Overview

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Kripalu's 1000-hour yoga teacher training program provides a diverse and inclusive journey through many of the wondrous and transformative facets of yoga. These trainings favor no tradition, no lineage, no school: they simply ask us to go deeper, connect with what is real and bring our most inspired, empowered and conscious selves back to our communities, students, families and friends.

Curriculum

Select any combination of the approved trainings to build 500-hours of training. These hours, combined with your 200-, 300-, or 500-hour certification from a Yoga Alliance–registered training, provide your eligibility for a Kripalu 1000-hour yoga teacher certification.

Dates and Costs

The total cost of the training is determined by the tuition plus your choice of accommodations. Tuition costs can be found on the individual program pages. Please contact Registrations for detailed information about accommodations at 866.200.5203. If your preference is private accommodations, we strongly recommend submitting your application as early as possible as they are limited in availability.

2017 1000-Hour Training Offerings

Yoga Tune Up Teacher Training, Level 1 (46.5 credit hours)
April 28–May 5
Ariel Kiley

In-Depth Anatomy of Asana (65 credit hours)
April 30–May 7
Joseph Le Page, Maria Mendola, Cheryl Van Demark, Dianne Miller, and Mary Northey

The Presence of a Teacher (27 credit hours)
May 14–19
Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa and Ajeet Kaur

Chakras, Granthis, and Nadis: The Inner Structures of Hatha Yoga (75 credit hours)
May 19–28
Yoganand Michael Carroll

Natural Spiritual Progress: A Dharma Yoga Intensive (10 credit hours)
June 30–July 2
Dharma Mittra

Kripalu Yoga in the Schools Teacher Training (75 credit hours)
July 7–16
Janna Delgado and Iona M. Smith

Teaching and Living the Yoga Sutras: An Intensive Practice Retreat (34 credit hours)
July 16–21
Rolf Gates

Five Element Yoga Teacher Training (37 credit hours)
July 16–21
Jennifer Reis

Yoga for Seniors Teacher Training (25 credit hours)
July 23–28
Kimberly Carson and Carol Krucoff

Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training (69 credit hours)
August 2–11
Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco

Iyengar Yoga for Back Care (10 credit hours)
August 4–6
Elise Browning Miller

Yoga for Scoliosis Part 1 (10 credit hours)
August 6–8
Elise Browning Miller

Yoga for Scoliosis Part 2 (15 credit hours)
August 8–11
​Elise Browning Miller

At Play with the Radiance Sutras (43 credit hours)
August 20–25
Lorin Roche and Coby Kozlowski

Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, and Kriya Applied in Yoga Therapy (65 credit hours)
August 20–27
Joseph Le Page, Jennifer Reis, and Mary Northey

Inner Flow: The Art of Sequencing Vinyasa as Movement Meditation (26.5 credit hours)
October 8–13
Shiva Rea

iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Training: The Art and Science of Integrative Restoration (30 credit hours)
October 15–20
Karen Soltes

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, Level 1 (45 credit hours)
October 15–20
Sarah Longacre and Stacy Seebart

Introduction to Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (40 credit hours)
October 22–27
David Emerson and Jenn Turner

Relax and Renew: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga (30 credit hours)
November 5–10
Judith Hanson Lasater

Tantra Yoga Immersion: Alignment Refinement for Body, Mind, and Heart (40 credit hours)
November 5–10
Todd Norian

Iyengar Yoga and Beyond: Playfully Unpacking the Principles (10 credit hours)
November 10–12
Carrie Owerko

Sanskrit and Mantra Immersion: The Language of Yoga (10 credit hours)
November 17-19
Nicolai Bachman

Daily Schedule

Sample daily schedules can be found on individual training program pages.

Student and Faculty Testimonials

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of enrolling in Kripalu’s 1000-hour training?
Our training provides a unique educational experience for yoga teachers. As a 1000-hour student, you have the opportunity to study with some of today’s most sought-after yoga experts. As a nonprofit educational organization, Kripalu is rooted in yoga as service. Each time you return to Kripalu to study, you have the support and inspiration of a community of lifelong learners dedicated to furthering Kripalu’s vision of an awakened, compassionate, and connected world.

What distinguishes the Kripalu’s 1000-hour yoga teacher training from other trainings?
The 1000-hour training brings together some of the world’s top yoga teachers. As the American university of yoga, Kripalu provides an immersion learning experience supported by expert faculty in a stunning retreat setting that is truly supportive of the yogic journey. Our 1000-hour training provides an opportunity to expand your skills, deepen your knowledge, and connect with an international alumni community.

The 1000-hour training is anchored in the universal principles of Patanjali’s eight-limbed path, so students from all traditions are invited to continue their studies at Kripalu.

What specific skills will I develop in each module?
Each module is unique and focuses on a specialized area of study or practice. You can choose your own learning path and design a curriculum that suits both your needs and the needs of your students and communities. Kripalu has curated this selection of trainings based on their areas of expertise. All modules are designed for teachers and with teachers in mind.

