Yoga Education

Academic Program in Yoga Education

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This program provides training for advanced students and qualifies participants as certified teachers of Haṭha Yoga. In addition to successfully completing the series of Haṭha Yoga courses and mastering Āsanas, the student engages in the study of the principles and practices of meditation, the Yoga Sūtras, Prāṇāyāma practices, Yoga Nidrā relaxation techniques and meditation. Students are required to prepare lesson plans and critically review lesson plans of classmates, discuss and lead practical classes as part of their training. Śhat Karmas are introduced and a few of the less rigorous ones are practiced.

 Master’s Degree or (Advanced Diploma) Requirements

Master’s program in Yoga Education consists of minimum 30 credits as follows

University Core Courses

HUC 5001 Principles of Hinduism                                               3 credits

HUC 5002 Practices of Hinduism                                                3 credits

HUC 5003 Basic Sanskrit                                                           3 credits

6 Core Courses in Yoga Education

YED 5001 Patañjali’s Yoga Darśhana                                         3 credits

YED 5002 Yoga Philosophy & Meditation                                   3 credits

YED 5003 Introductory Haṭha Yoga                                           3 credits

YED 5004 Intermediate Haṭha Yoga                                          3 credits

YED 5005 Advanced Haṭha Yoga                                               3 credits

YED 5006 Yoga Physiology                                                       3 credits

1 Elective Course in Yoga Education                                        3 credits

 NOTE 1 Students with Master’s degree (or Advanced Diploma) in Yoga Education may continue toward Doctoral degree (Fellow award) in Yoga Philosophy and Meditation.

NOTE 2 Also, see HUA’s special program with Amrit Yoga Institute for Master’s Degree (or Advanced Diploma) in Yoga Education.

 HUA Diploma Program in Yoga Education

This diploma is at a level between Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree (or Advanced Diploma) program and is intended to provide the students sufficient exposure to the philosophy, principles and practices of Haṭha Yoga and to qualify them for basic certification as teachers of Haṭha Yoga.

Candidates for this diploma will complete the minimum requirement of 18 credits listed below, which includes one university core course.

1 University Core Course

HUC 5001 Principles of Hinduism                                               3 credits

5 Subject Courses

YED 5001 Patañjali’s Yoga Darśhana                                         3 credits

YED 5003 Introductory Haṭha Yoga                                           3 credits

YED 5004 Intermediate Haṭha Yoga                                          3 credits

YED 5005 Advanced Haṭha Yoga                                               3 credits

YED 5006 Yoga Physiology                                                        3 credits

 Core courses in Master’s (or Advanced Diploma) Program in Yoga Education

YED 5001 Patañjali’s Yoga Darśhana                                       3 credits

Examines Yoga tradition in India beginning with Lord Śiva, Patañjali’s Yoga System, basic approaches – Samādhi, Sādhana and Kaivalya, emphasizing Sāmkhya teachings and their relationship with Yoga. (Same as YPM 5001).

YED 5002 Yoga Philosophy and Meditation                              3 credits

Understanding of Patañjali’s Yoga Darśhana; Yoga as psychology; suffering and Yoga as release from suffering; tradition of meditation in India; theories of Puruṣha and Prakṛiti; three Guṇas; eight-fold path leading to Samādhi; relevance of Yoga for modern life. (Same as YPM 5003).

YED 5003 Introductory Haṭha Yoga                                         3 credits

Knowledge of basic principles of Haṭha Yoga with a focus on the physical system and how it is affected by Āsanas; building physical and mental strength through repeated practice and mastery of introductory Āsanas; their importance toward health and wellness. Participants are introduced early to work with breath and learn relaxation techniques.

YED 5004 Intermediate Haṭha Yoga                                        3 credits

This course continues to build upon the person’s awareness and concentration. Individual is guided to work within his/her limitations and to practice counter- poses. Initially the attention is placed on physical (muscular, sensations and breath), and gradually shifts to the subtler levels, the mental and psychological aspects. Benefits and contra-indications are also discussed.

