Kripalu School of Yoga

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Yoga Teacher Training Certification

Kripalu has been training yoga teachers for 50 years. Our trainings are an immersion experience that empowers students to explore their unique relationship to yoga. Our graduates are steeped in the rich history and tradition of yoga, and skilled at offering a contemporary, nondogmatic approach to these ancient practices for the modern world.

Kripalu Yoga teaches us to live the power of our practice on and off the mat. We learn to direct our focus within and access the body’s wisdom. Rather than strive to perfect the mechanics of a pose, Kripalu Yoga uses postures and other yogic techniques to reveal the true nature of who we are. Join our community of teachers and share your passion with the world.

SCHOOL OF YOGA TRAININGS


Interested in becoming a certified meditation teacher?

Kripalu is offering a hybrid 200-Hour Meditation Teacher Training March 24–June 25, 2023.

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Faculty

Our faculty are extraordinary guides. They offer in-depth experience, an authentic commitment to teaching, and a profound connection to the wisdom and practices of yoga.

Top Rated School

The Kripalu School of Yoga is a Yoga Alliance registered school.

Admissions and Certification Requirements

General Requirements

Applicants for all Kripalu School of Yoga programs must

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Display English-language competency
  • Have received a high school diploma or GED
  • Exhibit the ability to contribute to a safe and cohesive learning environment
  • Demonstrate physical, mental, and emotional preparedness to fully participate in all required aspects of the program.
    The Kripalu certification programs have an intensive schedule and curriculum that is physically, mentally, and emotionally rigorous. To be admitted, you must demonstrate medical and mental health and readiness to fully participate in the demands of the program. In addition, an applicant must be able to support the group learning process and may be denied if it is determined that their participation would in any way compromise a safe and cohesive learning environment. The Kripalu School of Yoga Admissions Committee may require your medical provider to furnish a note confirming that the training is suitable for your capabilities.

Additional Admissions and Certification Requirements

200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training 

  • Admissions Criteria
    • At least one year of yoga experience
    • Consistent practice of any form of hatha yoga for at least 40 minutes/day, four times a week for six months
  • Certification Criteria
    • 100 percent attendance
    • Active class participation
    • Teaching competency and proficiency
    • Maintain safe space for teaching and practicing yoga
    • At-home assignments completed on time
    • Professional behavior and ethical conduct

300-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training

  • Admissions Criteria
    • Minimum of 2 years' experience practicing yoga.
    • Successful completion of a 200-hour yoga teacher training from a Yoga Alliance–registered school. Must provide proof of completion with either a copy of your 200-hour certificate or a copy of your RYT-200 Yoga Alliance registration card.
    • Letter of recommendation from either a yoga student or a yoga teacher
  • Certification Criteria
    • Successful completion of four 300-hour modules. Must be completed within five years and can be taken in any order.
    • 100 percent attendance in all modules
    • Active class participation
    • Teaching competency and proficiency
    • Maintain safe space for teaching and practicing yoga
    • At-home assignments completed on time
    • Professional Behavior and Ethical Conduct

300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training

  • Admissions Criteria
    • Minimum of 2 years' experience practicing yoga
    • Successful completion of a 200-hour yoga teacher training from a Yoga Alliance–registered school. Must provide proof of completion with either a copy of your 200-hour certificate or a copy of your RYT-200 Yoga Alliance registration card
    • Letter of recommendation from either a yoga student or a yoga teacher
  • Certification Criteria
    • Successful completion of Foundations of Ayurveda, followed by Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balancing the Doshas (formerly Integrating Ayurveda into Yoga Teaching) and one of the approved elective 300-hour Kripalu modules. Must be completed within five years.
    • 100 percent attendance in all modules
    • Active class participation
    • At-home assignments completed on time
    • Demonstrate teaching competency and proficiency
    • Maintain safe space for teaching and practicing yoga
    • Demonstrate professional behavior and ethical conduct

1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
The trainings in our 1000-hour program may also be taken as standalone programs; you do not need to apply to the 1000-hour track to take many of these trainings. You may apply to the 1000-hour training and retroactively receive credit for your hours. An application and acceptance are required prior to registering for specific modules within the 1000-hour track and will be indicated when necessary.

  • Admissions Criteria
    • Minimum of 2 years' experience practicing yoga.
    • Successful completion of a 300- or 500-hour yoga teacher training program from a Yoga Alliance–registered school. Must provide proof of completion with a copy of your certificate.
    • Letter of recommendation from either a yoga student or a yoga teacher
  • Certification Criteria
    • Successful completion of 500 hours of training from the list of 1000-hour–approved trainings. Must be completed within five years.
    • 100 percent attendance
    • Active class participation
    • Teaching competency and proficiency
    • Maintain safe space for teaching and practicing yoga
    • At-home assignments completed on time
    • Professional Behavior and Ethical Conduct

Successful completion of yoga teacher certification is determined by the Kripalu School of Yoga, at its sole discretion, based on demonstrated command of the skills necessary to teach a yoga class and meeting the requirements listed above.

