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Bachelor’s Specialization in Yoga & Ayurveda Wellnessonline

Discover the complete meaning of yoga

Amauri Mejia in yoga poseYoga is more than just physical exercise. Complete Yoga is a state of unity, experienced as perfect harmony between mind, body, and nature.

In this one-of-a-kind program, you’ll dive deep into the fundamental aspects of Yoga philosophy. At the same time, you’ll learn to establish and maintain the state of Yoga in your life through a variety of modalities, including the practice of the Yoga Asana (yoga postures), Transcendental Meditation technique, Pranayama (breathing exercises), and Ayurveda.

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Ayurveda wellness

We teach the Maharishi AyurVedaSM health system – the modern, scientific revival of complete Ayurveda. Maharishi AyurVeda includes balancing the deepest value of mind – consciousness, which is the basis of balancing the body. It incorporates all aspects of mind, body, behavior, and environment in a scientific framework.

What is Ayurveda?

logo “Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It originated in India and has evolved there over thousands of years. In the United States, Ayurvedic medicine is considered a complementary health approach.”

Is Ayurveda effective?

logo“Ayurveda can have positive effects when used as a complementary therapy in combination with standard, conventional medical care.”

Specialize in Consciousness-based Approach to Yoga

Consciousness-based Yoga is comprehensive in that it’s designed to cultivate coherence between mind, body, and consciousness. This system of Yoga naturally cultures the experience of “steady pleasantness” in mind and body and supports the expansion of consciousness. Referred to as Maharishi Yoga Asanas, this special approach was developed by MIU’s founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Maharishi Yoga Asanas are complemented by an intellectual framework rooted in profound insights from Yoga philosophy and the classic Yogic texts — Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and more.

In a research study published in the International Journal of Yoga, Maharishi Yoga Asanas were found to produce a “significant increase in happiness during the day and significant improvements in (1) sense of personal self, (2) transpersonal qualities, and (3) transpersonal self.”

In addition to this specialization, students will also be introduced to other styles and aspects of Yoga so that they know from direct experience the profound benefits of Maharishi’s Approach to Yoga.

Established in Yoga, perform action

As a graduate of this program, you’ll be able to effectively teach the principles and practices of Maharishi’s Approach to Yoga in a yoga studio, wellness center, corporate or community setting of your choice. In addition to learning the postures and developing a refined personal practice, you’ll study the benefits of each asana, modifications, and contraindications.

Courses on anatomy and physiology will lay the foundation for lesson planning and personalization to help students move safely and comfortably through a class.

Though this program is primarily online, students are required to attend two 2-week in-person immersive yoga teacher trainings. The first occurs in the fall term and the second occurs in the spring term. These in-residence trainings give the student the opportunity to receive support in their personal yoga practice, as well as practice teaching, hands-on assists, cueing, variations, and modifications.

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Degree Requirements

The Specialization in Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness is available only to US students.

To graduate with a Specialization in Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness, students must complete:

