200-hour Teacher Training and Certificate Program
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Yoga is the philosophy, art, and science of living a “pure and balanced”, or sattvic, life. Tracing Yoga’s roots from ancient India to the modern world, the Yoga and the Healing Sciences teacher training and professional certificate program introduces participants to some of the most popular styles of Hatha Yoga currently practiced: including different versions of Flow, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Chikitsa Vinyasa. The main topics that will be studied include Yoga philosophy, Yoga asana, anatomy, energetics, meditation, pranayama, chanting, Sanskrit, Ayurveda, and nutrition. Other specialized aspects that will also be covered include Yoga and social justice, classical Yoga principles and ethics, Karma Yoga, prenatal Yoga, Yoga for children, Yoga for midlife (and beyond), trauma informed Yoga practices, and Yoga therapy.  The course provides a balanced mix between movement practices, immersive experiences, and formal lectures and training in the classical and modern approaches to Yoga, and features tools of self-care for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development.

Registered with Yoga Alliance® as an official 200-hour Yoga teacher training program, the diverse faculty is comprised of some of the most well-respected, master Yoga teachers in Los Angeles and around the country (which is one of distinguishing features of the program). Whether you intend to teach, are already a teacher, or simply want to deepen your practice, this program will provide you with a traditional and comprehensive understanding of Yoga as a self-practice and healing science.

Who Should Participate

The program is open to individuals with at least six months of previous Yoga practice (any style is acceptable) who wish to expand, deepen and broaden their knowledge of Yoga. Weekend class meetings open the program to those with full-time careers and other commitments. Given the program’s particular focus on healing and therapy, individuals in education, fitness, healthcare, or simply interested in Yoga practice as a healing science, are highly encouraged to enroll.

Program Benefits

Whereas many teacher training programs focus on a single practice or school of Yoga, the Yoga and the Healing Sciences will introduce students to a variety of practices. Each of the different approaches to yoga practice have developed over the centuries in order to suit the spiritual needs of individuals of different dispositions and capacities. Understanding and appreciating this variety of practice will prepare teachers to better serve a diverse clientele. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Appreciate and understand the content and methods of practice in the ancient texts of Yoga
  • Integrate Yoga into their daily lives through a variety of practices
  • Develop appropriate Yoga sequencing in order to facilitate a group Yoga class
  • Apply Yoga and Yogic practices as a catalyst and instrument for health, healing, and balanced living

Following the guidelines outlined by Yoga Alliance® for registered 200-hour teacher training programs, this program qualifies participants to register for the 200-hour credential, as verified by the instructors. For more information on the program, visit Prof. Terra Gold's website.

General Information

Course and program requirements, schedules and tuition are subject to change; and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. Click here to review all policies prior to enrollment. For additional information, contact the Center for Religion and Spirituality at (310) 338-2799 or yoga@lmu.edu.

  • Fall 2020 Course

    Begins: August 8, 2020

    Enroll: Enrollment via the online course catalog; early registration deposit due July 13, 2020 (see below).

    Course: YHSX 800

    Tuition: $3,770 | Tuition payment plans are available. Please contact the Center at yoga@lmu.edu to make arrangements. Early registration discounts are available:

    • $150 discount for a $500 non-refundable deposit received by July 20, 2020 (discount is applied to balance after payment of at least $500 is received)
    • $150 discount for full payment before the start of the course

     Discounts can be combined.

  • Fall 2020 Course

    This is a fully online course, which will meet on a number of weekends and Wednesday evenings. Classes will meet Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on:

    • Aug 8-9, 2020
    • Aug 15-16
    • Aug 29-30
    • Sept 12-13
    • Sept 26th-27
    • Oct 10-11
    • Oct 24th-25
    • Nov 7-8
    • Nov 21-22
    • Dec 5-6
    • Dec 12-13

    Classes will also meet Wednesdays evenings, 6-9 p.m. on:

    • Aug 9, 26
    • Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    • Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
    • Nov 4, 11, 18

    Connecting Online

    MyLMU is the primary Internet-based portal for students, faculty and staff at Loyola Marymount University. Once you log in to the portal with your credentials, you can directly and securely access the various online learning platforms, including Brightspace and Zoom, and your student record. Click here to begin.

  • Fall 2020 Course



    • Paul Cabanis
    • Christopher Chapple, Ph.D.
    • Olivia Barry
    • Robert Birnberg
    • Barbara Foley, Ph.D.
    • Govindas
    • Hala Khouri
    • Casey Mauro
    • Urmila Patil, Ph.D.
    • Larry Payne, Ph.D.
    • Tracey Rich
    • Lorin Roche, Ph.D.
    • Guru Singh
    • Daniel Stewart
    • Chinnamasta Stiles
    • Horacio Trujillo
    • Ganga White 


    Spring 2020 Course


    • Eden Goldman, D.C., Coordinator
    • Paula Tapia


    • Paul Cabanis
    • Christopher Chapple, Ph.D.
    • Matthew Cohen
    • Wanda Conrad
    • Seane Corn
    • Govindas
    • Shanna Hughes
    • Tom Kelly
    • Bryan Kest
    • Tony Khalife
    • Lorin Roche, Ph.D.
    • Tommy Rosen
    • Larry Payne, Ph.D.
    • Guru Singh, D.D.
    • Rod Stryker
    • Felicia Tomasko, R.N.
    • Maria Villella, L.Ac.
    • Lisa Walford
  • Students must complete a total of 16.5 semester hours in coursework with a letter grade of 'B-' or higher in each course to receive a certificate of completion. Please refer to the course catalog for required text, class meeting location, and other general information.

    Coursework: YHSX 800

  • YHSX 800
    Yoga and the Healing Sciences
    16.5 Semester Hours

    Yoga is the philosophy, art, and science of living a “pure and balanced”, or sattvic, life. Tracing Yoga’s roots from ancient India to the modern world, the Yoga and the Healing Sciences teacher training and professional certificate program introduces participants to five of the most popular styles of Hatha Yoga currently practiced – Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Power, and Vinyasa – as well as other important elements of Yoga practice including meditation, chanting, pranayama, yogic philosophy, Yoga anatomy, energetics, Karma Yoga, Sanskrit, Ayurveda, nutrition, and specialized aspects of modern Yoga like prenatal Yoga, Yoga for children, Yoga for midlife (and beyond), and Yoga therapy.