Yoga Philosophy and Meditation

Academic Programs in Yoga Philosophy and Meditation

Patanjali
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The Yoga Philosophy and Meditation Program provides an in-depth study of the science and philosophy of Yoga, and other systems of meditation. Emphasis is placed on understanding the psychological and scientific approaches behind the Yoga Sūtras, Sāmkhya, and the Vedantic and Upaniṣhadic streams of thought.

Master’s Degree (or Advanced Diploma) Program Requirements

 The Master’s Degree (or Advanced Diploma) Program in Yoga Philosophy & Meditation requires a minimum of 30 credits as follows:

University Core Courses
HUC 5001 Principles of Hinduism – 3 credits
HUC 5002 Practices of Hinduism – 3 credits
HUC 5003 Basic Sanskrit – 3 credits

3 Core Courses in Yoga Philosophy & Meditation
YPM 5001 Patañjali’s Yoga Darśhana – 3 credits
YPM 5002 Kapila’s Sāmkhya Darśhana – 3 credits
YPM 5003 Yoga Philosophy & Meditation – 3 credits

2 Elective Courses in Yoga Philosophy & Meditation – 6 credits

Master’s thesis or 2 more Electives – 6 credits

Doctoral Degree (Fellow) Requirements

 Doctoral degree program requires successful completion of at least 60 credits of studies as follows:
University Core Courses
HUC 5001 Principles of Hinduism – 3 credits
HUC 5002 Practices of Hinduism – 3 credits
HUC 5003 Basic Sanskrit – 3 credits

3  Core Courses in Yoga Philosophy & Meditation
YPM 5001 Patañjali’s Yoga Darśhana – 3 credits
YPM 5002 Kapila’s Sāmkhya Darśhana –  3 credits
YPM 5003 Yoga Philosophy & Meditation – 3 credits

4   Elective Courses on Yoga Philosophy & Meditation –  12 credits

 Doctoral Thesis  –  30 credits

Diploma Program in Yoga Philosophy and Meditation (YPM) Diploma

HUA Diploma program is intended to provide the students with an exposure to the philosophy and principles of Yoga and Meditation at a level intermediate between Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

The following courses are required for HUA Diploma in YPM

Two University Core Courses
HUC 5001 Principles of Hinduism – 3 credits
HUC 5003 Basic Sanskrit –  3 credits

Three Subject Courses
YPM 5001 Patañjali’s Yoga Darśhana – 3 credits
YPM 5002 Kapila’s Sāmkhya Darśhana – 3 credits
YPM 5003 Yoga Philosophy & Meditation – 3 credits

One Elective Course
YPM 5104 Message of Gītā – 3 credits
or
Any other Elective Course in Yoga Philosophy & Meditation – 3 credits

Core courses for Master’s (or Advanced Diploma) and Doctoral (Fellow) programs in Yoga Philosophy and Meditation

 YPM 5001 Patañjali’s Yoga Darśhana                        3 credits

This course examines Yoga tradition in India beginning with Lord Śiva, Patañjali’s Yoga System, basic approaches – Samādhi, Sādhana and Kaivalya, emphasizing Sāmkhya teachings and their relationship with Yoga.

YPM 5002 Kapila’s Sāmkhya Darśhana                                   3 credits

Sāmkhya as psychological evolution of cosmos; concepts of Puruṣha and Prakṛiti; twenty four evolutes; relationship and comparisons between Buddhist and Upaniṣhadic and Vedantic teachings.

YPM 5003 Yoga Philosophy & Meditation                               3 credits

Understanding of Patañjali’s Yoga Darśhana; Yoga as psychology; suffering and Yoga as release from suffering; tradition of meditation in India; theories of Puruṣha and Prakṛiti; three Guṇas; eight-fold path leading to Samādhi; relevance of Yoga in modern life.

Elective courses for Master’s (or Advanced Diploma) and Doctoral programs in Yoga Philosophy and Meditation

YPM 5101 Ancient Yogis and Their Teachings                          3 credits

Description of Yogis in Veda’s; tradition and teachings of Jain and Buddhist Yogis; Yoga as practiced in various schools and sects with basic emphasis on Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra and its twin philosophy ofSāmkhya.

YPM 5102 Medieval Yogis and Their Teachings                       3 credits

Study of Yogis in legend and folklore; various schools, Gorakhnath and Kanphata or the Split-ear Yogis; Siddha Yoga; Haṭha Yoga; Kuṇcalini, Chakras, Nācis; Yoga in Tantrism; Right-wing and Left-wing; importance of Guru; asceticism and supernatural elements in such practices.

