World’s first yoga university outside India to offer PG course in US

New Delhi: The Vivekananda Yoga University (VAYU), the world’s first yoga university outside India, is all set to start its post-graduation course later this year in the US.

“The programs will roll out from August 2020, for which the admissions will be starting from April 2020 for the Master's program in yoga under the leadership of Sree Sreenath as the founding President,” the university said in a statement.

VAYU has been established in Los Angeles with an initial budget of USD five million which also facilitates research in the ancient Indian practice. Sree Sreenath, a Professor from Case Western University, has been named its president and Indian yoga guru H R Nagendra as its chairman.

The university received official recognition from the Bureau for Private Post secondary Education, California, to offer yoga-based higher education programs in November 2019. VAYU will facilitate collaborative research, credit transfers and joint programs with multiple premier universities across the world.

“The aim is to create a global university for yoga-based higher education combining the best of the East with the best of the West. The university will help thousands of yoga teachers in the US whose yoga education was limited to 200 or 500 hours of certificate programs to progress further into university-based higher education,” said Nagendra, who started S-VYASA, the first yoga university in India, in 2002.

Nagendra is a former scientist from NASA, who has been working on converting yoga into a socially relevant science for the last four decades.

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