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.
- 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 $150
- Principles of Asana and Alignment
- Teaching Methodology
- Pranayama and Kriyas
- Philosophy: Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Tree of Samkhya
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Other traditions of Contemplation
- Neuropsychology of Yoga
- Using Yoga in schools
- Introduction to Sanskrit
- Chanting, Meditation & Mudra
- Dharma Talks
- Teaching students with physical challenges
- How to Structure a Class
- Building on a Theme
- The Business of Yoga
- Presenting Yourself as a Teacher
- Techniques: 100 Hours
- Yoga Philosophy, Ethics & Lifestyle: 30 Hours
- Teaching Methodology: 25 Hours
- Anatomy & Physiology: 20 Hours
- Additional Requirements: 25 Hours
Teacher Certification Requirements: Approved by Yoga Alliance
Satisfactory completion of the following:
- Yoga Technique: 100 hours
(Yoga technique classes may be attended by non-certificate students)
- EDUC 205 - CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES IN EDUCATION (grade of “C” or better required) – 45 hours
- Yoga Philosophy, Ethics & Lifestyle: 30 hours
- Yoga-Teaching Methodology – 25 hours
- Anatomy and Physiology (focused on yoga) – 20 hours
- Three Yoga Workshops
- Capstone Seminar
- 25 Asana Classes: May be taken with the on-campus Yoga Club (free) or with faculty below listed below at their home studios ($).
- 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
Ramapo College permanent employees, regardless of full- or part-time status, are eligible for the employee rate on this program. Please call the CIPL office at 201.684.7370 for more information.
The College reserves the right to change costs, dates and procedures at its discretion.
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