A Yoga Alliance accredited Instructor Course and Certification program is now available through the Lifetime Activities Program at West Virginia University.

The WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences has collaborated with the University of Wellness in offering the 12-week course. Classes begin in February; registration fees are due Jan. 1.

The first part of the 200-hour, 12 week course begins Feb. 5 and continues through March 12. The second part of the training starts April 9 and continues through May 14. Classes will meet in the WVU Coliseum in room 171 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are living in a world where more than 170 million people don’t get enough healthy physical activity. As a nation we need highly educated, compassionate and understanding fitness and wellness professionals to lead us out of this epidemic,” said Kerissa Kuis, founder and president of the University of Wellness.

“This is a great collaboration that will benefit our university and college in educating tomorrow’s fitness leaders,” said Nancy Naternicola, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Fitness and Wellness director. “This accredited certification is one of the top certifications in the fitness industry.”

Topics include:

• techniques: asana, pranayama, kriyas, chanting, mantra, mediation and introduction to other traditional yoga techniques

• methodology: principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and corrections, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student’s process of learning and business aspects of conducting yoga classes

• anatomy and physiology: human anatomy and physiology, energy anatomy and the study of an application of its principles to yoga practice

• yoga philosophy / lifestyle and ethics for yoga instructors: yoga sutras, yoga lifestyle and making conscientious personal choices; and practicum: teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and giving / receiving feedback.

The course also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

All instructor trainees are required to attend one yoga asana session per week while in training, 7-10 hours of observation, five hours of assisting and 10 hours of volunteer teaching time (sites will be made available).

For more information visit www.universityofwellness.org, e-mail kerissa@univeristyofwellness.org, call Kuis at 724-516-8917 or contact the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Lifetime Activities Office at 304-293-0859.



CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
304-293-0827, Kimberly.Cameon@mail.wvu.edu