Each fall semester a new class will be welcomed as a cohort.  The cohort will continue through the spring, summer, and fall concluding in the following spring.  The total time to complete the M.A. in Yoga Studies will be 21 months with 36 credit hours, plus pre-requisites.  Admission to the program is available only for the fall semester.

Pre/Co-Requisite: Each student must demonstrate successful completion of one of the following LMU Yoga Studies Extension Certificates: Yoga Philosophy, Vinyasa Krama Teacher Training, Yoga Therapy Rx, Yoga and the Healing Sciences, or Yoga, Mindfulness, and Social Change.

Another option will be allowed, upon review, to transfer six post-graduate credits from LMU and/or another institution in an area related to Yoga Studies.   

Fall 1:  Six semester hours plus introductory language study as needed.

YGST 610 Health Science and Yoga:  An overview of anatomy and physiology from the Western perspective and Ayurvedic theories of the subtle body, health and wholeness.

YGST 615 Foundations of Yoga Studies:  This course will investigate basic methodological approaches to the academic study of Yoga, with an emphasis on the place of Yoga within theological discourse.  It will include a bibliographic survey of primary and secondary sources and engagement with key select resources.  Sikh and Christian approaches to Yoga will be included.

Introduction to Sanskrit: This requirement may be completed before admission to the program or by enrollment via audit in YGPX 800-801: Beginning and Intermediate Sanskrit.  This course provides the student a foundational understanding of Sanskrit writing and grammar. 

Spring 1: Nine semester hours

YGST 630 Hatha Yoga Texts:  This course in movement and breathing (Āsana and Prāṇāyāma) will draw from classical texts such as the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā, the Gherhaṇḍa Saṃhitā, and the Yoga Śāstra with particular attention to practice applications. Requires demonstration of student teaching skills.

YGST 620 Yoga Philosophy: Text and Practice:  A close study and discussion of the Yoga Sūtra of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gītā, select Upanishads, the Sāṃkhya Kārikā, the Yogavāsiṣṭha, and other classical literature.

YGST 626 Sanskrit: The Bhagavad Gītā: The Bhagavad Gītā sets forth the primary practices of philosophical and meditational Yoga, including the ways of Knowledge, Action, and Devotion.  We will read select passages, completing the study of various aspects of Sanskrit grammar. 

Summer:  Six semester hours 

YGST 641 Jaina Yoga: This course will study the Jain traditions of Yoga including Preksha meditation and its emphasis on nonviolence. This course will also immerse the students in Jainism through philosophy, ethics, cosmology, and art.  Travel to India is included. NOTE: This is generously subsidized by the International School for Jain Studies. Students may apply for travel support. 

YGST 640 Buddhism and Yoga: Yoga’s relationship with Buddhism will be explored with an emphasis on Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhism and Zen.

Fall 2: Nine semester hours

YGST 650 History of Modern Yoga: Yoga entered European and North American consciousness through the Romantic poets, the New England Transcendentalists, and the world lecture tour of Swami Vivekananda following the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893.  In the 20th century, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Sivananda, Swami Krishnamacharya and many others introduced large groups of people to the principles and practices of Yoga. The course will explore this legacy.  Students will be required to demonstrate teaching ability from select traditions.

YGST 682 Comparative Mysticism:  In this course, Christian mysticism as found in the writings of Teresa of Avila and Meister Eckhart is compared and contrasted with the interior traditions of India and East Asia including Sāṃkhya, Yoga, Taoism and Yogācāra Buddhism.

YGST 625 Sanskrit: The Yoga Sūtra: In this course students will translate the sutras and commentary from Patanjali’s seminal text, the Yoga Sūtra.

Spring 2: Six semester hours

YGST 695 Comprehensive Exam Seminar:  In this course students will be taught study tactics and will work together in preparation for two comprehensive exams.  The first question will demand a demonstration of the breadth of knowledge they have learned while the second question will focus more specifically on an area of particular interest to the student within Yoga Studies.

YGST 696 Writing and Research Seminar: This course will guide the students as they write their final thesis.  The course will aid them through the process by introducing research methods and writing techniques in order to complete a clear final thesis or research project.  Students will be able to help one another as different phases of their given projects will be shared in class.


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