Courses for this specialization may include

    This course explores themes related to Yoga philosophy in light of effortless, natural practice of Transcendental Meditation. The course introduces Yoga both as a settled inner state of mind and a path of development, as brought out by Maharishi in his books and lectures. Topics include Yoga and the brain, Yoga and health, development of full human potential, Yoga and Dharma, and the role of Yoga Asanas in the eight limbs of Yoga brought out in the traditional Yoga text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.
    Maharishi AyurVeda and Yoga are Vedic sciences that create a holistic approach to health, happiness, and well-being. In this course, students will learn how to create a personalized daily practice to facilitate healing. Each student discovers mind-body awareness of the gross and subtle energies including the five layers of being through individualized techniques with the purpose of becoming more established in the Self.  Students will learn how mind-body types, health tendencies, time of day, seasons, immediate environment, and far environment (planetary influence) impact the personalized approach to daily and seasonal routines. This course includes reflections and public speaking exercises on how inner and outer observations can awaken awareness, guide attention to self-correct, and add self-care routines to pursue optimal state of health. This course puts knowledge into practice.
    In this on-line course, you will unearth the nature of Yoga – the unification of the body, mind & cosmic life integrated with Maharishi AyurVeda’s principles of cultivating intrinsic & extrinsic balance in life. This course includes coursework in embodied approaches to anatomy, ayurvedic approaches to anatomy, asana, and pranayama through public speaking, presentation exercises and reflective exercises that explore the benefits in practicing and presenting the Maharishi Yoga Asanas. Receiving Yoga Alliance compliance is in process.
    Remaining an active student is what makes a sound teacher. In the Maharishi Yoga Asana Capstone course, the focus is on continued practice, self-referral, and reflection exercises to allow for the integration and development of sattvic teacher attributes. The primary focus of this course will be to create a three-month Maharishi Yoga Asana Program based on your teaching niche, with lesson plans that build upon one another and create sustained Mind Body.
    This course delves into balancing the body’s internal ecosystem through the Ayurvedic perspective on diet, digestion, and nutrition (Agni Vigyan), linking consciousness to the principles and function of digestive system. Students learn about the importance of maintaining a balanced digestive fire (Agni) that supports individualized needs to enliven wellbeing. Topics will include the Ayurvedic understanding of the digestive process, assessment of digestive system balance and imbalances, their causes, and practical lifestyle and dietary recommendations for maintaining a healthy digestive system. The connection between digestive and other systems of the body is explored including how to address imbalances. By the end of this course, students have a comprehensive understanding of how to apply this knowledge in their own lives for optimal health and wellness.
    This Anatomy and Physiology course will take students on a journey through human physiology. Students will explore the terminology, structure, function, and interdependence of the various organ systems that make up the human body. Topics covered include the musculoskeletal, hematological, articular, cardiovascular, immune, digestive, respiratory, endocrine, reproductive, nervous, and excretory systems. This course emphasizes the importance of homeostasis and how the body works to maintain balance. Throughout the course, students will learn about the latest scientific research and how it relates to the human physiology. This course covers relevant medical terminology, preparing students for careers in health-related fields. By the end of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the human anatomy and physiology and the vital role it plays in health and wellness.
    This course offers an introduction to the correct pronunciation of essential Sanskrit terms and expressions in AyurVeda. The primary objective of the course is to give students the practice and confidence to speak these terms and expressions in an accurate and professional way. AyurVeda as a health science and aspect of the Veda and Vedic literature is expressed in Sanskrit, and its key terms and concepts are fully defined in this language. Students taking this course will learn to speak these terms correctly, naturally, and fluidly.
    This course is designed for students interested in holistic and complementary health, and the integration of traditional and modern health practices. This course introduces the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda Pulse Assessment Technique (Nadi Vigyan), and explores its relationship to physiological functions, immunity, and impediments to balance. Through a combination of lectures, applied practice, and group discussions, students learn how to use this technique to promote optimal health and well-being. Topics covered will include Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, correlations to conventional sciences, and the use of this technique to identify the six stages of prevention (pathogenesis – Shat Kriya Kal).
    What action in life is best for your personal development – your “Dharma”? How does this relate to family, social, and global responsibilities? How do we make the right decisions for ourselves and others, and act in a way that is enjoyable, not stressful and exhausting? This course studies timeless questions and dilemmas such as these, discussed in the Bhagavad-Gita — using as a guide Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s translation of and commentary on chapters one to six.
    This in-person immersion of the Yoga specialization program leans heavily on the development of both the practice and the state of Yoga. Students will participate in twice-daily practice sessions of the First Set and Transcendental Meditation technique while additionally exploring Maharishi’s approach to Yoga, history of Yoga and Asanas, biomechanics, systems of anatomy, and foundational subtle yogic anatomy in relationship to yoga asana and pranayama. Students will deepen their understanding of verbal and visual cues, while learning how to offer hands-on assistance. They will also learn how to apply ethics and professionalism in the yoga studio setting. This course helps to hone the skills necessary in becoming an effective Yoga Teacher.
    This course continues the in-person development of the personal and professional aspects of Asanas and pranayama practice along with the exploration of advanced hatha yoga practices such as deeper pranayamas, bandhas, and mudras. Continued studies in systems of gross and subtle anatomy and safe movement practices refine the student’s capacity to instruct others.

Featured faculty

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Fred Travis, PhD, Director

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Dr. Travis is Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science, Chair of the Department of Maharishi Vedic Science, Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, & Cognition. He earned an MS and PhD in Psychology from Maharishi International University and a BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University.

