Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

Yoga Studies Extension Certificates are open and available to the public. 

Certificates are wonderful offerings to take on their own, to deepen knowledge, experience and expertise in various realms of Yoga.

Certificates also act as pre- or co-requisites for the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program at LMU. Certificates registration takes place through the LMU Extension office, with more information on their site and here, below.

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  • Yoga Philosophy

    Yoga Philosophy

    This certificate program is designed for Yoga teachers and students of Yoga who wish to go deeper in their understanding, and exploration of, Yoga philosophy. Here we closely read important texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads, explore devotional practices in the Bhakti tradition, and more. This certificate can give perspective MA students a feel for the sort of inquiry in the Masters. It is also a wonderful way to deepen knowledge as a Yoga/ asana teacher and/ or practioner.  

    Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

    • Appreciate and understand the historical and cultural context of Yoga
    • Understand and teach from the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, which continues to be revered by scholars and practitioners alike as the most coherent and authoritative outline of the fundamental principles of Classical Yoga
    • Value the root texts on Yoga in its original language

    Example courses:

    • Required:
      • Sanskrit I
      • Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali
      • Samkya Karika
      • Upanishads
      • Bhagavad Gita
    • Electives: 
      • Ayurveda Self Care I
      • Ayurveda Self Care II
      • Sanskrit II
      • Sanskrit Reading Course

    More information:

    Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program

  • Vinyasa Krama Teacher Training

    ‌60-hour Course with Ramaswami: the Krishnamacharya Lineage

    At LMU, Srivatsa Ramaswami presents his master Krishnamacharya's teachings at the Vinyasa Krama Yoga Summer Institute, an intensive program taught solely by him.‌

    About Srivatsa Ramaswami:

    As Krishnamacharya’s longest standing student outside his immediate family, Srivatsa Ramaswami has mastered Vinyasa Krama, Vedic chanting, and Yoga therapy. He has studied the classic Yoga texts extensively, has recorded more than 35 cassettes of Sanskrit mantra, and has written four books: Yoga for the Three Stages of Life, Basic Tenets of Patanjala Yoga, The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga, and Yoga Beneath the Surface.

    He has been teaching for more than 25 years in India Kalakshetra, Ramachandra Medical University, and Yoga Brotherhood. Similarly, he has taught workshops and teacher training programs in the US including the Esalen Institute, LMU Extension, Yoga Works, the Himalayan Institute, and the Chicago Yoga Center

    This Summer's Training Focus

    The Bhagavad Gita in the Teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya
    Schedule: Daily, July 28-August 6, 8:30-11:30a and 1-3p
    Registration: Registration is now open online

    Sri Krishnamacharya was a versatile teacher. In addition to yogasanas he taught vedic chanting several texts like the Yoga SutrasBrahma Sutras, and of course the Bhagavad Gita. He truly lived up to his given name Krishnamacharya, meaning Krishna the teacher/preceptor. His teaching of the Gita had a unique depth and flavor as he was a practicing yogi, not just an academician. In this program the Bhagavad Gita (The Teachings of the Lord) will be gone through completely verse by verse chapter by chapter. It deals with the entire range of human experience and endeavors and the Lord’s guidance to everyone to go through life fruitfully and reach the ultimate spiritual state of Yoga. This program is especially designed for Yoga Students. Bhagavad Gita even as it is known as a text of Vedanta it is also known as Yoga Satra, or a Yoga text. This is a 60-hour course.

    Core Vinyasa Krama Yoga
    Schedule: Daily, July 28-August 6, 6-8p
    Registration: Registration is now open online

    This 20-hour Core Vinyasakrama course offers the principal vinyasas normally taught in a longer (60-hour) course above. The 20-hr course may be useful as a review and reinforcement for those who have already done the 60-hr course, while at the same time offering to those who are new to Vinyasakrama a detailed introduction.

    ‌The teacher training program, which is registered with Yoga Alliance®, is open to those seeking intense study in the traditional Yoga as learned from the legendary Yogi Sri T. Krishnamacharya. This 200-hour program will impart a comprehensive and in-depth grounding to traditional Yoga. The complete Vinyasa Krama series, the entire range of sequences, numbering about 700 with important pranayama, chanting and meditation methods taught by Krishnamacharya, will be explored.

