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Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change
Christiane Wolf at LMU Extension

"The Mind in Labor: Mindfulness, Pregnancy, Labor and Beyond" with Dr. Christiane Wolf

Sunday, May 31, 2015; 1-6 p.m.
LMU University Hall 1775
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Pregnancy opens a unique and precious window of opportunity to learn mindfulness. This workshop will give participants an introduction and overview of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBRP) class. There will be an overview of the class curriculum and current research, as well as salient presentations from the class and lot of hands-on practice. Click here for more information.

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

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 for Religion and Spirituality at (310) 338-2799 or, or contact the program facilitators directly (listed below under 'Faculty').

Registration + Fees

2014-2015 COURSE 2015-2016 COURSE

This course is in progress, however each workshop is open the public for individual enrollment. Click to enroll online.

Tuition: $3,290

Begins in Fall 2016. Registration will open in the summer.

Tuition: TBA


Classes meet one weekend (Satuday and Sunday) a month during the Fall and Spring semesters, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. each meeting. Sessions open to the public are listed below, with links to each session:

August 30, 2014: "Yoga, Gandhi, and Social Change" with Dr. Christopher Chapple and Dr. Veena Howard
August 31: "Yoga and Ecology: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Ecology, Embodiment, and Self" with Chris Miller
September 27: "Yoga and Neuroscience: Integrating Personal and Planetary Healing through Science and Spirituality" with Dr. Jay Kumar
September 28: "The Neuroscience of Conscious Awareness: An Owner’s Manual for the Human Brain" with Dr. Louis Cozolino
November 8
November 9: "Yoga and Ecology: From Eco-Apartheid and Separation to Earth Democracy and Unity" with Dr. Vandana Shiva
November 15: "Healthy Families in a Toxic World" with Julie Carmen
November 16: "Yoga is Peace" with Mark Whitwell
January 24, 2015: "Cutting Edge Perspectives on Using Yoga to Overcome Addiction" with Tommy Rosen
January 25: "Prison Yoga Project: A Path for Healing Original Pain" with James Fox
February 21: "Yoga for Schools: Past, Present, Future" (Part 1) with Leah Kalish
February 22: "Yoga for Schools: Past, Present, Future" (Part 2) with Leah Kalish
March 28: "Raising Our Collective Consciousness: Diversity and Culture" with Larry Yang
March 29: "Liberation and Justice for All: Justice in Mindful Spaces, Mindful Tools for Justice" with Jacoby Ballard
April 25: "Yoga, Ecology and the Environment" with Swami Omkarananda
April 26
May 16: "The Mindful Child" with Susan Kaiser Greenland
May 31: "The Mind in Labor: Mindfulness, Pregnancy, Labor and Beyond" with Dr. Christiane Wolf
June 13
June 14 

LMU Weschester Campus
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045


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
Tracy Sachs, Facilitator
Vandana Shiva, Ph.D.
Mark Whitwell
Christiane Wolf, M.D., Ph.D.
Larry Yang

Course Requirements

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

Course Descriptions

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.