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Thu 27

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

June 27 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Fri 28
Sat 29

Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification Programs
at the Krame Center

See below for:

Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification – 200 Hour
Ramapo Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification – 95 Hour
Yoga Continuing Education YACEP® Workshops
Yoga Workshops

Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification Programs

Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification – 200 Hour


Free Information sessions
Monday, June 3 at 7-8pm Click here to register. 
Thursday, July 18 at 7-8pm  Click here to register.
Wednesday, August 28 at 7-8pm Click here to register.
Thursday, September 5 at 7-8pm Click here to register.
Anisfield School of Business Room 420, Ramapo College of NJ

*If you are interested in learning more about the program but are unable to make any of the Free Information Sessions listed above, please contact so that we may put you in touch with the instructor.

Community members and Ramapo students who wish to expand their job market skills, who also wish to enhance their overall health and well being, may wish to pursue the 200-hour yoga teacher certification to develop a working knowledge of fundamental yoga concepts, practice and teaching methods.

Ramapo is a Yoga Alliance certified school and this certification meets Yoga Alliance specifications. Yoga Alliance is the major certifying body for yoga teachers in the U.S.


Interested 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.


Yoga Students

The Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certificatation 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 Course Audit: Philosophy and Practice of Contemplative Education is offered both fall and spring 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. Non-Ramapo Students of the Ramapo Yoga Teeacher Certification Program must become a Friend of Ramapo Plus member in order to Audit the course. Please see Application and Registration information for more details.
    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. 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.
  4. 20 hours of additional Yoga technique classes, offered on a regular basis throughout the week through the Ramapo Yoga Club.
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.

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Who Will Benefit?

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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

2019-2020 Schedule
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 an unofficial copy of most recent college transcript, if available.  A college degree and/or transcripts are not requirements to apply for and be accepted into the 200 Hour Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification Program but, please note, this is a very demanding academic program.  Therefore, students should be equipped and prepared to handle the challenging course load.  Unofficial college transcripts will help support your application.  
Program Timeline, Outline and Curriculum

Program Timeline*:

The Six Intensive Weekend Course and Three Yoga Worskhops will need to be completed between September 2019 – July 2020.

EDUC205: Philosophy and Practice of Contemplative Education: May be taken by current Ramapo Students as part of course load or audited by non-ramapo students (by signing-up for Friends of Ramapo Plus) in Fall 2019, Spring 2020 or Fall 2020.

All requirements must be completed between September 2019 – Fall 2020.

Applicants registering in the Spring can begin the yoga certification program process by taking yoga workshops offered in Spring 2020 and taking or auditing the EDUC205 course.  This can then be applied towards the September 2020-July 2021 Yoga Teacher Certification Program.

*Please refer to Application and Registration & Course Schedule Tabs for more detailed information.

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 a 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 and Fees

The 200 Hour Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification Program Consists of 2 Parts:

  1. Six Intensive Weekends and Three Yoga Workshops
  2. EDCU205: Philosophy and Practice of Contemplative Education

1) Six Intensive Weekend Course (Sept. 20, 2019 – Janary 19, 2020) &
Three Spring Yoga Workshops (Dates TBD)

Current Ramapo Student Tuition: $2,580

Non-Ramapo Student Tuition: $2,685

2) EDUC205: Philosophy and Practice of Contemplative Education 

Current Ramapo Student Cost: Free – can take as part of course load

Non-Ramapo Student Cost: $650
A) Required to Sign-up for Friends of Ramapo Plus to Audit the Course (see Application and Registration tab on how to sign-up)
Friends of Ramapo Plus Membership Fee: $150

B) Krame Center Cost: $500
Please note, this course is required for certification in the 200 Hour Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification Program at the Krame Center.  In order to apply the audit of this course towards the certification program, you will be required to pay an additional $500 program cost to the Krame Center.  Please contact the Krame Center at if you would like to apply the audit of your course to the 200 Hour Certification Program so that we can make note and send you a payment link.


Current Ramapo Student: $2,580

Non-Ramapo Student: $3,335

Application and Registration

Step 1:  Submit Application

To apply to the 200 Hour Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification program, please click button below.

Apply Here

Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2019

Step 2: Registration for Yoga Certification Program (includes six intensive weekend courses and three yoga workshops)

Once application as been reviewed and you have been accepted, the Krame Center will send you a link to both register and pay for the course.

Due to high demand and limited space, only registrations that are paid are considered complete. You must pay in order to be registered. If you have any difficulties with the payment link, please contact

NOTE: Please park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot. A parking pass and walking directions will be emailed to you in the confirming email after program registration.

Step 3: Completing EDUC205 – Philosophy and Practice of Contemplative Education

Current Ramapo Students: Are able to take this course through Ramapo College as part of their course workload.

Non-Ramapo Students:  Participants will need to sign-up for Friends of Ramapo Plus in order to be able to Audit the course.  Signing-up for Friends of Ramapo Plus:

  1. The $150 Payment for Friends of Ramapo PLUS membership should be made in advance of the registration for the course online.  For more details about the program, to complete application and to pay online, please visit the Friends of Ramapo website sure to include a note indicating you are a KRAME CENTER REFERRAL on your application.Please make sure to apply for and pay for Friends of Ramapo Plus by the following deadlines:
    Fall 2019 – August 15th, 2019
    Spring 2010 – January 10th, 2020
    Fall 2020 – August 15th, 2020
  2. Once you are signed-up and approved for Friends of Ramapo Plus, please reach out to us at so that we can provide you with the paperwork to register for EDUC205.

