Hatha Yoga Courses

The Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota is a Registered Yoga School (RYS 200). Students can take three undergraduate courses in Hatha Yoga, a popular type of yoga that combines asana (postures), pranayama (breath expansion), and relaxation. These courses are based on exercise science, yogic philosophy, and scientific evidence.

Students who successfully complete these three courses A-F or S-N are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT):

  • CSPH 4311 – “Foundations of Hatha Yoga: Alignment & Movement Principles,” 3 credits.
    This will introduce students to the anatomical considerations and understanding critical to executing safe and effective Hatha Yoga instruction. This course includes, as essential to Hatha Yoga, an overview of human gross anatomy and bodily systems (specifically neuro-musculoskeletal and respiratory systems). Students will learn and practice foundational concepts of Hatha Yoga and movement, as related to Yoga Asana. Additionally, students will be introduced to methods of effectively communicating these principles as a Hatha Yoga instructor
  • CSPH 4312 – “Hatha Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, & Ethics,” 3 credits. (Prerequisite: CSPH 4311). 
    This course will introduce students to the history, tradition, and philosophy of Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on the ethical practice of Hatha Yoga. Through study of classical and modern text alike, students will learn foundational concepts of how to use this knowledge to facilitate a strong Yoga Asana, Pranayama, and meditation practice as well as how to apply these principles in everyday life. Additionally, students learn and practice to methods of effectively introducing these principles as a Hatha Yoga teacher.
  • CSPH 4313 – “Hatha Yoga Teaching Principles & Methodology,” 2 credits. (Prerequisite: 4312). 
    This course will provide students the opportunity to study communication and sequencing principles necessary for teaching effective, safe Hatha Yoga classes. Using knowledge and skills gained during the first two Hatha Yoga courses, students will develop skills to design and facilitate Hatha Yoga Asana, Pranayama, and meditation techniques. Students will have the opportunity to practice their learned skills through participation in Service Learning teaching.