What can you learn in a 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training?

Has your yoga journey brought you to a point where you are considering enrolling for the 200-hour yoga teacher training? Or, are you thinking of jumping right into a 200-hour yoga teacher training program? Whichever road you’re on, we can tell you it’s the right path!

A transformative experience, this course promises to be the start of an enriching journey, whether you are choosing yoga teaching as a career or doing the course because of your passion for yoga. If you’re considering an in-person course like Sampoorna Yoga’s 200-hour yoga teacher training in Goa, India, your experience will be life-changing as you will get to immerse yourself completely in yoga and nature.

Take a look at why Sampoorna Yoga’s yoga teacher training is a wonderful, life-changing experience.

What can you learn in a 200-hr YTTC?

So what can you expect from a yoga teacher training that will be so life-changing? What can you learn in a 200-hour yoga teacher training course (200-hour YTTC)? Let’s take a look.

  1. The fundamentals of yoga philosophy: During a 200-hour yoga teacher training you learn and develop a strong foundation in yoga philosophy. Various topics are covered, from the history of yoga to the streams of yoga, different styles, the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga, introduction to the Yoga Sutras, and more. You will gain a wealth of yoga knowledge which will form the basis of your understanding of yoga. This will prepare you for advanced yoga studies, such as a 300-hour yoga teacher training and courses in different styles of yoga such as Hatha yoga or Yin yoga.
  2. Yoga practices: Whether you are a yoga practitioner or completely new to yoga practices, a 200-hour yoga teacher training will cover all beginner level practices. Courses like Sampoorna Yoga’s 200-hour yoga teacher training in Goa will take you through a thorough training of physical practices such as yoga asanas, breathing techniques (Pranayama), cleansing techniques (Shat Kriyas), and even gestures (known as Mudras) and locks (Bandhas). When doing yoga asanas, since this is an in-person course, you will also benefit from the support of fellow-students and teachers who will help you achieve challenging poses. In a few sessions you will also partner up with another student so you can assist each other.
    Apart from this, you will also learn how to meditate and do Yoga Nidra. Experienced teachers will guide you through what it takes to sit still in meditation, how to concentrate and what are the best postures to sit in during meditation. All of these practices will contribute greatly to your mind and body such that you leave the course feeling stronger yet lighter, and calm yet energized.
  3. Yoga anatomy and physiology: For most non-science students, this can be a scary one. Many students ask why do we need to know anatomy and physiology? It gives you a deeper understanding of how the human body is structured and how it functions. Knowing this will help you understand what happens in the body during a yoga posture, a breathing exercise or when meditating. During the 200-hour yoga teacher training program you will learn which group of muscles are getting stretched during a pose, which hormones are released during an asana and how to breath to your full capacity (which most of us don’t do in our day-to-day life), among many more aspects. While this course will cover the basics, it will prepare you to teach yoga safely and effectively, and also give you a strong foundation for a deeper learning in a 300-hour yoga teacher training program.

Why is Yoga Anatomy important for yoga teachers? Take a look here.

  1. How to teach:While you are learning all the practices yourself, an important module is how to teach. How should you start a class? What is the right sequence to follow and why? How do you help students modify a pose to suit their level? You will learn the answers to all these questions and more. Teaching students safely also means knowing how to use props to deepen a pose and to use them to support a posture. By the time you graduate from the yoga teacher training program, you would have learnt to create class plans with the right structure, safe and effective tips, and in a balanced and energizing flow.
  2. Business of yoga:Now that you have learnt the practices and how to teach comes the question of how to start your yoga business. If you are looking to kickstart your yoga teaching career, most 200-hour yoga teacher training programs will cover how to start your business. Registering with Yoga Alliance (if you are choosing to teach globally) will make you a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200 hours) which will give you added credibility. Learn how to market yourself, what you should and shouldn’t say, if you need insurance, etc. This will prepare you for what is to come when you begin your business.
  3. Yogic lifestyle and diet:A bonus of doing an in-person yoga teacher training is that you get to completely immerse yourself in a yogic lifestyle. Not only will you be away from distractions of the outside world, but a course like Sampoorna Yoga’s 200-hour yoga teacher training in Goa will allow you to get a feel of a yogic lifestyle. You will follow a balanced daily routine that consists of yoga practices, self-study, theory classes, downtime where you can explore the beaches and nature in Goa, and more. The diet you follow will also be a wholesome, nourishing and delicious one. Upon successfully doing this for the duration of the course, you will learn how to follow a similar balanced routine at home.
  4. Learn from and connect with fellow-yogis:During the course you will spend a lot of time with your fellow-students. This will give you a great opportunity to learn from other student’s experiences. You will also be on a transformative journey together, allowing you to connect and bond with fellow-yogis on a higher level. These experiences will help you become a better teacher with more to share with your students. Not only will you learn, but you will make friends for life.
What do you expect in a 200-hr YTTC?

Being completely immersed in the enriching experience of a yoga teacher training programs will contribute towards transforming how you live life – from your daily routine to how you perceive and react to situations. You will learn to apply the yogic knowledge you have learnt into your day-to-day life. Once you begin teaching, the more you share with your students, the more you will adapt and apply. So if you are enrolling in the 200-hour yoga teacher training program, get ready for some incredible learnings and experiences!


Sampoorna Yoga’s Teacher Training Courses are registered with Yoga Alliance USA. When you graduate from our school you will be eligible to register with them as a RYT, Registered Yoga Teacher, in your respective categories.