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Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

November 30 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am

Free Orientations for Live Online Yoga Teacher Certification Program, Fall Semester Start

(Note: Attendance at a free orientation is required prior to signing up for the Certification Program)

Online Wednesday, September 2 | 6:30 -7:30 P.M.

To register for the September 2nd Orientation- PLEASE CLICK HERE

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 *

(Note: Attendance at a free information session  (currently online) is required prior to signing up for the Certification Program)

ONLINE Wednesday Eve, September 2nd | 6:30 -7:30 P.M.


Location: | 642035165

Join by video system. Dial and enter your host PIN . You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone: +1-415-655-0001 US Toll. Access code: 642 035 165

*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 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?

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

2020-2021 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 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.

Tuition and Fees: Pay for Full Program Here

The 200 Hour Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification Program Consists of 2 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: Free- can take as part of load

    Total Non-Ramapo College Student Cost: $650 ($500 + $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)

Membership Fee: $150

             B) Fee to Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification: $500 (Payment #1)

     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. 25 2020 – Janary 17, 2021) AND
Three Yoga Workshops (Refer to Yoga Workshop Section for workshop listings to be posted as they are scheduled)

     Intensive Weekends and Workshops only-Current Ramapo College Matriculated Student: Tuition $2,580

     Intensive Weekends and Workshops only-Non-Ramapo College Student: Tuition $2,685


Current Ramapo College Matriculated Student: $2,580 | Non-Ramapo Student: $3,335


Payment #1: Academic Course EDUC 205  (Payment here not required for Ramapo Students)

         Non Ramapo Student Only: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO MAKE PAYMENT #1

Payment #2: Intensive Weekend Course 



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


Your $50 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted with your application. Application and fee are automatically submitted. 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 courses and three yoga workshops)*

Once application as been reviewed the Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification Program will send you a letter of acceptance. To pay the fees for the program (register), please go to “Tuition and Fees” tab.  

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: We will be LIVE ONLINE for the fall semester. We feel 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 2020 – September 1, 2020
  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 4, 2020.  Click Here! 

NOTE: For students registering for the 20-21 Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification program, EDUC205 will need to be completed in either: Spring 2020, Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.

Step 4: Applying the Audit of the EDUC 205 Course Towards the Certification Program.

Please note, this course is required for certification in the 200 Hour Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification Program at the Mindfulness at Ramapo College.  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 Mindfulness at Ramapo College.  Please see the payment link in the previous dropdown menu tome you payment.

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
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

Please check back 

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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: