Loyola Marymount celebrates its first-ever M.A. in yoga studies program

Loyola Marymount University, here in Los Angeles, touts its master of arts program in yoga studies as a first of its kind. Yes, there are many extension courses (which is how LMU’s started) and a variety of 100-hour, 200-hour and 500-hour teacher training courses. But LMU says its graduate-level program, which is beginning this fall, is the first at that level.

Here’s how LMU describes this program:

The Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University provides the study of the Yoga tradition from multiple perspectives.  The graduate program is designed to help students explore the Yoga tradition through various critical methodologies. The program meets the needs of Yoga students and teachers who are seeking to enhance their knowledge of the Yoga tradition in both theory and practice.

The M.A. in Yoga Studies curriculum includes courses on the history and philosophy of Yoga, its primary classical textual resources and language, its health benefits, and its relation to religion and spirituality.  Students learn various forms of Yoga practice, both ancient and modern, its place within world spirituality, and the techniques utilized for the teaching of Yoga.

All day Saturday, LMU will be holding a celebration for the program’s kick-off. It runs from noon to 9:30. Info here. It includes, of course, yoga and meditation classes, as well as the U.S. premiere of a movie, History of Yoga, apparently the first movie on the topic made in India, and a handful of other discussions.

I suppose if  you’re around LA and have a free day…

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