For his leadership in integrative medicine,
The Bravewell Collaborative honored
Dr. Myles Spar (pictured, above), director of
Integrative Medicine at Venice Family Clinic’s
Simm/Mann Health and Wellness Center.
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SHINE A LIGHT
YOGA MASTER'S DEGREE
BEGINS AT LMU
BY SARA ELIZABETH IVANHOE
Every true invention garners the same response: I can’t believe that doesn’t exist already—
how is that possible? This just happened to yoga.
While we think we’ve seen everything when it comes to yoga; what the West has not yet
seen is an accredited academic program devoted to Yoga studies. Not a teacher training nor certification, but a degree. Before now a person in the US could earn degrees in
related subjects such as Comparative Religion, Hindu or Sanskrit studies, or even Exercise
Physiology. To date, there has been no Master’s Degree in Yoga Studies available outside
“Why hasn’t it been done?” Good question! Attaining approval at an academic institution is complicated and takes at least 10 years. In this case, it took 15.
Dr. Christopher Key Chapple had the vision for a program like this in his youth. In 1985,
he began teaching at Loyola Marymount University; in 1998, he created an extension
program focusing on Yoga studies which grew to include two certification programs:
Yoga Philosophy and, collaborating with Larry Payne, Yoga Therapeutics.
Siddhis is the Sanskrit word for spiritual powers. It took nothing less than Siddhis for
Professor Chapple to jump through every hoop and maintain true vision. Professor
Chapple diligently worked with the University—filing applications, appealing to the administration, and raising funds. In 2012, he received approval from the university, began
the student application process, and unveiled a comprehensive curriculum with courses in
science, history, Eastern religions, Sanskrit, and comparative philosophy.
September, 2013, nineteen adventurous students of all ages and backgrounds matriculated
in the inaugural Master’s degree in Yoga Studies. While this is the first, it will certainly not
be the last. With Professor Chapple’s commitment for excellence, we can predict this program will be so successful that, like all inventions, we will wonder how we lived without it
Shining in more ways than one, an
international coalition of artists, donors,
and activists will be gathering for Shine
a Light, a humanitarian initiative led
by transformational media producers
The Muse Collective, Intergovernmental
Renewable Energy Organization (IREO),
an IGO supporting the United Nations
Millennium Development Goals,
and Celerity Global Development, a
nonprofit organization building inner-city charter schools.
100% of the net proceeds from this
benefit concert will be used to purchase
solar lighting and sustainable energy
solutions for Syrian war refugees and
those affected by the typhoons in
the Philippines. Performances
include music by Playing For Change,
experience by Lucent Dossier, art
and visuals by Android Jones,
Ghanaian Reggae Superstar Rocky
Dawuni (pictured, right) transformance
by Sonic Butterfly, Brazilian guitar
virtuoso Badi Assad, the Steve Weissberg
Orchestra, and other special guests.
31 January, Orpheum Theatre,
842 Broadway, Los Angeles
Sponsorship/VIP (818) 626-9562