Yoga and the Healing Sciences

Yoga teacher leading students in practice

200-hour Teacher Training and Certificate Program

Our foundational 200-hour teacher training program, Yoga and the Healing Sciences, is designed for anyone looking to deepen their yoga practice and knowledge, as well as those beginning their journey as yoga teachers. Online classes begin August 21, 2021. Early registration discount until August 17. Details are below under General Information.

Instructor Terra Gold introduces the program.

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.

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 at (310) 338-2799 or yoga@lmu.edu.

Please note: because this is a fully online program, enrollment eligibility is dependent on place of residency. Similarly, COVID-19 provisions also impact this program. Please review these provisions in full before enrolling.

  • Begins: August 21, 2021

    Enroll: Enrollment via the online course catalog, or call (310) 338-2799

    • Early Registration Discount. Register with a $995 deposit by August 17 to receive $150 off tuition (discount is applied to balance after payment deposit)
    • Full Payment Discount. Register in full payment before the start of the course to receive $150 off tuition
    • Both discounts are applicable

    Course: YHSX 800

    Tuition: $3,770 | A minimum payment of $995 is required to register. Tuition payment plans are available. Please contact Ms. Rosa Calderon at Rosa.Calderon@lmu.edu to make arrangements.

  • This is a fully online course that uses both synchronous and asynchronous methodologies. Students will participate in some lessions at their own pace within a weekly timeframe. Other lessons will be conducted through live class meetings with the instructor and other students. Students will also be required to participate in one-on-one meetings with the instructor.

    Class meetings are as follows:

    August

    • Saturday, August 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Sunday, August 22, 12-4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    September

    • Wednesday, September 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 4, 12-4 p.m.
    • Saunday, September 5, 12-4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, September 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesady, September 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 18, 12-4 p.m.
    • Sunday, September 19, 12-4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, September 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, September 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    October

    • Saturday, October 2, 12-4 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 3, 12-4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, October 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday October 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 16, 12-4 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 17, 12-4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, October 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, October 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 30, 12-4 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 31, 12-4 p.m.

    November

    • Wednesday, November 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, November 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 13, 12-4 p.m.
    • Sunday, November 14, 12-4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, November 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, November 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    December

    • Wednesday, December 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 4, 12-4 p.m.
    • Sunday, December 5, 12-4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, December 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    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 Course

    Instructor

    Lecturers

    • Olivia Barry (Anatomy and Physiology)
    • Robert Birnberg (Trauma and Relationship Skills)
    • Ernest Brown (Interpersonal Communications)
    • Paul Cabanis (Iyengar Yoga)
    • Christopher Chapple, Ph.D. (Five Element Theory)
    • Barbara Foley, Ph.D. (Presence before Personality)
    • James Fox (Yoga for Marginalized Communities)
    • Govindas (Bhakti Yoga)
    • Desirae Hill (Marketing)
    • Pawan Johar (Evolution of Yoga)
    • Heather Lyle (Vocal Yoga Training)
    • Kali Malikah (Social Justice and Respect)
    • Casey Mauro (Pre/Post Natal Yoga, Yoga for Kids)
    • Surendra Mehta (Pranayama Practices)
    • Urmila Patil, Ph.D. (Sanskrit and Sacred Sound Training)
    • Larry Payne, Ph.D. (Prime of Life Yoga)
    • Talayeh Rezayat, M.D. (Sleep, Stress and Mindfulness)
    • Lorin Roche, Ph.D. (Intuitive Meditation and Radiance Sutras)
    • Guru Singh (Kundalini Yoga)
    • Chinnamasta Stiles (Structural Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda)
    • Roberto Strongman, Ph.D. (Diversity and Culture)
    • Ricky Tran (Vinyasa Yoga)
    • Horacio Trujillo (Ethics)
    • Maria Villella (Ashtanga Yoga)

    Spring Course

    Instructor

    Lecturers

    • Eve Adler
    • Chet Alexander
    • Desi Bartlett
    • Robert Birnberg
    • Michael Brandwajn
    • Gaia Buddhai
    • Paul Cabinis
    • Christopher Chapple, Ph.D.
    • Matthew Cohen
    • Eric Goodman, D.C.
    • Govindas
    • Shanna Hughes
    • Tony Khalife
    • Bryan Kest
    • Larry Payne, Ph.D.
    • Loren Roche, Ph.D.
    • Rod Stryker
    • Guru Singh, D.D.
    • Paula Tapia
    • Felicia Tomasko
    • Zabie Yamasaki
  • 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.

    Required 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.