Overview

AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY AWAITS YOU

Establish the foundation of your practice or deepen your skills to become the yoga teacher you were meant to be. Our comprehensive certification programs are designed to empower, nurture, and support you on your path. Now with our online 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, there's a new way to inspire your students and provide tools for personal growth.

WHY STUDY AT KRIPALU?

With more than 45 years of experience in training yoga teachers, Kripalu knows that the most authentic teaching comes from deep personal experience. As a Kripalu graduate, you will head into the world confident and ready to begin your teaching journey. You leave our 200-hour training with all the skills you need to lead safe, empowering, and grounded Kripalu Yoga classes. You also learn how to offer modifications, posture options, clarification of contraindications, and how to create a complete series of classes with progressive levels of difficulty. 

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

Asana. Learn the 20 foundational asanas (postures) and how to create engaging, compassionate, and rewarding sequences for both online and in-person teachings.

Pranayama. Learn the five core pranayama (yogic-breathing) techniques and enable students to experience body-mind integration and purification through yogic breathing.

Yoga philosophy. Gain a deeper personal relationship to yoga philosophy, with an emphasis on integrating Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the teachings of Swami Kripalu.

Principles of anatomy and physiology. Focus on safety, joint movement, range of motion, and a functional understanding of skeletomuscular systems and structures.

Relaxation and meditation. Gain skills for centering yourself and your students. Create a safe space for fostering inward focus, guiding meditation, and cultivating deep relaxation (Savasana).

 

Curriculum

The 200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training certification includes both a solid grounding in technical skills and the development of an empathic, intuitive approach to 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

Your training starts with an introduction to some of the hallmarks of the Kripalu methodology, including

  • A grounded approach to the ancient practice of yoga adapted for modern practitioners
  • Natural alignment based on safe movements of the joints and muscles for all the asanas
  • Breathing exercises and the philosophy of pranayama
  • An overview of the ancient traditions that most strongly influenced Kripalu Yoga: Vedanta, Sankhya, Tantra, and Tantric Hatha Yoga.

As an approach, Kripalu Yoga emphasizes

  • Safe alignment in warm-ups, postures, and pranayama positions
  • Empowering students to determine their own limitations
  • Off-the-mat applications of yoga practice, including skillfulness in action
  • Musculoskeletal anatomy specific to the asanas and pranayamas taught in this program
  • Self-awareness.

Content Hours

Minimum content hours (as determined by Yoga Alliance) include

Techniques: Instruction in Yoga Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation 100 hours
Teaching Methodology 30 hours
Anatomy and Physiology 20 hours
Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle 30 hours
Practicum 15 hours
Other 5 hours
Total 200 hours

 

Dates and Costs

Online Format

Date: 8-Week Training, October 29–December 13, 2020
Faculty: Michelle Dalbec and Sadia Bruce
Tuition: $2,500
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Kripalu Campus Format

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

Daily Schedule

Whether you train with the Kripalu Schools on campus or online, you benefit from a unique immersion experience. Under expert mentorship, you develop tools to cultivate health, create community, and encourage a quest for knowledge.

Student and Faculty Testimonials

Student Brian H.

There are literally hundreds of yoga teacher trainings, but I knew exactly what I wanted.

Student Patricia D.

I went to Kripalu to celebrate life on my 30-year anniversary of being cancer free.

Student Michael B.

Most people speak of how they found yoga, but yoga truly found me.

Frequently Asked Questions

ONLINE TRAININGS

Is the curriculum different for the online versus the campus training?
There is no difference in the curriculum. However, there is additional one-on-one mentoring with Kripalu Faculty made available to our students taking the training online.

How will the trainings be shared?
All sessions of the training will be held by Zoom video call. Links, passwords, and more information will be shared once you are registered in the trianing.

Will I have access to my teachers or fellow students for questions or concerns?
At the beginning of each session, your teacher will share their preferred contact method with you. In addition, a private Facebook group will be created for you to join and contact your fellow students.

ON CAMPUS TRAININGS

Am I required to stay at Kripalu?
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, you will facilitate the development of lifelong connections with fellow students.

Can I commute?
If you choose not to stay at Kripalu, commuter spaces are available. In addition to tuition, commuters pay $55 per day. The cost includes three meals per day, daily yoga classes, access to non-ticketed evening events, and full use of the facilities when not in program sessions. We recommend that commuters live or stay within 30 minutes of Kripalu due to the program schedule.

Will I have an opportunity to participate in activities at Kripalu 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.

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.

GENERAL INQUIRIES

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.

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 the program session to prepare for your practice-teaches.

Is there credit for training completed outside of Kripalu?
For the 200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, the curriculum is predefined and comprehensive: it needs to be completed in its entirety for you to become a 200-Hour Kripalu Yoga teacher. Therefore, we are not able to transfer credit or hours from other programs toward this training.

Still have questions?
For more information about Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, call 866.200.5203 or email kripaluschools@kripalu.org.

Apply

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.