1st Yoga University Outside India
Vivekananda Yoga University (VaYU), USA is the 1st yoga university outside India focused on graduate yoga education and research. VaYU is located in Los Angeles, California.
VaYU is founded on the principles of the great 19th century philosopher monk Swami Vivekananda who inspired the nations of India and USA. He also brought yoga to the USA in 1893, and his prescription for universal welfare. VaYU offers online graduate programs centered on evidence-based yoga and modern scientific approach to the traditional ancient Indian practice of yoga. VaYU is a blend between the Best of East and West.
VaYU faculty is recruited from the US and from SVYASA – the very first yoga university in the world. It routinely collaborates on research projects with world renowned research institutions such as UC San Francisco, UT Austin, U of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Research Center and more.
MS (Yoga) is a four-semester, 30 credit program providing a unique well-rounded wholistic Yoga degree that balances theory/philosophy from Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita to modern day yoga practices using a scientific and evidence-based approach, while training students in ‘Yoga as Therapy’ as practiced in the
West. Students specialize in Philosophy, Yoga Therapy, and/or Research in their 4th semester. Prior certifications in Yoga Training is transferrable.
Prerequisites: 4-Year degree, or, a 3-year degree with 3 years of work experience.
Duration: 21 months.
PhD in Yoga
For serious students interested in exploring Yoga Science, Philosophy or Therapy, this doctoral program has three components: preparatory coursework (15 credits), qualifier for advancement to candidacy, and submission of an original dissertation under the direction of a VaYU Research Faculty.
Prerequisites: MS (Yoga) or equivalent.
Duration: 3-5 years
(Offered from Fall 2022)
Diploma in Clinical Yoga Therapy
Designed for the working Healthcare Professional, this 2-semester long diploma trains Healthcare Professionals such as Physicians (MDs, DOs, MBBS, etc.), Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, and Physical / Occupational Therapists in Clinical Yoga Therapy. While Physicians will be able to diagnose and prescribe Yoga Therapy to patients, the other healthcare professionals will be trained to implement Yoga Therapy under the supervision of a Physician.
Prerequisites: 4-year Medical Degree.
Duration: 9 months.
(Offered from Fall 2022)