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At this time, the 1000-Hour Training is on pause until further notice.


Beginning with your 200-, 300-, or 500-hour certification from a Yoga Alliance–registered training, the 1000-hour curriculum offers 500 hours—minimum—of additional training, making you eligible for 1000-hour yoga teacher certification from the Kripalu School of Yoga. There are two learning tracks available—the Teacher in the Kripalu Tradition and the Well-Rounded Teacher—made up of courses from these six categories:

Leadership and Facilitation
Science of Yoga
Special Interests
Teaching Diverse Populations
Yoga Philosophy

The Teacher in the Kripalu Tradition
Offerings in this path come from within the Kripalu tradition and represent both the Kripalu lineage and the mission-based research and curriculum development created at Kripalu. Courses for the Teacher in the Kripalu Tradition track are predefined as those created and led by Kripalu legacy holders or by faculty whose main source of practice comes from the Kripalu methodology. To receive a certificate as a Teacher in the Kripalu Tradition, you must have completed at least your 300-hour training in the Kripalu School of Yoga.

The Well-Rounded Teacher
If you did not complete your 300-hour training at Kripalu, you are eligible for the Well-Rounded Teacher track. The programs in this track prepare you to expand your teaching offerings by increasing your skills and enhancing your yoga education. You may select any combination of courses to build 500-hours of training, but you are required to select at least one from each of the six categories.

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.

Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, we have made a decision not to reopen in 2020. This means that all programs at the retreat center will be canceled this year. Read more.

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 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 taught by expert faculty in a stunning retreat setting that is truly supportive of the yogic journey. Our 1000-hour training offers 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 are 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 brochure.

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.


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. 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.

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.
  • You will be notified of your admissions decision via email within two to four weeks of receipt of your application. If you do not have an email 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.

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.