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April 27, 2015
YA probably borrowed the IYF standard since IYF is the largest yoga teacher association in the world. More than registration, your certification hours matter. Many yoga teacher training programs have minimum 200-hour requirements for prospective instructors. Additional requirements might be that you have practiced the form of yoga you intend to teach for two or more years, assisted your teacher, and have the desire to pursue advance training. If you love yoga and have thought about becoming a yoga teacher, you should seek a 200 hour program.
There are some 100 hour or less programs put out by fitness associations that don't meet the 200 hour standard. Some meet on weekends for a Friday to Sunday session and you barely get 20 hours of training. Some have 50 hour yoga training courses that teach you a few asanas. But teaching classes is an attractive way to get out of bad job situations.
If you are considering going through the training, you want to be prepared for many situations that can happen in yoga classes. The level of training can vary, but you still need continuing education for life. Who really thinks they can teach after a 20 hour yoga teacher training session that met over a weekend? Once you start teaching you realize the value of taking more courses. This is why online courses are popular among established teachers and new teachers alike.
Usually there are two levels of yoga teacher diplomas. The 200 hour or the 500 hour certification are the most common. Interns finish a 200 hour yoga teacher course, which most employers require as the minimum level for yoga teachers. Some teachers decide to continue their education by taking a 500 hour yoga certification course.
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