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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:
The Naropa Difference
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.
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.