Yoga Terms Explained: RYT, YTT, and more!

Today’s blog is all about demystifying yoga terms and abbreviations. If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many yoga abbreviations – YTT, RYS, E-RYT, YTTC, etc. – and thought, what the hell do they mean? Keep reading! Clarity is coming…

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So, yoga terms explained. Where to begin? Let’s start with this commonly asked question from our yoga teacher training courses

What is the Yoga Alliance?

What is the Yoga Alliance and why does it matter?

The Yoga Alliance is a large independent organisation that was established in 1999 to help standardise yoga trainings and practices. They advocate for regulation and safety in the yoga industry. So, when you’re looking for a yoga school, make sure they are registered with the Yoga Alliance. This will ensure you receive proper training.

Which brings us to more yoga terms…

What does RYS mean in yoga?

RYS stands for Registered Yoga School. This term is used by yoga schools to signify their relationship with the Yoga Alliance. For a school to become a RYS, their programs need to include a certain amount of hours spent studying and teaching specific topics.

This includes teaching methodology, anatomy, training and practice (such as prananyama, asana, etc), yoga philosophy etc.

Make sure to look out for RYS when you’re booking your yoga teacher training.

In addition, do your own research. These systems are not full-proof and yoga schools currently require no in-person visits to register as a RYS. They need only submit their syllabus online. Which of course, could result in some less than genuine schools claiming to be RYS.

Our suggestion: do your own research and check out the reviews.

Registered Yoga Teacher
We are a registered yoga school in Goa.

What does RYT mean in yoga?

RYT stands for Registered Yoga Teacher. This is someone who has completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training course and has registered with the yoga alliance.

If you see numbers after RYT, e.g. RYT 200 and RYT 500. That number stands for the amount of training hours a person has done.

So, RYT 200 signifies that a teacher has completed their 200 hours yoga teacher training. RYT 500 means a yoga teacher has done a 200 hour training, and a 300 hour training (200 + 300 = 500).

What does E-RYT mean?

Note: sometimes people also use the term “E-RYT”. The “E” stands for experienced and usually means this teacher has been teaching for some years and accumulated at least 1,000 hours of teaching.

And, in order to become a “RYT” you’ll need to take a “YTT”…

Keep reading – we’ll make it make sense…!

What does YTT mean in yoga?

More yoga terms! Have you ever seen these weird abbreviations like “200hrs YTT” or “300 hour YTTC” and thought… what the hell does that mean and what’s the difference?

YTT simply stands for Yoga Teacher Training.

Yoga teacher training (YTT) is the learning that prospective yoga teachers go through in order to become qualified yoga teachers. A YTT will include learning of asanas, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology, and more.

And the number – 200/300/100 – signifies the amount of hours / type of course.

So, a 200hr YTT has 200 hours worth of teacher. A 300hr YTT has 300 hours of teaching. And so on…

What does YTTC mean in yoga?

So, much like “YTT”, YTTC stands for Yoga Teacher Training Course. All the above info still applies.

A yoga teacher training course (YTTC) is the process that students go through to become certified yoga teachers. There’s not any difference between YTT and YTTC, other than a person or school’s preference!

Let’s do one more for fun…

What does YACEP mean in yoga?

The Yoga Alliance created this term. YACEP means Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. This classification is for teachers who deliver educational courses. If you are an E-RYT, you can upgrade and add the YACEP designation to teach others what you know.

Let’s say you want to teach a course about yoga for people with special needs, or a course about the chakras, you can do so under the YACEP designation. Potential students will be able to search you in the YACEP directory by keyword.

So, there you have it. Yoga terms debunked.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!

Yoga Alliance Yoga Teachers
We are registered with Yoga Alliance.

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.

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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.

Holi Festival 2022!

Happy Holi! We had the best time celebrating Holi festival this year in Goa. We’re here to share our Holi 2022 pics and let you in on some of the history and meaning behind the event.

What is Holi and why is it celebrated?

Holi festival celebrates the triumph of good over bad. And, is a day for spreading happiness and love.

Above all, Holi is a time of joy and celebration and symbolises new beginnings. It is a Hindu festival, the Festival of Spring, and of all the Goa holidays 2022 Holi is one of the biggest and brightest (second only to perhaps Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which happens in October).

Also known as Festival of Colours or Festival of Love, Holi follows the Lunar calendar, not the Gregorian calendar. So this year, it was celebrated on 17-18th March 2022 on Full Moon. And as you can see from our pics, we celebrated properly!

Happy Holi 2022!

What do the colours of Holi mean?

The colourful powder thrown is called gulal which is made from starch and dyes. And, interestingly,  each of them has a different meaning. For instance, Red is for love, blue is for Lord Krishna, pink is for kindness, yellow for happiness, and green is for life.

Our Happy Holi 2022!

Our lucky 300hrs students were here to celebrate with us this year. We had our morning practice, and after that, it was time to celebrate! So from midday through to evening, we danced, we laughed, we celebrated – five venues all around Patnem! Safe to say we absolutely smashed Holi! It was so much fun to be with the Patnem family – and massive thanks to our 300hrs students for such a fabulous day.

