200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Goa

Today’s blog will help you decide if a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Goa is right for you. We’ll cover everything you need to know. From what to expect from a yoga teacher training in Goa, to the 200 hour yoga teacher training costs, preparation and more.

In this article:

What is a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training?

A 200 hour yoga teacher training is a basic preliminary training of (you guessed it) 200 hours that a prospective yoga teacher needs to complete in order to teach. This certification will build your technical skills, deepen your personal practice, and set you up to be able to teach a yoga class to others. It teaches you the foundations of yoga and has certain standards set by the Yoga Alliance.

How long does a 200 hour yoga teacher training take?

Typically, a 200 hour certification is spread over an immersive 3 – 4 weeks. Or can be taken over a few months during weekends or evenings.

Yoga Teacher Training in Goa
200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Palm Trees Yoga School in Goa

Why do you need a certification?

Safety first! As a minimum, you need to complete a 200 hours yoga teacher training in order to teach yoga to others. Let’s say you want to get a job at a gym or in a yoga school… They will be looking for at least a 200 hours certification.

And yes, a 200 hours certification is enough to teach others. But it depends on your personal experience if you feel confident enough to teach after just 200 hours. A 200 hour certification is a widely accepted qualification standard for teaching yoga, but everyone is different, and you might find you want more training before you begin teaching.

In addition, it’s worth noting that not everyone that does a 200 hour teacher training wants to become a yoga teacher. Lots of students use the study to enhance their personal practice. Which is also a perfectly acceptable reason to undertake a 200 hours yoga teacher training!

Can I teach yoga without a certification?

While there’s no “yoga police” that will come and stop you if you teach yoga without a 200 hours training, it is highly recommend that you have undertaken a 200 hours qualification. It is not advised to teach without a certification. The likelihood of injury increases and you are putting yourself and your students at risk.

So, yes you can teach without. But a certification provides you with the knowledge and practice that you need to teachers others safely. And for this reason, is highly advised.

It is also unlikely (virtually impossible) to get a job at a yoga school or gym without a 200 hours certification.

Why choose Goa?

Goa is a popular location for 200 hour yoga teacher trainings for a number of reasons.

Firstly, India is the spiritual home of yoga. Lots of students report their teacher trainings being a life changing experience, and there’s no better place to learn than India itself. It has a magical energy that other parts of the world cannot compare with.

Secondly, the beach vibe of Goa make it the perfect place to study and relax. You’re getting the best of both worlds: India energy meets a beach holiday. Goa has a more laidback energy compared to other parts of India which can be quite hectic and loud.

What’s more, the food and culture of Goa is incredibly unique. So if you visit, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in both.

Palm Trees Yoga School sits on the backwaters of Goa, under the palm trees!

How much does it cost to do your yoga teacher training in Goa?

Let’s take a look at your 200 hour yoga teacher training cost:

Firstly, your flights. Roundtrip flights can range from £300 – £900 depending on the season, the deals, and the provider. Check out somewhere like SkyScanner to browse the best deals.

Obviously, there’s the cost of the course itself. For a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Goa in 2022, costs will likely range from £1000 – £3000, depending on the school and your accommodation type. Tip: Keep an eye out for early bird discounts and sales offered by schools.

And in addition, don’t forget the costs for personal expenses. Things like day trips, eating out, massages, souvenirs etc.

So, grand total let’s say you’re looking at a minimum of £1500 (if you’re lucky with flights and deals). And a maximum of £4000 if you opt for the more boujiee experience and accommodation.

You can check out our pricing options for our upcoming 200 hours courses here

How to prepare for 200 hour yoga teacher training?

A question we often get asked is: “how do I prepare for my 200 hours yoga teacher training?”. Here’s what we’d suggest…

One, practice!

Your yoga practice will deepen and intensify during your 200 hours training. So any additional practice you put in before hand will help you out to get your body and mind prepared.

Two, study.

Check our your course page or reach out to your prospective school and ask for reading recommendations. Some schools will have reading recommendations as standard, others not.

Three, come in with an open mind and a willingness to learn.

If you get your attitude and mindset sorted before you come, you will have a fantastic time.

Yoga students at Palm Trees Yoga School in Goa

200 hour yoga teacher training Goa daily schedule:

What to expect from a 200 hour yoga teacher training course?

A typical day might look something like this:

  • 7am-10am: Morning Practice
    • Your asana practice (be that ashtanga, hatha, vinyasa etc). Plus some pranayama and meditation.
  • 10am – 11am: Breakfast break
  • 11am – 1pm: Anatomy & Alignment
    • This is where you learn about yoga postures and the skeletal muscular system.
  • 1pm – 2pm: Lunch break
  • 2pm – 4pm: Yoga Philosophy or Teaching Methodology
    • This is where you understand the history and ethics of yoga. Or learn how to actually teach a class.
  • 4pm – 4:30pm: Tea Break
  • 4:30 – 6:30pm: Afternoon Workshop or Yoga Practice
    • Workshops could include Backbending, Transitions, Headstands or Arm Balances.
  • 7pm – 8pm: Dinner
  • 8pm – 9pm: Evening self-study.
    • Time to reflect on the day and revisit your notes.

And finally…

Is it worth doing a yoga teacher training in 2022?

Yes. It is definitely worth doing a yoga teacher training this year. Given the uncertainty and turbulence of the last two years, there was never a more perfect time to practice yoga.

More people than ever are looking for practices to connect back to themselves and train their mind and body. Hence, the demand for yoga (and people who teach it) will only keep increasing.

Whether you want to teach yoga professionally or not, a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Goa is a once in a lifetime opportunity, that will push you out of your comfort zone in the best ways imaginable.

Finally, if you have any questions about whether a yoga teacher training in Goa is right for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’d be happy to help.

Join us for 200 hrs Yoga Teacher Training at Palm Trees Yoga School.

Julia Gavin, Lead Trainer at Palm Trees Yoga School
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Course in Goa
We are fully registered with Yoga Alliance.

Published by Julia Gavin Yoga

Resident Yoga Teacher and Lead Trainer at Palm Trees Yoga School in South Goa.

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  1. Beautiful two weeks at Palm Trees Ayurvedic Heritage, if you are looking for relaxation and tranquillity, and want to practice yoga, I can recommend this beautiful quiet place, under palm trees. Living quite simply in small huts, delicious breakfast especially fresh. Thanks to the whole team, thank you Julia and George for letting me be a part of this beautiful place 🫶

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