After taking the 200 hour yoga teacher training (approved by Yoga Alliance of course), a new yoga teacher should be honing their skills and working with a mentor who can help them through the inevitable changes in focus and teaching techniques. But there comes a point when the 200-hour yoga teacher may consider developing a deeper view of yoga. The next step after the 200-RYT is the Yoga Alliance 500-RYT training.
The best programs like The Yoga Connection in Goldsboro and Smithfield that offer more advanced trainings have two choices for your post 200-hour training. One is a separate 300-hour training (200 + 300 = 500) after a yogi has had some experience teaching after they have finished their 200-hour training. The yogi can come from any accredited school. The other option is to offer a 500-hour, soup to nuts type training where the yogi begins and ends at the same studio.
The advantage of offering a separate 300 hour training is the yogi gets the chance to train in a different studio with new teachers. They may use this opportunity to change their focus to something more specialized than in their previous 200-hour yoga training. They would have the challenge of needing to develop a new relationship with the trainers in the program though.
The pros of offering the complete 500-hour training together is the yogi can have a clear sense of the style and focus of their teaching from the start, and there is a great deal of continuity. A disadvantage would be little opportunity to step out of the perspective and ideals of that particular training and teachers.
The Yoga Connection offers the additional 300-hour training because our belief is that bringing new students into the school adds dimension and increases knowledge for all. Sharing of information is critical to increasing understanding of issues, conditions and perspectives. We also feel that it takes time for yogis to determine, after some experience, a more clear direction of their own perspective on teaching.