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Meredith Hart, MSc, Lead Instructor

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Meredith found her way to MIU after many years of study and practice in yoga, ayurveda, somatics, and bodywork. She holds an undergraduate degree in Transpersonal Psychology with a Yoga Therapy emphasis and is a graduate of the MAVIM program at MIU. Meredith was previously an undergraduate lead instructor in the primary courses in Maharishi AyurVeda and now teaches solely in the yoga specialization program at MIU. She is a graduate of five yoga teacher trainings including the MYA instructor training. She is a credentialed advanced yoga teacher and teacher trainer with Yoga Alliance (ERYT500) and a credentialed yoga therapist with International Association of Yoga Therapy (CIAYT).

With over two decades of practical experience, Meredith maintains a full-time practice in the healing arts which includes Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, and Yogic Counseling in the Bay Area, California where she regularly collaborates with allied health professionals. She plans to pursue her PhD at MIU in the Vedic Sciences. She is very happy to be a part of this wonderful program and school that facilitates Self-healing and transformation through knowledge and practice at MIU – a place and community that she also considers home.
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Karen Aoki Kouider, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

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Karen completed a bachelor’s degree in flute performance at the Eastman School of Music. Her focus then pivoted towards Vedic knowledge and technologies of Consciousness which led to completing a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in Maharishi Vedic Science at MIU.

For her Ph.D., she investigated the therapeutic potential of reciting from 36 branches of Vedic literature in Sanskrit along with regular practice of Transcendental Meditation and the TM-Sidhi program. Karen is currently Assistant Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science at MIU where she teaches Maharishi’s holistic approach to Yoga and directs the Student TM center. She is a certified instructor of Maharishi Yoga Asana and the Transcendental Meditation technique. Karen completed her 200-hour Yoga teacher training through Soul Work Academy in July of 2020.

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Śankari Menon Wegman, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

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Śankari was born in India and grew up on the east coast, where her initial love of physiology led her to pursue her first bachelors in Biology, specializing in premedical studies. Her interest in the philosophy behind physiology led her to pursue a second degree in Philosophy and Bioethics, and when she learned Transcendental Meditation and joined the program in Maharishi Ayurveda at MIU, the union of philosophy and physiology felt truly unified both at a deeply personal level and in her clinical practice. Inspired by the vision of Maharishi Ayurveda in helping individuals live in optimal health, happiness, and in harmony with their environment, she went on to complete her Master’s in Physiology and her Ph.D. in Physiology and Health at MIU. Her doctoral dissertation evaluated an undergraduate medical education curriculum that incorporated Maharishi Ayurveda and its impact on the practice of integrative medicine and the personal well-being of those future physicians.

Śankari has been an ayurvedic practitioner for over 20 years and has years of practice at the Raj Health Spa and the Integrative Wellness Clinic, under the mentorship and guidance of Vaidya Manohar Palakurthi. She is a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique, Maharishi Yoga Asanas, and as a Wellness Coach. She is currently in the process of completing her 200 RYT and is the Assistant Director for the Fellowship MS in Integrative Medicine and Ayurveda program for healthcare professionals that will be launching in the fall of 2023. She also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Maharishi School, where she heads the Development of Consciousness committee. She enjoys cooking and baking with her family, learning how to knit, and creating multi-media art projects with her children.

Cost & Aid for bachelor’s degree, 2024-25

US Online Undergraduate

This estimate is based on one year for a typical online Federal Pell Grant recipient (represents 70% of our online undergraduates). File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and then contact our financial aid office for questions on variables.

Annual Cost and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition and fees$16,190
Grants and scholarship (typical)-$11,400
Net cost per year$4,790
Federal student loan-$4,790
Your payment$0

Part time online enrollment is available. Tuition is $600 per credit with normal load of 9-11 credits. Federal student loans are available and the federal Pell Grant is proportional to the credit load.

Additional Financial Aid Information

    The grants and scholarship described above consist of the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Education Grant, and institutional scholarship based on (1) full-time enrollment and (2) financial need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    Many companies offer tuition assistance programs to their employees. If you’re currently employed, we encourage you to check on this. If they offer assistance, please contact MIU’s Financial Aid office.
    Federal Student Loans have limits based on lifetime usage, annual limits, and limited to the educational costs for each semester. Here are the annual maximum limits:

    • $5,500 per year for first-year dependent
    • $6,500 per year for second-year dependent
    • $7,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year dependent
    • $9,500 per year for first-year independent
    • $10,500 per year for second-year independent
    • $12,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year independent
    Federal Student Loan Repayment is postponed as long as you are enrolled at least half-time each semester. If your enrollment drops below half-time, you have a six-month grace period before repayment begins. There are also postponements for low income and unemployment, as well as repayment based on income and Public Service Forgiveness.

