2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Yoga Instructor Certificate of Achievement

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The Yoga Instructor Certificate of Achievement is designed to deepen students’ understanding of yoga by investigating the biomechanics of yoga postures, learning to use anatomical cueing for proper alignment in poses, examining effective teaching techniques for a variety of settings, and exploring the history and philosophy of yoga. Upon successful completion of the Yoga Instructor Certificate, students will be eligible to apply for their Yoga Alliance 200-hour instructor certification and will be prepared for employment as a trained yoga teacher in public and private settings. Yoga Alliance is the largest and most influential governing body in the yoga field, thus providing our Yoga Instructor students with a prestigious certification. A minimum grade of “C” in all courses is required to receive this award, and 10 additional hours of practice teaching hours and feedback forms are mandated for those students applying for the Yoga Alliance credential.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Explain and demonstrate basic skills of practicing Hatha yoga.
  • Identify anatomical structures and explain the biomechanics of asanas.
  • Demonstrate skills for instructing yoga, including developing sequences, verbal cueing, providing variations, modifications, and adjustments.
  • Illustrate stress management techniques though use of pranayama and asanas. 
  • Describe the philosophy of yoga through history, the development of the asanas and major lineages of yoga.


Course ID Title Units
KNES 60  * Anatomy and Fundamentals of Yoga 3
KNES 61  * Teaching of Yoga 3
KNES 62   Philosophy of Yoga 3
  Select two courses from Restricted Electives 2-3



KNES 28  or Beginning Yoga 1
KNES 28   Beginning Yoga 1.5
KNES 39  * or Intermediate Yoga 1
KNES 39  * Intermediate Yoga 1.5
KNES 40  * or Advanced Yoga 1
KNES 40  * Advanced Yoga 1.5
DANC 28   Yoga for Dancers 1.5
*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.


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