LOS ANGELES (TIP): Vivekananda Yoga University in the United States will hold its first convocation on June 12 where a group of 23 students will receive graduation certificates. The university’s first convocation is likely to be attended by a host of prominent yoga practitioners, academics and leaders in the field. The event will take place in Los Angeles, where the university’s campus is currently located.
“We are proud to announce that in the path traced by Swami Vivekananda who brought yoga to the west in 1893, we have brought a vision of holistic approach to yoga with its applications supported by modern scientific research. This is the best of the East meets the best of the West,” said Dr. HR Nagendra, Chairman of the Board of Vivekananda Yoga University.
The top yoga guru is also the chancellor of SVYASA University, the world’s first yoga university in Bengaluru, which he founded in 2002.
“It is with great pride that Vivekananda University welcomes its first convocation. All credit goes to Dr. Nagendra for establishing this university in the United States, which will go a long way in creating an army of western-trained yoga practitioners and researchers,” said Prem Bhandari, Founding Director of Vivekananda Yoga University (VaYU). .
Vivekananda Yoga University, which was jointly launched by Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan and Chairman of the Standing Committee for External Affairs PP Chaudhary during a virtual event held at the Consulate General of India in New York in June 2022, is tentatively approved and accredited by the California Bureau of Private and Postsecondary Education (BPPE).
VaYU brings a value proposition of high-quality higher education and research at a very affordable price through its unique online program, said its Chairman, Professor Sree N Sreenath. According to the university, the first batch of 23 students from the Master of Science (yoga) program have graduated.
The VaYU program focuses on three learning objectives: the science of how and why yoga works, the art of practicing yogic techniques in depth and treating common illnesses using yoga with an evidence-based approach, said Dr Srinivasa Reddy. Dr. Manjunath NK, Pro Vice Chancellor and Research Director of SVYASA, would also attend the convocation along with other dignitaries.