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!
Download YSACP Program Overview as a PDF.
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 classical Sanskrit language.
Core Curriculum (22 credits)
Students are required to take the following 5 foundational courses.
- YS 101 | An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Yoga (4 credits)
- YS 105 | A Brief History of Āsana (3 credits)
- YS 201 | The Yogasūtras of Patañjali (5 credits)
- YS 202 | The Yogas of the Bhagavad Gītā (5 credits)
- YS 203 | The Haṭhapradīpikā (5 credits)
Elective Courses: 100-level (16 credits)
Students select a minimum of 4 elective courses of their choice. Course listings will continue to be updated as the curriculum develops.
- YS 102 | Modern Yoga in the West (4 credits)
- YS 103 | Yoga and Hindu Asceticism, From Past to Present (4 credits)
- YS 104 | The Story of OṂ: Sacred Sound and the Vedic Roots of Yoga (4 credits)
- YS 106 | Śākta Tantra: Yoga and Hindu Goddess Traditions (4 credits)
- YS 107 | Yoga and Śaiva Tantra: An Uncharted History (4 credits)
- YS 108 | Roots of Haṭha Yoga (4 credits)
- YS 109 | Classical Yoga and Buddhism (4 credits)
- YS 110 | Tibetan Yoga: Histories, Practices, Transformations (4 credits)
- YS 111 | Women and Yoga: A History of Female Practitioners (4 credits)
- YS 112 | Yoga and Hindu Mythology (4 credits)
- YS 113 | Yoga’s Past, Present, and Future (4 credits)
- YS 114 | Rāja Yoga: History, Theory, and Practice (4 credits)
- YS 115 | A History of Yoga and Devotion (4 credits)
- YS 116 | Sikhism and Yoga (4 credits)
- YS 117 | Karma, Yoga, and Rebirth (4 credits)
- YS 118 | Yoga in Latin America (4 credits)
- YS 119 | Yoga and Esotericism (4 credits)
- YS 120 | Women and Gender in Hindu Tantra (4 credits)
- YS 121 | 8 Limbs of Yoga (4 credits)
Elective Courses: 200-level (10 credits)
Students select a minimum of 2 additional text-study course. Course listings will continue to be updated as the curriculum develops.
- YS 204 | Classical Sāṅkhya: The Sāṅkhyakārikā (5 credits)
- YS 205 | Bhakti Yoga: The Bhāgavatapurāṇa (5 credits)
- YS 206 | The Amṛtasiddhi: Haṭha Yoga’s First Text (5 credits)
- YS 207 | The Upaniṣads (5 credits)
- YS 208 | Devīmāhātmya: Greatness of the Goddess (5 credits)
- SKT 201 | Intermediate Sanskrit I: The Bhagavadgītā (5 credits)
- SKT 202 | Intermediate Sanskrit II: The Rāmāyaṇa (5 credits)
- SKT 203 | Intermediate Sanskrit III (5 credits)
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.
- SKT 100a | The Devanāgarī Seminar (optional)
- SKT 100b | Sanskrit for Yogis (optional)
- SKT 101 | Elementary Sanskrit I (5 credits)
- SKT 102 | Elementary Sanskrit II (5 credits)
- SKT 103 | Elementary Sanskrit III (5 credits)
YS 501 | YS Graduate Seminar (7 credits)
Once a student has completed their initial 63 credits of coursework, they will be eligible to apply for the YS 501 | YS 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 501, students will receive their final 8 credits, and graduate with the Yogic Studies Advanced Certificate. The Graduate Seminar will entail:
- Live Zoom Sessions
- Required Readings & Discussions
- Final Comprehensive Exam
- Research Project & Written Assignment (TBD)
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 2-3 years. There is currently no time limit to complete the program.
Updated: June 27, 2022. Curriculum and requirements are subject to change.
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