What is the difference between a 200 and a 300 hour yoga teacher training?

So you have decided to indulge your passion for yoga by taking up a yoga teacher training course. You have probably practiced yoga for a while now and are reaping the mental, physical and emotional benefits it provides. Or, you’re a newbie to yoga but looking at diving straight into a yoga teacher training to satisfy your curiosity for this amazing practice (there are no prerequisites to sign up for a 200-hour yoga teacher training course). Whichever place you are at, it all begins with researching the various courses available, understanding what is the difference between 200 and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs and figuring out which one is right for you. If you are considering in-person training, there is the location to consider. There are schools like Sampoorna Yoga who offer outstanding 200-hour yoga teacher training course and 300 hour yoga teacher training course.

In this article we’ve simplified what is the difference between a 200 and 300-hour yoga teacher training and what you should be looking out for in an in-person yoga teacher training.

difference between a 200 and a 300 hour yoga teacher training

WHEN IS A 200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOU

  1. For newbies and beginners: If you are new to yoga or have only done short courses like 50-hours yin yoga or Pranayama, then a 200-hour yoga teacher training is right for you. It will introduce you to the foundation of yoga, history and origin, styles of yoga, and practices like yoga asanas and their modifications, breathing techniques and the basics of meditation.
  2. To become a registered teacher: A 200-hour yoga teacher training with a registered yoga school like Sampoorna Yoga allows you to become a qualified yoga teacher. This certificate adds credibility to your name and allows you to teach yoga anywhere in the world.
  3. For teaching experience: The course will have modules on teaching methodologies, sequencing  and the business of yoga, thus preparing you to start teaching. Being a qualified 200hr yoga teacher gives you the green signal to start teaching yoga to anyone. You can even join a studio or yoga school to assist and train under more experienced teachers. Think of yoga as a career just like any other profession. The more experience you have, the better you are.
  4. To dive deeper into yoga: A 200-hour yoga teacher training is perfect for those who may have some exposure to yoga but are looking to dive deeper into yogic knowledge and philosophy. You will be introduced to topics such as the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, Pancha Koshas (the five sheaths) and the basics of Nadis (energy channels) and Chakras (wheels of energy), among many others.
  5. To improve physical practice: While you might already know various beginner levels of yoga asanas, the 200-hour yoga teacher training will introduce you to advanced variations and new postures. You will also learn other practices like breathing exercises or Pranayama, cleansing techniques or Shat Kriyas and Yoga Nidra. It will be somewhat intensive (not as much as 300-hours) but it will have deep physical, mental and emotional benefits for your body and mind.

Apart from this, the 200-hour yoga teacher training is your starting point. So even if you are more interested in a 300-hour yoga teacher training course, you will still need to complete your 200-hours first. Think of it as doing a bachelor’s degree before a masters program.

200 VS 300 hour yoga teacher training

WHEN IS THE 300-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOU

  1. Ready for a challenge: Now, if you are considering a 300-hour yoga instructor training course you should be ready to take it up a notch or two. We won’t mince words – it will be challenging and you might feel tired and exhausted. But, we promise you it will be a life-changing experience. If you’re doing a 300-hour yoga teacher training course in Goa, at a school like Sampoorna Yoga, you will be following a pre-set routine everyday that includes certain hours of physical practices, meditation, Yoga Nidra and Pranayama and hours of Sequencing and Teaching Techniques. But, you’ll also enjoy plenty of time in the laps of nature or by the seashore. So remember, it is challenging but it will be worth it.
  2. For a RYT-500 label: A 300-hour yoga teacher training is necessary to change your title from RYT-200 to RYT-500. After completing the 300-hours YTTC, you can register as a RYT-300 with Yoga Alliance, making you a 500-hours registered yoga teacher (note that this is totally voluntary and not necessary in order to teach yoga if you’ve got your certificates from a registered school like Sampoorna Yoga).
  3. For a full yogic lifestyle: A 300-hours YTTC will teach you more about yoga as a lifestyle. It will reinforce the full yogic lifestyle of balance, movement and mindfulness. Sometimes, after a 200-hour course, once we go back to our regular lives, our new balanced routine is forgotten. To bring yourself back to a yogic lifestyle and wholly adapt this wonderful practice as a lifestyle, a 300-hour course is immensely helpful.
  4. Vast philosophy and knowledge: A 200-hours introduced you to the foundations of yoga. If you’re ready to go into many more in-depth yoga philosophy topics (such as the origin of yoga, different styles, etc), then a 300-hours YTTC is right for you. You will learn much more about the layers of the body and mind, what it takes to reach a state of absolute Dhyana (meditation) and eventually Samadhi (liberation), among other concepts. With 300-hours, yoga will seamlessly become a part of you that you carry off the mat into everyday life.

Level up your physical practices: In a 300-hour yoga teacher training course you’ll learn advanced poses such as the Peacock Pose (Mayurasana) or the Monkey Pose (Hanumanasana). The asanas you learn will depend on the style of yoga you choose and the school. You’ll even learn more about anatomy and physiology from an asana perspective. You’ll find strength within your core you didn’t know existed. You’ll learn to carry more than half your body weight on your arms, if not more. In a 300-hours course you’ll also learn more breathing techniques and advanced variations of the same. By the end of the course, you would have leveled up your practice from an intermediate to an advanced yoga teacher.

Remember a 200-hour YTTC is a prerequisite to a 300-hour course, as it will prepare your body and mind for advanced yoga. As you progress in your yoga journey with a 300-hour yoga teacher training, you will develop a deeper understanding of yourself and a stronger mind-body connection. With improved awareness and presence of mind, you’ll be able to stay balanced and calm through challenging situations. As a teacher, your confidence and skills will improve significantly, boosting your yoga teaching career.

The fee of a 300-hours yoga teacher training tends to be higher considering it is longer than 200-hours. The 300-hour course may challenge your limits and patience. Some days you might feel like quitting. That’s where joining a good school will be very beneficial. In a school like Sampoorna Yoga, our teachers are always available to support and guide you, to keep you motivated and help you progress in a way that is suitable for you. You will have a very supportive group of fellow-students. The best part is you all will be going through the same journey together, making it far easier and enjoyable.