"The technique of a world-changing yoga has to be as uniform, sinuous, patient, all-including
as the world itself. If it does not deal with all the difficulties or possibilities
and carefully deal with each necessary element, does it have any chance of success?"
Naropa University's Yoga Studies program is dedicated to the education, preservation and application of the vast teachings of Yoga. The program offers a comprehensive study of Yoga's history, theory and philosophy, as well as providing an in depth immersion and training in its practice and methodologies. Balancing cognitive understanding with experiential learning, students study these ancient teachings for transformation while gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to safely and effectively teach Yoga.
The curriculum systematically covers the rich and diverse history, literature and philosophies of the Yoga tradition, while immersing students in the methodologies of Hatha Yoga, including asana, pranayama and meditation. In addition, students study Sanskrit, Ayurveda, anatomy, Yoga therapy, Yoga psychology, Hinduism, Tantra, and Buddhism, all while engaging in an intensive Teacher Training curriculum.
Upon completion, students earn both a bachelor's degree and a 1,000 hour certificate in Yoga Teacher Training which meets and exceeds the 500-hour requirement of Yoga Alliance. All graduates are eligible to become Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance.
In addition to the Yoga Teacher Training concentration, Naropa University offers a certificate program in Yoga Teacher Training for non-degree-seeking students. The two-year, 30-credit program is designed to give the student proficiency in teaching yoga (18 credits), a foundation of sitting meditation (6 credits) and anatomy (3 credits), and one elective (3 credits).