Yogic Studies Advanced Certificate Program

A 500-hour comprehensive online curriculum—for dedicated students of yoga history, Indian philosophy and religion, and Sanskrit language.


Online Learning

Study the history, philosophy, and language of yoga, at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home. 

Digital Svādhyāya

Immerse in traditional study, using the latest in modern online learning technologies.

Online Community

Join a thriving online community of yoga teachers, practitioners, and students from around the world. 

A University-Level Certificate Program in Yoga Studies

Study yoga's rich and multifaceted history, texts, and traditions through a dynamic online curriculum and world-renowned faculty. Imagine an online grad school for yogis, except more fun!

Self-Paced Online Curriculum

Students can begin anytime, and progress through the courses entirely at their own pace. There is no time limit to complete the Advanced Certificate Program.

All YS Courses Count for Credits

Already taken online courses with YS? Good news! All of your previous courses count as credits. You are already on your way to completing the Advanced Certificate Program!

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Program Overview

Drawing on the latest and most cutting-edge research in yoga studies, this program offers students an in-depth overview of the development of yoga, in theory and practice, from its earliest origins in South Asia, to the contemporary world of global postural yoga. Through a robust curriculum of online courses, students engage in university-level coursework in the history of yoga, traditional Indian philosophy, textual study and analysis, as well as foundational training in the Sanskrit language. 



 Core Curriculum (22 credits)


Elective Courses (20 credits*)


*Students select a minimum of 5 elective courses of their choice. 


Sanskrit Language (15 credits)*

*Foundational training in classical Sanskrit is required of all graduates. On a case-by-case basis, students who demonstrate the equivalent of a full-year of academic Sanskrit at another institution can substitute outside courses for credits, or take a comprehension exam. 


Immersion Retreat (8 credits)*

  • India Retreat (TBA) (8 credits)
  • California Retreat (TBA) (8 credits)


*Students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one in-person immersion retreat. On a case-by-case basis, students may be able to substitute additional elective courses and an independent study project.  

Update: July 24, 2020. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all YS retreats and in-person teaching has been indefinitely postponed. 


YS 301 | Graduate Seminar (5 credits*)

  • Live Zoom Sessions
  • Final Comprehensive Exam
  • Research Project & Written Assignment (TBD)


*Once students have completed their initial 65 credits of coursework, they will be eligible to apply for the YS 301 | Graduate Seminar. Course enrollment will only open once a year. Students must have the required credits prior to the registration period. Upon successful completion of YS 301, students will receive their final 5 credits, and graduate with the Yogic Studies Advanced Certificate.


Total Credits = 70

  • For those who like to think in hours, the total credits equal approximately 500 hours of training, but given the nature of study, likely more.
  • Depending on the nature and frequency of study, students can expect to complete this program on average of 1-2 years. There is currently no time limit to complete the program.


Updated: July 24, 2020. Curriculum and requirements are subject to change. 


Ready to Begin?

Begin moving through our curriculum today by signing up for your first online course! Students register for courses individually.

NEW! YS Membership Program

Subscribe monthly to receive unlimited access to ALL Yogic Studies courses—including past, present, and future offerings.

YSACP Live Info Session

For a detailed overview of the YSACP, watch this recording.

Frequently Asked Questions

The YS Advanced Certificate Program is aimed at anyone who possesses a strong and genuine interest in critical Yoga Studies—who is passionate about the study of yoga's history, Indian religions and philosophical traditions, as well as training in classical Sanskrit.

In particular, the Program is suited for dedicated yoga teachers and practitioners who are interested in continuing their yoga education; for those seeking an evidence-based and academic approach to complimenting their own practice, personal study, and studio training. 

The YS Program will greatly prepare individuals who may be considering applying for professional graduate school (MA, PhD) in Yoga Studies at a university (e.g., at LMU, SOAS, Naropa, etc.).

To apply for the Advanced Certificate Program, students are required to register here, where you will also be asked to make a one-time payment of $25 USD.

There is no single-set enrollment cost for the Program. Students have the option to fund their study in a few different ways.

To register for the program there is a one-time fee of $25 USD. 

The required courses can then be purchased individually (which range from $95-235 USD each). Courses can also be purchased in bundles for discounted rates.

Or, students have the option to subscribe to the YS Membership Program ($75/month or $800/year), which provides access to ALL courses (except for the Sanskrit curriculum).

The other major cost factor to consider for this program is the Yogic Studies Retreats. Students are strongly encouraged to participant in one of the in-person Retreats in either India, Bali, or California.  

As the online curriculum for this program is still developing, we cannot say for certain. We estimate that depending on full or part-time engagement with the courses, it will take students on average 1.5-2 years to complete the entire Program. 

There is currently no time limit to complete the Advanced Certificate Program. Students can move through the courses and study entirely at their own pace. 

There are no prerequisites to register for the Advanced Studies Program. Students can begin anytime. 

While not mandatory, we do recommend students begin with the foundational YS 101 course. However, students can customize their learning path entirely, and begin with any course that most interests them!

The Program is not currently accredited by any outside institution. However, this is something we are looking into, and may be subject to change in the future. 

Previous students have been able to receive university credits for individual courses. However, this is something that must be negotiated on a case-by-case basis with one's home institution.

Yes and no.

All of the individual online courses at YS are eligible for Continuing Education (CE) credits if you are a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. 

However, the Advanced Certificate Program far exceeds the minimum requirements for CE with Yoga Alliance, and is not affiliated with the organization in any professional or accredited way. 

The lead faculty for this Program is Seth Powell (PhD Candidate, Harvard University), who is the founder and director of Yogic Studies. Seth teaches the Core Curriculum units. 

The remaining elective units and Sanskrit curriculum is taught by a diverse group of faculty members who are all leading experts and professors in the fields of Yoga Studies, Indology, Religious Studies, and South Asian Studies. 

Yes! We at Yogic Studies feel that it is highly valuable and important for students, and especially teachers, of the yoga traditions to have a solid and reliable working knowledge of Sanskrit, the classical language of yoga. 

All students will be required to undergo the equivalent of one-year of university Sanskrit studies, spread across three 12-week online courses. As an outcome of this study, graduates will be able to fluently read and write the Devanāgarī script, reliably pronounce Sanskrit terms, have a solid foundation in Sanskrit grammar and syntax, and begin reading and translating basic Yoga texts with the use of print and digital dictionaries. This will also prepare students well for more advanced study.  

On a case-by-case basis, students who demonstrate the equivalent of a full-year of academic Sanskrit at another institution can substitute outside courses for credits, or take a comprehension exam. 

As stated above, students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one in-person immersion retreat. While almost all of our learning will be taking place online, we feel it is of great value that at least some of our learning take place face-to-face and in-person.  

Recognizing however that this may not be financially or logistically viable for everyone, we don't want this to preclude you from embarking on this study Program. On a case-by-case basis, students may be able to substitute additional elective courses and an independent study project. 

Yes. On a case-by-case basis, students who demonstrate financial need and an earnest desire to commit to this study program will be considered for a scholarship in the form of a reduction of individual course tuition costs. Please email us at [email protected] for further information. 

Further Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the Yogic Studies Advanced Certificate Program, or about any of our online courses, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

“From self-study, let there be yoga. 
From yoga, may there be self-study!
Though success in both self-study and yoga, 
the supreme Self shines forth." 

— Viṣṇupurāṇa 6.6.2



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