You Can Now Obtain a Yoga Masters at Loyola Marymount University
DateMay 16, 2017
Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA is the only university in the country with a master’s program for yoga studies. The degree program focuses on learning about what yoga truly is and where it comes from, Sanskrit grammar, anatomy, and history.
There are other yoga master’s programs around the world, but scholars claim that Loyola’s program stands out. Indic and comparative theology professor Christopher Chapple pitched the idea two decades ago but the university did not enroll its first students until four years ago.
Chapple was hired to teach non-Christian religions at the Catholic university. In 2002, he created a certificate program in yoga therapy which grew into five other yoga-focused programs. Today, studying yoga at LMU takes two years to complete.
“All these concepts are so new, I have to read and reread just to be able to talk about it in a way that allows me to produce the kind of thought that’s required to really make sense of it all,” says second-year student Julia Kasza. Chapple’s goal is to produce a new generation of thought leaders and yoga scholars.
“Our students — they come from all walks of life, different academic preparations. They’re people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and what they find that they hold in common is this love for learning,” Chapple explains. “It’s this love for what’s possible with human thought, and what’s possible in terms of effecting positivity in the world.”
Source: LA Times