While spirited and God-fearing Americans continue to debate the merits and menace of yoga, bless their hearts, LA’s Loyola Marymount University, the largest Catholic university on the West Coast has initiated a Certificate Program in Yoga Philosophy. Yep, a full list of courses covering:
…the study of classical yoga, various schools of Hinduism, Sanskrit, mantra chanting, Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, meditation, Samkhya Karika, hatha yoga, tantra, Kashmir Shaivism, moksha, Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita, etc. Dr. John Casey and Dr. Christopher Key Chapple are the main instructors besides various guest lecturers who are experts in their respective fields.
Surprising? Well, not so much, if you knew LMU already offered a 200 hr yoga teacher training, and a Yoga Therapy certificate program helmed by the renowned likes of one Larry Payne PhD RYT 500, president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Did we mention this was a Roman Catholic university “rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions”? Take that soul-sucking demon yogazoids!