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Please check back for these programs in Fall 2023

Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification Program

Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification – 200 Hour


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.

Mandatory Free Yoga Teacher Certification Orientation TBA *

(Note: Attendance at a free information session  (currently online) is required prior to signing up for the Certification Program). Please register to attend the Mandatory Free Yoga Teacher Certification Orientation.

Location TBA

*If you are interested in learning more about the program but are unable to make any of the Mandatory Free Information Sessions, please contact .


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 semester.
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.
Who Will Benefit?

Yoga Class

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

Yoga Teacher Certification Schedule 2021-2022
Entrance Requirements
  • Prerequisite: 100 hours or one year of previous yoga study
  • Submit a 200 word essay: Describe previous yoga experience and reasons for wanting to t
  •  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.    
Program Timeline, Outline and Curriculum

Program Timeline*:

The Intensive Weekend Course must be completed in Fall semesters.

Three Yoga Workshops may be completed in the Fall semester.  Please refer to Yoga Workshops section for scheduled workshops.

EDUC 205: 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 either Fall or Spring semesters .

Applicants registering in the Spring can begin the yoga certification program process by taking yoga workshops offered in Spring and taking or auditing the EDUC 205 course.

*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.

Pay Tuition and Fees

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

  1. EDUC 205: Philosophy and Practice of Contemplative Education
  2. Six Intensive Weekends and Three Yoga Workshops

1) EDUC 205: Philosophy and Practice of Contemplative Education 

   Current Ramapo College Matriculated Student Cost: Included in regular tuition

    Total Non-Ramapo College Student Cost: ($150 Friends of Ramapo Fee)

           A) Required -Sign-up for Friends of Ramapo Plus to audit the course

              (see Application and Registration tab on how to sign-up for Friends of Ramapo Plus)

“Friends of Ramapo Plus” Membership Fee: $150

            Please note, that this fee is required to apply the audit of EDUC 205 towards the certification program.

Please contact if you have questions.

2) Intensive Weekend Course: Six Weekend Sessions (Sept.  2021 – Janary , 2022) AND
Three Yoga Workshops (Refer to Yoga Workshop Section for workshop listings to be posted as they are schedule


Please either upload your essay on application or send the essay describing your yoga experience and discussing your reasons for wanting to become a yoga teacher to


Current Ramapo College Matriculated Student: $2,580 | Non-Ramapo Student: $3,335 (+ 150 Friends of Ramapo fee



Students approved for Payment Plan Payments may click here


Cancellation Policy/Refund Policy:Cancellation prior to 30 days before the program will receive a refund of tuition less the $100 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations within 30 days of the program will receive half of the total of tuition. 

Application and Registration

Step 1:  Submit Application

Please send the essay describing your yoga experience and discussing your reasons for wanting to become a yoga teacher to Non-Ramapo students who’ll also send their most recent transcript.


Your application will be reviewed in a timely matter. Thank you so much for your application.

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

Once application as been reviewed the Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification Program will send you a letter of acceptance. We will also send you a link to pay the fees for the program once you are accepted.   

Due to high demand and limited space, only registrations that are paid are considered complete. However, that link is currently under construction – you will be notified when the link is live.  With any difficulties, please contact 

NOTE: We will be LIVE ONLINE for the coming fall semester. We are very excited to deliver the program virtually.

Step 3: Completing EDUC 205 – Philosophy and Practice of Contemplative Education

Current Ramapo College Matriculated Students: Are able to take this as a credit course through Ramapo College as part of their semester course load.

Non-Ramapo College 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 online in advance of the registration for the course.  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 Ramapo Yoga Studies REFERRAL on your application. Please make sure to apply for and pay for Friends of Ramapo Plus by the following deadlines:
    Fall 2021 – August 25, 2021
  2. Once you are signed-up and approved for Friends of Ramapo Plus, please click below for instructions and forms for your audit registration for EDUC 205. This form must be sent to by September, 2021 Click Here! 

NOTE: For students registering for the 21-22 Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification program, EDUC 205 will need to be completed in either: Fall 2021, Fall 2022 or Spring 2022.

Step 4: Attend 20 Asana Based Classes

Upon registration you will receive information on these classes

Step 5:  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

Yoga Instructor Biographies

Carol Bowman, E-RYT 200/RYT 500, CRYT, is director of the Yoga Programs at Ramapo College. She holds an Ed.D. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in applied linguistics and is also a professor of education at Ramapo. She has studied Yoga for most of her life and began teaching Yoga in 2008. A former dancer, her interests include the study of Sanskrit and yoga research, and she has published articles in Yoga Therapy Today. Professor Bowman teaches Vinyasa Yoga, and the Contemplative Practices in Education course required for the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification program and the Methods of Contemplative Education for Children and Youth course required for the Children’s Yoga Teacher Certificate.

Allison Egan Datwani, E-RYT 200, is a creative and compassionate yoga teacher with a precise and mindful style. For over 25 years Allison has been guiding people to move, breathe, feel, release, center and heal. Her knowledge of the mind, body and emotional connection is drawn from a lifetime of studying movement starting with dance as a young adult to gym workouts and then eventually committing to finding herself on the yoga mat. She received her yoga teacher training from Cyndi Lee’s Buddhist inspired yoga school, Om Yoga. Seeking yoga’s wisdom, Allison studied ancient scriptures like the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Bhagavad Gita with Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally. Allison has been on several TV shows promoting health including being a wellness consultant for the “Today Show.” Today Allison teaches at Bamboomoves Yoga in Englewood, NJ and at Birchwood Center in Nyack, NY in addition to leading the chakras, bandhas, mudras and methodology portion of the yoga teacher training at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Allison writes weekly posts in her lifestyle blog, Glamorous Yogini, and has created several online yoga practices at Yoga International. Her Compassion Yoga Flow online practices at YI raise awareness to The Himalayan Institute’s One Tribe Project that is building libraries in Cameroon, Africa.

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Annie Colonna, RYT 500, is an experienced yoga teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacharya, holding diplomas from Yoga for Well-Being and Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF), and a member of the national registry Yoga Alliance. She has been teaching yoga both privately and in group classes since 2000. During that time Annie has also assisted her teacher Fran Ubertini with workshops throughout Orange County, NY and the Northeast region. Annie is also a Credentialed Prevention Professional with the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Lena Madsen, LMT, is the founder of Lena Madsen Yoga. Inspired by Ayengar and Rodney Yee, she has been teaching yoga for 18 years. Lena grew up on the west coast of Sweden. At the core of her practice, as well as her teaching, lies a belief in self transformation through self observation. The physical body and the breath are excellent tools for practicing concentration, presence and relaxation, which can then be used to observe the habits and workings of our mind. Lena uses her thorough knowledge of anatomy and the energetic workings of the human body in her teachings.

Gina Martin, M.S., L.Ac. is a Board certified acupuncturist specializing in Classical Chinese Medicine. She has over 25 years of experience as an educator of Western Bio-Science, Chinese Medicine, and modalities of Asian bodywork.

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Yoga 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 EDUC 205 class is taken during the fall semester. Yoga classes are also available daily, providing the hours of yoga practice necessary to complete the training. EDUC 205 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

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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.


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

For Application/Registration and Payment Information, Contact: