Continuing Education / CIPL

Yoga Studies Certificate and Yoga Teacher Certification


Center for Innovative & Professional Learning (CIPL)

 

S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200

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Yoga Studies Certificate

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Want to deepen your yoga practice? The 100-hour Yoga Studies Certificate program is for adult learners and highly motivated college students who wish to explore the theory and practice of yoga in an enriched academic context. The program is also for those who are already regular practitioners of yoga asana who would like to explore the deeper, more contemplative, ethical, and philosophical dimensions of yoga. With a unique emphasis on the integration of intellectual knowledge with experiential embodied awareness, the program allows students the opportunity to study classic yoga ethics, asanas (movement meditation), pranayama (breath meditation), and the philosophical psychology of classical Indian yoga. Program requirements include a combination of a college course, yoga practice and weekend experiential workshops. To qualify to teach yoga, students must complete the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification.

Yoga Studies Attendance Documentation (PDF)

Yoga Teacher Certification

Interested in teaching yoga? The Ramapo College Yoga Teacher Certification is for adult learners and highly motivated college students who are called to share their knowledge with others as teachers of yoga (or just deepen their own personal practice). The 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification requirements include programs/practice in advanced asana sequencing, yoga philosophy and contemplation, yoga pedagogy, Sanskrit terminology, classic yoga literature, yoga-oriented anatomy and physiology, and a capstone experience involving a supervised research project.

Yoga Teacher Attendance Documentation (PDF)

Who Will Benefit from the Yoga Studies / Yoga Teacher Training Certification Programs?

Adult learners and students in most college majors may benefit from the addition of yoga studies. Both programs provide a foundation in yoga theory and personal practice, which would support various careers in the health sciences and human services:

  • College students. Students majoring in any subject who seek to broaden their learning experiences and their career prospects may wish to develop a working knowledge of fundamental yoga concepts. Examples of such students might include a teacher education student interested in ‘whole child’ approaches to learning; a nursing student interested in alternative holistic health; a psychology or social work major with an interest in clinical careers as counselors or therapists; Pre-med students pursuing careers in behavioral medicine, naturopathic or functional medicine; all students interested in maintaining their own mental and physical health and furthering their self development.
  • Adult Learners. Community members who wish to expand their job market skills, who also wish to enhance their own overall health and well being, may wish to develop a working knowledge of fundamental yoga concepts. These adult learners might include: a working individual seeking a career change or to expand their current career; a health professional who desires to further develop their patient care skills; a trainer or athletic coach who wishes to incorporate the yogic approach to physical training; a teacher who seeks to gain expertise in a new subject area.

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100-Hour Yoga Studies Certificate

Yoga Studies – Apply Online  Yoga Studies Attendance (PDF)

To earn a certificate, a student is required to complete the 4-credit Psychology of Yoga course, and complete 45 hours of yoga asana practice courses offered on a regular basis throughout the week. These courses provide a broad foundation for yoga theory and practice. In addition, students must attend at least three non-credit workshops that include topics such as: practices and principles of yoga, more in-depth exploration of pranayama/breathing, asana postures sequencing, meditation, introduction to the Sanskrit language and Devanagari script, and a variety of in-depth explorations of therapeutic and healing applications of yoga.

The required academic course is offered during the fall, spring and summer sessions. To meet the needs of working students, at least one section of the course is offered in an evening or weekend timeslot. Workshops are offered on weekends and are also open to non-certificate program students and community members.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit most recent academic transcript. Must have good academic standing at the educational institution currently attending or previously attended
  • Application fee $100

 Certificate Requirements

Satisfactory completion (grade of “C” or better) of all of the following courses and activities:

  1. Psychology of Yoga (PSYC 220*)
  2. Yoga Technique: 45 documented hours of yoga asana offered through the Center and Yoga Club classes during the week or at approved studios
  3. Participation in at least three Yoga Workshops
  4. Capstone Seminar

*PSYC 220 Course Description: This course will critically review the philosophical psychology of classical Indian yoga. These theories and practices will be discussed in relation to traditional South Indian cultural context of Hindu and Buddhist thought and various schools of Indian philosophy and traditional medicine. This approach will be integrally applied to contemporary clinical theory and practice in psychology.

Note that students must complete all certificate requirements at RCNJ; transfer credits cannot be used to satisfy these requirements. In addition, all certificate requirements must be completed within five years of acceptance to the program.

Upon completion of these requirements, students receive a Certificate in Yoga Studies from the School of Social Sciences and Human Services at Ramapo College of New Jersey. RCNJ will verify completion of the program to potential employers or other parties when requested by the student.

Tuition and Fees

Regular tuition and tuition related fees apply to the academic course. In addition, all relevant non-tuition related charges (e.g., parking fees, dishonored check fees, etc.) apply. Certificate program students also pay a one-time application fee of $100. Tuition Information

The College reserves the right to change costs, dates and procedures at its discretion.

Center for Innovative and Professional Learning (A-216)
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: (201) 684-7370
Fax: (201) 684-7277
E-mail: cipl@ramapo.edu

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification Program

To earn a certificate, a student is required to complete the Contemplative Studies course, the 20 hour Anatomy and Physiology course, and 100 hours of Yoga Technique courses offered on a regular basis throughout the week. These courses provide a basic, but broad foundation to yoga and a strong base for yoga practice. In addition, students must attend at least three non-credit workshops that include topics such as anatomy and physiology, more in-depth exploration of various branches of yoga, a variety of in-depth explorations of health and healing applications of yoga, developmental issues in pedagogy (children, elderly, disabled), contemplative education, ethics and business of yoga education, and more.

