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Professional Certificate in Yoga: Theory and Practice

Professional Certificate in Yoga: Theory and Practice

Classroom Program

At-a-Glance

12-18 months

$3,230

19 Units

UCR Extension Center

The Iyengar method of yoga integrates the eightfold path of Sage Patanjali's Astanga Yoga to promote the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of humanity. Iyengar Yoga seeks a level of refinement that transforms the consciousness of each practitioner according to individual capacity and degree of effort. Whether you are interested in personal health and well being or deepening your own practice, this program will give you a solid foundation on all aspects of yoga.

Designed For

Individuals who:

  • Are interested in personal health and well-being
  • Want to apply yoga in their current jobs

What You'll Learn

  • Basic concepts of Yoga
  • Theory and Practice of the art, science and philosophy of yoga
  • Precision and safety in yoga postures or asanas to enhance physical and emotional well-being
  • History and Indian Culture
  • Correct practice of pranayama (breath regulation)
  • Anatomy and Physiology

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions can be found in self-employment, education or private companies. They might include:

  • Yoga practitioner
  • Yoga teacher

Program Overview

Required

18 Units

Elective

1 Units

“In the words of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, Life is simple. There are only four things you need to know: how to stand, how to sit, how to walk, and how to lie down. I still don’t always get it right, but recalling these words helps me reflect on my actions, and surrender to the lessons I still have to learn.”

Peggy Cleve

Program Founder and Master Instructor
UCR Extension
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Must have satisfactorily completed the Fundamentals of Yoga Professional Achievement Award or demonstrate equivalent experience.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

History of Indian Philosophy

AST X420.02

3 units

Quarter 2

Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

AST X411

2 units

Quarter 3

Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Pranayama

AST X404

1 units

Iyengar Yoga, Part II

AST X401.5

2 units

Quarter 4

Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga: Part B

BIOL X445.01B

1 units

“UCR Extension is one of the first academic institutions in the U.S. to offer an Iyengar yoga certification program. Coming from India, the land of Yoga, with more than 16 years of teaching experience at the Deli University, I enjoy sharing my knowledge and learning of Yoga with my students. It is rewarding to see them enlightened by Yoga's cultural, philosophical and spiritual backgrounds.”

Dr. Santosh Tandon

Lecturer, Author & Hindi Instructor
Riverside, CA

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