Yoga studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in
Yoga Studies

Naropa’s Bachelor of Arts in Yoga Studies is more than a yoga teacher training and yoga certification program. Here, you’ll embrace yogic practice as a way of life. Be transformed on and off the mat at the nation’s first yoga university.

The first yoga class at Naropa University was taught in 1974 by spiritual leader Ram Dass. The yoga school tradition at Naropa is rich with experience. We consider it a sacred honor to convey the ancient teachings of yoga to future yoga instructors. 

Becoming a yoga instructor is often life changing. For students in Naropa’s yoga studies degree program, this is particularly true. You’ll spend four years delving into yoga's history, literature, and philosophy. The methodologies of Hatha Yoga will come to life as you practice asanas, pranayama, and meditation. This is a yoga teacher training like no other.


Quick Facts

  • 36 Credit Hours
  • 1,000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate
  • 3 Credits in Sanskrit, the Language of Yoga


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in Yoga Studies

For students interested in the deep study of yoga, learning how to become a yoga instructor is only one piece of the big picture. Naropa's yoga certification and degree program is dedicated to preserving the vast teachings of yoga, from its history and philosophy to its practice and methodologies. 

The yoga studies curriculum covers the foundations of yogic practice, the history and theory of yoga, the science of human anatomy, Sanskrit language and literature, and more. Throughout your studies, you'll engage in transformative yoga practice and an intensive yoga teacher training that results in your yoga instruction certification. 

Courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Yoga Studies include:

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Studying yoga at Naropa is the closest thing in the United States to attending a yoga university. The modern mindfulness movement started on our campus, and the study of yoga is integral to our mission of contemplative learning.

Seasoned Faculty

The award-winning faculty of Naropa’s bachelor’s degree in yoga studies are distinguished scholars, historians, authors, world-travelers, and deeply committed practitioners of yoga. With specialties in Indian philosophy, world music, Buddhist studies, and more, our faculty can offer mentorship in a diverse array of yoga-related disciplines. 

Your yoga degree and yoga certification will be supported by faculty who have decades of experience in helping students of yoga to thrive. They will guide you in academic study, contemplative practice, and mindful movement, infusing each lesson with the ancient wisdom of yoga.

Yoga Teaching Training

Graduates of Naropa's yoga studies program will have both a bachelor's degree and a 1,000-hour yoga teacher training certification. This certification meets and exceeds the Yoga Alliance certification standard of 500 hours. 

In a community of like-minded peers, you'll learn how to become a yoga instructor, studying the marriage of breath, movement, and consciousness in the yoga tradition. You'll explore the chakra system, learn advanced breathing techniques (pranayama), practice meditation, and study anatomy and alignment in the human body. 

You'll graduate with plentiful experience as a yoga instructor, imbued with the knowledge and confidence to lead others in transformative, spiritually centered practice.

Careers for Yoga Studies Majors

Becoming a yoga instructor is a noble path, and many of Naropa's yoga studies graduates become full-time yoga teachers. Others go on to open yoga studios, practice therapeutic yoga, lead yoga teacher trainings, engage in international social justice work, found businesses based on health and wellness, and earn advanced degrees in religious studies, psychology, the arts, and other disciplines. 

The skills you develop in Naropa's Bachelor of Arts in Yoga Studies are globally relevant and highly transferable. Our graduates know themselves and are motivated to discover the career path unique to their spiritual journeys.


“My experience in the yoga teacher training program at Naropa University has been the journey of a lifetime. The wisdom passed down to the students manifests on and off the yoga mat, in all aspects of life. It was such a gift to experience this yoga program.”
Lauren Barrett, BA in Yoga Studies, 2016


What to Expect

Foundation in Philosophy of Yoga

Understand the history and philosophy behind yogic practice and tradition.

Disciplined Yogic Form

Become a yoga teacher with the ability to demonstrate correct yogic form.

Strong Teaching Skills

Learn the language and techniques necessary for successful yoga instruction.


Transform from the inside out through meditation and self-inquiry.

Careers in Yoga

Discover a rewarding career as a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, or counselor.