yoga in Bali when I was backpacking Southeast Asia in 2018. I was in Ubud, Indonesia and decided to take a trip to the infamous Yoga Barn. Also known as Yogi Heaven, and for a good reason. I remember leaving the class feeling refreshed and grounded. Having been on the road for a while at the time, I had a big desire to feel reassured of my current path at the time.
My relationship with yoga was an instant connection. I have always been a runner and athlete, so by no means did it come easy. I didn’t know half of the poses and found myself looking around in classes to keep up with the other students. Seriously, I could barely hold a down dog. (Turns out this is a very active pose!)
That summer I began practicing religiously, multiple times per week. This quickly turned into an every day practice. Can i get a #yogaeverydamnday?!
Yoga is my therapy. I remember always wondering if I would find a practice or exercise routine in my adult years that I wholeheartedly enjoyed attending. Don’t get me wrong, I love running. Running is freeing and liberating and sometimes I even miss the competitiveness of being a soccer player, but times change and so do we.
I desired something that was a never ending journey, and that’s what yoga is. It’s a practice. I found I could attend without pressure on myself.
I’ll be honest, there were days (and sometimes there still are days) where my ego gets in the way. At first, I wasn’t great and I was constantly surrounded by kick ass yogis doing all sorts of ninja like moves that I wasn’t able to wrap my head around.
But, we get what we ask for, and I asked for this new profound journey.
Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.”
I started my journey in the midst of a confusing time in my life. I was breaking away from the “normal” in life and was essentially looking for reassurance and answers. Come to find out, yoga can’t give you that.. Haha. We learn and we grow!
I kept on with the practice because I was addicted to the challenging asanas and the clarity that I would feel after an hour hot vinyasa class.
I’m here now for more reasons than one. Although I love just as much as the next yogi nailing a new asana, yoga is much more than that.
For me, it’s about the breath and the ability to completely clear my head. I’ll admit that I’m still working on this whole sitting still meditation thing, but give me a vinyasa flow and I can focus on the moment right then and there. Not everyday is like this of course, but that’s why it’s an ongoing practice.
It’s also about the community. To tell the truth, I don’t think yoga is for everyone. It’s hard and it’s full of challenges. It was designed this way. But, I love the uncapped growth. There is always going to be people stronger, more flexible, more peaceful and essentially, better. It’s a life-time journey. I love learning from these people. We are always learning, even as teachers.
You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
It’s about the journey to self. I’m a firm believer that our mind is our most powerful tool. What happens in our mind slowly becomes our reality. Everything happens twice and it first begins with a thought. Yoga has allowed me to let go of limiting beliefs. It has showed me that I am not attached to my thoughts, and it has brought me into the present moment.
A 16 month practice with yoga led me to becoming a teacher. And although I am still a teacher, I will always be a student. As a teacher, I have a continued prayer to the universe to be patient and to be aware.
My Training with Yoga Union
I chose to do my training with Yoga Union in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. It was only fitting that I returned back to Bali to complete my 200 hour course! So how does one choose a 200 hour yoga teacher training when there are thousands to choose from?!
Length of Time and Location
Personally, I wanted an immersive experience abroad. Ubud has a big yoga community and I feel very called to the vibe of the city.
Not every 200 hour course is as immersive though. There are plenty of courses that are spread over 6 months. These courses usually happen on the weekends and can take place, most likely, in your own city! For someone who doesn’t have the time to go abroad for an extended period of time, this is a good option!
I found Yoga Union through bookyogateachertraining.com. There are thousands of schools to choose from, and they are all over the world. The platform is essentially a google for yoga teacher trainings around the globe!
When choosing a yoga school, it is important to make sure they are accredited with Yoga Alliance.
From their website, Yoga Alliance
Yoga Alliance® is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Our mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga.
We do this through:
Celebrating the diversity of yoga styles, traditions and lineages;
Advocating for self-regulation in the yoga industry and universal access to safe yoga practices;
Upholding the worldwide growth of yoga through education and community;
Educating the public on the value and credibility of voluntary registration with Yoga Alliance;
Encouraging safe yoga instruction by promoting adoption of Yoga Alliance’s quantitative Standards;
Inspiring members to foster an informal yoga community by providing fair and full feedback to Registered Yoga Schools, which fosters accountability and continual improvement;
Advocating to protect the yoga community from unfair or unnecessarily burdensome patents, taxation or government regulation;
Guiding yoga teachers and schools in achieving success with conscious and effective business practices; and
Serving the member community by supporting scholarship programs, providing benefits, and developing strategic alliances.
Currently, we have over 90,400 Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) and more than 6,200 Registered Yoga Schools (RYS®).
The cost of a 200 hour course can range from affordable to luxury! In places such as India, a course may cost you around $1000, where as a school in Costa Rica with luxury accommodation can cost you around $4,000 USD. It’s all relative.
Someone with a midsize budget should expect to pay around $2500 USD. This usually includes most meals and accommodation, as well as materials from the school itself.
Many schools have a couple of days off built into their schedule to allow for rest or optional excursions and free time to explore. In this case, the cost of the school doesn’t cover those extra expenses.
Style of Yoga
Styles of yoga are truly yin and yang. There are endless courses varying from Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, and Ashtanga. The list goes on.
I chose to complete my 200 hour course in Vinyasa. This is the style of yoga I resonate most with. It is the style I practice, and therefore want to teach!
If you’re set on a certain style, and don’t know where to go, do the research! For example, India has a plethora of Hatha yoga trainings. Having originated in India, this is definitely a great option! Bookyogateachertraining is a great resource for this.
On the contrary, if you know the location, you’re more than likely going to find a style you resonate with to become certified!
What to Expect
In my case, the days were long and intense. In the best way possible, of course A 23 day 200 hour yoga teacher training is no joke!
Below is an example of our day to day schedule!
7 a.m. – Pranayama and Meditation
8 a.m – 10 a.m – Vinyasa Flow
10 a.m – 11 a.m. – Breakfast
11 a.m – 1 p.m – Alignment
1-3 p.m – Lunch + Break
3- 4:45 p.m. – Philosophy or Anatomy (rotated every other day)
5 p.m -7 p.m – Workshop
A 23 day course is jam packed with very valuable information and is a great opportunity if you want to start teaching right away! It is also a great opportunity to dive deeper into your own yoga practice.
I am very satisfied with my training from Yoga Union. The training was extremely comprehensive and thorough and I feel prepared to go teach around the world. In fact, I am as we speak!
The teachers are extremely genuine and very much value and respect our journey from student to teacher. Truly, they were each incredible and were very knowledgeable in their yoga practice; all having years of practice and teaching.
The journey from student to teacher is an exciting, brave and beautiful journey. All my love to each one of you taking the leap to change the world through the practice of yoga!
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