How is the training structured?
This training is composed of specialized programs of varying lengths. You do not have to have your 500-hour certification in order to take any of the modules within the 1000–hour training; however, some programs will have different prerequisites or application requirements. Once you decide that you would like to receive your 1000-hour certificate, you need to apply so that the Kripalu School of Yoga can track your progress and award your certificate when you complete the training requirements.

Is there a time limit to start or complete all modules?
You may begin taking the modules any time after you complete your Yoga Alliance–approved 200-hour certification. An application and acceptance is required prior to registering for specific modules and will be indicated when necessary. In order to be certified as a 1000-hour yoga teacher, once accepted as a student, you must complete 500 hours from the approved trainings list within five years. To be accepted as a 1000-hour student, you must be a 500-hour yoga teacher from a Yoga Alliance–registered school.

I’ve taken some of the trainings on the approved trainings list. Will my hours from these trainings count toward my 1000-hour certification?
Please contact an advisor to review all available module options at kripaluschools@kripalu.org.

Once I’m accepted into the 1000-hour training, what is the criterion for certification?
Certification is based upon meeting requisites for attendance, class participation, and practice-teaching assessments.

Are there prerequisites, homework, and/or required reading for each module?
Some modules might include prerequisites, homework, and reading assignments and will be notified as such on the web and the catalog.

Is there credit for training completed outside of Kripalu?
Students may complete their 200- or 500-hour teacher certification at any Yoga Alliance–approved school; however, Kripalu doesn’t transfer credits or hours from any other programs outside of Kripalu toward your 1000-hour certification.

Where can I find information about faculty?
Our faculty consists of highly trained, longtime practitioners with exceptional teaching and facilitation skills across a wide range of specializations. Find out more.

Do you require continuing education to maintain the 1000-hour yoga teacher certification?
We ask that yoga teachers complete 12 hours of yoga-related continuing education per year. This can be anything from taking an anatomy and physiology workshop to attending yoga classes taught by another yoga teacher in your community. We work on an honor system and ask that students keep a log of their hours, in case we should collect them in the future. Currently, we do not collect documentation of these hours.

How can I assess whether the 1000-hour training is appropriate for my skill level?
Because the programs within our 1000-hour training are highly diverse in regard to their content, style, and delivery we encourage you to contact us with any questions. A Kripalu Schools advisor would be happy to assist you.

If you still have questions, please contact us at kripaluschools@kripalu.org or 800.848.8702.

Apply

You may begin taking the modules any time after you complete your Yoga Alliance–approved 200-hour certification. An application and acceptance is required prior to registering for specific modules and will be indicated when necessary. In order to be certified as a 1000-hour yoga teacher, once accepted as a student, you must complete 500 hours from the approved trainings list within five years. To be accepted, as a 1000-hour student, you must be a 500-hour certified yoga teacher from a Yoga Alliance–registered school.

Admissions to the programs are determined on a rolling basis. Given high program demand, a maximum number of students per training, and limited housing availability, we strongly recommend that applicants submit applications as soon as possible (two–four months prior to the program start). Trainings typically fill to capacity about one month in advance.

We rely on information provided in the application to make informed decisions about your capacity to fully participate in and benefit from all aspects of the program. Please answer the questions honestly and completely. Providing inaccurate or incomplete information may result in a declined admissions decision or removal from the program without refund. The Kripalu Schools do not discriminate in admissions, administration, or educational policies with regard to race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, creed, or religion.

KS Application Process

  • Review information on program dates, costs, faculty, curricula, certification criteria, and general information about Kripalu on our website.
  • Complete the appropriate application for the program for which you are applying in its entirety, including the short-answer questions. Be sure to indicate your preferred program dates. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Kripalu reserves the right to require a phone interview or take other steps to supplement your application, if needed, in order to arrive at an informed admissions decision.
  • Include a passport-sized headshot. This will not be considered in the screening process; however, it will help us begin to cultivate a relationship with you prior to your arrival. You are welcome to submit a headshot upon acceptance into the program.
  • Submit the $25 application fee by credit card at the end of the online application process. You may also pay by check, which should be made payable to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. For international applicants, checks must be drawn on a domestic bank. If you prefer to make a payment by credit card over the phone, please call the Kripalu Schools at 800.848.8702.
  • You will be notified of your admissions decision via e-mail within two to four weeks of receipt of your application. If you do not have an e-mail address, we will send your admissions decision by regular mail and also call you to inform you of your status.
  • Maximum capacity for each program date ranges from 50–64 students. If you are accepted in the training and the course you are interested in is full, you may register for the waitlist, which will remain open until the program’s start, or you may register for any training date within one year of your acceptance.

Application Fee by Check
If you prefer to pay your application fee by check, make your check payable to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and indicate the program and date you applied for on the check.

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Kripalu Schools
PO Box 309
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Fax: 413.448.3384 ATTN: Kripalu Schools

Scholarship Application
Please note To submit this scholarship application, you must also submit a program application or have already been accepted into a program. Scholarship applications will not be reviewed until the applicant is accepted into a program.