What Everybody Ought to Know About 200-, 300- and 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings


If you are reading this, then you are either considering taking a Yoga Teacher Training, or you have your 200-Hour certification and want to learn more. It is probably also true that you’ve got a few questions: What’s the difference between the programs? Which program is right for me? In what ways will each program benefit me?

Look no further! We have all the answers to your questions right here. Read on for a closer look at what makes each level of Yoga Teacher Training unique.

Understanding The Difference Between 200-, 300- and 500-Hour YTT Programs

The Basics Of A 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program


Your 200-hour teacher training will be the foundation from which you teach, so it’s important to choose wisely when deciding where to go. An immersion program is an excellent choice at this level so you can fully submerge yourself in the knowledge and allow it to steep within you. In this program, you will learn the fundamentals of:

  • how a class is structured
  • understanding Asanas, Pranayamas, and meditation techniques
  • anatomy and the mechanics of yoga poses
  • Ayurveda, chakras and other yogic concepts to help you be a well-rounded teacher
  • ritual
  • the ethics and business of yoga
  • the history of yoga

During your 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, you will also nurture your personal practice, which, next to your training, is paramount to passing on wisdom to others. This learning will create a platform for transformation for you personally, as well as the people you hope to teach.

Any 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, and especially an immersion-type, will help you go even deeper into what yoga means for you and your potential students.


200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training


According to Yogi Aaron, “You will leave Blue Osa feeling as if you have just immersed your whole being into a tradition of yoga. Every part of you will be completely and utterly transformed.”

This 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is designed to cultivate healthy daily patterns through early morning meditation with the sunrise, and a daily Asana and Pranayama practice combined with classroom interaction and reading material. Through this structure, you and your fellow yogis will become more certain and stable, allowing you to soften, to go deep, and to address imbalances in your lives.

300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training




Have you completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, been teaching for a while, but know that there is always more to learn? Would you like to offer more to your students? Are you interested in growing your yoga business and entrepreneurial skills?

If you have obtained your 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training and you are now ready to continue to advance your skills and practice, then a 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is the next step.

Once you complete this training, you will be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-500 (Registered Yoga Teacher- 500 Hours).

Some people opt to piece their 500-Hour certification together by doing smaller, incremental trainings, but there are options out there, such as the one Blue Osa offers, that allows you to get everything done in one big immersion. Either way, your trainings must come from a Yoga Alliance-registered school (RYS).


Advanced Yoga Teacher Training The Blue Osa Way


Advanced Yoga Teacher Training The Blue Osa Way


Our 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is for the lifelong practitioners—the seekers, the visionaries of yoga. The focus here is all-around yogic lifestyle development, so you can truly live what you teach.

Through independent projects, book reports and in-depth reading, Yogi Aaron will guide you deeper into the mysteries and rituals of yoga to enable you to cultivate enlightenment and well-being within others.

In Blue Osa’s 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, you will have the opportunity to hone in on your niche, and to tap into and nurture your gifts to truly serve your message to the world. Yogi Aaron will help you discover your primary intention as a yoga teacher.

Not to mention that, once you’ve completed your 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, you will be able to register with the Yoga Alliance as a 500-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher. This gives you more credibility and a leg up over those who have only completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training.

As you dive into this intensive learning, you will empower your vision, growing yourself so you can embody leadership in yoga. Yogi Aaron is interested in building yoga leaders for the global community, and you will be one of them!


Just Get Yourself Here, and We’ll Do The Rest!


300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training


No matter what level of training you are seeking, Blue Osa is an excellent safe space outside of your everyday routine to help accelerate your learning and ignite positive momentum in the direction of your goals. Everything is taken care of for you so you can focus on your personal transformation.


Now is the time to invest in yourself. Grow yourself incrementally into a well-rounded and capable yoga teacher, in order to become a leader in the global yogic community. Choose Yogi Aaron to be your month-long mentor, to guide you through the beginning of each life-changing yoga journey, and allow the Osa Peninsula to nurture those journeys. Choosing where to complete your Yoga Teacher Training is not always easy, but Blue Osa is a choice that you will not regret!

Fast Q&As:



If I obtained my 200-Hour certification from a different school, am I still eligible to participate in your 300-Hour program?

Yes, but to register your 500-Hour with the Yoga Alliance, your 200-Hour school must have also been certified through the Yoga Alliance.

Will I be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance after your 200- or 300-Hour training?

Yes. Blue Osa is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with the Yoga Alliance at 3 levels: RYS 200, RYS 300, and RYS 500. Once you complete one of our 200- or 300-Hour trainings, you will receive your teaching certificate. This makes you a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT). You can then submit your certificate to the Yoga Alliance to become a Registered Yoga Teacher for your specific level (RYT 200 or RYT 500).

What is the difference between the 200–, 300–, and 500–hour programs?

Your 200-Hour teaching certificate is the basic level of training that is recognized by the Yoga Alliance. It means that you are certified to teach yoga and eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as RYT 200.

The 300–Hour program is for participants who already have a 200–Hour certificate and wish to have an advanced 500–Hour certification.

When you complete your 300-Hour program, it means you have a total of 500 Hours of Yoga Teacher Training. You are eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as RYT 500, which means that you are able to teach yoga with the deeper knowledge and skills developed through more extensive training and study.

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Understanding The Difference Between 200, 300 and 500-Hour YTT Programs

3 Comments on “What Everybody Ought to Know About 200-, 300- and 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings”

  1. I have wanted to share how much joy yoga has brought into my life, but I’ve been so intimidated by the idea I should be getting 300-500 hours of training. I’ve felt like starting with 200 was just lazy, but I liked the comment that your 200 hour training is the foundation for all the rest. It makes teaching seem so much more accessible!

  2. Hi,
    I have been practicing yoga regularly for four years and would like to do 500 hour teacher training all at once, but have questions about whether this is a good idea. Taking a chunk of time off from my regular life once rather than twice would be better for me, but I want to make sure that I will absorb as much (or close to as much) by doing all at once rather than allowing for time in between the two. My goal is to become a yoga therapist, if this helps with how you reply.
    Thank you,
    Jennifer Walsh

    1. Hi Jennifer

      What I have found from my own experience and in watching people, is that immersions are one of the best ways to grow in your practice and prepare you for teaching.

      Think about steeping tea.

      An immersion is like putting a tea bag in water for a long time to allow the water to absorb all the flavor and nutrients of the tea.

      Many programs that extend over several months, for just a few hours a week are like putting th tea bag in the water for just a short moment.

      In our immersions, people not only leave fully prepared to teach yoga classes, but also fully immersed in what yoga can be for them in their lives.

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