Specialized Study Program in Fundamentals of Yoga

Specialized Study Program in Fundamentals of Yoga

Classroom Program


12-18 months


13 Units

UCR Extension

Perfect for beginning practitioners at any age, this method of yoga has been mastered and defined by Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, who was born on December 14, 1918, and is a world-renowned yoga teacher from Pune, India. He writes, teaches, practices and inspires millions throughout the world. B.K.S. Iyengar practices the classical form of yoga, codified by Sage Pantanjali over 2,000 years ago. According to B.K.S. Iyengar: "Words cannot convey the value of yoga. It has to be experienced".

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

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


13 Units

“Practicing yoga has strengthened and healed my body. This program has surpassed my expectations, as the instructors go above and beyond to help students grow as yoga practitioners and future instructors.”

Cory Johnston

Yoga Instructor
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

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

  • High school education or equivalent

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

Basic Concepts of Yoga

AST X400

1 units

Enhance your understanding of Yoga as presented by sage Patanjali in his Yogasutras. You will learn about the eight limbs of Yoga; human mind and its potential; causes of suffering; distractions and attachments; detachment and liberation and other basic concepts.

Cultural Heritage of India

AST X433.01

1 units

This course presents an insight in to the richness of an ancient culture that gave birth to the art and science of Yoga. Besides Yoga, early India has also explored several other aspects of human life in relation to this existence. The facts and principles thus discovered have found their expression in various forms of art, science and literature. A brief introduction to these is provided in this course.

Quarter 2

Philosophical History and Foundations of Yoga


2 units

Yoga has its roots in the ancient philosophy of India. This course is intended to introduce students briefly to the various schools of Indian philosophy and explore their Yoga connection.

Quarter 3

Iyengar Yoga, Part I

AST X401

2 units

Learn the basic postures (asanas) in this introductory class. You will practice standing poses, forward bends, back bends, and inversions. Instruction includes:

  • the classical Sanskrit term and meaning for each pose
  • variations and adaptations to postures
  • the physical and mental health benefits of each group of asanas
Students are required to complete four quarters of this course, for total of 8 units. Note:  Please bring your own yoga mat to each class session. 

Quarter 4

Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga: Part A

BIOL X445.01A

1 units

A survey of the musculoskeletal structure and their movements of the human body. Emphasis is on the major muscle groups, axial and appendicular skeleton, joints and joint movement. Designed to give the yoga practitioner a working knowledge of the movement of the body.

“My first yoga teacher introduced me to Iyengar Yoga and I was fascinated by the use of modifications, props, and sequencing which allowed students of all ages, shapes, and physical conditions to participate. Observing students and fellow teachers reap the benefits of yoga, and improve their health and quality of life inspires me.”

Tamera Gingerella

Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor
Riverside City College & UCR Extension
Riverside, CA

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