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200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certificate

certificates-yogaInterested in teaching yoga? The Ramapo College Yoga Teacher Certificate program 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 Certificate 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.

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Ramapo College is a Registered Yoga School Approved by the Yoga Alliance!

Attend an Information Session to learn about the yoga teacher certificate programs and additional yoga programs:

  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 1:00 pm-1:45 pm in ASB-420
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm in ASB-420

Who Will Benefit from Yoga Teacher Training Certification?

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.
  • Why Taking a Yoga Teacher Training May Be One of the Best Things You Do in College

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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certificate
The Ramapo College Yoga Teacher Certificate Program is Yoga Alliance Certified, and based on classical yoga as described in the ancient texts, centered upon Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Our program honors and teaches the philosophy and the meditative aspects of yoga, as well as asana (poses) and pranayama (breath). To earn a Yoga Teacher Certificate, a student is required to complete:
  1. EDUC 205: Contemplative Practices in Education, offered both spring and fall semesters, where many of the ancient texts are studied along with an introduction to Sanskrit and the various application in yoga across populations and the lifespan.
    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 1/2 hour yoga asana component in every class.
  2. Six intensive weekend sessions offered only in the fall semester, addressing yoga anatomy and physiology, an extensive foundation in yoga pedagogy,  yoga technique, and ethics and lifestyle.
  3. 20 hours of additional Yoga technique classes, offered on a regular basis throughout the week through the Ramapo Yoga Club.
  4. Three additional weekend yoga workshops that that include topics such as more in-depth exploration of various branches of yoga, children’s yoga, and exploration of the classical understanding of the subtle body.
This program can be completed in 5 months of intensive study, or may be taken more leisurely over a full year. Our teachers offer experiences in a variety of Hatha Yoga traditions, including Iyengar, Krishnamacharya, and others. The program provides a strong foundation for teaching Hatha yoga and students leave with the tools to be successful yoga teachers in a variety of settings.

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.

Entrance Requirements

  • Prerequisite: 100 hours or one year of previous yoga study (Ramapo College’s Foundations of Yoga 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 $50

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

Note that students must complete all certificate requirements at RCNJ; transfer credits cannot be used to satisfy these requirements. In addition, all Yoga Teacher Certificate 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 Certificate 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 $50
  • Tuition for in-state students: $3885 (~$1797 for EDUC 205 + ~$2088 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

Employee Pricing

Ramapo College permanent employees, regardless of full- or part-time status, are eligible for the employee rate on this program. Please call  201.684.7370 for more information.

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


For Coursework Content Information, contact:
Prof. Carol Bowman,

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Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: (201) 684-7370
Fax: (201) 684-7277

Mindful Yoga Philosophy:

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I earn a certificate while I’m employed full time?
Yes! Our classes are conveniently scheduled for you on 6 weekends plus one evening a week.

Q: How long will it take to earn my Yoga Teacher Certificate?
The Yoga Teacher Certificate can be earned in 4 months if the required EDUC205 class is taken during the fall semester. Yoga classes are also available daily and on Saturdays, providing the hours of yoga practice necessary to complete the training. EDUC205 can also be taken during the spring semester if that is better for your schedule, and in that case it will take a year from start to finish, since the weekend seminars are scheduled only September-January each year.

Q: Which professions will my Yoga Teacher Certificate be appropriate for?
Graduates of the program have gone on to various professions in the area of contemplative practice. Some teach in yoga studios, and others incorporate their expertise to enrich their personal practice. Psychologists have integrated yoga into their work with clients, teachers have used yoga and meditative practices in the classroom, businesspersons have introduced yoga and mindfulness in their work environments, and health professionals use yoga in healing their patients.

Q: Are there opportunities to student teach during the yoga teacher certificate program?
Program participants and graduates are encouraged to continue to develop their teaching skills by teaching classes for the Ramapo Yoga Club and  “stress buster” yoga classes for students during finals week. In this way, you can gain the practical experience necessary for entering the yoga teaching profession.


For Coursework Content Information, contact:
Prof. Carol Bowman,

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