Vivekananda Yoga University (VaYU) is the world's first Yoga university outside of India focused on Graduate Yoga Education and Research. VaYU is located in Los Angeles, California, USA.
VaYU is founded on the principles of the great 19th century Yoga Master Swami Vivekananda who brought Yoga to the USA in 1893, and his prescription for universal welfare. VaYU offers online graduate programs centered on evidence-based Yoga and modern scientific approaches to the traditional ancient Indian practice of Yoga.
VaYU offers a unique four-semester online Master of Science (Yoga) program. Admitted students follow a cohort-based program, i.e., the same course of study throughout their four semesters, consisting of 10 online courses totaling 24 credits, and an online research project of 6 credits, for a total of 30 credits.
The mandatory Personal Contact Program (PCP) is a physical gathering of students to obtain deeper training on certain aspects of Yoga. This training is provided in the 15th week of certain 1st and 3rd semester courses. The PCP is 28-40 hours per week.
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Dr. Jessica Singh, MD
(NYU), Emergency Medicine (Yale)
Physician Wellness (Stanford)
Student - VaYU MS in Yoga
"The debut class has thirty students who are located across the United States and Canada, from diverse backgrounds. There are
physicians, professors, engineers, attorneys, yoga teachers and yoga therapists. Although the university is online, we have already
become a family in the short time since classes began. Under the blessings and guidance of our world-renowned faculty, we have
started to gain a strong foundation for the vast science of Yoga. These teachings are a way of life."
"Kusum Jyoti" Leenheer
Yoga Teacher, Alberta, Canada
Student - VaYU MSc in Yoga
"I am thrilled to be part of the first cohort of VaYU, and am grateful to learn from teachers, who are masters in the science of Yoga. I
was quickly drawn in by the professors’ wealth of knowledge and the rich depth of the materials. I know in my heart that the program
will expand my ability to live as a healer, a helper and a yogini. The program has helped me to realize what Swami
Vivekananda once said: 'We all have the ability to either make or mar ourselves'."