Registration

Payment, Cancellation, and Refund Policies

Once you have been notified of acceptance into your program, contact Registrations at 413.448.3152 to confirm your space in the training and reserve your accommodations. In order to register for a Kripalu professional training, with the exception of select 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, you must first receive an acceptance decision from the Kripalu School of Yoga. 

Payment, Cancellation, and Refund Policies

Payment Policy
100 percent of total program cost—tuition, housing (or commuter fee), and meals for on campus programs, and tuition for online programs—is due at time of registration to reserve program space. Payment plans are not available.

Tuition Cost
Please note that tuition does not include housing accommodations or meals for on-campus portions of the training. If you are registering for a program that includes on-campus components, you must also register for housing accommodations. Please visit Kripalu’s accommodations page for more information on housing options and costs.

Refunds for On Campus and Online Trainings*
Refunds (less a $50 processing fee) will be given according to the following schedule: for cancelations up to the start of the program, 100 percent of monies paid will be refunded. From program start and up to completion of 25 percent of the program, 75 percent of tuition will be credited to your Kripalu account. Up to completion of 50 percent of the program, 50 percent of program tuition will be credited. Up to completion of 75 percent of the program, 25 percent of the program tuition will be credited. A credit for any unused days related to on campus accommodations (or commuter fee) and meals will also be given. All credits on account will be valid for 1 year from date of issue. No other refunds or credits are available. Kripalu’s standard cancellation policy applies to all other charges such as Healing Arts booking. Please note: cancellation of program involvement also includes dismissal of a student by Kripalu administration due to violations of student agreements and/or guest center policy. For cancelations due to Covid-19, please click here.  

Notes on Terms
For programs offered with multiple on campus and/or online sessions with nonprogram days in between course days, credits on account are based on full program length—meaning total number of days in which the program holds sessions associated with the posted tuition. (E.g. a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher training offered in two 12-day on campus sessions will have one tuition that covers 24 days, and early departure after the first 12-day session would result in a 50% tuition credit plus an additional credit for any unused accommodations/commuter fee and meal charges for program days remaining.)   

For other certifications with multiple modules, program cost is determined based on one module at a time. Program start date refers to the start of each module.

Refunds for Kripalu Schools Scholarship Recipients 
Refunds will be given according to the following schedule: for cancellations up to the start of the program, 100 percent of monies paid will be refunded. From program start and up to completion of 25 percent of the program, 50 percent of the monies paid will be credited to your Kripalu account. Up to completion of 50 percent of the program, 25 percent of the monies paid will be credited. All credits on account will be valid for 1 year from date of issue. No other refunds or credits are available, including any additional consideration for accommodations/commuter fee or meals. Kripalu’s standard cancellation policy applies to all other charges such as Healing Arts booking. Please note: cancellation of program involvement also includes dismissal of a student by Kripalu administration due to violations of student agreements and/or guest center policy. 

Method of Payment 
Acceptable forms of payment are  

  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
  • Personal checks (US dollars)
  • Money orders (US dollars)

*If you are an international student traveling to Kripalu for a training and you are unable to obtain a visa to allow you entrance into the United States, we will refund in full all monies paid toward tuition and housing, including the $50 processing fee. Application fees are non-refundable.  

Scholarships

Kripalu Schools are committed to supporting individuals interested in enhancing their life and realizing their full potential through yoga, yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and mindful outdoor leadership regardless of background or financial status. Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Kripalu’s patrons and donors. Financial assistance is offered when funding is available.  

Currently, limited scholarships are available for certain Kripalu School of Yoga 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, Kripalu School of Ayurveda 200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda, and Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership Level 1 certification. Scholarships are not currently available for 300-Hour, 450-Hour, 800-Hour, or 1000-Hour tracks within Kripalu Schools.  

Scholarship applications will be reviewed, and preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need and/or are BIPOC candidates who will expand access to yoga, Ayurveda, and mindful outdoor nature experiences in historically underserved communities. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please notify kripaluschools@kripalu.org, and we can confirm whether scholarship slots are available for your desired training. Once accepted into a training, you can complete the Kripalu Schools Scholarship Application Form. (Scholarship applications will not be processed without prior program acceptance.) Please note that scholarships are limited and awarded on a rolling basis. Thus, those that apply early are given the best chance of securing any available financial support. 

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