About Yoga Studies

Graduate students in the program are exposed to various modalities of learning, including participation in class lectures, studio classes, study in India and independent research.  The program produces knowledgeable leaders in the field of Yoga, equipped to teach the academic component of Yoga, its history and philosophy, as well as to open centers and studios for the study and practice of Yoga, and to conduct trainings for Yoga teachers.  It is also possible for our graduates to apply for PhD programs in related fields.


Yoga Studies graduate students will enter each summer or fall as a cohort, and complete the program within two years of study.  Study in India is included in the curriculum.

Yoga is regularly practiced by an estimated 20 million Americans.  Its origins date back at least two thousand years to the Indian subcontinent.  It has been linked with practices of meditation in Buddhism, ethics in Jainism, and movement and breathing in medieval Hindu spiritual practices.  The traditions and practices of Yoga have been embraced by Muslims (particularly in India) and Sikhs, and, for more than a century, by many Jews and Christians.  The health benefits of Yoga have been well-documented.

Cambridge University scholar, Elizabeth de Michelis, has written that Yoga offers "some solace, physical, psychological, or spiritual, in a world where solace and reassurance are sometimes elusive."  This formal course of study in Yoga advances the mission of Loyola Marymount University, particularly the commitment to learning, and the education of the whole person.

Learning Outcomes of the M.A. Program in Yoga Studies

  1. Graduates will be able to use their knowledge of the language, history, and philosophy of the Yoga tradition in their analysis of key Yoga texts.

  2. Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge of human physiology, in the western and Asian traditions, in the practices of Yoga.

  3. Graduates will be able to use their knowledge of the spiritual and ethical dimensions of Yoga in their analysis of key Yoga texts.

  4. Graduates will be able to effectively teach a Yoga class.

  5. Graduates will be able to design a program to train teachers of Yoga.

  6. Students will demonstrate effective research, evaluation, and writing skills on focused topics in Yoga.