Yoga Studies – Academic Resources

*A few tools to expand your practice and study of Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation and wellness.


Fonts for Sanskritists in Roman/Unicode and devanagari.

Language Universities in India. There are six language universities for the promotion of Sanskrit, Hindi and Urdu.

SARIT. Searchable, electronic editions of Sanskrit and other Indian-language texts. Downloadable versions here and resources for research and bibliographies here. Indology research institutes in India here. More Sanskrit texts available online here.


Government of India AYUSH. The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. With 20,000 academic articles, AYUSH research portal is here. Yoga page is here.

Study Yoga in India: List of over 50 Yoga universities, colleges and institutions in India located here.

Lakulish Yoga University, Amedabad, Gujarat. Educates, promotes and propagates the knowledge and practice of Yoga. Overseas campus in North Carolina.

Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga. MDNIY is an institute for planning, training, promotion, and coordination of Yoga education, training, therapy and research in all its aspects. Offers a bachelor of science and various certificates. Regional NGO partners for development of Yoga Wellness Centres are here and Regional Yoga Institutes are here.

SVYASA – Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana. One of the premier Yoga institutions in India, est. in 1956, recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) since 1988 by the Government of India.

Lists of Yoga ashrams in India can be found here and here and here.

Indira Gandhi National Open University – Center for Traditional Knowledge Systems (CTKS).

Yoga Federation of India. Promotes Yoga throughout the country and internationally, hosts competitions and camps.


American Academy of Religion — Yoga in Theory and Practice Group. Learned society promotes religious and sectarian representations of yoga in South Asian history and contemporary yoga culture.

Modern Yoga Research: Academic researchers of Yoga and their writings. Emphasis on Britain and Europe.

PhD Programs in Indian Philosophy and Religion. North America here. Europe here. By Dr. Andrew Nicholson. Sanskrit tools here.

South Asia Institute, and Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University. Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa’s Yoga research website (medical doctor and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School).

Center for South Asia, Stanford University.

South Asian Studies, Yale University.

Graduate Program in South Asian Religions, UCSB – University of California, Santa Barbara.

South Asia Program, Cornell University.

Institute for South Asia Studies, Cal – UC Berkeley. Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies.

South and Southeast Asian Studies, Columbia University.

South Asia Studies, UPenn – University of Pennsylvania.

Middle East/South Asia Studies (MESA), UCD – UC Davis.

Program in South Asian Studies, Princeton University.

Center for South Asia Studies, Duke University.

Center for the Study of South Asia, Boston University.

(Several others… listed here.)


British Association for South Asian Studies. Learned society.

Oxford Center for Hindu Studies, Oxford University. Online courses are offered here for 95 pound sterling.

Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge University.


M.A. in Yoga Studies Masters degree program at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Contemplative Science Center, University of Virginia – Institute for instruction, research and learning projects.

Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. Membership group of 57 academic medical centers and affiliates. Advancing principles and practices of integrative healthcare within academic institutions.

The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education – A multidisciplinary academic association committed t the transformation of higher education through the recovery and development of the contemplative dimensions of teaching, learning and knowing. A program of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

Naropa University, Boulder, CO. A Buddhist-inspired, student-centered liberal arts university. A recognized leader in contemplative education.

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. Bachelors and masters degrees in a college focused on mindfulness and social awareness. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and applied studies in a variety of integrated and contemplative fields.

Traditional Yoga Studies. Started by Georg Feuerstein (1947-2012) and now continued by his wife Brenda. Extensive distance learning courses on ancient teachings of Yoga–history, literature and philosophy. No academic credit available, but possibly as independent study through your school.

University of New Mexico, Yoga Teacher Program. 200 hour program offered in conjunction with Santosha Yoga of Taos, NM.

Maharishi University of Management. Fairfield, Iowa. Consciousness-based education, founded in 1971 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and incorporating his technique of Transcendental Meditation. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Yoga Alliance, Washington, DC. Register as a Yoga teacher, find a school to become a Yoga teachercertify credentials for your Yoga school and teacher training program, or find a Yoga teacher near you with the national registry.

Find Yoga – Yoga Finder is the largest yoga directory for classes, retreats, and workshops.

IAYT – International Association of Yoga Therapists. Member organization supporting research and education in Yoga, establishing yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. Emphasis on healthcare practitioners and Yoga therapy training programs. Hosts two annual conferences: SYTAR, Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research and SYR, Symposium on Yoga Research.

USA Yoga Federation. Promoting Yoga as a sport, hosting competition and training athletes.

National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), Los Angeles, CA. Providing leadership within the Ayurvedic community and promoting a positive vision for Ayurveda and its holistic approach to health and wellness.

California College of Ayurveda. Nevada City, CA.


Hindu American Foundation. Advocacy for the promotion of human dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism.

South Asian Arts & Perspectives on Yoga in America: South Asian led cultural awareness on race, queering, gentrification and social critiques of Yoga in the U.S., hip hop Yoga.

Hindu American Seva Communities, a progressive American organization helping the dharmic community create change through service in their places of worship, places of learning or community based organizations.


International Journal of Yoga. Multidisciplinary, semiannual scientific Yoga journal, dedicated to Yoga research and applications. The journal is an official publication of the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (a Deemed University) recognized by the Ministry of Human Resource Development through UGC, Government of India, New Delhi, India. Publisher: Medknow Publications, Mumbai, India. (ISSN# 0973-6131)

Journal of Hindu Studies. Publisher: Oxford University.

International Journal of Yoga & Allied Sciences. Biannual interdisciplinary research journal dedicated to Yogic Science. Publisher: Indian Association of Yoga. (ISSN# 2278-5159)

International Journal of Hindu Studies. Publisher: Springer.

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies. Society for Hindu-Christian Studies, American Academy of Religion. Published at Notre Dame University. Internet edition here.

International Journal of Yoga Therapy published by Int’l Association of Yoga Therapists.

Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy. Open-access journal by OMICS Publishing Group. (ISSN# 21257-7595)

AltHealth Watch. EBSCOhost service – an extensive resource for alternative and holistic approaches to health care and wellness, offering full-text articles from over 200 source journals.

International Journal of Dharma Studies. Publisher: Springer. Editor: Ghandi scholar Purushottoma Bilimoria and Rita D. Sherma (USC).



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