Gym Yoga Instruction


Instruction hours per week: 3

Duration: 12-16 weeks. Maximum allowed access 26 weeks

CEU Credit: 24 Crossfit, 45 CPE Texas Education Agency

Course Author: Julie Hanson, ERYT-500 and Lon Kilgore PhD

Presented by: Julie Hanson and Lon Kilgore

Methods of instruction: Online, lecture, reading, formative activities and home/gym based activities

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This free-to-take course is designed to provide learners with the essentials of teaching yoga within a traditional gym or fitness center, either as an ancillary training methodology to be combined into workouts or as a stand-alone methodology for lower intensity or recovery days. Yoga’s effects on range of motion, local muscular endurance, and health are well documented. In this course Yoga has been dissected down into a strictly physical presentation, specifically relevant to the fitness professions. The course imbues the student with an understanding of yoga, its scientific basis, and its uses in gym environments. This practical course demonstrates how to perform twenty eight essential postures (and several other starting and transition postures) and introduces basic yoga teaching and programming skills.

Created with working fitness professionals in mind, this distance learning unit (available only online) enables anyone with occupational or geographic limitations to face-to-face learning to attend.

Students are provided a maximum of 26 weeks of access in order to complete the course (which can be completed in 12-16 weeks comfortably).

The overall objective of this course is to establish a functional understanding of the use of yoga in commercial gym environments. Specifically those outcomes are:

  • Understand the evolution of yoga, the science pertaining to yoga, and the broad effects of yoga training on the basic elements of fitness; strength, endurance and mobility.

  • Create a practical knowledge and ability to prepare a trainee to participate in yoga training.

  • Acquire the knowledge of how yoga exercises are performed and an ability to demonstrate proper technique.

  • Develop a basic ability to program yoga for achieving fitness goals.

  • Understand how various factors, personal and environmental, affecting yoga training.


  • Untangling History from Mythos

  • Scientific Roots of Yoga Practice

  • Yoga, Mobility and Endurance

  • Personal and Organizational Preparations for Yoga Training

  • The Elements of a Yoga Training Session

  • Professional Ethics

  • Yoga Postures for the Gym


This unit is assessed through online testing. In the open access course there are numerous self-assessments in the form of auto-graded quizzes, personal reflections, and practice activities. These assessments are developmental and provided at no cost, they do not satisfy the assessment requirements for award of CEU credit or certificate award.

To receive CEU credit for this course, you must register and enrol in KA203A. In that assessment package, there is one written test that assesses the mastery of materials presented relative to common yoga teaching practice. The course test is worth twenty percent (20%) of the possible course weighting (100%). There is one posture identification test worth twenty percent (20%) of the possible course weighting.

IMPORTANT to note is that there are two video assessments of the student's ability to perform posture triplets and one video assessment of their proficiency in teaching posture triplets. These are objectively evaluated by trained yoga and fitness professionals. Each video assessment is worth twenty percent (20%) of the possible course weighting (100%). Each of the five formal assessments must be passed with a minimum mark of 70% for the course to count towards CEU credit or certificate award.