While Yoga Teacher Certification program students may take some of the required academic courses during the fall and spring semesters, the majority of the course requirements are offered as: 1) intensive weekend programs and 2) as a summer intensive.

Study Abroad Opportunity

Yoga students are invited to participate in Ramapo’s India Semester Abroad program at the Fireflies Ashram near Bangalore in South India. This Study Abroad experience may be incorporated into the Yoga Teacher Training.

http://www.ramapo.edu/study-abroad/

Entrance Requirements

  • Prerequisite: 100 hours or one year of previous yoga study. (Ramapo College 100-hour Yoga Studies Certificate or 100 hours of previous yoga practice in studios or classes)
  • Submit a 200 word essay: Describe previous yoga experience and reasons for wanting to teach
  • Submit most recent academic transcript. Must have good academic standing at the educational institution currently attending or previously attended
  • Application fee $150

Program Outline:

  • Principles of Asana and Alignment
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Pranayama and Kriyas
  • Philosophy: Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Tree of Samkhya
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Other traditions of Contemplation
  • Neuropsychology of Yoga
  • Using Yoga in schools
  • Introduction to Sanskrit
  • Chanting, Meditation & Mudra
  • Dharma Talks
  • Teaching students with physical challenges
  • How to Structure a Class
  • Building on a Theme
  • The Business of Yoga
  • Presenting Yourself as a Teacher

Curriculum Content:

  • Techniques: 100 Hours
  • Yoga Philosophy, Ethics & Lifestyle: 30 Hours
  • Teaching Methodology: 25 Hours
  • Anatomy & Physiology: 20 Hours
  • Additional Requirements: 25 Hours

Teacher Certification Requirements: Approved by Yoga Alliance

S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200Satisfactory completion of the following:

  1. Yoga Technique: 100 hours
    (Yoga technique classes may be attended by non-certificate students)
  2. Contemplative Studies Course: EDUC 205* (grade of “C” or better required) – 45 hours
  3. Yoga Philosophy, Ethics & Lifestyle: 30 hours
  4. Yoga-Teaching Methodology – 25 hours
  5. Anatomy and Physiology (focused on yoga) – 20 hours
  6. Three Yoga Workshops
  7. Capstone Seminar

Also Required

  • EDUC 205*: Contemplative Practices in Education: Every Monday,  6:00-9:15 Fall Semester September-December.
    Students may take the required academic course, EDUC 205, in Fall or Spring semester
  • 3 Ramapo Workshops: Dates TBA
  • 25 Asana Classes: May be taken with the on-campus Yoga Club (free) or with faculty below listed below at their home studios ($).
  • Students are required to participate in the full six weekend yoga teacher schedule and successfully complete homework, readings, classes, testing, and all contact hour requirements.

*EDUC 205 Course Description: The study of the history and philosophy of various contemplative traditions. Class time is divided between theory and practice; includes 1 ½ hour yoga asana component in every class.

Note that students must complete all certificate requirements at RCNJ; transfer credits cannot be used to satisfy these requirements. In addition, all Yoga Teacher Certification requirements must be completed within one and a half years of acceptance to the program.

Upon completion of all requirements, students receive 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification by Ramapo College, a Yoga Alliance registered school. RCNJ will verify completion of the program to potential employers or other parties when requested by the student.

Tuition & Fees

  • Application fee $150
  • Tuition for in-state students: $3865 (~$1712.20 for EDUC 205 + ~$2152 for 6 mandatory weekend programs) plus 3 Yoga Workshops. Text books not included. Tuition Information
  • All relevant non-tuition related charges (e.g., parking fees, dishonored check fees, etc.) apply

The College reserves the right to change costs, dates and procedures at its discretion.

Contacts

For Coursework Content Information, contact:
Prof. Carol Bowman, cbowman@ramapo.edu

For Application/Registration and Payment Information, contact:

CONTACT US


Center for Innovative and Professional Learning (A-216)
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: (201) 684-7370
Fax: (201) 684-7277
E-mail: cipl@ramapo.edu



Description

Yoga is an ancient and long established system for meditation, scholarship, psycho-spiritual development and holistic health. The Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification Program is structured to offer serious students of yoga an opportunity to advance their personal practice and become instructors in yoga from within an integrated philosophical and psychological paradigm. To this end, this teacher-training program emphasizes the scholarly and experiential contemplative core of yoga while remaining as faithful as possible to the Indian cultural roots of these yoga practices. Terminology in Sanskrit, the scholarly language of classical yoga, is emphasized to promote clarity in the cross-cultural transmission of yogic concepts and practices to modern sensibilities. And finally, in a manner appropriate to the self-reflective character of yogic thought, courses involve serious descriptive journal work. The philosophy and practice of Yoga is instructed as a Liberal Art and Science that will not only prepare students to teach yoga with a competent and informed expertise, but also to live their personal lives as fully and consciously as possible.

CONTACTS

For Coursework Content Information, contact:
Prof. Carol Bowman, cbowman@ramapo.edu

For Application/Registration and Payment Information, contact:

CONTACT US


Center for Innovative and Professional Learning (A-216)
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: (201) 684-7370
Fax: (201) 684-7277
E-mail: cipl@ramapo.edu