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Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour Program

Welcome to the University of Utah's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program!

The ESSF Program has partnered with Yoga Alliance to offer an accredited 200-Hour Yoga Certification. The program is broken down into three courses that can be taken for credit or non-credit and is available to students, staff, faculty, and members of the community. All three courses MUST be completed in order to complete the 200-hour program and the program is the same regardless of which course series is used to enroll. 

ESSF 1800/1801/1802: These courses are for students wanting to take the program for academic credit and will earn a total of 7.5 credit hours for completing the program. Students can enroll for these courses through the CIS portal.

ESSF 800/801/802: These courses are for students who do not need the academic credit hours and are completing the program for personal or professional development. Students can enroll for these courses through or through the CIS portal. 

PEPEC 800/801/802: These courses are designed for students looking to enhance their professional development. An application is required for this option and students will be provided with a digital badge for their online profile post-completion. For more information regarding the certificate, please visit their website found here.

Information on what to expect from the U of U YTT Program can be found here.

For questions, please contact Rebecca at or Jendar at

More information can be found here.

Yoga Teacher Training 1 - Foundations of Asana - ESSF 1800, ESSF 800, and PEPEC 800

Held on Tuesdays - Fall Semester 6:00pm-8:30pm - Spring Semester 12:55pm-3:25pm - Summer Semester 9:00am-11:30am

Yoga Teacher Training 1: Foundation of Asanas

Pre/Co-requisite: Yoga Teacher Training 2

The main focus of Yoga Teacher Training 1 is the Foundation of Asanas. This course will also include the learning of Asana names in Sanskrit and English, a history of yoga and its varying styles, the importance that the Bhagavad Gita text plays in yoga’s underlying philosophies, basics of metaphysical value applied to yoga practice, and an introduction to chakras.  Other topics covered are:

Posture Clinics

  • Body Alignment
  • Use of props
  • Physical adjustments
  • Appropriate cueing
  • Variation of poses
  • Partner Work


  • Bhagavad Gita (required reading)
  • Light on Yoga

Pranayama Study

  • Various Styles of breathing exercises

Yoga Teacher Training 2: ESSF 1801, ESSF 801, PEPEC 801 - Anatomy, Sequence, and Philosophy

Held on Thursdays - Fall Semester 6:00pm-8:30pm - Spring Semester 12:55pm-3:25pm - Summer Semester 9:00am-11:30am

Yoga Teacher Training 2: Anatomy, Sequence, and Philosophy

Pre/Co-Requisite: Yoga Teacher Training 1

The main focus of YTT 2 is to  build on YTT 1. In this course, students will learn how to construct and teach their own sequences. Students will also learn the U’s signature YTT sequence, the Chakra Flow. This course will also include discussions around the Business of Yoga, Anatomy Clinics, and the Yoga Sutras Eight Limbs of Yoga and how they can be incorporated into a deeper yogic practice.  Other topics covered are:

Sequence Creation

  • Creating a themed practice
    • Knowing Your Audience
    • Teaching For Body Types
    • Use of Music, Voice, Sounds, etc.

Round Robin Instruction

  • Small Group teaching
  • Teaching methodology

Patanjali’s Eight limbs

  • Yamas
  • Niyamas
  • Pranayam
  • Asana
  • Dharana
  • Dhyana
  • Pratyahara
  • Samadhi


  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • The Vedas
  • Key Muscles of Yoga (required reading)
  • Yoga Teacher Toolbox (required reading

Ayurveda Intro

  • Know Your Doshas
  • Understanding Vayus

Yoga Teacher Training 3: ESSF 1802, ESSF 802, and PEPEC 802

Wednesdays - Fall Semester 6:00pm-8:30pm - Spring Semester 12:55pm-3:25pm - Summer Semester 9:00am-11:30am

Yoga Teacher Training 3: Yoga Workshops

This course is required for the 200 hour certification and available for anyone interested in learning more about yoga and enhancing their own practice.

This course provides a unique experience to students by providing a wide array of guest lecturers. Students will be introduced to a variety of yoga disciplines in order to increase awareness of yoga lineage. Different approaches tow from an array of master yoga instructors of varying styles.

This class will be held in-person and online, depending on the scheduling needs and availability of the guest lecturer. 

Styles Covered

  • Astanga
  • Anusara
  • Vinyasa Krama
  • Iyengar
  • Yin/Restore
  • Nidra
  • Kundalini
  • Partner
  • And much more!

Contact Us

ESSF Program Manager
Rebecca Davenport 
HPR N Room 249

 ESSF Graduate Assistant
Off-Campus Course Contact
Meghan Hedrick 

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