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Traditional Eastern Arts Certificate – Yoga Teacher Training

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Transform your heart, body, and soul—and in turn help others—through the study of yoga.

Yoga Teacher Training

Naropa University’s Traditional Eastern Arts Certificate – Yoga Teacher Training will immerse you in the history, philosophy, and theory of yoga, as well as give you comprehensive training in its practice and teaching.

As a graduate of the Yoga Teacher Training program, you will receive a 1,000-hour certificate that exceeds the 500-hour requirement of the Yoga Alliance, the largest association representing the yoga community. This program qualifies you to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) with the Yoga Alliance.

Naropa offers the only accredited undergraduate Yoga Studies degree program in the United States.

Admission Requirements

Yoga Teacher Training Certificate Program is open to students who have completed 60 semester hours of undergraduate work at Naropa or at another accredited college or university.

Your Program 

The Traditional Eastern Arts: Yoga Teacher Training Certificate Program is a two-year, 30-credit program designed to give you a comprehensive background in the intellectual and experiential yogic traditions as well as proficiency in teaching yoga. You will also acquire a foundation of sitting meditation, human anatomy, and the option to study Indian devotional singing, contemplative Hinduism, or Hindu Yoga-Tantra.

Faculty Spotlight

Nataraja Kallio directs the Yoga Studies degree program at Naropa. He is a long-standing student of various hatha yoga lineages and blends his expertise in yoga philosophy and practice with an emphasis on yoga’s relevance to modern life.

Recent Graduates

Syama Masla, 2011, teaches yoga and Ayurveda in New York City and traveling retreats around the world

Ashira Greenbaum, 2009, is the co-founder of the ethical marketplace Jewel and Lotus and the fair trade fashion line Salila Rising: Threads for Freedom, which is providing opportunities for Indian women survivors of human trafficking and other abuses.

Lev Pasikov, 2009, is one of the co-owners of Smoothie Operator, an organic/local smoothie truck in Kalamazoo, Michigan

“The Yoga Teacher Training was very much in alignment with my path. My first class with Nataraja was memorable for me. His skillful transmission of ancient teachings into modern-day application offers invaluable tools for the path of attaining one's highest potential. I also have a heartfelt appreciation for the community that formed through this program.” — Emily Seymour, 2006, owns Mind Body Mandala through which she provides private/small-group yoga classes in Montrose, Colorado

Program Cost

Estimated Program Cost (Based on 2017/18 ratesthese rates are subject to change)

Direct Costs

Tuition: $29,850

Fees: $1,270

Indirect Costs

Room and Board (off campus): $23,760

Transportation: $3,332

Books and Supplies: $1,256

Personal/Miscellaneous Expenses: $7,580

Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment.

Your Classes

  •  Shambhala Meditation Practicum (3)
  • Yoga I: Foundations (3)
  • Yoga II: The Psychology of Yoga (3)
  • Yoga III: Integral Practice (3)
  • Yoga IV: Teacher Training (3)
  • Yoga V: Yoga Teacher Training (3)
  • Yoga History, Theory, and Philosophy (3)
  • Yoga Meditation Practicum (3)
  • Anatomy (3)

Choose one of the following elective courses:

  • Indian Devotional and Raga Singing (3)
  • Contemplative Hinduism (3)
  • Hindu Yoga-Tantra (3)

Learn more about the Certificate Program in Yoga Teacher Training

Upon completion, students earn both a Bachelor's Degree and a 1000 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.

Yoga Teacher Training Concentration Requirements

In addition to the Yoga Teacher Training concentration, 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 teaching yoga (18 credits), a foundation of sitting meditation (6 credits) and anatomy (3 credits), and one elective (3 credits).