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VaYU Course Catalog 2020-2022

Catalog Course Description

This section lists the course catalog.

Online Program Format 

In an online format, faculty are in charge of academic engagement through video lectures,  interactive tutorials and managing discussion boards for individual and collective interaction with the students. Student time is spent on online faculty tutorials at their own time, online chats, faculty moderated group discussions, online faculty office hours (optionally offered by faculty), online study or group projects, online assignments and peer interactions. detailed syllabus, weekly topics, assignments (homework, quizzes, tests, final exams, and class participation such as discussion boards, etc.) are provided by each Course Instructor and will be available to registered students. Some Instructors may provide course notes and prescribe textbooks (student purchases this) and references (usually found in VaYU Online Library. No internship or externship is required.

Personal Contact Program (PCP)

Courses in the odd semesters that the student will be enrolled in will have a Personal Contact Program (PCP). This is indicated by the odd semester courses that end with a "P." PCP is mandatory, and is offered at our main campus in Los Angeles and will be conducted in the 13th Week of the semester. PCP is a week-long personal contact program to train students in Asanas (poses), Kriyas (purification practices), Mudras (hand gestures), Bandhas (locks), Pranayama (controlled breathing) and Dhyana (meditation). PCP class hours may range from 28-40 hours. PCP will be offered at our main campus in Los Angeles in all required semesters. PCP would also be offered in many VaYU satellite campuses in North America and some cities in Asia such as our sister campus in Bengaluru, India or Singapore depending on student interest and faculty availability. 

Credit Hour Definition1

For VAYU courses in an online lecture format, “1 credit hour” represents the subject content that can be delivered in one academic hour of contact time each week for the full duration of one academic semester, which is typically sixteen weeks (fourteen weeks along with a week for two midterms combined, and, a final examination week).

For graduate courses, 3-4 hours of outside work is expected for each academic hour of contact time. For courses taught in other than lecture format such as Personal Contact Program (PCP) or research project, one credit-hour represents an amount of content and/or student effort that in aggregate is no less than that described before – typically 28 hours per semester or 2 hours/week/credit. 

VAYU courses for the Master in Science (Yoga) can vary from 2 or 3 credit hours each.

Course Number Nomenclature

Courses are numbered as follows:

YYoga

MSMaster of Science

First NumberSemester Number (such as 1,2,3, or 4)

Next NumbersCourse Number (such as 01, 02, 03, etc.)

T or P"T" for Theory 

"P" for Practice or a PCP Component

For example: YMS 302P  is an Yoga MS  3rd semester 02 (second) course with a Practice or PCP component.


The credits  in a course are represented as 'x:y' where

'x' represents the number of units for  classwork and

'y' represents the number for units for Practice.

The course is said to have a total of (x+y) credits. 

For each course that ends with a"P," the unit 'y' is nonzero. Each 'y' represents a 2.5 times 'y' hours of practice per week. The practice will be based on course material for the week (videos, audio, notes, etc.) from the Instructor to teach various asanas (poses), bandas (locks), pranayama (controlled breathing), kriya (cleansing techniques), dhyana (meditation), and any yoga therapy techniques. In addition to the practice credits also represents a Personal Contact Program (PCP) Component. in that semester which varies by the course. 

For each course that ends with a "T", the unite 'y' is zero.

Example: YMS 302P has 2:1 credits or a total of 3 credits, with '2' credits of classwork and '1' credit of practice. Thus each week the student will have 2.5 times '1'  hours of practice. A PCP component is part of this course.

List of Courses for the Online Master of Science (Yoga) Program

YMS 101T: Basis of Yoga Therapy                                                        2:0 Credits

Basis of yoga therapy explores the therapeutic basis of yoga through the study of ancient (The Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Vasishtha), Hatha Yoga writings from the middle ages (Gheranda Samhita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika), and in other systems of Indian Medicine. This course is waived for (a) RYT 300/500 certificate holders with VaYU Bridge Course YBC 101P, or (b) SVYASA certified YIC  holders.

