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About VaYU

Vivekananda Yoga University (VaYU) is the world's first Yoga university outside of India focused on Graduate Yoga Education and Research. VaYU is located in Los Angeles, California, USA. 

VaYU is founded on the principles of the great 19th century Yoga Master Swami Vivekananda who 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 approaches to the traditional ancient Indian practice of Yoga. 

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VaYU Highlights

  • A blend between the Best of the East with the Best of the West.
  • Faculty have been recruited from the USA and from SVYASA (the first Yoga University in India).
  • VaYU faculty routinely collaborate 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.

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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 15th week of certain 1st and 3rd semester courses. The PCP is 28-40 hours per week.

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Jeffrey Armstrong
Founder-Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts

Dr. Lorenzo Cohen
Researcher, U of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Sree N. Sreenath
President, VaYU

Prof. Murali Venkatrao
VP Curriculum & Infrastructure Development

    • June 26, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online

    The practice of Yoga has existed for thousands of years; however, we still have the need to bring this practice into the modern world to make Yoga more accessible to everyone and also to help conduct quantitative research to better understand and demonstrate the benefits of Yoga. In this talk, I shall present a few technologies that can be used to assist in learning Yoga, such as new methods to monitor our autonomic nervous system and measure our breathing. I shall present on the trends of technology and how we can move beyond just wearable sensors and mobile apps. Since Yoga is grounded in basic principles of nature, simplicity and beauty, I also briefly talk about the awkward relationship between Yoga and technology, and also discuss the challenges of technology design. Lastly, I shall mention some of the general principles that can be used to guide the development of technologies for future clinical research in Yoga.

    • July 10, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online

    Will computers of the future become conscious? And does the scientific answer to that question have relevance for our understanding of the self in the Vedic tradition? The talk will review the Vedic model of the mind and consciousness -- described at length in the Upanishads and other text -- and compare it to the theories of the mind that have been proposed from the perspectives of neuroscience, computers, and physics. We will show that the Vedic understanding is valuable not only from the point of view of personal insight but that it can also be used to carry forward the scientific discussions of consciousness science.


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