In the Yoga Journal article “What the Future Holds,” John Hanc looks at the possible future of Yoga in the United States, citing Loyola Marymount as one of the few accredited institutions offering professional coursework in the area of Yoga (through LMU Extension):
OK, so we don’t really expect yoga to have totally conquered and colonized every aspect of American life by 2030. But it may indeed play a much larger role in our culture than it does today. To find out how big a role, we asked some yoga experts to help us predict how current trends will play out 25 years down the road. Join us as we look into the crystal ball.
The truth is that, while Loyola Marymount and a few other accredited colleges and universities offer yoga classes or teaching certifications, much of the yoga taught today is offered either through specialized nonaccredited schools or yoga and fitness organizations.
Research into yoga, on the other hand, is increasing: Elizabeth Yost Hammer, associate professor of psychology at Loyola University in New Orleans and a yoga practitioner, says she found 670 citations of recent studies in psychology alone that involved yoga, many of them inquiring into the benefits of yoga for drug recovery, insomnia, and depression. Such a groundswell of research is the basis of academic scholarship in any discipline-and could eventually lead to greater acceptance of yoga as a field of study.
Click here to read the full article at YogaJournal.com.