Prerequisites: None

1 Adapted from “Credit hour definition,” Wilkes University,   https://www.wilkes.edu/academics/office-of-the-registrar-recorder/credit-hour-definitions.aspx, accessed Aug 24, 2019.


YMS 102T- Samskritam                                                                               2:0 Credits

This course provides a working knowledge of Samskritam through both a formal study of the grammar, but also through the study of classic passages from both scriptural and poetic writings. The goal is to enable the student study, understand, comprehend, write and utilize the knowledge contained in Indian traditional texts in their professional practice, especially in the field of Yoga.

Prerequisites: None


YMS 103T: Ancient Yoga Texts – 1                                                       2:0 Credits

This course covers yogic writings appearing in ancient Indian scriptural corpus, specifically the Vedas, Upanishads, and the Bhagavadgita. We will study the writings both for their content and in their historical context. Special emphasis is placed on yoga philosophy as described in the Vedanta, and the four streams of Yoga as described in The Gita.

Prerequisites: None


YMS 104P: Preparatory Practices, Asanas,                                 0:3 Credits

Kriyas, Mudras, Pranayama and Meditation

We will study preparatory practices (breathing and loosening exercises); the five classes of yoga postures (known as asanas) – standing, sitting, prone, supine, and inverted; the six purification techniques – neti, nauli, dhauti, bhasti, trataka and kapalabhati; the five classic mudras – chin, Chinmaya, adi, brahma, and nasika; and the eightcore breathing techniques (known as pranayama) – kapalabhati,vibhagiya svasana, Chandra and Surya anuloma-viloma, Nadi shuddhi,  and bhramari; and OM meditation. PCP of 28 hours conducted during Week 13 on VAYU campus. This course is waived for (a) C-IAYT holders with VaYU Bridge Course YBC 102P, or (b) SVYASA YTIC holders.

Prerequisites: None


YMS 201T: Yoga Therapy For Common Ailments-I              2:0 Credits

The goal this course is to give the student basic medical knowledge of the disease and it’s yogic Management to facilitate comprehension of the physiological basis of health and disease. We study the aadhi/vyadhi concept of disease, and the physiology of psycho-somatic ailments. In this course, we focus on the following disorders: Respiratory, cardio-vascular, endocrinal/metabolic, and excretory systems.

Prerequisites: YMS 101T, YMS 104P

Corequisites: YMS 202T

YMS 202T: Yoga Therapy for Common Ailments-II      2:0 Credits

The goal this course is to give the student basic medical knowledge of the disease and it’s yogic Management to facilitate comprehension of the physiological basis of health and disease. In this course, we focus on the following disorders: OB/GYN, GI, musculo-skeletal, neurological, psychiatric, and cancer.

Prerequisites: YMS 101T, YMS 104P

Corequisites: YMS 201T


YMS 203T: Research Methodology and                                        3:0 Credits
Biostatistical Analysis

The primary goals of this research methodology course are to familiarize students with basic theoretical concepts of scientific research, train them to analyze their data, and enable them to write their synopsis, dissertation and scientific articles. This training will impart basic skills required to do scientific research and motivate students to pursue higher research.

Prerequisites: High-school algebra and calculus



YMS 301T: Ancient Yoga Texts -2                                                      2:0 Credits

This course covers yogic writings appearing in post-vedic Indian scriptural corpus, specifically the Yoga Sutras and medieval Hatha Yogic texts. We will study the writings both for their content and in their historical context. Special emphasis is placed on ashtanga yoga, kriya yoga, the theory of kleshas, yogasanas, bandhas, shat-kriyas, and pranayama.

Prerequisites: YMS 102T



YMS 302P: Advanced Yoga Techniques                                       2:1 Credits 

This course explores the practical yogic techniques that apply to each of the pancha koshas (5 sheaths) of our human form. Using these techniques, the student will be able to integrate and harmonize their subtle forms of manifestation with the physical form, thereby achieving health and healing. PCP of 8 hours conducted during Week 13 on VAYU campus.

