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Vivekananda Yoga University (VaYU) is the world's first yoga university outside of India, dedicated to Graduate education and research in Yoga. VaYU is located in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Founded on the principles of the great 19th century Hindu Guru Swami Vivekananda’s prescription for universal welfare, VaYU offers online graduate programs based on scientific principles and modern research approaches to the ancient Indian practice of yoga. VaYU is thus a blend between the best of the East with the best of the West.

VaYU faculty have been recruited from SVYASA – the first yoga university in India. VaYU faculty routinely collaborate on research projects with world renowned research institutions such as Harvard University, UC San Francisco, UT Austin, MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, MIT, etc.

Modern learners like minimal disruption to their lives and career but would like to use their flexible time to enhance their education and pursue their passion. Responding to this trend, VaYU has created an online graduate curriculum that is geographically-neutral with time-flexible delivery. This allows professionals, and committed seekers or ‘sadhakas’ interested in the augmenting their knowledge without pausing their lives, and get their degree without relocating and disrupting their lives.

Board of Trustees

Mr. Babulal Gandhi
Trustee and Secretary


Retired Space Scientist

Dr. H. R. Nagendra
Founding Trustee

Visionary Academician

Bhikhubhai Ukabhai Patel
Founding Trustee

Piyush J. Patel

Member of the Board of Trustees

Industrialist & Philanthropist

Dr. Manjunath N. K. Sharma

Yoga Researcher & Faculty

Dr. Sree N. Sreenath
Trustee and President


H. R. Dayananda Swamy 


Ravi Tilak 


Industrialist & Philanthropist

Dr Murali Venkatrao
Trustee and VP of Infra and Curri Dev

Executive Officers

Program - Online Master of Science (Yoga)

VaYU offers a unique four-semester online Master of Science (Yoga) program. Admitted students follow a cohort-based program, i.e., the same course of study throughout their four semesters, consisting of 10 online courses totaling 24 credits, and an online research project of 6 credits, for a total of 30 credits.

The mandatory Personal Contact Program (PCP) is a physical gathering of students to obtain deeper training on certain aspects of Yoga. This training is provided in the 13th week of certain 1st and 3rd semester courses. The PCP is 28-40 hours per week.

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