    More information:

    Vinyasa Krama Teacher Training Program

  • Yoga Therapy Rx

    Yoga Therapy: Health of Body and Mind

    Yoga Therapy is a synthesis of the ageless wisdom from the East with the most recent knowledge in complementary health from the West.  

    The respective professional certificate programs prepare Yoga instructors with practices for people with health challenges not normally met in a group class. These challenges can be physical, mental or emotional. Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to suit individual needs. Yoga therapy can be a means to manage illness or facilitate healing.

    Successful completion of Level 1 fulfills the certificate requriement for the M.A. program 

    The basic program (level 1) will focus on the musculoskeletal system. Classes will address principles of practice, anatomy for yoga teachers, the origin and treatment of common low back, upper back, knee and hip problems. In addition the course will cover communication tools for working with doctors including reading reports and understanding terminology and clinical notes such as S.O.A.P. notes. 

    Level 2 is considered the advanced program, Level 3 the clinical program and Level 4 the internship program. You can read more detail on all of these steps, and the program as a whole, at the link below.

    Students who successfully complete this program will be better equipped to work with various medical specialists, chiropractors, osteopaths and physical therapists in clinical settings to help treat common ailments and conditions.

    More information:

    Yoga Therapy Program

  • Yoga and the Healing Sciences 200 HR Training

    200 HR YA Certified Training: Yoga and the Healing Sciences 

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    Become a certified Yoga teacher and/or deepen your knowledge of the practice at LMU! Become skilled in many forms of Yoga from Astanyga to Iyengar to Vinyasa, learning from a variety of teachers.

    The Yoga and the Healing Sciences professional certificate program is a Yoga Alliance®-registered 200-hour teacher training that offers participants and prospective teachers the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the fundamental and advanced concepts of Yoga through an immersion into Yoga’s classical and modern forms.

    Whereas many teacher training programs focus on a single practice or school of Yoga, the Yoga and the Healing Sciences will introduce students to a variety of practices (and teachers).

    Each of the different approaches to yoga practice have developed over the centuries in order to suit the spiritual needs of individuals of different dispositions and capacities. Understanding and appreciating this variety of practice will prepare teachers to better serve a diverse clientele.

    Students will be exposed to five of the most popular styles of Hatha Yoga:

    Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Power and Chikitsa Vinyasa; as well as other elements of Raja Yoga practice, including meditation, chanting, and pranayama. Students will also learn fundamental theories of Ayurvedic healing and modern Yoga therapy. 

    The next training begins in Spring!

    April 8-August 6

    More information:

    Yoga and the Healing Sciences 200 HR Training Program

  • Yoga, Mindfulness, and Social Change

    Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change: Going Within to Go Without

    100 Hour Training Program

    Yoga and meditation are often perceived as solely internal, individual practices. Yet these practices can also be undertaken to promote positive social and personal developments that benefit the greater community. The concern for the social welfare of both the world and its people is essential to the practice of Yoga, and to the greater Ignatian ideals of Loyola Marymount University’s mission of service and whole person education for the sake of transformation and social justice.

    Historically, Yoga and meditation have been instrumental in facilitating social change. Gandhi's non-violent resistance movement, rooted in Yogic principals, later inspired Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela. Today, Yoga and meditation continue to be socially transformative practices.

    The Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change professional certificate program offers Yoga practitioners and teachers an opportunity to explore these various socio-ecological service applications for Yoga and meditation in regard to the following topics:

    • Ecology
    • Neuroscience
    • Families, parenting, and children
    • Global Peace
    • Addiction and Recovery
    • Prisons
    • Schools
    • Diversity
    • Gandhi, Yoga, and Social Change

    This program takes place one weekend a month for one year.

    Typically, we begin in September and run through June.

    More information:

    Yoga, Mindfulness, and Social Change Program

  • Yoga Ed

    Yoga for Kids, Teens, and in Schools: YogaEd

    Bring your Yoga to the next generation and into schools!

    Learn the evidence-based principles and practices to effectively teach yoga to children and teens. Apply theory to practice by viewing and assisting classes at in a Los Angeles school. Upon completion of our program, you will be certified as a Yoga Educator with Yoga Ed. and eligible for Yoga Alliance’s RCYT certification.


    Children's Yoga (YEDX 800) | June 3-4 & 10-11
    Teen's Yoga (YEDX 801) | July 8-9 & 15-16
    Trauma-Informed Yoga (YEDX 802) | July 29-30 & August 5-6

    More information:

    Yoga Ed Program