    There are a variety of money-saving tax benefits to assist in reducing the cost of education expenses. More about education tax benefits.
    Veterans should contact the VA for information on Veterans Education Benefits. Veterans eligible for BAH monthly benefits: The VA utilizes a scale of credits per block of courses; therefore, the VA sometimes pays part-time benefits for an individual month while the university delivers full-time federal aid for an entire semester. Our Veterans Certifying Official is our Director of Financial Aid.

Loan Repayment Options

    Payments are a fixed amount that ensures your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
    Payments may be fixed or graduated and will ensure that your loans are paid off within 25 years.
    Payments are lower at first and then increase, usually every two years, and are for an amount that will ensure your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
    Your monthly payments will be either 10 or 15 percent of discretionary income (depending on when you received your first loans), but never more than you would have paid under the 10-year Standard Repayment Plan.
    Payments are recalculated each year and are based on your updated income, family size, and the total amount of your Direct Loans. Any outstanding balance will be forgiven if you haven’t repaid your loan in full after 25 years.
    Your monthly payment is based on annual income, but your loan will be paid in full within 15 years.

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, contact us at finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

FAQ

    You should plan to spend 12-14 hours per week for a 4-credit eight-week course. If you are taking 2 courses during an eight-week period, you should plan to spend 24-28 hours per week reading, creating assignments and discussion forum posts, and studying course materials. The time it takes to complete an online course successfully depends on your willingness to stick to a regular schedule and learn to study effectively, more than on any other factor.
    We are currently drafting our application to be a registered school through Yoga Alliance. Once you have graduated and once MIU is a registered school with Yoga Alliance, you’ll then be able to register as an RYT200.

    Yoga Alliance is an independent organization that has standardized yoga teacher training. It is not required to be registered with Yoga Alliance in order to teach yoga, but there are benefits.

    Students will participate in two 2-week in-residency teacher training immersions. The first, PH422, is held in the Fall and the second, PH423 is held in the Spring. These immersions are key components to your program as you’ll have guided instruction from an experienced yoga teacher (ERYT-500).
    In this approach, Yoga is understood as the complete settling of the activity of the mind, also known as union. As such, “yoga practice” should start with union, even momentarily, then lead to more and more eternal union.

    The sequence and pace of asanas (yoga postures) in this approach is structured to foster the experience of the state of Yoga, both during the asana and in between each asana: In the cessation of effort, unboundedness dawns. These asanas are performed easily, comfortably and naturally, without strain or force. As a result, the mind settles and can begin to expand, while the body is balanced, refreshed, and naturally increases its coordination with the mind.

    Traditionally, Ayurveda and yoga were not separate as they both came out of traditional teachings from India. Today, they are known as Sister Sciences.

    Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine of India and the East that focuses on supporting wellness and health rather than the treatment of disease. Ayurveda specializes in diet, herbs, mind-body types, and purification therapies.

    Ayurvedic knowledge can be incorporated into both yoga classes, workshops, and multi-modality programs, as well as lifestyle suggestions.

    If you have passed college-level Anatomy & Physiology courses within the past 5 years with a grade B- or higher, then you can have them waived.
    To graduate with a Specialization in Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness, students must complete the required courses for the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences, or any other bachelor’s degree program you choose, and 32 additional credits of Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness courses.
    We accomplish this by using an online learning platform that students find highly engaging. The program also features an extensive collaboration between students and one-on-one interaction between our faculty and each student.

    Further, students in this program will study on the MIU campus during the clinical intensive training courses. This gives students the opportunity to practice conducting Ayurveda consultations under the guidance of faculty, as well as meet their fellow students in person.

    An undergraduate major is a primary field of study during your undergraduate years. This major defines the actual degree and specifies core courses, electives, and the foundational knowledge that you will acquire. An academic specialization is a more concentrated area of courses which you can choose in addition (32 additional credits) to your major field, which may be in the same disciplinary area or something different.

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