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Loyola Marymount University

University Hall
1 LMU Drive, Suite 2800
Los Angeles, CA  90045
Telephone:  310-258-8700
Website:  http://bellarmine.lmu.edu/yoga/

 

Description of Organization

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) understands and declares its mission to be: the encouragement of learning, the education of the whole person, the service of faith and the promotion of justice.  The University offers 38 master's degrees, one education doctorate, one juris doctorate and 15 credential programs.  The Master's of Arts in Yoga Studies program is designed to meet the needs of Yoga teachers and students who wish to enhance their training and improve their competencies.  

The primary goal of the Master's of Arts in Yoga Studies program is to provide students with the tools needed to succeed in the practice and teaching of Yoga.  The program is designed to produce leaders in the field of Yoga, equipped to open centers and studios for the study and practice of Yoga, to teach Yoga classes and to conduct trainings for Yoga students.

The program's curriculum enhances the students' understanding of the theory and practice of Yoga by offering courses on the complex history of Yoga, its primary classical textual resources, its health benefits and its relationship to various forms of spirituality.  Students will learn the contemplative, meditative aspect of Yoga and a range of styles of Yoga from Sivanananda to Krishnamacharya to Self-Realization Fellowship to Bikram to smaller lineages.  They will also gain a deeper understanding of the connection between Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Yoga.

 

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2019, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) received a $10,000 grant to support the position of a Clinical Professor of Health Science and Yoga, expanding the post from part-time to full-time. The funding will enable the Clinical Professor position to: 1) expand the M.A. in Yoga Studies program’s Yoga Therapy track, with its focus on science, medicine and wellness; and 2) fully implement and oversee the Post-Graduate Yoga Therapy (PGYT) Certificate program within the master’s program. The expansion of the master’s program’s Yoga Therapy track will include new courses, and the full implementation of the PGYT Certificate program will include an extensive offering of community outreach for students in the Yoga Therapy track, allowing them to work in internships to refine their delivery of Yoga Therapy while simultaneously providing Yoga and meditation to communities in need. The grant enables the M.A. in Yoga Studies program to accommodate increased interest in the growing field of Yoga Therapy, and to ensure that the program continues its role at the forefront of this new area.

In 2013  and 2014, a $5,000 grant was made to support scholarships for students who seek to attend the Master's of Arts in Yoga Studies program.  The grant was distributed as follows: 

a. $2,500 on February 11, 2013.
b. $2,500 on April 1, 2014.