Online Master of Science (Yoga)
Four semester, 30 Credits
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VaYU has a unique online curriculum for the Online Master of Science (Yoga) program delivered in four semesters (30 credits). Program duration is 21 months. 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 or equivalent 2 additional courses, for a total of 30 credits (see course path).
Students can choose one of the following optional tracks to specialize in: (i) Yoga Therapy; (ii) Yoga Research; and (iii) Yoga Philosophy. While Yoga Research Track needs a 6 credit thesis, Students specializing in Yoga Therapy or Yoga Philosophy can substitute course work for part or all of the research project.
A mandatory week-long (28 hours) Personal Contact Program (PCP) in the 13th week of the first and third semester is the highlight of the program with face-to-face hands-on training. PCP is a physical gathering of students to obtain deeper training on certain aspects of Yoga in Asanas (physical postures), Kriyas (purification techniques), Mudras (hand gestures), Bandhas (locks), and Pranayama (control of vital energy through breathing), and Meditation.
PCP is usually offered at the main campus in Los Angeles, USA, but might be offered across VaYU satellite campuses across the US, Asia (China, Japan, Singapore, and Bengaluru, India) depending on student demand and faculty availability. PCP locations are announced early during the semesters it is required.
Online Master of Science (Yoga) Program Highlights
Four Semesters, 21-months, 30 Credits
Online MS (Yoga) Program Highlights
- 10 Core Courses
- Specialization in one of the streams below in 4th Semester
- Yoga Therapy (2 additional courses),
- Yoga Research (Semester-long Research Project),
- Yoga Philosophy (2 additional courses or Project),
- 175 hours of Practical Lab Training; and,
- Personal Contact Program (PCP) of 28 hours each in the 13th week of the first and third semester in residency or online during COVID times.
Certifications for Online MS (Yoga) Program Graduates
C-IAYT from International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
VaYU and the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) share a common goal of promoting evidence-based practices rooted in traditional ancient Indian wisdom.
As an IAYT Member School, students actively enrolled in VaYU are eligible to join IAYT at a discounted Student Member rate to receive access to IAYT publications (Yoga Therapy Today, International Journal of Yoga Therapy), special rates for IAYT conferences, and other discounted products and services.
Graduates of VaYU’s Online MS (Yoga) may learn more about the IAYT-certification (C-IAYT) Portfolio Review & Evaluation (PR&E) pathway here. VaYU does not guarantee certification through IAYT at this time. Interested candidates may write to IAYT using Contact Us on iayt.org to request more information.
Yoga Instructor Certificate (YIC)
All Graduates of the VaYU's Online MS (Yoga) Program get a Yoga Instructor Certificate (YIC) from SVYASA.
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)
VaYU's Online MS (Yoga) Program Training far exceeds the requirements for Registered Yoga Certificate (RYT-200) from Yoga Alliance. VaYU's partner schools will provide the certification if a Graduate desires.
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