Five Element Yoga® Teacher Training

40-Hour Certificate Training CE’s. Includes 180-page manual. 40 CE credits Yoga Alliance. Certificate Training. Graduates will receive a certificate upon graduation.

For yoga teachers and experienced yoga students.

July 17-22 Upcoming Five Element Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center

Five Element Yoga® is a potent practice of yoga postures, breathing, mudras, meditation, and yoga nidra that realigns us with the rhythms of nature. Developed by Jennifer Reis, Five Element Yoga is rooted in Kripalu Yoga, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and Integrative Yoga Therapy. This potent practice is a celebration of yoga postures, elemental breathing, mudras, creative expression, reflection and yoga nidra that realigns you with the rhythms of nature.

INNER BALANCE is the intention of Five Element Yoga, boosting your health and wellness into action.

When our five elements are out of balance, we can feel out of balance and can suffer physically, emotionally or mentally. With Five Element Yoga practice, you will learn how to guide yourself and your students back into harmony — not only of the elements but also the corresponding kosha, vayu, dosha and chakra — to tap into greatest potential. Our natural constitution is given a chance to come into a gracious flow with life so that we may enjoy increased health, happiness, peace, and potential.

In this training you will move deeply into Five Element Yoga practice yourself while learning the skills necessary to create powerful classes and workshops. Beyond an ordinary training, this is a time for practice, experiential learning and investigation that will transform your life and the lives of your students. By embodying the five elements with yoga, you will take your teaching to a higher level to awaken your inner radiance as a yogi, as a teacher, and most importantly, as a human being.

Five Element practice balances and nourishes every level being to bring harmony and health within you and your cadence and rhythm with all of nature.

Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether are the archetypal building blocks of our bodies and energy, and everything in existence. The elements are vivid, colorful, alive and potent, creating a fertile ground for exploring the whole Self. This multi-faceted inquiry allows the essence of the elements to flower from within.

Training Objectives

Ground in the Physical

  • Learn how to guide vibrant Five Element Yoga in your classes and workshops.

  • Develop the elemental qualities within yourself of grounding, fluidity, radiance, compassion, and expansion.

  • Discover the predominant element within each yoga posture.Understand yoga philosophy including Yoga Sutras and the Upanishads.

  • Learn yogic models of the five koshas, five kleshas and five vayus, the senses, and their corresponding elements.

  • Learn about Ayurveda and how the five elements are analogous to the doshas.

  • Understand the effects of the elements on the systems of the body.

Experiential Learning

  • Gain experience by practicing Five Element Yoga with Jennifer each day.

  • Practice in leading in partners and small groups.

  • Learn to blend yogic philosophy, technical knowledge, joy, and playfulness in your teaching.

Invite the Energetic

  • Explore unique elemental breathing techniques from yoga therapy.

  • Learn how to use mudras, and self-bodywork including Shiatsu, Ayurvedic massage in your classes.

  • Discover the transformational powers of activating the five elements within the yogic energetic anatomy of the energy channels and currents as well as the chakra wheels.

Integrate Your Experience

  • Reflect and integrate your practice with creative exploration utilizing writing and art making.

  • Cultivate self-compassion, understanding and knowledge by developing the Witness Consciousness.

  • Integrate the power of the elements within meditation and guided yoga nidra.

  • Expand into freedom and experience unity.

  • Merge with nature and your true Self.


Our 40-hour five-day training includes experiential learning through lecture, power point, discussion, partner and small group exploration, as well as daily guided practice with asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra, mudras and self-bodywork.

You will get to practice teaching in partners and small groups what you have learned in a compassionate and supportive environment. Reflect and integrate through journaling, writing, mandala creation, drawing and writing. Five Element Yoga Teacher Training includes a manual to facilitate this depth practice and aid in taking it home with you to incorporate into your life and teaching.


Try Five Element Yoga!

July 17-22 Upcoming Five Element Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center