YPM 5103 Modern Yogis and Their Teachings                         3 credits

Centers around life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Yogananda, Aurobindo, Ramana Maharishi, Satya Sai Baba, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Swami Muktananda, and other eminent Yogis and spiritual masters.

YPM 5104 Message of Srimad Bhagavad Gītā                      3 credits

(Course description same as HIN 5104, Hinduism Program)

YPM 5201 Four Paths of Yoga                                                   3 credits

Explores four paths in attainment of ‘Union’ with self, namely Karma (action), Jñāna (Knowledge), Bhakti (Devotion) and Rāja Yoga (Meditation), relationship of beings with the world, and ultimate reality.

YPM 5202 Relevance of Yoga in Modern Times                       3 credits

Based on various analytical studies and bio-feedback, in addition to studies by Western thinkers and writers, this course focuses on the importance of age-old principles and practices of Yoga and its relevance in modern times.

YPM 5203 Spiritual Linguistics                                              3 credits

‘Vak-Yoga’ is a yoga technique which utilizes the linguistic speech formation and expression as a process, for the realization of the goal of Yoga. It is a progression from the ‘Body-yoga’ to ‘Body-Mind integration yoga’; a progression from the ‘body-breath yoga’ to ‘mind-speech’ yoga. It emphasizes the power of ‘Mind’ over ‘Body’. Body refinement needs to be matched with mind refinement for better human relations and peace.

YPM 5301 Yoga and Other Indian Philosophies                       3 credits

With focus on basic teachings and practices of Patañjali’s Yoga, this course covers comparative study of this system with various approaches in other systems such as Vedanta,   Buddhism,   and   Jainism, their similarities and dissimilarities.

YPM 5302 Yoga and Buddhist Meditation                                3 credits

Knowledge of important aspects of agreements and disagreements in meditation traditions in Buddhism including Theravada school, Tibetan Vajra Yana, Chinese Ch’an and Japanese Zen.

YPM 5303 Yoga and Sufi Meditation                                        3 credits

Sufism, though conspicuously close to Vedanta, bears intimate similarities to Yoga with its esoteric practices such as asceticism; importance of Murshid (Guru); significance of recitation, asceticism and purification of mind.

YPM 5401 Yoga and Tantric Meditation                                   3 credits

Concept of Śhakti, the cosmic energy; Śhaktas; various sects; views about creation, destruction, worship, occult powers, and ‘Union’; right-hand and left- hand Tantrics; prevalence of Tantrism in east India during medieval period and rise of Buddhist Tantrism and its spread to Tibet.

YPM 5501 Principles and Practice of Haṭha Yoga                    3 credits

Investigates the principles and practices of physical culture, various Āsanas, Kuṇcalini, Chakras, Nācis, rules for Prāṇāyāma and meditation; preventive, curative and holistic aspects of Āsanas.

YPM 5900 Independent Study 1                            variable 1-3 credits

Undertake an individualized mode of instruction, and/or research, to be approved by the department.

YPM 6101 Selected Topics in Yoga Philosophy & Meditation                                   variable 1- 3 credits

Special topics not included above to be taught by resident or visiting faculty as approved by the department.

YPM 6900 Independent Study 2                            variable 1-5 credits

Undertake an individualized mode of instruction, and/or research, to be approved by the department.

YPM 6999 Master’s Thesis Research                                        6 credits

Research leading to a master’s thesis in Yoga Philosophy and Meditation.

YPM 7999 Doctoral Thesis Research                                        30 credits

Research leading to a doctoral thesis in Yoga Philosophy and Meditation.

Summary of Requirements for Yoga Philosophy and Meditation for Coursework and Thesis Option 

YOGA PHILOSOPHY AND MEDITATION PROGRAMS HU Master’s Degree (or Advanced Diploma) Program (30 credits) HU Diploma (18 credits) Doctoral Program (HU Fellow) (60 credits)
HU Core courses HUC 5001 HUC 5001 HUC 5001
HUC 5002 HUC 5002
HUC 5003 HUC 5003 HUC 5003
Program Core Courses YPM 5001 YPM 5001 YPM 5001
YPM 5002 YPM 5002 YPM 5002
YPM 5003 YPM 5003 YPM 5003
Electives Options Course- Work option Selection of 4 elective courses (12 credits) Selection of 1

elective course (3 credits)

N/A
Thesis option Two Elective Courses (6 credit)

+ Thesis (6 credits)

Four Elective Courses (12 credits)

+ Thesis (30 credits)