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Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change
‌‌‌James Fox at LMU Extension

"Prison Yoga Project: A Path for Healing Original Pain" with James Fox

Saturday, November 14, 2015; 1-6 p.m.
LMU University Hall 3226
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

This workshop will introduce participants to mindfulness-based, trauma-informed methodology for teaching yoga in prisons and in rehabilitation and recovery centers. James will provide evidence-based support for these programs and speak about how to address common emotional/psychological issues of prisoners using yoga and mindfulness as therapeutic practices. The workshop will include a short asana practice proven effective in introducing yoga to prisoners and addressing their common psycho-physiological issues. 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').

This course is in progress. Some classes are open to the general public as workshops. Open workshops are listed below under "Schedule."

Tuition: $1,950

Classes meet one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) a month during the Fall and Spring semesters, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. each meeting. Some classes are open to the general public as workshops:

August 22-23, 2015
September 6
September 27: "Yoga and Neuroscience" with Dr. Jay Kumar
October 24: "Healthy Families in a Toxic World" with Julie Carmen
October 25: "Cutting Edge Perspectives on Using Yoga to Overcome Addiction" with Tommy Rosen
November 14: "Prison Yoga Project: A Path for Healing Original Pain" with James Fox
November 15: "Learning to Heal Ourselves from Trauma" with Angela Saucedo
January 23-24, 2016
February 20-21
February 27
March 19-20
April 24
May 21-22
June 11-12

LMU Westchester Campus
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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.