So if you want to join us for Holi 2023, keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming YTTC dates or book your next yoga retreat with us at Palm Trees Yoga School Goa.

200 hr Yoga Teacher Training
10th April 2022

Goa Holidays 2022! Best reasons to come to Goa this year…

If you’re starting to daydream about your 2022 holiday options, here’s why we think a holiday in Goa is your best bet! We’ve got five reasons why Goa Holidays are something you should be considering this year…


Reason 1: Direct Flights to Goa from London Heathrow

Yep, London to Goa direct flights! How easy is that?! Your Goa holiday just got that much easier – no transfers, no worries. You can browse tickets to India, London to Goa, via Skyscanner. And for the latest updates and prices, you can even put notifications on for tickets to Goa from London so that you get the best deal.

Reason 2: Goa Travel Restrictions

Is Goa on the red list? No, it’s not! In fact, the latest travel rules for India make travel to Goa from the UK easy. You are no longer required to quarantine upon arrival, so you can enjoy your Goa holidays without worry. All you need is a negative PCR test, your e-visa (which gives you 30 days to enjoy the Goan sunshine) and to fill out a passenger locator form upon arrival which says where you’ll be staying. Why not check out Palm Trees Resort in Patnem?

Reason 3: Goa Cuisine

No Goa holiday would be complete without a traditional Goan curry. If you stay with us at Palms you can indulge in Goa cuisine all day – breakfast, lunch and dinner – in our onsite riverside restaurant. Also, fruit season is coming! First the cashews, then mangos. Food wise, we couldn’t think of a better time to be here.

Reason 4: Beach Accommodation

If you’re not sure what to expect from accommodation on your Goa holidays, take a look at our beach accommodation. You can enjoy the beach, the palms of Goa, the tranquil river, all in the retreat like setting of Palms Trees Ayurvedic Resort. What’s more, it’s warm, it’s relaxing, and it’s the best of a yoga retreat, a wellness retreat, and an Ayurveda retreat all in one!

Reason 5: Goa Vibe

It’s hard to explain… Goa has a special feel about it (just ask anyone that’s been). From Ayurveda, to yoga, from the beach to the food, Goa is magic. It’s the culture, the spirituality, the history, the beauty… The energy of Goa is truly unique.

It’s so nice to see the place getting busier and to have that Goa vibe back. The place is incredible, but it’s the people that make it come to life. So, if you feel the call to visit – maybe for the first time, or maybe you’re longing to return – we’d love to have you.

The season runs from 1st November to 31st May.

Goa holidays 2022, have we convinced you?

Good! Go swap your pounds to rupees and we’ll see you soon!

Next 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training starts 20th November 2022 at
Palm Trees Yoga School

Travel to India 2022: my experience!

What’s it like to travel to India from the UK in 2022? With our upcoming 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in Goa starting April 10th, I received a bunch of questions about UK to India travel rules and restrictions, so hopefully this blog will put your mind at ease.

Storytime! I caught up with a friend to share their travel experience with us: London > Goa, February 2022. In summary, here’s what you need to know…

Firstly, India tourist visa update. To travel to India you need a 30 day e-visa. If you’re from the UK, you apply online, make a visa appointment at the Indian embassy in London or Birmingham, and they post it back to you. It costs around £30.

Secondly, UK to India travel restrictions. The latest travel rules for India are a negative PCR test before travelling, and you don’t need to quarantine upon arrival (yay!). All travellers will self-monitor their health for the first 14 days of arrival. And vaccinated and unvaccinated are welcome.

Now, story time…

Thanks for sharing your travel story!

No problem! I was a bit confused by the whole travel thing before I did it, so happy to help! It’s actually so much easier than you think and I’m really glad I did it. It’s so good to be here.

It’s nice to have you! So, you travelled to India from the UK this month, how was it?

It was so normal. The government just changed rules for international arrivals, so I didn’t have to quarantine I just have to self-monitor for 14 days and fill out my passenger declaration form which says where I’m going to be staying. And I did a PCR test before I travelled.

And what about your Indian visa appointment?

My e-visa [India from UK] was super easy, it used to be completely online but for now you have to collect it in person. I filled in a form online, which took 2 minutes, and went to the embassy in London for my appointment. And then you go in there to say Hi, with your passport, and then they post it back to you. It cost me like £30 in total.

What was your airport experience like?

Airport experience was so normal. Just had to wear a mask on the plane which is no big deal. Everywhere still has sanitation stations if you’re worried about hygiene. At the airport I saw some passengers getting thermal screening (where they point a thermometer at your head) but I didn’t get that.

And what about when you landed in Goa?

So my airline had a contact tracking app “Air Suvidha” which I downloaded, and then I went through customs like normal with my visa, my declaration form, and my vaccine certificate (or negative PCR test if you’re unvaccinated). I grabbed my bags and headed for my pre-booked taxi. When I got out of Goa airport there was a man (Sanjay!) waiting with my name and then that was that. I arrived at Palm Trees 90 minutes later!