Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change

Certificate in Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change
Classes begin Sep 14 at LMU
Registration is Open

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.


Workshop Series

The Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change program welcomes the general public to attend any and all workshops during the Fall and Spring terms. These public workshops are facilitated by leading scholars, activists and yoga practitioners. Schedule will post in July 2019.


Certificate Program

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

This program includes an immersion experience. In addition to lectures on themes from leading experts and practitioners, students will participate in a number of course-related experiences and projects outside of the classroom. A complete list of topics, lecturers, and class meeting locations can be found below in the program 'Schedule'. Throughout the course, students will reflect on themes and experiences as they pertain to their own individual practice.

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.

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 coordinator directly (listed below under 'Faculty').

  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: September 14, 2019

    Enroll: Enrollment via the online course catalog or by phone at 310-338-1971

    Course: YMSX 800

    Tuition: $1,990 | Tuition payment plans are avaialble. Please contact Academic Services in LMU Extension at 310.338.1971 to make arrangements.

  • Schedule

    Classes meet one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) a month during the Fall and Spring semesters, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each meeting. Some classes are open to the general public as workshops (see Calendar of Events). Classes meet on the following weekends:

    • September 14-15, 2019
    • October 12-13
    • November 9-10
    • December 7-8
    • January 11-12, 2020
    • February 15-16
    • March 21-22
    • April 18-19
    • May 16-17
    • June 20-21

    LMU Westchester Campus
    1 LMU Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

  • Faculty


    • Judith Carlisle, Ph.D.


    • TBA
  • 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.