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San Diego County Resident Among First Graduating Class Of Yoga Masters Degree Program

Danielle Fowler, owner of Yoga Oceanside and a graduate of the yoga studies p...

Credit: Danielle Fowler

Above: Danielle Fowler, owner of Yoga Oceanside and a graduate of the yoga studies program at Loyola Marymount University, is pictured sitting outside in a yoga posture in this undated photo.

San Diegan Among First Graduating Class Of Yoga Masters Degree Program

GUESTS:

Christopher Chapple, director, Yoga Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University

Danielle Fowler, owner, Yoga Oceanside

Transcript

From a challenging workout, to deep relaxation for sleep, there seems to be a yoga practice for just about everything and everyone.

Now there's a yoga for graduate students. Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles has just awarded its first Masters degrees in Yoga Studies to 18 students.

Yoga has been practiced throughout the world for thousands of years.

Yoga has been practiced throughout the world for thousands of years.

"We have, from about 3,500 years ago, images of people in what seem to be meditative yoga postures," said Christopher Chapple, director of the LMU Yoga Studies Program. "From the very beginning, yoga has been associated with the ethical practices of non-violence, of truthfulness, of being abstemious in various ways – not getting over absorbed in the accumulation of possessions. These are the aspects of yoga that we find very fascinating."

Chapple said the university offers three courses that focus on the physical aspect of yoga, three courses on Sanskrit, the language yoga is derived from, and six courses on the philosophical and religious aspects of yoga.

Danielle Fowler, owner of Yoga Oceanside and a graduate of the yoga studies program at LMU, said she wanted to pursue the master’s degree to increase her understanding of yoga.

“I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years,” Fowler said. I really feel like it’s my responsibility to continue my path in learning the yoga tradition more deeply and being knowledgeable when teaching others.”

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