Yoga Instructor Certification

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The Yoga Instructor Certification program at Bellevue College includes 13-credits of classes and internship to prepare students as qualified Yoga Instructors. This program certifies students to teach Yoga in diverse settings based on the Yoga Alliance, 200-hour approved teaching standard curriculum as well as expanding on broader wellness coaching techniques. Bellevue College is the premier, National Yoga Alliance approved, Yoga Instructor Certificate Program in the Northwest. View our Certificate of Registration.

With a strong anatomical kinesiology foundation, Wellness Coaching, and Yoga Instructor Techniques, students learn the art and science of yoga instruction. Upon graduation from this Health Science Education and Wellness Institute program, graduates will be able to register as a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). which is a credential sought by many fitness and wellness employers.

I enjoyed the program as it provided me with varied materials that helped me understand the philosophy, history and theory of YOGA practice. Having instructors present in their area of specialties also added value to what we learned including getting first hand insight from an instructor’s perspective. Having a cohort that was equally engaged provided a healthy environment of discussion.

-Peri Gilani, Yoga Instructor Certification Graduate

Program Features

  • Bellevue College Yoga Instructor Certificate is strong in anatomy and applicable for coaching individuals or teaching classes.
  • Upon receiving the Certificate, graduates can become a Registered Yoga Teacher through the National Yoga Alliance registry.
  • This program is in an academic setting yet provides a cohort of peers to explore many aspects of Yoga from knowledgeable instructors in their field of expertise.
  • Yoga Instructor Certificate Info & Requirements

Recommended Course Sequence

FallWinterSpring
PE 148: Yoga Instructor Techniques I – 3 creditsPE 149: Yoga Instructor Techniques II – 3 creditsPE 280: Yoga Instructor Practicum – 1 credit
PE 236: Anatomical Kinesiology – 4 creditsHLTH 224: Wellness Coaching – 2 credits

FAQ for Yoga Instructor Certificate Program

Anyone interested in learning how to teach yoga effectively, or learn more about the essentials of yoga foundations and philosophy.

A minimum of 1 year yoga experience is helpful

  1. Bellevue College Yoga Instructor Certificate (13 credits) with an emphasis on professional and safety standards of yoga instruction for individual and group settings.
  2. National Yoga Alliance 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification

This program is designed to give you an in-depth immersive experience of learning methods to teach yoga effectively. It can be completed over a longer or shorter period of time. It is a cohort program with 5 classes. Two classes are required to be taken in the same school year (PE 148 and PE 149) as a cohort, Fall and Winter quarter. Spring quarter is your practicum/teaching quarter (PE 280).  Two other courses support the individual coaching and teaching experience, and anatomical and kinesiology emphasis.  Many students will take the recommended course sequence to complete the certificate in 3 quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring). However, if students would like to take more time they could take it over 5 quarters.

Tuition rates and more detailed information can be found on the Bellevue College Tuition & Fees website.

There may be financial aid options available for students such as grants, loans, and scholarships. you can learn more on the Financial Aid website.

There are no course requirements that need to be completed before you can apply to the program.

There is no English requirement but it is recommended that students have a level of English that would allow them to grasp the concepts and communicate with others in the program. In the PE 280: Yoga Instructor Practicum course, students will gain experience leading a yoga class and communicating yoga concepts to others.

If you are looking for additional resources to increase your level of English before applying, you can explore our Basic and Transitional Studies (BATS) department that offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Please see additional information on their website.

Please visit our application instructions page for more details.

If you are already an active Bellevue College student with a Student ctcLink ID Number, you can skip to Step 2, which outlines all of the components of our application.

For questions, please email: wellness@bellevuecollege.edu

How to Apply

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Bellevue College’s Yoga Instructor Certificate program, is a selective admissions program. All students must apply to Bellevue College prior to completing the online Yoga Instructor application. Specific instructions have been provided for this program. Please note, by completing the online Yoga Instructor application, you are applying to the Yoga Instructor Certificate program only.

Last Updated May 20, 2022