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Hello,

I'm curious as to why the 200 hour level is commonplace for minimum hatha yoga teacher standards. Does anyone know who came up with this guideline and why? In Iyengar Yoga, the level 1 yoga teacher course takes years to complete and you have to be a student of Iyengar for years before that. Just asking.

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If you have been considering teaching yoga you are likely to be advanced in your ability, but there is always room to improve or supplement your knowledge. Check out the Internet to see what kinds of books or instructional videos are available, the additional practice will only serve to solidify what you currently know and add to your overall ability. If you have friends who practice different types or styles of yoga, ask them to show you some poses or techniques that are not part of your normal practice.

Yoga teaches us to bring full awareness to the moment we are in. When to focus on our breathing and allow ourselves to become one with the posture we are practicing. In this way, yoga is teaching us acceptance of ourselves just as we are and to accept the moment as it is. Rather than forcing or pushing ourselves in asanas, by letting go of preconceived outcome, we learn to let go of being competitive.

Around the world, the yoga teacher training programs usually meet specific standards of 200 hour and 500 hour certification, the numbers refer to the hour length of the program. New yoga teacher interns will first be expected to complete a 200 hour certification, which most yoga studios and gyms require as the minimum training for their teachers.

Becoming a certified hatha yoga teacher is not for everyone, but if you decided to become a teacher chances are you're already well aware of the time and discipline required. Eventually, you will be able to teach others the healing aspects that yoga can grant the human body and mind.

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