To this end many sessions emphasize relaxation and breathing techniques, Śhatkarma practices which allow the participants to become aware of their internal environments.

Deepens practice and skills of medium level Āsanas, awareness of breath and movements and physical and mental culture, understanding of Kuṇcalini, Nācis, Chakras. (Pre-requisite YED 5003).

YED 5005 Advanced Haṭha Yoga                                               3 credits

This advanced course trains the student as a practitioner and teacher of Haṭha Yoga; it involves intensive study of Haṭha Yoga, mastery of advanced Āsanas, Yoga Nidrā, awareness of Kuṇcalini, Chakras, Nācis, Prāṇas, Mantras and Yantras. Participants are introduced to Haṭha Yoga texts, Yoga sūtras and the four paths of Yoga in Bhagwad Gītā. Emphasis is placed on students selecting and researching a broad range of topics, including Yoga as therapy and making presentations to the class, as part of their training in lesson planning and teaching.

YED 5006 Yoga Physiology                                                        3 credits

Provides understanding of human physical system, its mobility and performance; significance of Āsanas for bodily and mental fitness; exercise physiology; exercise and recreation; exercise as prevention.

Elective courses in Master’s / Advanced Diploma Program Yoga Education

 YED 5101 Prāṇāyāma                                                                3 credits

Survey of Prāṇa as cosmic energy and breath; breathing for life; breathing of body and mind; techniques of rhythmic breathing and breath control, Bastrika, Kapālabhāti, Bhrāmari, Nāci śhodhana, Rechaka (exhalation), Pūraka (inhalation), and Kumbhaka (retention); relevant Mudrās and Āsanas.

YED 5201 Mind Body Relationship                                            3 credits

Centers around understanding of working of mind particularly according to Yoga Darśhana and of body according to Haṭha Yoga; interconnection between mind and body; importance of mental health for physical fitness and vice versa.

YED 5301 Yoga Therapy                                                            3 credits

Combines Yoga and Haṭha Yoga; examines specific remedial benefits of Yoga psychology and Haṭha Yoga physical culture; various Āsanas with their specific regulating influence on different parts and functions of the body; preventive and curative applications of contemplation and exercise of Āsanas for holistic health.

YED 5302 Yoga and Longevity                                                  3 credits

Yoga as life science; study of life and activities of Yogis; their life style in food habits, living, breathing, attitudes, general world view; Yoga as a way to enrich life quantitatively as well as qualitatively.

 YED 5104 Message of Srimad Bhagavad Gītā                         3 credits

(Course description same as HIN 5104 under Hinduism program)

 YED 5303 Introduction to Ayurveda                                         3 credits

An overview of the science and philosophy of Ayurvedic system of wellness and medicine; spiritual and historical background; Vāta, Pitta and Kapha doṣha’s; Ayurvedic pulse reading; Ayurvedic nutrition and diet; herbology.

YED 5900 Independent Study                              variable 1-3 credits

Participation in an individualized mode of instruction at the beginning graduate level as arranged with a member of departmental faculty.

YED 6101 Selected Topics in Yoga Education                          1-3 credits

Special topics not included above to be taught by resident or visiting faculty as approved by the department.

 Summary of Requirements for Yoga Education Program for Coursework and Thesis Option

 

YOGA EDUCATION PROGRAMS HU Master’s Degree (or Advanced Diploma)

Program (30 credits)

HU Diploma (18 credits)
HU Core courses HUC 5001 HUC 5001
HUC 5002
HUC 5003
Program Core Courses YED 5001 YED 5001
YED 5002
YED 5003 YED 5003
YED 5004 YED 5004
YED 5005 YED 5005
YED 5006 YED 5006
Electives Options Course-Work option Selection of 1 elective course (3 credits)
Thesis option N/A