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North America’s First Yoga PhD Program Launched by Vivekananda Yoga University

Los Angeles, CA: Vivekananda Yoga University (VaYU), the world’s 1st Yoga University outside India devoted to Yoga education and research, launched North America’s first PhD program in Yoga.

Prof. Sree N. Sreenath, President, Vivekananda Yoga University (VaYU), said, “This is a path-defining moment as VaYU students will fast track the journey of taking yoga education and research to impact every corner of the world.”

The first batch of 10 Doctoral (PhD) students from USA, Canada, Qatar, France, and India have enrolled for Fall 2022. VaYU has introduced a separate MS-PhD for students committed to attaining the highest degree in the US. These mark fresh vistas of opportunity for VaYU specifically but to the spread of Yoga education in general.

The Ph.D. program at VaYU develops independent researchers to explore new vistas in Theory and Philosophy of Yoga across all faiths, and, in the therapeutical application of Yoga in particular management of cancers, neurological, digestive, and rheumatoid conditions. Prof. Murali Venkatrao, Vice Chairman of VaYU Board of Trustees, and VaYU VP of Academics explains “Graduate programs at VaYU is founded on scientific methodology and is evidence-based. VaYU has successfully graduated its first batch of Online M.S. (Yoga) in June 2022. With our unique online curriculum and world class faculty we serve the seeker and the Yoga buff alike.”

VaYU has been cleared by the Accrediting agency WASC, that accredits Stanford, USC, and UCs, to move on to the final phase of Accreditation and the process that should be completed by next year.


Babubhai Gandhi, Chairman of the VaYU Board of Trustees and Founder said “All these mark VaYU’s rapid progress in shaping the future of yoga education. The world needs yoga more than ever today and VaYU is getting its graduates ready for just that.”

Applications for the Spring 2023 semester are open, with the first day of classes being January 18, 2023.

-Press Release

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