More and more yogis are realizing a 200-hour YTT just scratches yoga’s surface.
Teaching yoga has never been so desirable: For every current teacher, there are two more people interested in becoming one, according to a 2016 national survey by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance. And while 200-hour yoga teacher trainings remain the most common option available (and the base requirement for becoming a registered teacher), a growing number of instructors and students alike believe 200 hours of education is not enough.
Enter 1,000-hour teacher training programs, which are cropping up at yoga schools across the country. “We know yoga teaching as a profession is still evolving, and we want to do our part in helping to elevate the standards for teaching,” says Micah Mortali, director of the Kripalu Schools, which now offers a 1,000-hour track that exposes students to a wide range of teachers and lineages. Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine, also offers 1,000-hour training. “I want to raise the bar for yoga teachers. I want to enable them to have both better credentials and more confidence in their interactions with students,” says Cruikshank. Sounds like the best summer school ever!