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 weekend classes begin March 20, 2021. Details are below under General Information.

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COVID-19 Provisions: There are a number of provisions by U.S. state governments and accrediting bodies that impact this program. Please review them here.

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.

  • Spring 2021 Course

    Begins: March 20, 2021

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

    • Early Registration Discount. Receive $150 off tuition if you register before or on March 5, 2021, with a minimum non-refundable payment of $500
    • Full Payment Discount. Register with full-tuition payment to receive $150 off tuition

    Both discounts are applicable if registration is received before or on March 5.

    Course: YHSX 800

    Tuition: $3,770 | A minimum payment of $500 is required to register. Tuition payment plans are available. Please contact Ms. Rosa Calderon at Rosa.Calderon@lmu.edu to make arrangements.

    Fall 2021 Course

    Begins: Projected for August 2021

    Although we do intend to offer this teacher training in the Fall term, we cannot verify if will be online or on campus at this time. The state of the pandemic will determine the platform and schedule of this program. We will post details here as they are confirmed.

  • Spring 2021 Course

    This is a fully online course. Classes will meet Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on:

    • March 20-22, 2021
    • March 27-28
    • April 10-11
    • April 24-25
    • May 1-2
    • May 15-16
    • May 22-23
    • June 5-6
    • June 12-13
    • June 26-27
    • July 10-11
    • July 24-25

    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.

  • Spring 2021 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

    Fall 2021 Course

    Instructor

    Lecturers

    • TBA
  • 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.