Hybrid, low-residency M.A. Track

Hybrid, Low Residency Master of Arts in Yoga Studies

Transcend the boundaries of location with our Hybrid, low-residency Master of the Arts in Yoga Studies track


The Hybrid low-residency Master of Arts track provides the study of the Yoga tradition from multiple perspectives. The hybrid format offers students the opportunity to deeply engage with Yoga through various critical methodologies without having to relocate their lives. 15% of the program takes place on the LMU campus, 7% in India, and 78% via distance education. The distance courses are formatted to allow for in-depth engagement and discussion. The group experience in India allows for opportunities to integrate the in-class material. The program meets the needs of Yoga students and teachers alike who are seeking to enhance their knowledge of the tradition in both theory and practice. 

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  • Curriculum and Program Timeline

    The total time to complete the residential M.A. in Yoga Studies track is 2.5 years and amounts to 36 graduate level credits. In addition to the following curriculum, all students must complete a certificate program as a pre/co-requisite to graduation. 

    *Unless otherwise indicated, these courses will take place online*

    Summer 1 

    Foundations of Yoga Studies: Basic methodological approaches to the academic study of Yoga, with an emphasis on the place of Yoga within theological discourse. *This course takes place on the LMU Campus* 

    Fall 1

    Health Science and Yoga (YGST 6010): An overview of anatomy and physiology from the Western perspective and Ayurvedic theories of the subtle body, health, and wholeness

    Sanskrit I & II (YGPX 800 & 801): This course provides the student with a foundational understanding of Sanskrit writing and grammar. This course is offered through LMU Extension.

    Spring 1

    Yoga Philosophy: Text and Practice (YGST 6020): 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.

    Sanskrit: The Bhagavad Gītā (YGST 6026): The Bhagavad Gītā sets forth the primary practices of philosophical and meditation Yoga, including the ways of Knowledge, Action, and Devotion.  We will read select passages, completing the study of various aspects of Sanskrit grammar.  

    Summer 2

    Buddhism and Yoga (YGST 6040): Yoga’s relationship with Buddhism will be explored with an emphasis on Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhism and Zen.

    Jaina Yoga (YGST 6041): 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. *This course takes place in India*

    Fall 2

    Sanskrit: The Yoga Sūtra (YGST 6025): In this course students will translate the sutras and commentary from Patanjali’s seminal text, the Yoga Sūtra.

    Comparative Mysticism (YGST 6082): This course will explore the inner or mystical life as articulated in various religious traditions. We will engage with studies of modern classics by William James and Carl Jung and then focus on the various mystical traditions and the emerging field of contemplative Christian ecology. 

    Spring 2

    Hatha Yoga Texts (YGST 6030): This course in movement and breathing will draw from classical texts such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Requires demonstration of student teaching skills.

    History of Modern Yoga (YGST 6050): This course will explore the historical introduction of core principles and practices of Yoga into Europe and North America through the legacy of modern masters. Students will be required to demonstrate teaching ability from select traditions

    Summer 3

    Comprehensive Exam Seminar: In this course students will work together in preparation for a comprehensive exam, which will be created by the students in tandem with Yoga Studies faculty. *This course takes place on the LMU campus*

    Fall 3

    Writing and Research Seminar: This course will aid the students through the process of writing their final thesis by introducing research methods and writing techniques in order to complete a clear final thesis. Students will be able to help one another, as different phases of their given projects will be shared in class. 
  • Pre/Co-requisite Certificate

    The Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program works hand-in-hand with LMU Extension's Center for Religion and Spirituality, which offers certificates in various aspects of Yoga. Each student in the M.A. program must successfully complete one of the following LMU Yoga Studies Extension Certificates.

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    Offered online through YogaGlo:

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