Prerequisites: YMS 101T, YMS 104P



YMS 303P – Yoga Therapy Techniques                                      2:1 Credits

In this course, we will study yogic techniques to manage various diseases. For each disease, we will study applicable yogic techniques in terms of its promotive, preventative, and curative aspects, along with cautions and contraindications in their application. PCP 20 hours conducted during Week 13 on VAYU campus.

Prerequisites: YMS 201T, YMS 202T, and YMS 104P


Specialization Tracks

Students can choose one of the optional specialization tracks in: (i) Yoga Therapy; (ii) Yoga Philosophy; or (iii) Yoga Research .  

YOGA RESEARCH TRACK

YMS 401 – Master’s Research Project                                        6:0 Credits

A thesis or dissertation constitutes an important contribution to scholarship. A student should, in consultation with their academic advisor, choose a topic in one of the following areas: Yoga and Spirituality, Ancient Yogic Texts, or Yoga Therapy. The thesis topic is chosen in such a way as to demonstrate the graduate student’s ability to carry out independent investigation and to present the results in a clear and systematic form. While the length of thesis submission vary, it should be roughly 4000 – 7000 words.

YOGA THERAPY TRACK

YMS 402P – Advanced Yoga Therapy -  1                                       3:0 Credits

TBD*

YMS 403P – Advanced Yoga Therapy -  2                                       3:0 Credits

TBD*
YOGA PHILOSOPHY TRACK

YMS 404T – Yoga Seminar                                                                        3:0 Credits

TBD*

YMS 405T – Yoga Philosophy  (TBD*)                                                  3:0 Credits

TBD*

* TBD - To Be Determined


Short Bridge Courses for Certified Yoga Teachers & Certified Yoga Therapists

YBC 101P: Yoga Bridge Course from Yoga Alliance (YA) – Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200/300/500) to VYASA Yoga Instructor’s Course (YIC)

This intensive 1-week long course is designed to bridge the gap between the Yoga Alliance- RYT curriculum and the techniques taught in YMS 104P Preparatory Practices, Asanas and Shat Kriyas. With the successful completion of this bridge course, the student will receive 3-course credits waiver for YMS 104P towards your M.S. (Yoga) program. In addition, you will receive a Yoga Instructor’s Course (YIC) certificate from VYASA USA. YIC is a highly-respected teacher training course that emphasizes traditional Hatha Yogic techniques (in addition to asanas, these include traditional pranayamas, mudras, bandhas, and purification techniques), and a deep study of the source books of Yoga such as the Upanishads, Yoga Vasishtha, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, The Yoga Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita.

Prerequisites: Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200/500/800)


YBC 102P: Yoga Bridge Course from C-IAYT to VYASA Yoga Therapist Instructor Course (YTIC)

This specially designed 2-week intensive short course is designed to bridge the gap between the IAYT curriculum and the techniques taught as part of in YMS 101T Basis of Yoga Therapy (2 Credits) and YMS 104P Preparatory Practices, Asanas and Shat Kriyas (3 Credits). With the successful completion of this bridge course the student will receive a 5-credit waiver of YMS 101T and YMS 104P. The student will also receive a Yoga Therapy Instructor’s Course (YTIC) certificate from VYASA USA. The student will learn Yoga Therapy from the perspective of Pancha Kosha – the five sheaths (physical, energetic, mental, intellectual, and blissful) - as detailed in the Yoga Vasishtha, which is an encyclopedic text on Yoga from the 10th century. Included in the bridge course are a deep study of the classic text on Hatha Yoga (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita), and Raja Yoga (The Yoga Sutras), from the lens of Yoga therapy. Also included are six advanced yoga techniques which represent the distilled essence of the Yogic model of health and well-being.

Prerequisites: Certificate of International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT)

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