Yoga studies

Bachelors Degree in Yoga Studies

"The technique of a world-changing yoga has to be as uniform, sinuous, patient, all-including as the world itself. If it does not deal with all the difficulties or possibilities and carefully deal with each necessary element, does it have any chance of success?"
~Sri Aurobindo

yoga studies at naropa universityNaropa University's Yoga Studies program is dedicated to the education, preservation and application of the vast teachings of Yoga. The program offers a comprehensive study of Yoga's history, theory and philosophy, as well as providing an in depth immersion and training in its practice and methodologies. Balancing cognitive understanding with experiential learning, students study these ancient teachings for transformation while gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to safely and effectively teach Yoga.

The curriculum systematically covers the rich and diverse history, literature and philosophies of the Yoga tradition, while immersing students in the methodologies of Hatha Yoga, including asana, pranayama and meditation. In addition, students study Sanskrit, Ayurveda, anatomy, Yoga therapy, Yoga psychology, Hinduism, Tantra, and Buddhism, all while engaging in an intensive Teacher Training curriculum.

Yoga Teacher Training Requirements

Upon completion, students earn both a bachelor's degree and a 1,000 hour certificate in Yoga Teacher Training which meets and exceeds the 500-hour requirement of Yoga Alliance. All graduates are eligible to become Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance.

Learn more about the Certificate Program in Yoga Teacher Training

In addition to the Yoga Teacher Training, Naropa University offers a certificate program in Yoga Teacher Training for non-degree-seeking students. The two-year, 30-credit program is designed to give the student proficiency in yoga practice (9 credits), teaching yoga (6 credits), a foundation in sitting meditation (3 credits), yoga history & philosophy (6 credits), anatomy (3 credits), and Sanskrit (3 credits).


Featured Yoga Studies Courses

  • Meditation in Yogic and Tantric Traditions
  • Yoga History and Philosophy
  • Yoga Teacher Training


Program Learning Outcomes

  • History and Philosophy of Yoga - Students demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the history and philosophies that underpin the yoga tradition.
  • Form - Students demonstrate the correct form for the discipline of yoga practice.
  • Teaching Skills - Students demonstrate effective teaching skills of yoga.


Credits Required


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

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Vajra Romano

Alumni Voices

“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 gifted in advancing both an understanding of the rich history and philosophy of these traditions, as well as adeptly transmitting the fundamentals and essence of practice.” 

— Nataraja Kallio
Associate Professor, Yoga Studies

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