You Asked, I Answered – Basic Questions About Yoga Teacher Training Answered

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What you need to know before enrolling in a yoga teacher training certification course

The decision to commit to a yoga teacher training certification course is a serious one. Yoga teacher training will require your financial investment, your time and dedication, some weeks of sore muscles, and then some! 

It’s understandable that people have a lot of questions before embarking upon this educational path that will shape your career as a yoga teacher. It is important to choose the right TTC course for you as an individual. And it’s important to know what you’re getting into. 

To clear up some of the common questions that many students have before beginning their first 200 hour yoga teacher training program I’ve created this article that I hope will help remove any doubts from your mind about whether yoga teacher training is something you’re ready for, or not.

Let’s get right into some fundamental questions many people want answered before beginning a yoga teacher training certification course.

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How long should you do yoga before teacher training
Can I do yoga teacher training over 40
Can a beginner join yoga teacher training
Do yoga teachers make money
Is 200 hour yoga teacher training enough
Can I teach yoga without certification
Can you make a living as a yoga instructor

How long should you do yoga before teacher training

You do not need to be a 10 year veteran yogi to attend yoga teacher training. However, having some months or years of experience as a practicing yogi will certainly make some facets of yoga teacher training easier. 

For example, if yoga poses come second nature to you, you can actually work on refining the postures you will study in your YTT (yoga teacher training) rather than trying them for the first time.

If you are quite new to yoga and you are eager to do a TTC (teacher training course) I suggest that you create flashcards and memorize the poses before beginning your studies. 

I also recommend establishing a consistent yoga practice before your teacher training begins. You can get 25% off Alo Moves here and take Sri Dharma Mittra’s beginners yoga series on Alo Moves that breaks down 36 basic yoga poses with each yoga posture having its own video tutorial.

For photo images of each asana with definitions, check out Yoga Journal’s pose guide which has everything you need for this assignment!

There are certainly some benefits to being newer to yoga as a teacher trainee. You won’t need to do a lot of “unlearning” which some experienced yogis may find themselves doing in teacher training. I certainly did anyway. I needed to unlearn some bad habits!

You should have a consistent yoga practice to be able to keep up with the demands of yoga teacher training. But that doesn’t mean that you need to be an advanced yogi, by any means.

Can I do yoga teacher training over 40

You certainly can do yoga teacher training over 40 – I’m doing it! Now the cat is out of the bag on my age, but I want to be candid about doing yoga teacher training over 40. 

For anyone who is feeling any trepidation about getting certified to teach yoga who is over 40 – don’t! We all know that life gets really great after 40 anyways.

Learn about my experience as a 40-something attending yoga teacher training with Briohny Smyth the famed yogini to get my inside scoop on the matter. In case you didn’t already know, Bri now offers online yoga teacher training where you can learn her signature Aligned Yoga method. It’s an amazing opportunity!

Can a beginner join yoga teacher training

As I went into above, being familiar with yoga postures is certainly beneficial as a trainee. But don’t worry, with just a few months of a consistent yoga practice you may find that the most common poses become second nature to you.

Besides being familiar with all of the basic postures, having a strong practice prior to beginning your teacher training program will prepare your body so that you are hopefully less sore from the daily practices in your yoga certification course.

Do yoga teachers make money

Yoga teachers definitely make money. Especially the yoga teachers who are teaching online. This does not happen overnight, but there are countless yogis that I know of who have become extremely successful by leveraging social media and creating communities and followings. 

Here are a few ways to diversify opportunities from a strong social media following:

  1. Brand endorsements or partnerships.
  2. Creating e-books and/or apps.
  3. Creating online courses.
  4. Creating affiliate partnerships for products outside of the yoga spectrum that your community might be interested in.
  5. Promoting your in-person trainings and retreats to your followers.
  6. Participating in challenges to connect with other influencers audiences.

What does this all add up to? A six-figure (plus) self-earned salary baby!

For impassioned yogis with an entrepreneurial spirit, there’s never been a more lucrative time in the yoga industry.

Check out my list of the best online yoga teacher training courses if you're serious about getting certified!

Is 200 hour yoga teacher training enough

200 hour yoga teacher training is enough to start teaching yoga in a studio or online. 

In fact, it is technically not required by law to hold a RYT-200 (registered yoga teacher-200 hour) yoga teaching certificate to teach yoga, but it would be hard to get a job as a yoga teacher without first having successfully completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification course.

Most people begin by getting yoga certified at the 200 hour level, but some people do opt for a 500 hour yoga teaching certificate from the get-go.

A 200 hour course from a RYS (registered yoga school) will give you all of the basic knowledge you need to be competent as a yoga teacher.

Subject covered in a 200 hour yoga training include:

  • Asana
  • Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Ethics
  • History
  • Meditation
  • Philosophy
  • Physiology
  • Pranayama & Subtle Body
  • Professional Development
  • Teaching Methodology

Can I teach yoga without certification

Being that yoga is not a regulated industry technically you “can” teach yoga without a certification but it is very unlikely that you would be able to get a job as a yoga teacher without having completed yoga teacher training.

Yoga studios want to offer safe, fulfilling, and enjoyable classes to their customers. Hiring qualified yoga teachers is one way that they do that.

Can you make a living as a yoga instructor

Yes, you can make a living as a yoga instructor and in fact, there has never been a better time to be a yoga teacher! 

Technology and social media have created an awesome opportunity for you to do what you love, have the ultimate location independence, and make great money as a yoga instructor!

With a lot of ambition and some creative thinking mixed in with serious dedication there are countless streams of income available for yoga teachers to tap into now.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to make your dreams a reality.

Discover the top 10 online yoga teacher training certification courses to join now, and become a yoga teacher for far less than you might expect!


Hi, I'm Heather, the visionary behind The Yogatique - my passion project. I am also a world-traveler, global citizen, and avid online yoga practitioner. I thrive on Nature, natural light, exploration, creativity, creation and movement. I am an 8 year expat of the U.S. and my hope is to inspire you to take your yoga practice where ever life may take you, too.

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