There's a big difference. Depending on what you want to gain out of the trip you may want to take a closer look at these differences.
A yoga teacher training SHOULD be a YTT-200 or AYTT-300. This means it's going to be 200 or and advanced training of 300 hours. That's a lot of yoga, classroom work, lecture, study and yes, testing. These trainings teach you about yoga and how to teach yoga. Please make sure your school has been accredited with the Yoga Alliance. It may not be important to you now, but in the future it just might be.
A YTT has mandatory hours you must attend.
A yoga retreat does not.
YTT's and retreats have many things in common. Most yoga retreats offer lots of yoga and other fun adventures which are all voluntary for your attendance. Some may include food, accommodations, massages, what have you.
Many YTT's do not include these extras and you may need to find your own food and accomodations. YTT's are educational.
Yoga retreats may be about learning, but a large elelment of fun and adventure is usuallly included.
They are both costly. Most retreats are 4-7 days long. A YTT can be done in no less than 14 days. Many are a month or more. They both will expand your yoga knowledge and ability. A YTT much moreso than a retreat. Both may create life long friendships and have a profound impact on your way of life.
At Yoga Maya we usually have a three week YTT-200. This is a lovely mix of lots of yoga work and some free time for adventures and massages!
As always investigate your leaders and teachers. Creep hard! Ask questions like where and when they took their YTT (in what lineage) and where they teach. Do they do charity work? Yoga is about giving back, it's nice to know that your teachers are willing to donate their time to teach the less forturnate, incarcerated or the ill. I personally am not interested in taking class from a yoga teacher that does not give back. If they are "all about the $" this may show up on your retreat or YTT and leave you feeling short changed. Ain't nobody got time for that.
Any questions? Feel free to call or write us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Debbie Krejci E-RYT
become a yoga teacher