The MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation degree at SOAS explores the origins and historical development of yoga and meditation in India and Tibet from ancient times to the modern world.
Core module Yoga and Meditation: Perspectives, Context and Methodologies is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the fascinating thematic components and cross-regional perspectives.
The Traditions of Yoga and Meditation postgraduate degree is attractive to students who:
- are experienced practitioners of yoga and meditation who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural contexts that shaped their traditions
- have a background in psychology seeking to gain knowledge of meditation and mindfulness for their clinical work
- are planning to pursue further research which may involve, at a subsequent stage, the acquisition of a doctoral degree and a career in higher education
- will pursue a career or professional activity for which advanced knowledge of the yoga and meditation traditions of Asia is required
- seek the academic study of these traditions as a complement to their personal experience
Full-time and part-time study is available.
The programme thus offers students (a) advanced knowledge of the background to, and understanding of, yoga and meditation, from their origin in ancient India to their apex in mediaeval Japan; (b) advanced skills in research and writing on topics that pertain to yoga/meditation, drawing on both primary sources (in translation) and secondary sources; (c) advanced skills in presentation and communication of their knowledge of the topics covered in the lectures.
With a student population of around 4,000 from over 100 countries, our relatively small size ensures that we offer a friendly and welcoming environment while at the same time being able to take advantage of all University of London facilities.
- International class
- International faculty
- International study tours
- Issuance of foreign diploma and certifications