Traditional Eastern Arts BA
T'ai chi at Chautauqua Park

Bachelors Degree
in Traditional Eastern Arts

Align your major with your practice.


Yoga / Aikido / Taijiquan

At Naropa University, our bachelor’s degree program in Traditional Eastern Arts allows you to do just that by choosing concentrations in Yoga, Aikido, or Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan).

Delve into the practice, history, and philosophy of your discipline. Study human anatomy. Acquire the strength and discipline necessary to see you through a lifetime of growth and adventure. 

Many of our Traditional Eastern Arts graduates make their practice their professions, working as teachers all over the world. Others pursue graduate study in related fields, becoming massage therapists, psychologists, elder care specialists, software engineers, acupuncturists, and even chefs.

Your Training


Complete 1,000 hours in yoga teacher training, qualifying you for teacher certification (RYT 500) by the Yoga Alliance.

Aikido students

Train at the world-class Boulder Aikikai Dojo and test for rank when ready.

Taijiquan practitioners

Learn the graceful movements of Form and Sword, apply the principles interactively in Push Hands, pursue teaching authorization through a Teaching Apprenticeship.



Featured Traditional Eastern Arts Courses

  • Experiential Anatomy: A Somatic Approach
  • Religion and Mystical Experience
  • Somatic Intelligence: The Neuroscience of Our Mind Body Connection


Credits Required


You will complete your Traditional Eastern Arts major as part of your 120-credit hour bachelor’s degree program at Naropa.

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Vajra Romano

Student Highlight

“Naropa's Yoga program is rooted in traditional wisdom while also making it applicable in a modern Western context. In my final year, I set my sights on becoming a teacher. Now I teach Yoga as a full-time job. Every day I draw on the inspiration I gathered from the teachers in the Yoga program who fueled my fire for a lifelong exploration.”

Vajra (Eric) Romano
Traditional Eastern Arts

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Nataraja Kallio

Faculty Highlight

“Our faculty are rooted in traditional lineages and are exceptionally gifted in advancing both an appreciation of the history and philosophy of these traditions as well as adeptly transmitting the fundamentals and essence of practice.” 

— Nataraja Kallio
Assistant Professor, Traditional Eastern Arts 

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