NOTE: EDUC205 will need to be completed in Fall 2019, Spring 2020 or Fall 2020 as part of the 2019-2020 Ramapo Yoga Certification Program – 200 Hour

Step 4:  Complete Three Yoga Program Workshops

Upon registration, you will automatically be signed-up for 3 Yoga Workshops.  Please make sure to mark them on your calendar, as they are required.

Instructor Biographies
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 5 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.  You must complete all the requirements within 1.5 years to earn your Yoga Teacher Certificate.

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.

Ramapo Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification – 95 Hour Please check back for 2020 dates

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The new Children’s Yoga Teacher Certificate program is for classroom teachers and others wishing to learn the basic principles and tools needed to effectively teach children (Pre K-12) yoga.

Ramapo is a Yoga Alliance certified school and this certification meets Yoga Alliance specifications. Yoga Alliance is the major certifying body for yoga teachers in the U.S.

Additional Programs

Yoga Continuing Education YACEP® Workshops – Please check back 2019-2020 dates

The Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACEP®) designation was introduced in July 2016. The YACEP® designation is designed for experts in the yoga community who are approved to teach courses that qualify as Continuing Education hours.


The Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACEP®) designation was introduced in July 2016. The YACEP® designation is designed for experts in the yoga community who are approved to teach courses that qualify as Continuing Education hours.

Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) who take courses with a YACEP® can trust that their training counts toward meeting their Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Requirements.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is a registered Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider-YACEP®.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Available

Workshop Fees

Future workshop information to be announced at a later date.

Instructor Biographies

Annie Colonna, RYT 500, CPP, is an experienced yoga teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacharya, holding diplomas from Fran Ubertini’s school Yoga for Well-Being and from the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF) since 2004. She has been practicing yoga since the mid 1990’s. She began assisting in the Ramapo yoga teacher training program in 2014, and became a teacher in the program in 2016. She is also a Credentialed Prevention Professional with the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, which allows her to support those using yoga to further their recovery. Annie teaches weekly yoga classes in Warwick, NY.

Judy Wein is an E-RYT-500 and a YACEP®. She has been practicing yoga since the early 1980’s and completed her first 500-hour yoga teachers training program from Yoga Teachers Training Institute in 2002.  She went on to study with Fran Ubertini at Yoga for Well Being, receiving her second 500-hour training in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar in 2007. She has been involved in training of the 200-hour yoga teacher program at Ramapo College. She continues to teach classes in Queens and Nassau County.

What are the Requirements for RYTs?

Per the Yoga Alliance, every three years starting from your initial date of registration, all RYTs – including Experienced RYTs – must complete and log a minimum of:

  1. 45 hours teaching yoga, and
  2. 30 hours of yoga related training that is directly related to one of the Yoga Alliance’s Educational Categories, of which:

Teaching or training hours prior to registration do not count as Continuing Education.

If you earn more than the required hours in a three-year period, the extra hours may not roll over into the next three-year period (check with the Yoga Alliance).

To learn more about Yoga Alliance YACEP® Continuing Education requirements, visit:

What is a YACEP® Continuing Education Contact Hour?

Continuing Education Contact Hours are classroom hours in the physical presence of a qualified Continuing Education Provider. [link All hours must be directly related to one of the Yoga Alliance’s Educational Categories. One Contact Hour equals one hour of any of the following activities:

  • Workshops (single session or ongoing series)
  • Courses
  • Discussion or study groups
  • Yoga teacher training
How Do I Log Continuing Education Hours?

Registered Yoga Teachers log Continuing Education Contact Hours through their individual Yoga Alliance online accounts. After logging in at link, visit:

  • “My Training Hours” and select the green button to “Add Training Hours”
  • “My Teaching Hours” and select the green button to “Add Teaching Hours”

No fees may be collected at the door. Click on the Registration button, complete the form and make payment prior to attendance. Credit card payment is preferred. When paying with check, note there is a $25 returned check fee.

Refunds for withdrawals are issued only when notification is submitted in writing to the Ramapo College 3 days prior to a workshop minus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Ramapo College reserves the right to cancel any program or course due to limited enrollment, lack of facilities or unanticipated unavailability of faculty. Full fee will be fully refunded when a course or program is cancelled.

Ramapo College reserves the right to substitute faculty/instructors if necessary.

Registration Confirmation
All registrations are confirmed by an auto-reply email. If you register and do not receive an email confirmation, please contact email or call (201) 684-6855.

Disability Information
Ramapo College follows the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act for those students requesting accommodations. To request disability-related accommodations, please call (201) 684-6855 or email

Ramapo College of New Jersey reserves the right to change fees at its discretion.

Yoga Workshops

Ramapo offers a series of Yoga Workshops during the year covering a range of different types of classes and instructors. Community members and Ramapo faculty, staff and students are welcome! PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL WORKSHOPS.

2019 Workshops

Check back for upcoming workshops.

Frequently Asked Quesions

Q: Who can attend the Workshops?
Ramapo students, alumni and community members. All are welcome!

Q: What are the benefits of practicing Yoga?
Practicing yoga can improve your flexibility, can help build muscle strength and can help you relax and focus.

Q: What should I bring to Yoga Class?
You can bring a water bottle, a towel and a mat if you would like. Mats are available at the class for your use if you do not yet have one.

Q: What should I wear to Yoga Class?
Dress in clothing that is comfortable, stretchy and soft. Yoga focuses on flexibility, so clothing that will allow unrestricted movement is best. Avoid drawstrings, zippers, buttons and jewelry. Put your hair in a ponytail or bun if it is long.


For Course Content and YACEP® Workshop Content Information, Contact:
Prof. Carol Bowman,

For Application/Registration and Payment Information, Contact: