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Kripalu School of Yoga

Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour Certification

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The Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour Certification includes both a solid grounding in technical skills and the development of an empathic, intuitive approach to teaching. It prepares you with the foundation to teach any population to which you feel called. You will graduate a certified yoga teacher with a solid foundation and the tools you need to support your ongoing personal evolution and excellence in teaching.

Graduates of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training are in great demand for their in-depth knowledge, clear instruction, intuitive insights, and ability to guide students to the experience of inner peace that is the true essence of yoga. Kripalu Yoga teachers range in age from their 20s to 80s and can be found in community yoga studios; in urban and rural areas; in schools, prisons, and hospitals; and at workplaces from the United Nations to Cirque du Soleil. Because Kripalu supports individual inquiry and expression, the places you find our teachers are as varied as the teachers themselves.

The Kripalu teaching model incorporates many tools and techniques that guide students through their own journey as a teacher, allowing each graduate to emerge with a “tool bag” of foundational skills and knowledge. Kripalu graduates are prepared to take their teaching career to a wide variety of populations and environments.

Kripalu Yoga Tools and Techniques

In your training you’ll start by being introduced to some of the hallmarks of the Kripalu approach, including

  • The three stages of Kripalu Yoga: posture focus, deepening awareness, and meditation in motion
  • Natural alignment principles
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Meditation
  • Pratapana (movements that warm up and condition the body for sustaining poses)
  • Creative sequencing
  • Nonjudgmental awareness
  • Breath coordinated with movement
  • Micro-movements
  • Guided imagery
  • The koshas.

As an approach, Kripalu Yoga emphasizes

  • Movement inquiries
  • Finding and exploring one’s edge
  • Prana-initiated movement
  • Off-the-mat applications of yoga practice, including skillfulness in action
  • Self-awareness
  • Reliance on personal experience, body sensations, and naturally occurring wisdom
  • Yoga as a practical, reliable approach to health and fulfillment.

Content Hours

Minimum content hours (as determined by Yoga Alliance) include

Techniques: Instruction in Yoga Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation100 hours
Teaching Methodology30 hours
Anatomy and Physiology20 hours
Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle30 hours
Practicum15 hours
Other5 hours
Total200 hours

Textbooks and Materials

On the first day of training, students receive a complimentary Kripalu Yoga Teacher 200-hour manual. Additional recommended texts include

  • Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat, by Richard Faulds
  • Anatomy of Movement (Revised Edition), by Blandine Calais-Germain

These books can be purchased through the Kripalu Shop Online.