Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change

Yoga leaders and activists discuss social justice applications of yoga and mindfulness


The public is invited to participate in online weekend workshops facilitated by leading scholars, activists, and yoga practitioners. All are welcome!

Certificate in Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change

Our 100-hour Yoga, Mindfulness, and Social Change certificate program is designed for those who desire to apply the practices and philosophy of yoga as tools for social change. The current program is underway, but online classes will begin again in Fall 2022. Details on the current cohort are below under General Information.

Instructor Judith Carlisle, Ph.D. introduces the program

Yoga, meditation and reflective practices have a compelling history as agents of social change. M.K. Gandhi’s non-violent resistance movement, rooted in yogic principals, inspired civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela. In the present day, yoga and meditation continue to be socially transformative practices. The Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change professional certificate program explores these practices as tools for social change. It develops a foundation of knowledge and application that will facilitate yoga practitioners and teachers as they apply the practices to socio-ecological service opportunities.

The program is designed to offer participants an immersive experience. Students interact with leading experts from each field, and engage in topic-related experiences and projects intended to enhance the practicable application of each topic. Throughout the course, students have opportunities to reflect on these themes and experiences as they pertain to each student’s individual practice.

Who Should Participate

This program is designed to accommodate yoga teachers and practitioners from all backgrounds. The only professional certificate program of its kind, this program avails to the public the opportunity to engage in comprehensive reflection about the social role of yoga and meditation, filling an important need as the number of service-oriented yoga and meditation practitioners continues to grow.

Program Benefits

This program will provide practical skills and essential knowledge to Yoga practitioners and meditators who want to translate their personal practices into socio-cultural and ecological activism. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge social justice challenges
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ecological issues
  • Equipped to apply Yoga and meditation in various contexts for social change

Following the guidelines outlined by Yoga Alliance®, this 100-hour program may be used to supplement other teacher trainings.

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

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

  • Begins: September 18, 2021

    Enroll: Enrollment for this academic year has closed. The program will be offered again in Fall 2022.

    Course: YMSX 800

    Tuition: $2,080 | A minimum payment of $850 is required to register. Tuition payment plans are available. Please contact Rosa Calderon at to make arrangements.

  • Classes meet online on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) during the Fall and Spring semesters, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an hour break at noon. Morning lectures are open to the public as workshops. Classes meet on the following weekends:

    • September 18-19, 2021
    • October 16-17
    • November 20-21
    • December 18-19
    • January 22-23, 2022
    • February 19-20
    • March 19-20
    • April 23-24
    • May 21-22
    • June 18-29

    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.

  • Instructor


    • Changa Bell
    • Bill Brown
    • Christopher Chapple, Ph.D.
    • Marcella Haddix, Ph.D.
    • Kim Harris, Ph.D.
    • Sarah Herrington, M.F.A.
    • Jivana Heyman
    • Veena Howard, Ph.D.
    • Andrea Jain, Ph.D.
    • Jay Kumar, Ph.D.
    • Freidel Kushman
    • Mark Lilly
    • Raja Michelle
    • Matthew Remski
    • Arjuna O'Neal
    • Swami Omkaranda
    • Maureen Shannon-Chapple
    • Sabina Strings, Ph.D.
    • Sharon Suh, Ph.D.
    • J. Cole Thomas
  • Students must complete a total of 10.0 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

  • YMSX 800
    Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change
    10.0 Semester Hours

    In this course, students will explore various trends in Yoga and meditation, with an emphasis on discovering emerging areas of service, engagement, and social activism. Special attention will be given to the science of meditation, current ecological and social justice topics, and Yogic applications in various contexts for social change.