Yoga Instructor Training

Yoga soothes the mind, calms the soul and strengthens the body. And it’s becoming increasingly popular in stressed out, health-conscious California. OCC Career Advantage provides yoga teacher training that can help you develop the knowledge, skill and experience needed to work as a yoga instructor at health clubs, spas and yoga/dance studios or as a freelance instructor. The 200-hour program meets the requirements set by Yoga Alliance, a professional membership and trade association, to become a registered yoga teacher (RYT). If you have a passion for wellness and want to share it with others, read on to learn more.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Theory of Yoga

Yoga Methodology

Did you know?

A 2016 national study shows the number of U.S. yoga practitioners has increased to more than 36 million, up from 20.4 million in 2012, and practitioner spending on yoga classes, clothing, equipment and accessories rose to $16 billion a year, up from $10 billion over the past four years, according to a Yoga Alliance study.

Program Details

Complete our certificate program, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in yoga instruction.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Prepare for a position as a yoga instructor at a health club, spa, yoga/dance studio, hospital, in the health industry or as a self-employed private yoga instructor. Learn how to properly instruct a yoga class for all levels and abilities, including the use of props, themes and yoga philosophy to enhance classes, and learn the history and evolution of yoga. View program detail in course catalog.

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years


To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers evening courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

OCC’s Yoga program is approximately one-tenth the cost of training at a private studio.

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