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Loyola Marymount University Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program

“When there is bondage due to deliberation, the cultivation of the opposite [is prescribed].”


Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras (2.33)


I am so honored to have been entrusted by my teacher, Dr. Christopher Chapple, to bring this program, which explores many of the major philosophical traditions of yoga, to Orange County.


Please see http://academics.lmu.edu/extension/programs/yogaphi for more details on the program. It is possible to take the classes just for personal enrichment, or you may choose to complete the whole certificate program.


The first class was the Upaniṣads, which contains some of the earliest practices of yoga. Next, we looked at the Bhagavad Gītā, the classic Indian text dealing with such timeless topics such as karma and dharma. Then we studied the Yoga Sūtras and the Haṭha Pradīpikā, which lays forth descriptions of early asana practices as well as means of manipulating energy throughout the body and describing esoteric meditative techniques such as nāda yoga.


LMU Modern Yoga Extension Course

October 4-November 1, 2017, 1-3 p.m.


Classes held at Be the Change Yoga in Irvine Have you ever wondered about the origins of the yoga we practice today?


What did yoga look like 100 years ago? Or 50 years ago? In our last course, we looked at the Haṭha Pradīpikā and medieval yoga practices. In this next Loyola Marymount University Yoga Philosophy Extension Class (held here in Irvine at Be the Change Yoga) we will be examining “how we got to here” by tracing yoga from about 1900 A.D. to the current times through India, Europe and America.


We will also be taking a look at the Transcendentalists (Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman), who were influenced by such texts as the Upaniṣads and the Bhagavad Gita. We will also be examining yoga’s influence on modern science and art (such as Tesla, Schrödinger, the Beatles and George Lucas’ Star Wars).


The course can be taken for personal enrichment or can be taken for credit towards the Certificate Program. $195 (10 hours). No prerequisites.  Taught by Erika Burkhalter, MA Yoga Studies, MS Neuropsychology, YACEP (can be taken for continuing education credit)



Classes will be offered at Be the Change Yoga in Irvine, 3942 Portola Parkway, Irvine, CA 92602.

Classes will be held for 5 Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

(October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1) $195


Courses are audio-recorded, so if you can’t make all the dates, you can listen in via the recording and hand-outs (which are e-mailed out weekly).

Texts: Yoga Body by Mark Singleton and American Veda by Philip Goldberg


To register: LMU Yoga Studies (Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program)



Upcoming classes will include:

Star Wars and Eastern Spirituality, Sāṃkhya, the Haţha Pradīpikā, and beginning Sanskrit (geared for yoga teachers and students).


Classes will be offered at Be the Change Yoga in Irvine,

3942 Portola Parkway, Irvine, CA 92602.