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Yoga and the Healing Sciences
"The program exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it. I enjoyed the variety of speakers and my classmates were great, too. I would encourage all of my friends and students interested in expanding their knowledge of Yoga to take this course. It is a catalyst to broaden their knowledge and scope of teaching." —Nicolle Lincir, Former Student

‌‌‌Register Online Today!‌Though the philosophy, art and science of Yoga dates back to ancient India, Yoga’s evolution into the modern world has seen it become a widely practiced spirituality and exercise in the United States and across the globe.  According to a year 2000 survey, it is estimated that over 15 million Americans currently practice this ancient art.  Thus, the need for competent instructors of Yoga is all the more necessary.

The Yoga and the Healing Sciences professional certificate program is a Yoga Alliance®-registered teacher training that offers participants and prospective teachers the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the fundamental and advanced concepts of Yoga through an immersion into Yoga’s classical and modern forms. Ultimately, the goal of practicing and teaching Yoga is to live better, feel better, move better, breathe better, understand oneself better and develop a more harmonious relationship with Spirit in its many forms.

Who Should Participate

The program is open to individuals with at least six months of previous Yoga practice (any style is acceptable) who wish to expand, deepen and broaden their knowledge of Yoga. Weekend class meetings open the program to those with full-time careers and other commitments. Given the program’s particular focus on healing and therapy, individuals in education, fitness, healthcare, or simply interested in Yoga practice as a healing science, are highly encouraged to enroll.

Program Benefits

Whereas many teacher training programs focus on a single practice or school of Yoga, the Yoga and the Healing Sciences will introduce students to a variety of practices. Each of the different approaches to yoga practice have developed over the centuries in order to suit the spiritual needs of individuals of different dispositions and capacities. Understanding and appreciating this variety of practice will prepare teachers to better serve a diverse clientele.

Students will be exposed to five of the most popular styles of Hatha Yoga: Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Power and Chikitsa Vinyasa; as well as other elements of Raja Yoga practice, including meditation, chanting, and pranayama. Students will also learn fundamental theories of Ayurvedic healing and modern Yoga therapy. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Appreciate and understand the content and methods of practice in the ancient texts of Yoga
  • Integrate Yoga into their daily lives through a variety of practices
  • Develop appropriate Yoga sequencing in order to facilitate a group Yoga class

Following the guidelines outlined by Yoga Alliance® for registered 200-hour teacher training programs, this program qualifies participants to register for the 200-hour credential, as verified by the instructors.

General Information


 Next Program Begins
 March 27, 2015
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 Class Meetings
 LMU Westchester Campus
 1 LMU Drive
 Los Angeles, CA 90045

 Semester Hours

 YHSX 800


 Materials + Books

 Terra Gold, L.Ac.
 Eden Goldman, D.C.
 Robert Birnberg
 Paul Cabanis
 John Casey, Ph.D.
 Christopher Key Chapple, Ph.D.
 Matthew Cohen
 Gita Desai
 Arun Deva
 Tom Kelly
 Bryan Kest
 Hala Khouri
 Swami Mitrananda
 Dr. Larry Payne
 Lorin Roche, Ph.D.
 Guru Singh, D.D.
 Ricky Tran
 Maria Villella

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 facilitators: Terra Gold, L.Ac. for Fall course at (310) 985-6700 or, or Eden Goldman, D.C. for Spring course at (310) 990-9648 or