Loyola Marymount University announced last week the launch of the country's first degree-granting program for yoga.
The two-year master's degree program will offer students the chance to receive a Master of Arts in Yoga Studies and was heralded as the first program in North America to do so.
“Yoga is more than a sequence of physical
movements,” said LMU Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology Christopher Key Chapple. “Yoga’s history extends back to the early years of
Indian civilization with sophisticated texts on yogic ethics,
meditation and breathing , that date back more than 2,000 years.”
During coursework, LMU said students will learn both classical and contemporary forms of yoga along with the language, history, philosophy, theology and psychology surrounding yoga.
Areas of coverage include learning the Sanskrit language, reading about Yoga from original source materials and learning the multiple schools of thought that adopted Yoga as forms of spiritual practice, the school said.