‌Full-Time Faculty

Christopher Key Chapple, Ph.D.

Dr. Christopher Key Chapple is the Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His research interests have focused on the renouncer religious traditions of India: Yoga, Jainism, and Buddhism. He has published several books with SUNY Press, including Karma and Creativity (1986), Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions (1993), Reconciling Yogas (2003), and Yoga and the Luminous: Patanjali’s Spiritual Path to Freedom (2008).

He has also edited and co-authored several books on religion and ecology, including Ecological Prospects: Religious, Scientific, and Aesthetic Perspectives (1994, SUNY), Hinduism and Ecology (2000, with Mary Evelyn Tucker, Harvard), Jainism and Ecology (2002, Harvard), Yoga and Ecology (2009, Deepak Heritage), and In Praise of Mother Earth: The Prthivi Sukta of the Atharva Veda (2011, with O.P. Dwivedi, winner, translation prize, Dharma Academy of North America). He also is editor of the journal Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology (Brill).

Chris serves as an academic advisor for the International Summer School of Jain Studies and on the advisory boards for the Green Yoga Association (Oakland), the Forum on Religion and Ecology (Yale), and the Ahimsa Center (Pomona). In 2002 he established the first of several certificate programs in the study of Yoga at LMU’s Center for Religion and Spirituality and will direct LMU’s Master of Arts in Yoga Studies, which begins in the fall of 2013.

1980   Ph.D. Theology, Fordham University, U.S.A.
           History of Religions Program Dissertation: “The Concept of Will in the Yogavasistha

1978   MA Fordham University, U.S.A.
           Thesis: “Tson Kha Pa and the Synthesis of Buddhism in Tibet”

1976   B.A. State University of New York at Stony Brook, U.S.A.
           Comparative Literature and Religious Studies (summa cum laude)


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Ana Funes

Ana Funes completed her B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy with a focus on Philosophy of Religion at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, with theses on the topics of Advaita Vedanta and interpretations of the Yoga Sutra, respectively.  She is completing her Ph.D. in Comparative Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii under the guidance of Professor Arindam Chakrabarti. Her topic will examine proprioception in regard to the notion of subtle body as it is found in Samkhya-Yoga, Vedanta, and Kasmir Saivism using phenomenological methodology. 

Ana was certified as an  instructor of Kundalini Yoga by the 3HO Association of  Mexico City and  took a two year teacher's training course in Iyengar Yoga style also in Mexico City.  She has studied Sanskrit in Pune, India, as well as in Mexico and Hawaii, and completed a 200 hour teacher training in Sivananda Yoga in India.  She currently teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Sanskrit, and Kundalini Yoga classes at the University of Hawaii and serves as a Spanish language translator for the Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center at Legal Aid in Honolulu, generally dealing with victims of domestic violence and immigration issues.  

Ph.D. Candidate University of Hawaii
Comparative Philosophy

M.A.  National Autonomous University of Mexico

B.A.  National Autonomous University of Mexico


Part-Time Faculty

John Casey, Ph.D.

Dr. John Thomas Casey completed his graduate studies in Asian and Comparative Philosophy at the University of Hawai’i in 1996 and has taught courses in World Religions, Buddhism, and Sanskrit studies at numerous colleges in Southern California since 2000, including Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, UC Irvine, and presently at Chapman University.

He has taught many courses for the LMU Yoga Philosophy certificate program since its inception in 2002, including Sanskrit language and textual studies of the Yoga SutraHatha Yoga Pradipika, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Samkhya Karika. In recent years, he has been tapped as a philosophy instructor for Yoga teacher training programs and has conducted a variety of workshops and seminars through yoga studios and other private venues. Since 1998, Dr. Casey has sojourned to northern India and the Himalayas seven times as a teacher, student, pilgrim, and guide.

1996    Ph.D. University of Hawaii
            Asian and Comparative Philosophy

            B.A. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 


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Lori Rubenstein Fazzio, DPT

Lori Rubenstein Fazzio, DPT, PT, MAppSc, CYT, YTRX has a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Boston University, an Advanced Masters Degree in Manipulative Therapy from the University of South Australia, and received her doctorate from Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions. She is on faculty at Mount St. Mary's College Doctoral Program of Physical Therapy and has appeared on "Good Morning America".

Dr. Rubenstein began practicing Yoga in 1993. In 2000 she began her teacher training journey with Dr. Matthew Taylor and received her certification in 2007 from Samata International with Larry Payne, PhD. She has studied with Swami Veda from the Himalayan Institute and describes her personal practice as a combination of Hatha and Kundalini practices. Interested in the scientific applications of Yoga Practices on health, she was the lead investigator with Dr. Ellen Langer at Harvard University in a randomized control study entitled “Effect of Mindfulness on Memory and Function in Chronic Pain Sufferers”. In 2011 she presented her work in Neuroplasticity, “Neuroplastic Yoga for Chronic Pain” at the Symposium for Yoga Therapy and Research. Lori has been teaching in Yoga Therapy Rx since 2008 and is the Associate and Clinical Director of Level IV where she mentors students in an interdisciplinary chronic pain program at the Simms Mann Venice Family Clinic. Lori is the founder and owner of Mosaic Physical Therapy in Los Angeles www.mosaicpt.com.

DPT. Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions

MAppSc. University of South Australia
Manipulative Therapy

B.S. Boston University
Physical Therapy

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