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Kripalu School of Yoga

Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour Certification

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Am I required to stay at Kripalu during the program?
    While you are not required to stay at Kripalu during your training program, the residential aspect supports both the curriculum and your ability to fully participate in the rigorous schedule. This training is designed to give you time away from the regular day-to-day demands of your life and allow you to be in an environment that fully supports a yogic lifestyle. The immersion experience, which our teacher trainings are known for, brings your training to a depth that would otherwise be unattainable. In addition, by staying at Kripalu Center, you will facilitate the development of lifelong connections with fellow students.
  2. Is there a written test that must be passed for certification?
    Throughout the training, you will be evaluated verbally and in writing on the material presented. These evaluations are designed to ascertain where you need additional study or support. Your certification is not contingent upon these evaluations. The practice-teach sessions are the determining factor for whether or not a student will graduate. Being able to successfully and safely deliver a complete Kripalu Yoga class to a group of your fellow students is a requirement for certification.
  3. How much time will I need to study outside of the program schedule?
    Each day there will be reading assignments to support your learning within the program. The amount of time this reading takes will depend upon the assignment and the individual. There may also be time needed outside of program time to prepare for your practice teach sessions.
  4. Is there credit for training completed outside of Kripalu Center?
    For the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training 200-hour, our curriculum is predefined and comprehensive: it needs to be completed in its entirety for you to become a 200-hour certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Therefore, there is not the ability to transfer credit or hours from other programs towards this training.
  5. Will I have an opportunity to participate in activities at Kripalu Center during the training?
    Due to the intensive nature of this program, it may be difficult to participate in other Kripalu evening events or receive Healing Arts services. Healing Arts sessions may be scheduled on your arrival or departure days. There will be some evenings off during which you can schedule healing arts or attend an evening concert or other event. Please wait to receive your program schedule at the beginning of your training before booking Healing Arts appointments.
  6. Can I invite friends and family to graduation?
    Graduation is open only to program participants and attendance is mandatory. We do have an informal celebration held toward the end of the program that family and friends are invited to attend. You will receive more information about this during your program.

Still have questions?
For more information about Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, call 800-848-8702 or e-mail