Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)

Definition - What does Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) mean?

Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) is the process that yoga students go through in order to become qualified as yoga teachers. There are many different types and levels of Yoga Teacher Training and, generally, people will choose a Yoga Teacher Training according to the style of yoga that they want to explore more and ultimately teach.

Some Yoga Teacher Training courses are accredited by organizations such as the Yoga Alliance, while others may be run by independent yoga teachers. They will often include 200 hours of training at a foundation level, or 500 hours of training for a more advanced course.

Yogapedia explains Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)

Not everyone will take a Yoga Teacher Training because they want to go on to a career in teaching yoga. Many may simply wish to deepen their own yoga practice and understanding. Yoga Teacher Trainings of all kinds will often emphasize the importance of the personal journey and developing the students’ own practice in order to become a better teacher.

A Yoga Teacher Training may include:

  • Asanas — both how to practice them and how to instruct people into them
  • Meditation techniques and practices
  • Pranayama techniques
  • Yogic philosophy and how to relate to it
  • History of yoga and its relevance to contemporary practices
  • Anatomy and physiology for yoga
  • Teaching tips and practices
  • Class planning and sequencing

There are also Yoga Teacher Training courses designed for those who are already yoga teachers to advance their teaching or specialize in certain areas, such as prenatal yoga or yoga therapy.

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