Yoga Studies at LMU Extension
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Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change
"We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do." —Mahatma Gandhi

Register Online Today!‌Yoga and meditation are often perceived as solely internal, individual practices. Yet these practices can also be undertaken to promote positive social and personal developments that benefit the greater community. The concern for the social welfare of both the world and its people is essential to the practice of Yoga, and to the greater Ignatian ideals of Loyola Marymount University’s mission of service and whole person education for the sake of transformation and social justice.

Historically, Yoga and meditation have been instrumental in facilitating social change. Gandhi's non-violent resistance movement, rooted in Yogic principals, later inspired Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela. Today, Yoga and meditation continue to be socially transformative practices.

The Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change professional certificate program offers Yoga practitioners and teachers an opportunity to explore these various socio-ecological service applications for Yoga and meditation in regard to the following topics:

  • Ecology
  • Neuroscience
  • Families, parenting, and children
  • Global Peace
  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Prisons
  • Schools
  • Diversity
  • Gandhi, Yoga, and Social Change

Who Should Participate

This program is designed for Yoga teachers and practitioners of varied backgrounds. Being the only professional certificate program of its kind, it makes available to the public a comprehensive reflection of the social role of Yoga and meditation, filling an important need as the numbers of service-oriented Yoga and meditation practitioners continue 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 of the neuroscience of meditation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ecological issues
  • Demonstrate knowledge social justice challenges
  • 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, such as 800-hour Samata Yoga Teacher Training offered by extension instructor Larry Payne.

General Information


 Next Program Begins
 To be announced

 Class Meetings
 LMU Westchester Campus
 1 LMU Drive
 Los Angeles, CA 90045

 Semester Hours

 YMSX 800


 Materials + Books

 Jacoby Ballard
 Julie Carmen
 Christopher Key Chapple, Ph.D.
 Louis Cozolino, Ph.D.
 James Fox
 Veena Howard, Ph.D.
 Susan Kaiser, J.D.
 Leah Kalish
 Jay Kumar, Ph.D.
 Chris Miller
 Swami Omkarananda
 Tommy Rosen
 Vandana Shiva, Ph.D.
 Mark Whitwell
 Christiane Wolf, M.D., Ph.D.
 Larry Yang

Sessions open to Public!
Select class meetings are open to the public as workshops.  Click here to view list.

Course and program requirements, schedules and tuition are subject to change; and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. Please check the Web site or contact the Center for updated information. Click here to review all policies prior to enrollment. 

Questions? Contact the Center for Religion and Spirituality at (310) 338-2799 or, or contact the program facilitator, Ms. Tracy Sachs, at